11 Fun Team Building Ideas in Detroit

Looking for team building ideas in Detroit to reinvigorate you and your colleagues? At Peerspace, we understand. For those from outside of Michigan, this former industrial city can be a bit of a mystery. Those who live here, however, know that it’s a place that locals keep coming back to — for its underground arts scene, its blooming urban gardens, and its newfound role as a tech hub.

How can you help your team plug into this vibrant city? Whether you’ve lived and worked in the city for a while or are new to the area, let these 11 creative team building ideas in Detroit inspire you!

1. Host a workshop at a Peerspace venue

Industrial-Chic Space in Historic Eastern Market detroit rental
Source: Peerspace

If you’d rather put your own itinerary together and choose a special venue, browse the listings on Peerspace to find a local event space. Peerspace is the largest online marketplace fr houlry venue rentals, offering you access to hidden gem venues in cities across the globe. With memorable venues available to rent all over the city, you can pick and choose the perfect team building experience for your team.

So, what types of spaces can you rent in Detroit for your team building workshop? Here are a few of our favorites:

  • This industrial-chic space in Eastern Market with local artisan-made furnishings, panoramic downtown views, and a kitchen with space for up to 125 guests
  • This sophisticated 1920s historic large home in Detroit Golf with amazing design details, high-end furnishings, outdoor space, and fun add-on options from the host
  • This rustic second-floor deck in McDougall-Hunt with tables, chairs, a grill, a fireplace, a kitchen, and space for 60
  • This meeting retreat luxury loft in Eastern Market with an open floor plan, several spaces for mixing and mingling, a kitchen, and space for 15 guests
  • This loft-style event space in McDougall-Hunt with comfy seating, a kitchen, staff, A/V equipment, and space for up to 70 guests

This is only the beginning of the types of spaces you can rent in Detroit that bring your team building event to life. Many of these venues have Wi-Fi, A/V gear, furniture, and other amenities included and are housed in stunning, historic spaces.

If there’s something you need that isn’t available on-site, contact your venue’s local host. From catering services to photography gear, they can work with trusted local vendors to ensure everything you need is at your venue. It’s a surefire recipe for a totally unique and unforgettable team building workshop!

2. Take a ride on the Detroit Rolling Pub

Start off the weekend with a ride on the Detroit Rolling Pub, a pedal bar that can accommodate groups from six to 16 people across multiple bikes. Choose a team building activity such as a bar crawl, scavenger hunt, or historical tour. Then wrap up the night at the Punch Bowl Social or another partner venue. This is among the top team building ideas in Detroit for visiting groups.

3. Enjoy a cooking contest with Mirepoix

For a classic team building idea in Detroit, book a cooking lesson with Mirepoix. They work with small and large companies alike to deliver customized cooking experiences in their professional kitchen. They have a hands-on competition called “The Duel,” and other options are available, too.

For example, book a private cooking session, specialty tasting, or even a recurring cooking league. You can also book a virtual cooking class and wine pairing event for you and your team. Choose this activity for a friendly competition that will improve your team’s cooking skills — and their team spirit!

4. Play with LEGOs at the Robot Garage

LEGOs aren’t just for kids — and you’ll understand why after you attend this fun event. The experts at Robot Garage have been working with LEGOs for years, and they offer a variety of competitive engineering challenges to inspire your team. You can take part in a Sumo Robot workshop, make a LEGO mosaic masterpiece with your company’s logo, and even give out custom LEGO trophies to reward the best-performing members of your team.

5. Solve the clues at the Great Escape Room

The Great Escape Room offers traditional escape rooms, scavenger hunts, off-site events, and more. Whether you want to work together to solve problems or compete against each other in small groups, you’ll find several unique options here to choose from. Most rooms are designed for groups of 10 people, but their mobile escape game is perfect for groups of 40 or more. You can host the game at your own private event space or book a unique Peerspace venue.

6. Learn circus arts at the Detroit Flyhouse

The best place to practice trust falls is on a soft surface. The Detroit Flyhouse has plenty of matting to keep you covered in their studio devoted to the circus arts. They offer a range of classes, including everything from acro-yoga to aerial silks and hammocks. Book a team building workshop to get your group working together in a new way. No experience is necessary, and you can follow it up with a private party and face-painting opportunity.

7. Make art from recyclables at Arts & Scraps

For a different kind of artistic expression, check out the adult workshops at Art & Scraps. In their own words, they use “recycled industrial scraps to help people of all ages and abilities think, create, and learn.” In addition to their programs for school-age children, they offer professional development and team building workshops. Visit their Scrap Lab or join their virtual adult workshop from your Peerspace venue.

8. Explore Lake St. Clair on the Detroit Cycle Boat

Spend some time on the water on a pedal-powered cycle boat — it’s the aquatic equivalent of the Detroit Rolling Pub. This vessel will take you out on the lake for a two-hour team building trip. The trip is suitable for groups of six to 18. You can bring your own food and drink on board and connect your own playlist to the speaker. For a tropical theme, rent a tiki boat instead!

9. Take a bike tour with Wheel House Detroit

If you’d rather stay on land, book a traditional bike rental with Wheel House Detroit, which offers customized group tours on everyone’s favorite two-wheeled vehicle. Their three-hour tours can take you around the Near East Side, Corktown, Belle Isle, and dozens of other neighborhoods. They even offer a Beers & Bikes tour that stops at some of Detroit’s most popular breweries.

10. Get into alignment at Citizen Yoga Studio

Team building should be a chance to de-stress and get together in a more relaxed environment. At Citizen Yoga Studio, attend classes that help to improve posture and alignment. This way, you all can get your mind off your “to-do” list for better work/life balance. They offer private classes at their studio, which has showers and free parking, or they can come to your Peerspace venue.

11. Put pen to paper at the Detroit Writing Room

The Detroit Writing Room is a coworking space and community center for writers, with the goal of merging the business and creative communities. This isn’t your usual writing retreat: you can hire a coach to help your team with a press release, professional bio, grant application, website, or any other project. While the physical Writing Room shuttered in the summer of 2022, you and your team can join virtual classes. Keep an eye on their website to learn more.

Team building ideas in Detroit: conclusion

Caterers in Detroit
Source: Peerspace

Detroit is constantly changing. You will encounter even more team building ideas that we haven’t covered yet!

And remember, you can always put together a workshop of your own at a local Peerspace venue. Just search the listings to find an event space that you like. You can also reach out to the space’s friendly local host to see how they can help you customize your booking. Between these team building ideas in Detroit and an amazing, private local venue, you and your team are going to have an amazing time together!

Find unique team building ideas in Detroit on Peerspace

Get together somewhere better

Book thousands of unique spaces directly from local hosts.

Explore Spaces

Share your space and start earning

Join thousands of hosts renting their space for meetings, events, and photo shoots.

List Your Space