The Greater Orlando area includes some of the most popular tourist attractions in Florida. Outside of the metropolitan area, however, you’ll find swimming holes, bike trails, ecotourism spots, and much more. Whether you decide to tour the city on foot or explore the local waterways in a kayak, we’ve come up with this list of 11 fun team building ideas in Orlando to get you started!
1. Climb the ropes at the UCF Challenge Course
Ropes courses are a tried-and-true team building idea, and Orlando is lucky enough to have this outdoor course nearby at the University of Central Florida campus. The UCF Challenge Course offers two- to nine-hour programs, including High Elements, Low Elements, or a combination of both. From problem-solving to risk-taking, you’ll push past your limits through experiential exercises. The course starts at $25 per person for corporate groups, and $15 per person for nonprofits.
2. Host a workshop at a Peerspace venue
Sometimes you may want to design your own team building event or incorporate it into a larger company retreat. Whatever activity you have in mind, you can find a place for it at a Peerspace venue. These event spaces are available to rent from local hosts, and include everything from modern conference rooms to this stylish mansion with an outdoor pool and game room.
Not only will you get to spend the day at a memorable off-site location, but you can also turn to the Concierge service for help with any other services and amenities you need. From A/V gear to catering services, you can customize your booking to suit all of your team building ideas in Orlando. Just hire a workshop facilitator or professional speaker to help run your event.
3. Explore the city with Orlando Food Tours
Learn more about the local food scene on a walking tour with Orlando Food Tours. They offer a range of private tours and team building options for small groups (maximum eight or 12, depending on the tour). You can explore Winter Park or Audubon Park on foot, stopping at five to seven restaurants to sample local dishes and meet some of the chefs. From specialty tea shops to chocolatiers, you’ll get to taste some of Orlando’s best cheese, coffee, beer, and dessert!
4. Learn improv skills with SAK Comedy Lab
The SAK Comedy Lab is best known for its improv shows and classes, but they also offer team building workshops with a focus on workplace communication and other group dynamics. You can customize the event to address a specific issue that your team is dealing with, or you can keep it light and treat your team to a private comedy show at your office or Peerspace venue.
5. Play a new team sport at the WhirlyDome
Forget dodgeball — WhirlyBall is the new go-to sport for team building in Orlando. This activity is a bit like playing basketball with bumpercars. You’ll attempt to score points by tossing a ball into the goal using plastic Jai-Alai style scoops, with a referee on standby to teach you the rules and keep score. If learning a new sport sounds intimidating, don’t worry: the WhirlyDome has other games available, too, including laser tag, billiards, and an arcade, plus a bar and restaurant.
6. Solve the puzzles at The Great Escape Room
While any escape room outing can be a great team activity, not all escape rooms are designed with team building in mind. At the Great Escape Room, you can choose from a corporate team building event, or participate in a professional development workshop for Continuing Education Units. This half-day workshop includes training in conflict resolution, followed by an interactive escape room experience and a debriefing session. They also provide offsite options, such as the On The Run puzzle game that you can host at your office or Peerspace venue.
7. Play cowboy games at Suhls Rodeo
Florida may not be the Wild West, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to the rodeo. Suhls Rodeo in Kissimmee, FL, offers western-themed hands-on activities, such horseback riding, cattle wrangling, and more. The games are intended to help you improve your coordination and nonverbal communication skills. Groups of 50 to 100 are encouraged to spend three to four hours on the ranch for the best results.
8. Learn to paddleboard with Waves of Wellness
Paddleboarding is one of Florida’s most relaxing pastimes — especially when you go on a tour of Central Florida’s waterways with Waves of Wellness. Jessica is a certified yoga teacher and stand up paddleboard instructor who offers corporate wellness programs, convention services, private lessons, and more. Whether you try paddleboard yoga in a resort pool or head out on a full moon tour of Lake Mary Jane, this team building idea is sure to inspire you!
9. Ride the West Orange Trail with Bikes and Blades
The West Orange Trail is a 22-mile rail trail that runs through Winter Park, FL, and other parts of Orange County. It’s also part of the Coast-to-Coast Connector Trail which runs all the way to St. Petersburg. You can ride some or all of the West Orange Trail with a rental bike from Bikes and Blades. They offer group bicycle tours, as well as other team building ideas in Orlando, such as charity bike builds, triathlon events, and more.
10. Go kayaking with Earth & Water Adventures
See more of Florida’s natural beauty and wildlife on a tour with Earth & Water Adventures. Their eco-tours will take you to uninhabited islands and rivers where you can see dolphins, manatees, bioluminescene, and other natural sights. For the most immersive trip, take their overnight team building adventure, a camping experience that includes meals, tents, and kayaks for up to eight participants.
11. Learn a new recipe with Sobremesa Orlando
In some Spanish-speaking cultures, sobremesa refers to the “conversation that happens at the table, usually after a meal.” That’s the perfect concept for a team building idea in Orlando. Chef Maria Rivera will lead your team through a cooking lesson focusing on a beginner or advanced menu item, from sauces to puff pastries. Her classes take place at several venues in Orlando, or she can come to your office or Peerspace venue, such as an industrial kitchen or a snazzy house with a full kitchen.
Orlando’s central location makes it a great gathering spot for remote teams or local companies based anywhere in Florida. Remember, if you need a place to host your team building activities, you can look for a venue on Peerspace that meets your budget and size requirements. Browse the listings in your area, then reach out to the Concierge service to customize your booking!