Virginia Beach is a suburban city on the Chesapeake Bay that’s mostly known for its beaches. However, it’s also home to three military bases and several universities. And its claim to fame is the world’s largest bridge-tunnel, which crosses the Chesapeake Bay. From modern art museums to state parks, you’ll find a range of fun team building ideas in Virginia Beach to choose from. Whether you head out of town, or stay close to the beach, pick one of these activities to get started!
1. Solve the clues at Escape Room Virginia Beach
Escape rooms are an especially effective team building activity because you have to work together to solve puzzles, enjoying a different experience each time. At Escape Room Virginia Beach, you can choose from several unique rooms that accommodate up to eight players. The themes include High Noon Saloon, King Neptune’s Trident, Con Artist, and more. Play one 60-minute game, or book several rooms back-to-back for a memorable team building experience.
2. Host an event at a Peerspace venue
Not sure about booking a pre-packaged team building experience? Host your own team building activity at a Peerspace venue to have more control over your outing. You’ll find everything from this modern home in Hampton to a professional meeting room in Portsmouth. Or, take a trip to Richmond to enjoy this beautiful meeting space (as featured in the hero image) in the Arts District with room for up to 27 people.
Many Peerspace venues come with Wi-Fi and A/V equipment, making it easy to plan an off-site meeting or a team retreat. You can also call up the Concierge service to add on any other items you need, such as camera equipment or furniture rentals, or to hire a professional caterer.
3. Take a zip line tour at Adventure Works or the Adventure Park
Enjoy the great outdoors at Adventure Works, where you’ll get to explore the Atlantic wetlands from a new vantage point: a canopy zip line. Groups of eight to 10 people can expect a tour lasting up to an hour and a half, with additional options available for team building outings. Or, you can visit the Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium for a similar outing that also includes treetop trails and bridges.
4. Enjoy local cuisine with Coastal Food Tours
If you’d rather keep your feet on the ground, treat yourselves to a team building experience with Coastal Food Tours, which offers culinary tours, cooking classes, and more. Food tours include stops at three to five local restaurants and last for a little less than four hours, while the Dine Around tour offers a more customizable option with a multi-course menu from upscale restaurants. Other options are cooking challenges, team building events, and multi-day tours throughout coastal Virginia.
5. Visit the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art is one of Virginia Beach’s most creative establishments, with a rotating series of exhibits and a studio school with classes for kids and adults. For a creative team building idea in Virginia Beach, take a group tour of MOCA. Their team-building tour runs for two hours and includes activities in the gallery, as well as a cooperative artistic activity.
6. Play sports at the Virginia Beach Field House
Take your team on a field day to the Virginia Beach Field House, where you can play a range of games both on and off the field. Options include soccer, flag football, basketball, volleyball, and more, with food and drink packages available for your group. Their customizable team building sessions include an experienced facilitator who will lead you through each of the activities.
7. Pedal around town with Norfolk Pedal Tours
Visit downtown Nortfolk on a pedal pub, which can fit up to 15 people and reaches a maximum speed of 8 mph. Unlike some states, Virginia doesn’t allow you to drink alcohol on a pedal pub, but you can bring other food and drink, as well as your own soundtrack. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from visiting local bars and pubs along the way. Choose from the Granby Street bar tour, a weekend brunch tour, or a historic tour of the Ghent district.
8. Learn about beach safety at the Surf & Rescue Museum
The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum offers a fascinating look at life on the shore. You’ll learn about the Life-Saving Station built in 1903, as well as the history of the boardwalk. Tours last for an hour and are suited for groups of up to 70 people. In addition to exhibits on the US Coast Guard and shipwrecks, you can rent private party space that can accommodate up to 400 guests.
9. Tour False Cape State Park on the Terra Gator
See the False Cape State Park and Back Bay Wildlife Refuge up close with a tour on the Terra Gator, a beach transporter that can fit up to 36 people. You’ll enjoy a 45-minute trip into remote areas of the park, where you can walk the trails and explore the beach. There are few facilities, so consider this is a team building idea in Virginia Beach for more adventurous groups.
10. Scale the walls at the Virginia Beach Rock Gym
For an indoor team building challenge, head to the Virginia Beach Rock Gym, where you can climb the 32-foot-high main wall or the bouldering walls. Choose from beginner and advanced routes, including several with an auto-belay system. Book the entire venue for a private party, then hire an instructor to show you the ropes as you learn new climbing techniques together.
11. Host a painting party with Smiles on Canvas
Get creative with a painting party hosted by Smiles on Canvas. They offer mobile events delivered right to your office or Peerspace venue. Simply choose a painting and they’ll show up with prepared canvases ready to go, as well as tables and stools, if required. Everyone on your team can bring home a painting they can be proud of, regardless of their experience level.
There’s more to Virginia Beach than its boardwalk. From escape rooms to museums, you’ll find a variety of team building ideas in Virginia Beach to bring your team together. And remember, if you want to create your own outing, rent a customizable event space via Peerspace to host an off-site retreat or team outing anywhere in southeastern Virginia!