Boston may be one of America’s oldest cities, but it’s by no means stuck in the past. As a technology hub with dozens of colleges and universities, Boston is a vibrant, exciting place to live and work. And when it comes to team outings, you’ve got plenty of options. We’ve compiled a list of 10 cool team outing ideas in Boston to empower your team to learn together, boost morale, or simply mingle and blow off some steam as a group! Without further ado..
1. Go on a quest at Boda Borg
Boda Borg is a recent import from Sweden that’s part obstacle course and part escape room. In teams of 3-5, your group will choose from ~20 different doors, each of which contains a “quest” that must be completed in order to succeed. Unlike an escape room, you don’t have a lot of time to complete the task; you’ll be kicked out after a few minutes, but you can always try again with what you’ve learned from your last attempt!
Note: Boda Borg quests are color-coded based on the amount of physical exertion they require, so people of all physical abilities can take part! Boda Borg also offers corporate packages for groups of up to 40 people. With this, you’ll have access to meeting rooms, catering, and facilitated workshops, in addition to your quests.
2. Rent a unique happy hour venue on Peerspace
Not everyone wants to attend a pre-packaged corporate outing. If you want to have a little more leeway to customize your event, then rent a completely unique venue on Peerspace and get creative. You can rent a boxing gym, art gallery, recording studio, museum, church, or movie theater, all a short distance from downtown Boston. After all, what’s better than escaping the office and mingling at Happy Hour space that isn’t a crowded bar? Since you rent Peerspace venues directly from local Boston hosts, the booking process is simple and straight-forward. And if you want help booking catering, bar staff, or equipment, call Peerspace’s Concierge team and they’ll help you coordinate all the details!
3. Hit the river with Paddle Boston
Some of Boston’s best activities depend on the seasons, but if you’re planning a team outing in the summer months, why not get out onto the water? Paddle Boston offers corporate events on the Charles River, including a “Poker Challenge” that requires teams to collect five cards hidden at stations along the river. They also offer picnic and catering options, as well as large canoes that fit 6-10 people for an all-day river outing. Put on your lifejackets and grab a paddle!
4. Have a cooking competition at the Action Kitchen
The Action Kitchen at the Seaport Hotel is a great Boston team outing idea for groups who love cooking. Depending on how competitive you want to get, you can choose from a “Collaborative Cuisine” or a “Creative Cookoff.” Either way, professional chefs will work with your crew to host a 3-hour event that includes cooking and a seated dinner. The kitchen fits around 40 people and can be booked for lunch, dinner, brunch, or any other event you have in mind.
5. Take a cocktail class with the Boston Shaker
If your team would rather learn how to mix drinks instead of cooking, book a private class with the Boston Shaker at Davis Square in Somerville. With a fully-equipped bar and a bitters tasting area, the team at Boston Shaker will show you the tools and teach you everything you need to know to create unique craft cocktails in a fun and informative session!
6. Attend improv training at IA Innovation
Improv is one of those corporate activities that can be an awkward experience if placed in the wrong hands. But the team at IA Innovation knows what they’re doing and have a range of activities designed specifically for professional groups. Choose from an “Off Keynote,” leadership training, or a diversity awareness program. If you’re looking for a team outing idea in Boston that will produce some real value for your team, head down to this workshop at Improv Asylum.
7. Visit Boston’s best escape room at Trapology
Escape rooms are becoming a dime-a-dozen, but there are some that truly stand out from the crowd, and Boston’s Trapology is one of them. Trapology is known for its inventive, immersive puzzles that put you on a runaway steampunk train or a submarine sinking in the ocean. Each team has 60 minutes to solve the puzzle and escape the room. Whether or not you succeed, stick around for a debrief at the Traplounge and enjoy your own private outing.
8. Take a trolley tour with Mobsters & Lobsters
Mobsters & Lobsters is a combined tour and dining experience that focuses on the seedy side of the city. Your team will board a 40-person trolley to learn about the mobster history of Boston, followed by a lobster dinner at a waterfront restaurant. If you’re looking for an evening activity, this is a great way to learn more about the region while enjoying some of its famous cuisine!
9. Explore the Freedom Trail with Watson Adventures
Boston’s history is a big part of what makes this city so unique, and no adventure is complete without a trip to the historic Freedom Trail. Whether your team has worked here for years or is just visiting the city, plan a scavenger hunt with Watson Adventures to get them invested in the story of the city (everybody’s guaranteed to learn something here). Choose from a murder mystery or a Revolutionary War-themed scavenger hunt and visit famous sites like Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, and Quincy Market.
10. Make floral arrangements at Alice’s Table
If all of those outings seem a bit too intense, plan an evening making floral bouquets with Alice’s Table. The team can come to your office or Peerspace rental with all of the flowers and tools you need to make a colorful bouquet. Each of your team members will leave with their own colorful floral arrangement to brighten their desk or take home to their families.