Cleveland is known for being the place to go to experience some of the most classic American traditions, from rock n’ roll to baseball. With a downtown district located on the shores of Lake Erie, as well as architecture dating from the turn of the 20th century, Cleveland offers a mix of old and new. Starting in the 1960s, the environmental movement helped revitalize the Cuyahoga River, cleaning up some of the damages of the city’s industrial past. Now, the city is a popular tourist destination, with a range of museums and events to choose from for groups of all sizes. With that in mind, we’ve selected these 10 team outing ideas in Cleveland for you to consider. Enjoy!
1. Go paddleboarding with Ultra Missions
There’s no better way to enjoy the Cleveland summer than with a paddleboard experience led by Ultra Missions. They offer everything from paddleboard tours to paddleboard yoga, making this a great option for beginners and experts alike. Their most exciting option, however, may be the XL paddleboard, which is 17 feet long and can fit up to six people at a time! You’ll have an instructor to guide you through the Rocky River Park and other beautiful locations on Lake Erie.
2. Rent a creative venue on Peerspace
If you’re creating DIY team outing ideas in Cleveland, why not book a private Peerspace location? You can rent great spaces, such as this industrial warehouse that can be used as a workshop or photo studio. Alternatively, you can host a pop-up dinner at a private home with room for 20 guests. All of the listings on Peerspace are offered by local hosts, giving you access to an insider’s perspective on things to do in Cleveland. If you need additional services, equipment rentals, or other amenities, call up the Peerspace Concierge for help lining up a caterer or photographer for your event!
3. Ride the rollercoasters at Cedar Point
Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH, is known for having some of the tallest and most terrifying rides in the world. It’s just an hour’s drive from Cleveland, making it an easy option for a team outing for groups of all sizes. You can book a private pavilion for a catered picnic on the shore of Lake Erie, or purchase discounted tickets for your employees and their families to enjoy on a specific day. This is a great choice for a family-friendly outing for groups of all ages.
4. Visit the affoGATO cat cafe
Does your team enjoy coffee — and cats? Get your fix of both at the city’s first cat cafe, where you can hang out with rescue cats that are available for adoption through the Cleveland Animal Protective League. You can enjoy food and drink — and maybe even get some work done — in the separate cafe area, making this a fun team outing idea in Cleveland for small groups. Keep in mind that entry to the cat area may require a reservation during busy times.
5. Explore the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Get out of the office and take a stroll through the Cultural Gardens, a free site that features 32 unique gardens inspired by a range of cultures from all over the world. From the Albanian Garden to the Vietnamese Garden, you’ll find monuments dedicated to poets, philosophers, and other famous figures representing each of these cultures. Pay your respects to greats like Dante, Chopin, Tesla, Twain, and Gandhi, to name just a few. You’ll need at least a couple of hours to see it all!
6. Play board games at Tabletop Cafe
Sure, you could bring your favorite board games to the office, but we think it’s more fun to go out to a bar. Tabletop Cafe has all of the board games you can think of (over 1,000 of them!), as well as food and drink to enjoy while you play. Come after work on Tuesday for trivia night at 8 pm. They also offer catered and facilitated event options, in case you want a “game master” to lead your team for a large group game or host a competitive tournament.
7. Tour the house from A Christmas Story
The city’s home to one of the most famous movie sets in cinematic history. Chances are some of your team members will remember watching Ralphie and his family when they were a kid. Since this venue is open seven days a week, with extended holiday hours, it’s a great team outing idea when other venues in Cleveland are closed for the winter. In addition to taking a tour of the house, you can visit the museum across the street, which contains original props and costumes from the movie.
8. See ghosts with the Cleveland Area Paranormal Society
We’re not quite sure how seriously to take the Cleveland Area Paranormal Society. Are they true believers, or just putting on a show? Maybe it doesn’t matter. Whether you want to host a private murder-mystery event, take a haunted history tour, or attend a seance, they’ve got you covered. We think they’d be the perfect group to put together an event at a “haunted” Peerspace venue!
9. Sample beer at the Great Lakes Brewing Company
As one of the first craft breweries in the region, the Great Lakes Brewing Company is the perfect team outing idea in Cleveland for teams that love beer. You’ll learn about the brewing process as well as the history of Cleveland on a private 60-minute tour. Stick around afterwards for stand-up comedy or musical bingo in the brewpub, or book a private room for a company retreat.
10. Attend a reading at Brews & Prose
The team at Brews & Prose believes that “literature is better with beer,” and have been proving this point since 2012 with their reading series at Market Garden Brewery. This is a fun event for teams that enjoy arts and culture with their pint glasses. You’ll even get a free beer with your book purchase while being exposed to new regional authors.
Cleveland’s location on Lake Erie has made it a kind of bridge between the East Coast and the Midwest. A multicultural city with a strong dedication to arts and music, there’s more here to explore than you can fit into a single visit. These team outing ideas in Cleveland offer a great place to start. You can pair them with a Peerspace venue to host a corporate retreat or team-building workshop that your team will remember for years to come.