Whatever the season, Minneapolitans are prepared for it. With a network of bike paths to enjoy in the summer, as well as covered walkways to help you navigate downtown in the winter, this friendly city is worth a visit any time of year. Whether your team is based in the Twin Cities, or you’re on your way to Minnesota for a conference or convention, we’ve put together this list of great team outing ideas in Minneapolis to keep you and your colleagues busy. Enjoy your team-building activities!
1. Play dodgeball at Zero Gravity Trampoline Park
Sports always make for a great team outing or after-work event, but at Zero Gravity Trampoline Park, you’ll find a new spin on familiar sports like dodgeball, basketball, and rock climbing. With over 11,000 sq.ft. of indoor jumping surfaces, you can play organized team-building games, or just have fun exploring the facility. It includes a space-themed climbing wall with a foam-lined landing area, so you don’t need any gear or training to climb. There’s also an arcade, aerial obstacle course, and laser tag arena for an all-around exiting team outing!
2. Host an event at a Peerspace venue
Renting a Peerspace venue is a great option for a team outing idea in Minneapolis because you can customize it to suit your team. From fully-equipped conference rooms and workspaces, to urban taprooms and private country clubs, you’ll find a range of spaces you can use to host an awards ceremony, corporate retreat, happy hour, or any other out-of-office activity.
Since every Peerspace location is rented out by a local host, you’ll also get customized options and support when it comes to planning your outing. Choose a venue with a built-in projector and sound system for a video screening, or opt for one with an in-house caterer for a dinner party. If there’s something you need that isn’t available at your venue, call up the Peerspace Concierge service to arrange for a rental from a local vendor and have it delivered to your event space.
3. Go for a bike ride with Nice Ride Minneapolis
Visiting the city as a team and didn’t bring your bikes? No problem. Minneapolis offers a modern bike-share system called Nice Ride that will get your team exploring the bike paths in no time. A single 30-minute ride costs $2, and a day pass is $6 and includes unlimited 30-minute rides. This is a great alternative to a standard bike rental since you can take one-way rides, then simply leave the bikes at any docking station when you aren’t using them. If you have a large team, though, plan ahead, because there may not be enough bikes available at any given station.
4. See outdoor movies and music at Lake Harriet Band Shell
Every summer, you’ll find dozens of movies and musical performances for free at outdoor parks all over Minneapolis. The Lake Harriet Band Shell is one of the city’s best venues, with additional outdoor activities available on the lake. Come for a picnic or boat outing, and stay for the music. Check out the venue’s calendar to find out which events are happening this summer.
5. Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
The Arboretum is one of our top picks for team outing ideas in Minneapolis because its offerings change with the seasons. In the fall, you can check out the scarecrow competition and vote for the best creation. Alternatively, visitors can sample and buy a range of apple products and varieties at Apple House. In the winter, the gardens are lit up with holiday lights, and the visitor’s center offers a bonfire, hot cocoa, and 25-foot-high poinsettias! It’s a great team outing idea to get into the holiday spirit.
6. Take to the skies with FlyOver America
Located in the Mall of America, FlyOver America is a state-of-the-art flight simulator experience. It involves sitting in suspended seats with your feet hanging below you, while a video of American landscapes — and some special effects — are projected on a screen. Although the show is only 10 minutes long, you can combine it with the FlyOver Canada experience for a longer outing.
7. Visit Prince’s home at Paisley Park
The musical artist Prince has become such a world-famous name that it’s easy to forget that he was born, raised, and — sadly — passed away in Minneapolis. A tour of his home and recording studio, called Paisley Park, is an eye-opening experience for fans and casual listeners alike. You’ll see some of his guitars, outfits, and other items from his lengthy career. Tickets are only available online, so book early to ensure that there are enough spots for you and your team to visit.
8. Play mini-golf at Can Can Wonderland
Operated by an arts-based public benefit corp, this carnival-themed mini-golf course is designed by — and helps support — local artists. With murals, arcade games, live music, and plenty of food and drink options, it’s a great choice for a lively team outing idea after work. After 9 pm, it becomes an adults-only space, with all of the mini donuts and boozy milkshakes you can handle!
9. Get crafty at Upstairs Circus
Upstairs Circus is a fun team outing idea in Minneapolis that combines creativity and socializing. Attend one of their Project Socials, where you can choose from a menu of dozens of craft items that range from easy to challenging. From art to jewelry to wooden and leather goods, everyone on your team will go home with something they’re proud of. Food and drink are available on site, and you can arrange to sit together at the same table, or mix it up with other teams.
10. Ride the Ferris wheel at Betty Danger’s Country Club
Betty Danger’s calls itself a “kooky country club,” and we’d say that sounds about right. At this venue, you can enjoy your food and drink from the top of a Ferris wheel, or play mini-golf on the “Poodles and Palms” course, where dogs are welcome and you can eat and drink as you play. This isn’t your grandparents’ country club, but it definitely makes for a fun team outing idea.
Minnesota’s frigid winters may be intimidating to some, but its friendly, creative residents are as welcoming as can be. We think this vibrant, artistic city is worth exploring, no matter the season or how long you’re in town. If you need a home base or co-working space while you visit the city, remember to browse Peerspace for a range of venues you can rent for teams of any size. Just filter your results by location, event type, and capacity to narrow it down!