You’ve hand-selected each of your teammates for their experience and creativity. Everyone has their niche within the office and you work like a well-oiled machine — until you don’t. Every so often, even the best and brightest hit a wall. Ideas have a way of becoming uninspired after being recycled too many times. To keep that from happening, move the team out of the office for a retreat or day trip — after all, the team outing ideas in Nashville are endless!
1. Take a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry
Experience a backstage tour of the famed country music stage concert to fully appreciate the sophisticated teamwork, planning, and quick thinking involved in producing a show of such magnitude. If you opt for the VIP “Behind the Curtain” tickets, your team will have the opportunity to watch the opening of the first show of the evening from the stage! And if your team is hungry? Head to Opry Back Porch BBQ, a fast-casual eatery that offers respectable Southern fare. They’re open pre-show, so make sure you grab sustenance before you have the experience of a lifetime.
2. Book an incredible Peerspace
Choose an inspiring wellness studio in Music Row for yoga and smoothies to start the day. Later, take advantage of your proximity to Music Row: wander the streets by meandering past the offices of record labels, recording studios, and other music-related businesses. Tour RCA’s Studio A and Studio B, then find your way to Belmont University’s campus. Schedule a talk with one of the entertainment and music business scholars in the Mike Curb CEMB. Your team will gain a different perspective on business, even if your industry is not entertainment-adjacent!
3. Host a leadership team meeting away from the office
Keep it low-key and casual by reserving an off-site venue for leadership activities and discussions. Not sure where to look? Peerspace has dozens of listings, like this contemporary Craftsman home in East Nashville. It’s perfect for a smaller group training or education session. Afterwards, take advantage of the abundance of guilty-pleasure food that’s available in Nashville! Every restaurant has their own version of hot chicken — traditional fried chicken seasoned to be extra spicy. Take a tour and choose your favorite!
4. Take your team horseback riding
Cedars of Lebanon State Park’s riding stables are a great place to start. It’s outside of the city and accessible to experienced and novice riders alike. Trail rides are guided and two-and-a-half-miles long on a well-trained horse. Cabins and campsites are available for campfires. And, for the adventurous, turn your team outing in Nashville into an overnight stay!
5. Check out the Country Music Hall of Fame
Whether you’re a country fan or not, the Country Music Hall of Fame is another must-visit! It’s one of the most memorable team outing ideas in Nashville. Schedule a tour around a “Songwriter Session” or “Nashville Cats” to get an insider’s view of their creative processes, as well as how determination allowed them success in a volatile industry. Reserve the grand foyer or conservatory for your team’s lunch and discussion of the session.
6. Kick up your heels at the Wildhorse Saloon
Spending a night at this saloon can be as crazy an evening as you’d like (as is appropriate for your team environment). Line dancing can be intimidating for those who don’t know how — or who have two left feet — so the Wildhorse offers instructed line dancing on a daily basis. They have space for private events, although you may prefer to blend in with the crowd. Give your team a chance to let loose and try something that scares them. As they say at the Wildhorse: “Don’t walk the line — dance it.”
7. Launch a community outreach project
Do so with a luncheon and speaker at Woolworth on 5th. In 1960 this eatery hosted a critical moment in our nation’s history: it was the first lunch counter sit-in, inspiring a movement of young people to challenge inequality in the South. While iconic physical aspects of the interior remain the same as they did more than a century ago, updates to the structure include the creation of private dining areas. These would be perfect for your team to brainstorm and strategize a personal brand of activism. Doing good in your local community builds morale and self-respect!
8. Bring your A-game to Grand Old Golf
The outdoor deck at Grand Old Golf is great for BBQ-style lunch. Then, you can turn the team loose to play mini golf, bumper cars, or go-karts. Competitive spirits abound! When everyone needs a break from adrenaline, move the party inside to the arcade.
9. Embrace adrenaline at AdventureWorks
AdventureWorks offers an on-site zip line tour through the forest, the Cumberland Kayak Quest, or — for a more intense teambuilding or collaborative exercise — send your team to do the aerial adventure course. They can also bring your team outing to you by designing an urban scavenger hunt or a custom corporate challenge.
10. Take a quick road trip to Lynchburg to tour the Jack Daniel’s Distillery
Make it a fun day of travel: schedule stops to enjoy gorgeous views and tiny towns along the way. Once you get to the distillery, tours and tastings are available with a variety of options, ranging from a dry tour to a special “Angel’s Share,” wherein guests taste special varieties straight from the barrel. Don’t forget to make time for lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s, the on-site boarding house and restaurant.
Successful team outing ideas in Nashville are all exciting and engaging without losing sight of the goals of the event. Keep it light and loose or focused on the topic at hand. Either way, you’re showing your team that you understand and value their time and emotional well-being. They’ll return the favor!