Phoenix is one of the hottest cities in the United States, which means it’s especially important for you and your team to have some time to relax — and cool down — after a long day at the office. Whether you’re planning a casual after-work happy hour or an all-day team-building activity, we’ve come up with the top 10 team outing ideas in Phoenix. From air-conditioned venues to outdoor adventures, we think you’ll find something here to keep everyone happy!
1. Go off-roading with Desert Wolf Tours
Arizona is home to the most impressive desert scenery in the country, and Desert Wolf Tours makes it easy to explore it with an off-road “Tomcat tour” or team-building adventure. The Scorpion Hunt Sunset tour, for example, starts with a beautiful sunset and continues with a night-time ride in search of wildlife. The LED lights on your ATV make it easy to see where you’re going. Plus, you might see jackrabbits, coyotes, rattlesnakes, and even scorpions — which glow in the UV light!
2. Book a creative event venue on Peerspace
For groups looking for a fully customizable team outing idea in Phoenix, you can always search for a unique venue on Peerspace that’s the perfect size. From outdoor event spaces with epic views to private homes with pools and patios, you can create your own amazing outing. Hire a professional caterer, photographer, and event staff to make sure it all runs smoothly. Just ask your local host about any additional furniture and A/V rentals, or call up the Concierge Service for personalized support when making a booking. These venues offer you the chance to get a little more creative than just throwing another office happy hour or team-building workshop.
3. Enjoy a paint-splatter party with Pinspiration
Most painting classes expect you to keep the paint on the canvas, but at a Pinspiration Splatter Party, you can get it everywhere — in fact, that’s the whole point! With room for up to 10 people, you’ll have access to a private paint studio for one-and-a-half hours. Everyone on your team will be given coveralls, goggles, shower caps, and other gear to keep you covered while you throw paint on the canvas, Jackson Pollock-style. You can take your canvas home with you, but it may take up to 24 hours to dry! Pinspiration also offers paint-and-sip classes for more low-key fun.
4. Experience the giant ball pit at Lavatory
Lavatory is one of the most unforgettable art museums in Phoenix — if not all of North America. The museum features six inventive exhibits, including a room covered in sugar and a gallery full of different takes on the Mona Lisa. But the highlight is one of the biggest — and possibly cleanest — ball pits in the world, with over 100,000 balls that are vacuumed up and cleaned every night. Plan to be there for the MegaDrop, when all of them are dropped from the ceiling at once!
5. Have a dinner in the desert with Cloth & Flame
This is one of those team outing ideas in Phoenix that’s perfect for an employee appreciation celebration or another special event. You’ll get all of the great food and drink you’d expect from a professionally catered dinner, but you’ll get to do it outdoors, surrounded by cacti and watching the sunset. Make it an experience to remember by adding on a hot-air balloon ride or another outdoor activity.
6. Race go-karts at Octane Raceway
Octane Raceway is a great option for groups of up to 500 people. Whether you’re planning a holiday party or a team-building activity, this venue has everything you need, including up to 3,000 square feet of event space, customizable A/V equipment, and catering options. While you’re there, you’ll get to enjoy multiple go-kart races or a 30-minute session of “Velocity,” an immersive virtual reality gaming experience.
7. Admire the architecture at Taliesin West
One of America’s most famous architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed this home inspired by Arizona’s desert landscape. You can see it yourself on a guided tour through Wright’s office, the Garden Room, dining room, and more. Learn about the desert masonry used to build the walls from local materials. For the most immersive experience, go on the Night Lights tour after dark, when you’ll get to see the house all lit up — and may even encounter a fire-breathing dragon!
8. Take a tour of the Musical Instrument Museum
Cleveland may have the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame, but Phoenix has the Musical Instrument Museum, with over 15,000 instruments and other artifacts. The Artist Gallery includes clothing and guitars used by Johnny Cash, Elvis, Santana, and other famous performers, while other galleries include tribal and folk instruments from all over the world. Go on a guided tour of the museum, with an optional percussion session available as an interactive experience.
9. Visit the rainforest at Butterfly Wonderland
Phoenix isn’t known for its tropical rainforests — except for this one, at the Butterfly Wonderland conservatory. You and your team will see up to 3,000 butterflies up close, including some newly emerging from their cocoons. There’s also a 3D theater, rainforest reptile exhibit, and a vending machine full of snacks made out of edible insects! While Butterfly Wonderland makes for a fun day trip, you can also rent it out for a private event or catered dinner.
10. Cool off with a drink at the Polar Play Ice Bar
Finally, beat the heat with some after-work drinks at the Polar Play Ice Bar. This venue is set to a temperature just below freezing, making for a great team outing idea in Phoenix on a hot day. Put on your coat and gloves and enjoy the games, ice sculptures, LED light show, and more. Stay for a few hours or book a room at the lodge for a corporate party or workshop.
Phoenix is full of modern museums and event spaces that are as impressive as anything you’ll find in LA or New York City. Treat your team to a fun day out of the office at one of these venues, or browse Peerspace to find something more your style. Whether you want to spend time in an air-conditioned building or outdoors enjoying a cool desert night, Peerspace has you covered. Remember: you can always call up the Concierge Service for help making a booking!