While Sacramento is often overlooked in favor of California’s coastal destinations, this city in the Central Valley is more than just the state capital. It’s the fastest-growing city in the state, boasting a large tech and financial sector, as well as world-class universities. Plus, it’s been ranked as the most “hipster city” in the state, as it draws young transplants from the Bay Area attracted to its vibrant downtown and cheaper rent. If you’re looking for team outing ideas in Sacramento, our list provides an exciting roundup of what this city has to offer!
1. Learn about urban farming at Soil Born Farms
The Central Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country, and you can get in on the action at Soil Born Farms, an urban farm right here in Sacramento. The farm offers workshops for adults, such as the Grow Your Groceries class, in which you’ll learn some of the basics of starting your own backyard garden. You can also take natural-arts-and-craft classes, cooking classes, and an animal husbandry workshop that focuses on raising chickens. This team outing idea will provide some useful skills that your team can take home with them!
2. Host an event at a Peerspace venue
Create your own team outing at a Peerspace venue, where you’ll find dozens of event spaces available to rent from local hosts. Rent an upscale conference room for an executive retreat, or find an industrial event space for a team-building workshop and company photos. Or, head out of town for a scenic getaway at this modern home and retreat space in Grass Valley.
Some Peerspace venues include sound systems and projectors, while others are more suited for live entertainment or a pop-up dinner. If you need additional A/V gear, a professional caterer, or any other equipment for your team outing ideas in Sacramento, just call up the Peerspace Concierge service for help adding it on to your booking!
3. Enjoy wine & cheese tastings on the Sacramento River
What better way to explore Sacramento’s great outdoors than with a wine and cheese tasting on a private boat with up to six guests? The Sacramento River Cruise starts in Clarksburg, CA, and takes you on a tour of the California Delta. A two-hour trip includes pours of local wine and beer, and tasting plates with nuts, cheese, and other hors d’oeuvres. Choose a sunset cruise for an intimate team outing idea in Sacramento to celebrate a birthday or a promotion.
4. Go ice skating year-round at Skatetown
You don’t have to wait for the river to freeze over to take your team out for a night at the skating rink. Skatetown offers a variety of team building events for groups of all experience levels, even those who have never skated before. You can play Broomball or learn how to curl while wearing your everyday rubber-soled shoes. They also offer games played with real ice skates, including Monster Basketball and Giant Jenga, for groups of 30 to as many as 400 people!
5. Pick your own apples at Apple Hill
Unlike some parts of California, Sacramento has four true seasons, and is known for having the best fall foliage in the state. Make the most of the autumn weather with a trip to Apple Hill, where you can pick apples, drink freshly-pressed cider, and sample local fudge and other sweets. With dozens of farms and wineries to visit, Apple Hill will keep you busy for hours. Rent a private van to take your team on a day trip to this beautiful location just 45 minutes from downtown.
6. Take a tour of the Sacramento Underground
Learn about the city’s Gold Rush and Boomtown days on a tour of the Underground. You’ll see how buildings were raised up to avoid flooding in the 1860s and ’70s, leaving these underground spaces that are filled with tall tales and spooky stories. Choose from a Ghost Tour, After-Hours Tour, or an Underground Tour in Spanish. There’s also a Gold Fever game that makes for a fun team outing idea in Sacramento that will immerse you in California’s not-so-distant past.
7. Go rafting on the American River
River Rat offers self-guided rafting trips on the American River to help you cool off on a hot day. Choose from a four-, six-, 10-, or 12-person raft, or one- or two-person kayaks. They recommend a three- to four-hour trip, and they have shuttles available to bring you back to your starting point. In addition, they offer lunch trips that include a BBQ lunch in a shaded park for a minimum of 40 people.
8. Solve a mystery on the Delta King
The Delta King riverboat is no longer accepting passengers — but it is accepting reservations to “Suspects,” a comedy-mystery dinner party that’s customized to suit your team. Groups of up to 250 people can have dinner on this historic riverboat that’s permanently docked in Sacramento. If you want to spend the night on the ship, you can book a package that includes an overnight stay in a private stateroom, as well as breakfast the next morning.
9. See the bats at the Yolo Basin Foundation
During the summer, you can see a migratory bat colony up close on a “Bat Walk and Talk” at the Yolo Causeway. This three-hour event includes a 45-minute presentation before you drive out to the wildlife area to see the bats fly out at night. Purchase tickets for a public event, or book a private tour for up to 70 people. The Yolo Basin Foundation offers other bat-themed activities throughout the year, including “Bats and Brews” and a Bat House Building Workshop.
10. Sample farm-to-fork cuisine with Local Roots Food Tours
As one of America’s most diverse cities, and with the Central Valley agricultural region right next door, Sacramento is well-prepared to be a leader in the farm-to-table culinary movement. Book a private tour with Local Roots to taste some of Sacramento’s best food and drink offerings. From Catanese pizza to duck-fat fries, you’ll try a variety of dishes while learning about the history of Sacramento’s neighborhoods, including Midtown and the R Street Historic District.
Whether you’re visiting Sacramento from out of state, or you’re based in the region and want to find something new to do, these team outing ideas in Sacramento are a great place to start. If you want even more options, search through the listings on Peerspace to find a unique venue to host your event in the California Delta region and beyond.