Long referred to as the Gateway to the West, St. Louis, MO, has built its reputation on jazz and blues, baseball, and, of course, Budweiser beer. In addition to its modern museums and tourist attractions — many of which are free — St. Louis has claim to fame for being the first US city to host the Olympic Games, alongside the 1904 World’s Fair. Whether you’re visiting St. Louis for a convention, or you’re based in Missouri as a full-timer, explore this unique Midwestern city by adding some of these awesome team outing ideas in St. Louis to your to-do list.
1. Spend the day at the City Museum
One of the city’s most eclectic attractions, this family-friendly museum features a 10-story slide, a rooftop Ferris wheel, and a giant whale sculpture. Located in an old shoe factory, it has 600,000 sq.ft. of tunnels, treehouses, airplanes, and giant Slinkys, many of which you can climb or crawl through. The City Museum isn’t just for kids, though. It’s one of the most fascinating team outing ideas in St. Louis. Plus, the museum offers several event spaces and catering options available for corporate groups.
2. Rent a unique Peerspace venue
If you want to come up with your own team outing ideas in St. Louis, consider hosting a pop-up dinner, team photoshoot, or arts-and-crafts activity at a local Peerspace venue. With unconventional spaces available to rent from local hosts, you can throw a memorable team outing on your own terms. Plan an off-site retreat at a stylish loft in Soulard, or have the bar to yourself at this modern bar and courtyard. Since many of these spaces offer catering options and A/V rentals though the Concierge service, you’ll have access to everything you need for a successful team outing.
3. Tour the Budweiser brewery
Brewery tours are always a great team outing idea, and the Budweiser brewery in St. Louis is no exception. You can’t beat the price — the general brewery tour is free — or the chance to see one of the oldest and most famous breweries in America. But if you want an even more personalized experience, take the Beermaster tour or the Where You Brew tour, which allows groups of up to 15 people to play a hands-on role in the brewing process.
4. Canoe the Mississippi with Big Muddy Adventures
St. Louis is located just south of the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, two of the most powerful rivers on the continent. With Big Muddy Adventures, you can navigate the bodies of water as a team in a voyageur-style canoe similar to those used by Lewis & Clark to explore the West. Big Muddy offers day trips as well as customized overnight trips. One of the most memorable team outing ideas in St. Louis is their Full Moon Float, which includes a stop on an uninhabited island, wherein you’ll enjoy a campfire and a gourmet dinner outdoors.
5. Take a trip along the Hermann Wine Trail
Hermann, MO, is a small town near St. Louis known for the Hermann Wine Trail, a route that stops at seven family-owned vineyards in the region. Take your team on an outing in a private bus to visit each of these wineries for unique wine and food pairings throughout the year. With cheese, chocolate, bacon, and BBQ on the menu, you’ll get to experience some of the area’s best food and wine while enjoying a trip through the Missouri countryside.
6. Plan a private cruise on a historic riverboat
If you want to explore the Mississippi River without paddling your own canoe, take your team on a riverboat trip for an exciting team outing idea in St. Louis. Choose from one of two paddleboats — called the Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher — that can fit up to 220 passengers for a lunch or brunch buffet or a sit-down dinner. You’ll start your trip near the Gateway Arch and take a two- or three-hour cruise along the river. Live music and entertainment options are available as well.
7. Sample Italian food on a tour of The Hill
St. Louis may be known for its beer and BBQ, but some of it’s most unconventional dishes come from its Italian neighborhoods. Take your team on a walking tour of The Hill, where you’ll sample toasted ravioli, thin-crust pizza, gelato, and more. This two-mile tour is a great way to learn more about the history, architecture, and cuisine of this immigrant Italian neighborhood in St. Louis.
8. Play with clay at the Laumeier Sculpture Park
The Laumeier Sculpture Park is an outdoor museum featuring over 60 sculptures, an indoor art gallery, and a walking trail. Come during the day to see the giant eyeball, or at night to take part in a hands-on arts-and-crafts workshop. The venue hosts “Mud + Merlot” events that are open to the public, or you can plan your own private party at which up to 16 people can create their own clay cups, bowls, and other items using a potter’s wheel.
9. Have a picnic or campfire at the Endangered Wolf Center
The Endangered Wolf Center works to protect several species of wolves, including the Mexican wolf and red wolf, as well as swift and fennec foxes. Learn more about these animals by taking a tour of this 2,000-acre sanctuary, or plan a private event, such as a company picnic. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can stick around after dark for a “Campfire Howl” that includes chips, salsa, and margaritas. You can even bring your own tents for overnight camping!
10. Learn new moves at the World Chess Hall of Fame
You don’t have to be a grandmaster to enjoy a trip to the World Chess Hall of Fame. In fact, one of its current exhibits, The Beautiful Game, is all about how chess has inspired art and design in popular culture, from perfume bottles to lipstick. Another exhibit, Ground Control, features chess sets inspired by Star Wars, Star Trek, and other space-themed media. In addition to the exhibits, they offer evening events, such as Sip & Sketch and Crafts & Cocktails workshops.
From food and drink tours to scenic outdoor adventures, you’ll find dozens of team outing ideas in St. Louis to suit any team. If you want even more ideas, search Peerspace to find unique event spaces to host your outing. Plan a team retreat or company picnic, host a catered dinner, or hire a facilitator to lead a team-building workshop. Whichever option you choose, the Peerspace Concierge service is available to help you customize your booking.