8 Authentically San Diego Team Building Activities
If you stay in San Diego, you play in San Diego! With a full menu of outdoor activities and an active lively culture, San Diego offers collaborative opportunities to enhance social relations and define roles within teams.
Whether you’re based in America’s Finest City or you chose this destination for its miles of white-sand beaches and amazing weather, here are some authentically San Diego activities to create strong team bonds and working strategies.
GROUP BIKE THROUGH THE GASLAMP
Grab a seat with 15 colleagues and group bike your way through San Diego’s most iconic Downtown districts. Your pedal through Victorian-era buildings and modern skyscrapers will be punctuated by frequent stops at the Cities top bars, pubs and nightclubs. As you enjoy the lively hot spots of the Gaslamp Quarter and into East Village, you will get a taste of San Diego through local craft beers and seasonal culinary specialties.
SAIL THE SEAS
Spend an afternoon sailing in the harbor or head out to the Pacific Ocean to watch the sun as it melts into the sea with an all-inclusive private cruise aboard a classic sailboat. Pass landmarks such as the Maritime Museum, Coronado Bridge, and USS Midway, and look for sea lions, dolphins, whales and other wildlife in the seas around you. Sip wine and craft beer as you nibble light snacks.
KAYAK THE COVE
Find peace in the water as your group paddles along the renowned La Jolla Cove. Single or double kayaks glide alongside paddle boarders to explore the natural caves and the abundance and diversity of wildlife unparalleled anywhere on the California coast except Monterey. Within 2 square miles, experience southern California's surf culture, observe dozens of species of marine animals, and visit 5 different marine environments: sandy beach, rocky reefs, sea cliffs, kelp forest, and deep water canyons.
WATERFRONT OLYMPIC GAMES
In the heart of Mission Beach or at the pristine Waterfront Park, custom competitive games mix-up the standard work environment with energy and some friendly competition. Your entire team will be invigorated from the inspiring Opening Ceremonies, through the "out of the ordinary" challenges and strategy games, to the celebratory Closing Ceremonies. Whether formatted in individual or team-style competition, this immersive physical activity allows team members to show new colors and celebrate team spirit!
For a tailored experience of team bonding and company culture that does not involve much physical effort, consider hosting a comedy skit night. Professional comedy teams will perform skits and Improv tailored to your group while recruiting your team members into the fun and laughs. Looking for more participation potential? Turn this into an Improv workshop where participants explore the craft and skills of Improv, and learn how to demonstrate spontaneity and creativity in a safe learning environment.
SD-STYLE AMAZING RACE
Designed as a fast-paced introduction to the City combined with advanced problem solving and light competition, an Amazing Race style activation allows teams to compete in various strategy challenges and bonus missions as they race to complete the dynamic series first. Navigating City streets and iconic landmarks, teams collaborate and celebrate individual strengths to utilize unique skills required for completion of each phase.
DOWN DOG & DANCE ATOP HISTORY
Atop the iconic USS Midway Museum, a historical naval aircraft carrier museum stationed along the San Diego Port, first-time yogis and advanced asana practitioners will find flow and gratitude under the San Diego sun. A high energy class to a mix of upbeat DJs vibes will conclude with an all-out dance party. Mindful movement meets clean body fuel, with a full fresh pressed juice bar and organic snacks, enjoyed while taking in the expansive views of the San Diego Bay.
SCAVENGER HUNT ALONG THE BOARD WALK
What better way to explore the famous beaches of San Diego, than through creative clues and interactive searches. A scavenger hunt along the Mission Beach Boardwalk brings the action right to the heart of San Diego beach life. Find hints along the beach volleyball courts, buried in custom sandcastles and inside the bars and shops lining the sand.
Pro Tip: A professional planner can help you execute the details of a team building event designed to highlight your destination. Their expertise in the ins & outs of venue limitations, City characteristics and unique features can help propel your activation into a successful development exercise for a cohesive team.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jenna Thompson
Jenna is a mountain based Yogi with a love for veggie focused foods. When she's not in Warrior Pose you can find her spending time with her Avalanche Rescue Dog Luna with a Matcha Latte in hand!