Hey there! I’m guessing you’re here because you’re looking for Boston team building activities and corporate event ideas. Well my friend, you’re in the right place! Our team has worked hard to compile a list of the 25 best company team building activities in the Boston area. We guarantee you’ll find the perfect fit for your team on this list.
Remember, team building is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make back into your company. When you show your employees that you 1) appreciate all of the hard work that they do and 2) put your money where your mouth is by investing in their well being and growth, you’ll see a drastic improvement in overall employee satisfaction, engagement and retention.
Keep reading to find the best team building activities in and around Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, and Milton.
#1 – The Great Guac Off™
The Great Guac Off™ is one of the best company team building activities in Boston! It may sound a little unusual, part guacamole making competition and part team building, but it is challenging, super fun and very collaborative. They encourage friendly competition and lots of team bonding by splitting up your team into smaller groups. These smaller teams will then battle it out in mini challenges like trivia for points while competing to make the best guacamole ever. The Guac Off team will also talk about the art of storytelling. The Great Guac Off™ can be hosted anywhere, including the official Boston Guac Off site or at your office. There is no limit to the amount of people (or fun!) you can have for this awesome corporate event. More info here.
#2 – Trapology Boston
Trapology is a Boston Escape Room. You and your team will have only 60 minutes to follow a series of difficult clues, solve mind bending puzzles and of course escape. Choose one from the following five fun group activities for adults:
- The Drunk Tank. After a fun night out at the Sox game you and your team wake up in a cell. How did you get here? Will you be able to escape?
- The Hustler. This game requires some physical activity as you try to escape the bad guys and get to your family before they do.
- The Retreat. Camping is all fun and games until someone goes missing…
- Crush Depth. It’s up to your crew to save your submarine from sinking to the bottom of the ocean.
- Steampunk Train (limited time only). Will you stop the train before it’s too late?
Trapology is a team outing for both small and large groups. Each escape room can hold up to ten people. If you have a larger team they’ll simply split you up into different rooms and you’ll compete not only against the clock but each other too. More info here.
#3 – Museum Hack
Museum Hack offers some of the very best team building activities in Boston! These are not your grandma’s museums tours. In addition to super fun and interactive games to break the ice and get your team LOLing, every tour is full of sassy behind the scenes stories, epic photo challenges, and more. The best bit about Museum Hack’s fun corporate events is that they can totally customize the tour to match your company’s values and industry. Experience the f***ing awesome museums in Boston like you’ve never experienced any museum before, bond with your team and have a ton of fun all at the same time! If you want to crank up the difficulty on your next team outing check out Museum Hack’s Escape the Museum and custom scavenger hunts. More info here.
#4 – Selfup
Selfup offers a variety of cooking activities in the Boston area for corporate events, parties and team building. Their fun activities for employees include:
- Italian Dinner with Tiramisu Finale
- Cocktails Mixology Class
- Authentic Japanese Sushi
- The Perfect Homemade Dumplings
Your team will cook up a storm and you’ll also pick up a few new tricks to use at home in your kitchen. More info here.
#5 – Strayboots
Strayboots offers scavenger hunts and team building activities perfect for your next company outing. Make memories while working together to solve various clues and difficult challenges. They offer more than one type of competitive scavenger hunt. Choose from the following company team building activities:
- Strayboots Strategy Game. A race against the clock and a scavenger hunt focused on strategy.
- Food and Drink Hunt in Downtown Boston. This scavenger hunt retraces the footsteps of America’s founding fathers from Old South Meeting House to Faneuil Hall.
- Your Place, Your Employees, Your Rules. This event is specifically designed to welcome new hires to your team.
- Boston Back Bay Scavenger Hunt. Explore some of Boston’s most iconic landmarks and discover some of the city’s hidden treasures.
- Salem Witch Hunt. The year is 1692 and witches are everywhere!
#6 – Cashunt Boston
Cashunt hosts two and a half hour multi-game scavenger hunt style events focused on team bonding. You and your team will hustle around the city, strike poses, leap frog down the street, dance your way to the next clue and more. You can choose from the following team building activities:
- Boston Hustle
- Back Bay Hustle
- Havad Yahd Hustle
- Foxboro Dash
- Smartphone Gate
All of Cashnut’s fun corporate events include a thirty minute post game debrief where awards are handed out to the winners. You’ll also get access to all of the photos and video of the day for free. You must have at least eight people in your team to book an event. If you have more you’ll be split up into smaller groups and compete for a prize. More info here.
#7 – Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts
On a Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt, instead of collecting objects, your team will be solving riddles, following clues and learning about Boston’s rich culture. Your team will search for answers about such places as the Freedom Trail, the Back Bay, Harvard, Salem, and Concord. Their top three Boston team building activities are:
- The Secrets of Old Boston Scavenger Hunt
- The Mad Science Scavenger Hunt
- The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
They also offer customizable content that will get your team communicating, collaborating and most importantly having fun. More info here.
#8 – Archery Games Boston
If your office is full of action movie buffs, this is a good team outing for you. Archery Games Boston is the only combat archery arena in the area offering an action packed experience. Played similarly to dodgeball, your team will be split into two groups who will battle it out with bows and foam tipped arrows (don’t worry; the foam tip arrows don’t hurt!). Archery Games focuses heavily on communication and teamwork all mixed up with a little friendly competition. You and your team can rent out this space with a group as small as eight and big as one hundred. If you can’t make it down to the site they also offer mobile events where they’ll bring everything you need for fun activities for employees. More info here.
#9 – Mobsters & Lobsters
Mobsters and Lobsters is a neat option for Boston team building activities. If you and your team are into local criminal lore and the darker side of history then this team building activity could be for you. Explore the city’s sinister side on a trolley ride through Boston’s historic mobster underworld. Listen to stories and see things like the sites of historic heists, mobster hideaways, hangouts and more. But where does the lobster come in? Glad you asked! Your tour will wrap with a famous lobster dinner at one of Boston’s finest waterfront restaurants. This tour is ideal for small to medium size groups as the max number of people is 40. More info here.
#10 – TeamBonding
If you’re looking for corporate team building activities that also give back to your community, TeamBonding is one place to start. They’ve partnered with organizations such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club to offer company team building events that combine corporate social responsibility and team bonding. When you are done with your event you’ll have a wonderful gift to donate and contribute to your community. These fun events for adults are extremely diverse. They include:
- The Charity Bike Build
- Hopeful Handbags
- Everyday Superheroes
- Team Ukulele
- Mr. Roboto
- Cooking for a Cause
Simply choose what your team is most passionate about, visit the website, select your group size and choose from the above listed events and many more! More info here.
#11 – Murder Mystery Co.
Bring your next company team building activity to you. The Murder Mystery Co. throws killer office parties that are ideal for team building, office parties and corporate events alike. This two hour murder mystery show is interactive and fun. How does it work? Professional improv actors set the stage and lead the event but each and every team member will also have an important role to play. Everyone’s out to solve the crime. Don’t be nervous about acting; their team is highly professional and will guide even the most nervous folks all the way through the night effortlessly. The most popular themes include:
- A dance with death: It’s prom night and someone has been found dead on the dance floor. It’s up to you to figure out whodunit!
- The most wonderful crime of the year: comedy, crime and Christmas — this theme has it all.
- The best laid plans: a classic whodunit thriller at the wealthy estate.
#12 – IA Innovation
IA, or Improv Asylum, is all about creating teams who communicate, listen, and trust each other. IA deep dives into exactly what your team needs to improve in order to succeed. After working with you to determine in what specific areas your team needs to improve they’ll create a custom training experience just for you. These events are about inspiring your team, getting you to work better together, and promoting creativity through improv to get innovative ideas flowing. To get a better idea about what type of event IA offers visit their website and check out the training options. Here’s a sampling of their corporate team building activities:
- The Comedy Show experience
- Diversity Awareness Training Program
- Leadership Cascade
- Master Presenter Challenge
#13 – The Trivia Factory
The Trivia Factory hosts trivia and bingo nights in over 90 venues across 15 states. How does it work? Their factory format is a fun yet intense two-hour and four rounds game of trivia consisting of 20 questions ranging on a variety of topics and a final bonus round with four make it or break questions. Make sure you and your team are paying attention to everything, even the music! The songs played between each question provide a hint to the next question’s answer and your team can get extra points for naming the artist. The Trivia Factory is a good way to challenge your team and improve their ability to communicate and think quickly under pressure. This fun group activity for adults is definitely challenging but it’s not impossible. More info here.
#14 – Boda Borg Boston
Whats is Boda Borg? It is questing, aka a real-world gaming experience. Each Boda Borg facility has over twenty different quests to choose from. A quest is a series of 2-5 challenges. Each challenge sets a task that only a group working together can solve. There is no instruction and no one can complete the quest alone. The facility has both physical and mental challenges that you and your team will have to work through in order to move to the next level. If you fail a challenge you’ll have to go back to the beginning or choose a new quest altogether. This team outing is ideal for smaller teams as you only need three people to quest. Are you ready to break out of prison, win a TV game show, explore a haunted house or run an obstacle course? More info here.
#15 – The Brattle
The Brattle is a Harvard Square landmark and iconic cinema house in Boston. It also makes a neat venue for meetings, parties and work off-sites. If your team is full of movie goers and film aficionados you’ll definitely want to check out The Brattle. This is a great space for a fun and alternative company offsite. Host an inspiration multimedia lecture, screen your team’s favorite movie (complete with tasty concessions as well was wine and beer) or put on a company networking event. All theater rentals include:
- Use of the historic theatre space which seats 225 people
- Box office, concessions, and projection staff
- Use of podium with basic microphone and sound set-up
- State-of-the-art DCP system with DLP projection (DCP, Blu-ray, DVDs, and other media)
- 35mm and 16mm film projection
- Stereo sound system
- HDCAM and other formats available for an additional fee
#16 – Paddle Boston
If your team is all about the outdoors and being active, you’ll want to check out Paddle Boston. Spend a few hours getting to know your team in a relaxed environment away from screens and office walls. Book a guided canoe or kayak tour. Don’t worry, even if you’ve never done either of these activities before this is the perfect place to learn. Your group will be led by an expert guide who will give a lesson before the tour starts. See the city from a different point of view and learn cool stories about Boston and its wildlife. After spending 1-2 hours on the water, you’ll come back to a delicious meal with a lovely view. Check out Paddle Boston’s top four team outings:
- BBQ Tour. Spend about 90 minutes on the water and come back to a BBQ picnic catered by Redbones of Somerville.
- Skyline Tour. Enjoy about 90 minutes on the water checking out the best skyline view in Boston and exploring the lagoons of the Esplanade. You can opt for light snacks on the water or a full meal to finish the tour!
- Harbor Tour. During this three-hour tour, see the Esplanade, Museum of Science, Zakim Bridge, and U.S.S. Constitution.
- Barking Crab Tour. Venture from Kendall Square through the locks and along the waterfront, ending with lunch at the Barking Crab, Boston’s most famous waterfront clam shack.
#17 – Boston Public Market
The Boston Indoor Public Market is open year-round and features 35 New England artisans and food producers. Its located at 100 Hanover Street at Haymarket Station and open Monday thru Saturday from 7:00am to 8:00pm and on Sundays from 10:00am to 8:00pm. The Kitchen at The Boston Public Market is a nice place for community events. They host hands on seasonal cooking classes and workshops. It is the perfect place for your next team outing. Book a private event and or cooking class at The Kitchen. Some fun group activities for adults they currently offer include farm-to-kitchen cooking classes, pasta making workshops, natural dye workshops, cooking local, and baking school. More info here.
#18 – Bites of Boston
Bites of Boston neighborhood food tours offer a variety of fun activities for employees. On your tour you’ll sample a variety of food from local eateries and learn about the eatery’s interesting history. It’s all about context at Bites of Boston. They’ll teach you all about the history, culture and architecture that makes each neighborhood so unique. Boston team building activities include:
- Sweet & Savory South End
- Allston Arts & Eats
- Chinatown’s Culture & Cuisine
- Classic Bites of Boston
Tours last approximately three hours and cover about 1 – 1.5 miles of walking. Depending on the tour, the number of guests is capped between 12 and 16. More info here.
#19 – Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon is a lively venue and another option for your next team offsite or corporate event. This trendy bar conveniently located in Boston’s Financial district offers corporate friendly entertainment aka live musical performances along with customized food and beverage packages. The live show can be tailored to your team’s needs. The in house musicians can play anything from easy listening to rock and from Lady Gaga to Bruce Springsteen. Howl’s talented entertainers can even perform an original song specifically composed for your event to pay tribute to your company or product launch. Howl at the Moon offers a variety of event packages and company outing ideas to accommodate groups of 10 to 340. More info here.
#20 – Action Kitchen Boston
Action Kitchen Boston is one one of the best company team building activities for food lovers. Their events focus on building up collaboration, teamwork, organization and communication. You can choose from two different fun corporate events:
- Collaborative Cuisine. This event operates similarly to a cooking class. You and your team will work together with a chef to create a delicious meal to enjoy together at the end of the event.
- Creative Cookoff. This event is for those who like a little bit of competition. Your team will be split into smaller groups and each small team will be given a basket of identical ingredients. Each team will work together to plan and prepare a dish out of said ingredients, with help from a chef. Awards can be given out at the end for creativity, flavor, taste and more for an added bonus.
#21 – Alice’s Table
Alice’s Table offers the chance to take part in a unique and creative corporate team building activity – flower arrangements. They work with you to plan the perfect event, whether at your office or at one of their many venue partner sites. Alice’s Table events can take between 1-2 hours depending on the completely of the flower arrangement. They’ve worked with teams like Google, Jonathan Adler, Bumble, MiniLuxe, David’s Teas, CBRE, Hubspot and more. A cool bonus about this event is you get to go home with your own flower arrangement and lots of new knowledge on how to do it yourself again at home. More info here.
#22 – Boston Public Garden
Spend an afternoon at the first public botanical garden in America, the Boston Public Garden. On a warm sunny day Boston Public Garden is the perfect location for a do-it-yourself alternative team outing. Enjoy and explore the lagoon, fountains, monuments and of course beautiful local flora and fauna. Plan a park day complete with food, drinks, and games. Bring along some music and you’ve got yourself the perfect team offsite to promote camaraderie and show your team that you appreciate the work they do. More info here.
#23 – Blue Hills Reservation
Blue Hills Reservation is located just a few miles outside of busy Boston. Stretching over 7,000 acres, there are a whopping 125 miles of trails to explore! Plan an outdoor adventure with your team through the forests of Blue Hill. If hiking isn’t your thing, your team could participate in any one of the following company outing ideas:
- Mountain biking
- Horseback riding
- Boating (non-motorized)
- Canoeing and kayaking
- Cross-country skiing
- Downhill skiing
- Rock climbing
Blue Hills Reservation is the perfect way to get your team out of the office and moving together. With activity levels ranging from easy to difficult, you’ll find the right fit for your team. It’s perfect for small groups and a very cost effective. More info here.
#24 – Host A Meetup
If you want to stretch a corporate event to include not just your employees but your customers, suppliers, and community, too, host a meetup. Meetups can be lots of fun and there are a million and one ways to do it. Plan something that highlights your mission, brand and values, from the location to the food and activities. This is a great way to connect everyone in your network in a fun way and show them how much you appreciate that they are part of your community. Plus, you may help them make more valuable connections — and that’s invaluable to you! More info here.
#25 – Brooklyn Boulders
Brooklyn Boulders is a good option for active groups who like a physical challenge. Located nearby in Somerville, Brooklyn Boulders is a 40,000 square foot facility equipped with all different styles and levels of climbing – bouldering, auto-belay, top-roping, and lead climbing. Whether your team has ever climbed or not before this is the perfect space for a team bonding activity. You can rent out the space for your next corporate event. During your event you’ll be guided by experts through all the basics of bouldering and earn your auto-belay certificate. Nothing builds trust like belaying your co-workers on a massive rock climbing wall. You also have the option to include additional fun activities for your employees like yoga, bootcamp and meditation. More info here.
Just to recap — investing in team building is key to increasing employee satisfaction, engagement and retention.
With so many incredible Boston team building activities to choose from there’s no reason you shouldn’t get at least one company team building activity on your calendar today!
If you have any questions about company team building activities in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, and Milton, or other cities in the surrounding area don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’ll help find the right team building event for you!