Do you want to build a stronger team at your business? One that communicates better, collaborates with enthusiasm, and problem solves together with ease? Start by providing ways for your employees to get to know each other better. The more authenticity and transparency develop within your team, the more they will understand each other. The better they understand each other, the better the teamwork, and consequently – the better the job performance.
Take a little time to get outside of the office, and outside of the work mindset. Doing so can relieve stress, inspire creativity, boost morale, and build camaraderie. Allow your team to socialize in a fun and engaging way where they have nothing to lose – except maybe bragging rights. 😉
In this post, we will detail our top 11 favorite places for team-building company outings that will not only help unify and strengthen your team, but also reveal who has a hidden talent for hitting things with an axe.
1. Escape Rooms
Immerse yourself in an alternate reality with an escape room experience! Each escape room comes with an elaborate backstory that provides you the information you need to complete a detailed mission. You and your team of (4-8 people) have 60 minutes to find clues, decipher riddles, test your knowledge of cryptology, and problem solve like a boss. You can explore the different escape room themes, book your reservation, and purchase the experiences online.
Huntsville Escape Rooms have five distinct rooms rated with an escape success rate: The Psych Ward (45%), The Informant (65%), The Executioner, The Hexadron (42%), and The New Atlantis. Pricing starts at $25 per person, or you can rent a private room, for up to 7 people, for $175.
2. Rage Room
“Be bad in an environment when being bad is good.” It’s time to break some stuff. The Rage Room is a great outlet to smash the stress out of your day – and what better way than in the company of your coworkers. You have the option to choose your weapon of micro destruction (baseball bat, shovel, hammer, golf club, etc.), and play your own music over the sound system to really get your juices flowing. Don’t worry, you’ll be provided the proper protective gear to keep you and your team safe.
If you de-stress more like Picasso and less like the Tasmanian Devil, perhaps the Splatter Room is more your thing. Definitely bring a change of clothes for this activity, though a white t-shirt is provided along with painting utensils and goggles if you need them. The idea is to get as much paint on the walls, on you, and your coworkers as possible -- so don’t hold back on your splatter technique.
Pricing depends on the session’s length of time and the amount of people in your group. Take a look at their websitefor the different bookings available. They are open seven days a week, Sunday through Thursday from 10am – 10pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 12am.
Located inside Campus 805, this teambuilding activity will offer a little adrenaline rush and a lot of entertainment. The premise is simple – grab an axe, aim for the wooden target, and throw it like you mean it. Instructors are on-hand to guide you in how to position your axe for maximum success. You can book a space for 1 hour of Open Throw starting at $20 per person or reserve a private room (up to 21 people) starting at $160 for 1 hour.
Civil Axe is open seven days a week, Monday through Thursday from 2:30pm – 10pm, Friday from 2:30pm – 12am, Saturday from 11:30am – 12am, and Sunday from 2:30pm – 8pm.
Even if your backswing is nothing to write home about, no one will judge you here – all levels of skill are welcome. Topgolf offers a full-service restaurant and bar to order from while you play, as well as private meeting spaces for your teambuilding event. Open seven days a week, Tuesdays hit a hole-in-one with half-price for all game play:
- 10am – 12pm 12.50/hour
- 12pm – 5pm $17.50/hour
- 5pm – Close $22.50/hour
Regular pricing the rest of the week is as follows:
- 10am – 12pm $25/hour
- 12pm – 5pm $35/hour
- 5pm – Close $45/hour
Challenge your team with a race to the top! Strap into the harness and start working your way up -- climbing will not only challenge your body, but also your mind. Talented instructors are at the ready to show you the ropes so don’t let fear hold you back! It’s a great experience that will have you cheering on everyone else to make it to the top.
High Point accommodates large groups with a rate of $20 per person that includes a day pass for climbing and a gear package. Open seven days a week, High Point open its doors at 6am Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; opens at 10am on Tuesday and Thursdays; closes every night at 10pm, except for Sundays when it shuts down at 8pm.
Out on the lanes, a friendly little competition never hurt anybody. Suit up with your shoes (spiffy bowling shirt optional), pick out the shiniest ball, take a deep breath, and visualize that strike. Now, when that strike doesn’t happen, shamelessly put up those bumpers, and just have a good time with your team.
AMF Pin Palace Lanes is sleek and modern with a retro vibe. It has upscale loungers and blacklight lanes to take the ordinary bowling experience up a notch. Booking a corporate event online is easy – for groups of 18 or less, you choose your party length, preferred time and date, create a customized menu, and purchase the experience. It’s that simple. But if want to make it even more seamless, they have party planners to do all the heavy lifting for you.
AMF is open seven days a week, from 12pm - 10pm Monday through Thursday, 12pm - 12am Fridays and Saturdays, and from 1pm - 10pm on Sundays.
7. Laser Tag
“Find your inner warrior” and step into a scene from an action movie; this is not the laser tag of your childhood. Stars and Strikes laser tag means serious (but safe) business, and you’ll have all proper gear you need to annihilate your enemies in the arena. But if this gets too intense, you can always go for a beer, some funnel cake fries, and try your hand at the arcade.
They offer all-inclusive packages for your teambuilding event like The Champions Challenge, or The Extreme Challenge listed below for $29.99 (plus tax) per person:
16 people minimum | 3 hour event
- Designated team building facilitator
- 2 games of Competitive Bowling (choice of Standard, Wacky, Full House or Tag Team Relay Bowling)
- Team-Against-Team Laser Tag Challenge
- Extreme Power Point challenge (includes $10 game card per person)
- Your choice of Taco Bar or Pizza Buffet
- Unlimited Soft Drinks
- Souvenir bowling pin trophy for the winning team (additional pins may be purchased)
Stars and Strikes is open seven days a week starting at 10am, closing at 11pm Monday through Thursday, at 1am on Friday and Saturday nights, and midnight on Sundays.
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” This entertainment behemoth comes prepared when tackling team building exercises. They offer curated packages that focus on building different levels of skills like strategy, leadership, time management, communication, teamwork, and problem solving. Teams must collaborate and work towards a common goal, establishing stronger connections with each other and building a more cohesive team. Navigate this page of their website for pricing and availability.
You certainly won’t go hungry with their extensive menu of appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts. You can even bond with your coworker over the best flavor of chicken wings while you count your tickets. Dave and Buster’s is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 11pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 1am.
9. Sports Games
Take your team out to the minor league ball game this summer and enjoy the view of the pitch at Toyota Field. If you don’t already have season tickets, you can plan your visit and choose from the 5 unique spaces that accommodate gatherings of 6 up to 312 people. Each space offers varying amenities from an all-you-can-eat-buffets to prime seating to catch a foul ball. You can find the Trash Panda game schedule here and book your next teambuilding event here.
When the Havoc is on the ice, you don’t want to miss the action. From October to April, Propst Arena fills with the cheers of Huntsville’s loyal fans and the energy is electric. Night games start at 7pm all other days except Sundays when they begin at 5pm. If you’re interested in buying season tickets for the 2021-2022 season, check out their website.
Paddle your way into better syncopation with your team with a trip down the river. Fight with the rapids or float blissfully along the Flint as you soak up the Alabama sunshine. Make sure to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and pack your belongings in a watertight container in case you decide to take a (voluntary or involuntary) dip in the shallow waters.
An average trip with the NACK lasts 3-5 hours and costs $45 per person. If you bring your own canoe or kayak, they will shuttle you to the launch site for $25. They only take cash, but if you forget, they have an ATM onsite. They also offer discounts for groups of 15 or more. The NACK opens at 10am on Thursdays and Fridays, 8am on Saturdays, and 9am on Sundays. To book your trip, you can contact them on their website.
Access to the Flint River from Brown Bear starts at Winchester Road. They offer routes that last for 3 hours and 5-6 hours. Canoes and tandem kayaks are $70 per boat, while single kayaks are $40 per person. All rental pricing includes shuttle and parking. If you bring your own canoe or kayak, they will shuttle you to the launch site for $15 per person. Brown Bear opens at 10am on Thursdays and Fridays, 8am on Saturdays, and 8am on Sundays. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
11. DIY Classes
With our final pick, we wanted to think outside of the box. These non-conventional team-building activities encourage creative thinking, teach new skills, but still hit the mark on the main goal – to fortify team unity and communication.
- Pinot’s Palette - Group canvas painting – but with an open bar!
- Cooking with C. C. - Cooking classes with Chef C.C. Fridlin
- Craft at Liquor Express - Pottery/canvas painting and candle making
- The Paper Petals Co. - Intricate paper flower making
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