Team building activities and corporate events are a great way for employees to collaborate and learn new skills together. With options for fun group games, outdoor activities, food workshops, and more, The San Francisco Peninsula has it all, for any group size!
Enjoy a wide variety of wilderness activities with Adventure Out, which specializes in surf lessons, rock climbing classes, stand-up paddle boarding, backpacking trips, mountain biking, wilderness survival instruction, and adventure tours. Outdoor classes like theirs help to make people better leaders and problem solvers, and they're incredibly fun! Options range from 1-day classes to week-long retreats.
Get out on the water for a unique and challenging team-building activity with Spinnaker Sailing in Redwood City. The Team Challenge Regatta is a 4-hour program that combines learning to sail with competitive racing! During the first half of the program, the Spinnaker Sailing team works to get everyone familiar with basic sailing fundamentals. This involves a discussion at the docks and practice on the water. Each boat has an instructor on board to ensure everyone’s safety. The second half of the program involves a series of sailing races where the boats and teams test their skills against each other racing around a course of buoys. Instructors coach the teams but most of the hands-on skills are performed by the crews!
Half Moon Bay Kayak
Another fun water activity is kayaking with Half Moon Bay Kayak. Getting out of the office and onto beautiful Pillar Point Harbor among birds and wildlife will be an unforgettable experience. The team at Half Moon Bay Kayak will tailor an experience to suit your team’s needs, ensuring corporate trips are unique and educational.
For corporate groups, clubs, and special events looking for a shared outdoor recreation activity, the tours from ECOBike Adventures are a perfect solution. Groups can go to one of their permanent tour locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, or ECOBike Adventures can come directly to a corporate campus! Their electric bikes are safe for beginners and easy to navigate around.
Filoli Historic House & Gardens
Enjoy general admission to explore the magnificent gardens and estate at Filoli in Woodside. Their group admission package includes a discounted rate for groups of 15 or more, a special welcome and orientation, and a reusable Filoli tote bag and Visitor Guide for everyone in the group.
Paint Live Laugh
Unleash your inner artist with Paint Live Laugh. They provide the lesson, canvas, easel, brushes, paints, and apron directly to your office. Choose from a selection of masterpieces to recreate, or work with their team to create a new painting specifically designed for your group.
Bottle & Bottega
Another great option for a team-building activity or holiday party is to take your event to Bottle & Bottega in Belmont/Redwood City. The options are unlimited — you can create a mural together for the break room, paint an image chosen by your team, or simply let imaginations run wild! Their BYOB paint studios allow you to bring wine, beer, or cocktails to sip on while enjoying the day. You may also choose to hold the event on-site at an office.
In addition to watercolor painting, Swirl Works in Menlo Park also offers other creative workshops such as calligraphy, block printing, or flower arranging perfect for a corporate retreat. Their master artisans will guide you through the workshop in their beautiful garden courtyard.
Red Door Escape Room
For those who enjoy hands-on problem solving and a little competition, the fully immersive escape rooms at Red Door Escape Room in San Mateo are a perfect team-building activity. Groups are challenged to solve cryptic puzzles and find hidden clues to ultimately escape from a series of rooms in less than 60 minutes. With a variety of episodes available, from Casino Heist to the fairy-tale-themed Once Upon a Time, each of their episodes takes you into a new reality and brings teams closer together.
Food, Drink & Farms
SWEET55 Chocolates & Confection
Learn how to make your own chocolate at the award-winning SWEET55 Chocolates & Confections in Half Moon Bay or Palo Alto, California. Their swiss chocolates are sourced from some of the most sustainable vendors in Switzerland. For team building activities, groups can choose from a guided course, a behind-the-scenes tour of the chocolate making process, or compete to create a new chocolate product.
San Francisco Wine School
Looking for a fun virtual option for a remote team? In addition to their in-person workshops, San Francisco Wine School offers virtual wine tasting classes. From blind taste testing to food and wine pairing, their workshops are engaging, interactive, and educational!
Learn about mixology and the small batch operations that go on at Jettywave Distillery. This distillery experience embraces the northern California coastal life. Their one-hour corporate class is run by their head distiller and includes a cocktail for each participant.
Half Moon Bay Distillery
Interested in an onsite cocktail-making class? Contact Half Moon Bay Distillery for a unique team-building activity tailored to your group. This small craft distillery is committed to producing the highest quality distilled spirits in small batches.
Located near the California coast in Pescadero, Pie Ranch supports a just food system through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships. Visits to the farm are a great way to engage with the land and soil. Tour options include a milling demonstration in the historic Roadside Barn and an introduction to small-farm operations. Other options include cooking lessons with a chef educator and baking pies from scratch!
Also on the California coast in Half Moon Bay, Miramar Farms is another option for groups looking to connect with locally-grown food. Team building activities include a tour of the farm and kitchen garden, where you can learn more about the farm’s sustainable practices and enjoy a sample of what’s growing. Another option includes a floral designing workshop, such as a succulent garden or wreath.
Sea Hugger® is a nonprofit organization focused on protecting the marine environment from plastic pollution. They have beach cleanup events every month in Half Moon Bay at Dunes Beach and Surfer’s Beach.
Pacifica Beach Coalition
Another great option for corporate beach cleanups and habitat restoration is with the Pacifica Beach Coalition in Pacifica. They welcome companies looking to create or expand their corporate volunteering.
Rebuilding Together Peninsula
Since 1989, Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) has provided critical safe and healthy housing-related repairs for vulnerable homeowners and community facilities throughout San Mateo County and the San Francisco Peninsula. RTP offers engaging and rewarding team experiences that make meaningful and immediate impacts in the local community. Contact them to find an inspiring day of service for your team.