Group Activity Ideas for Corporate Travel in NYC
There are many reasons that New York is an ideal destination for corporate travel: It boasts a vibrant, dynamic energy; it goes through four distinct seasons (so you can plan your visit around the weather you want to experience); and it offers something for everyone, from the foodie to the cinephile to the arts enthusiast. As you plan your corporate event, check out our ideas for team-building and group outings that make the most of this city.
Many of the popular NYC team-building exercises involve solving mysteries or tracking down a prize in famous locations. Try a ScavBoss or ScatterBoss scavenger hunt through the Financial District, Central Park, or Grand Central Station, or sign up for Museum Hack, which combines a customized tour with collaborative activities (and optional wine and snacks).
If your company’s preferred team-building activity is taking a one-day class, you’ll find countless options to choose from. Among them are cooking classes at Pizza School NYC, Atelier Sucré, Cooking by the Book, and Aunt Jake’s Pasta Lab, and drawing and painting classes at The Art Studio NY. You can even set up courses in flower arranging, coffee brewing, glass blowing, or chocolate making.
Sometimes the best team-building activity is an old-fashioned athletic competition or relay race. Zogsports and Chelsea Piers offer myriad options in this department, from dodgeball, climbing, and volleyball competitions and races to dance-offs and gladiator-style “pedestal jousting” events. For a more laid-back team-building excursion, head to the pinball machines at Barcade, organize a bowling tournament at Midtown’s Lucky Strike, or face off in classic board games at The Uncommons, in Greenwich Village.
Plenty of great New York group activities center around simply exploring the city’s classic attractions with a guide. Private tours can be arranged at the Met, the Museum of Modern Art, the Rubin Museum, and the Museum of Natural History, alongside those offered by Museum Hack. There are also history tours of entire neighborhoods available, and occasionally some of entire boroughs, through groups like Big Onion Walking Tours.
A number of activities within the city are designed specifically for teams, like Launchy Birds, a fast-paced competition based around building a castle; the ever-popular Great Guac-Off; and the numerous “escape rooms.” If you’re visiting during the holiday season, you can also collaborate to build gingerbread houses through Gingerbread Wars.
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