San Diego Team Building Ideas

With its relatively stable temperature, great street food, and sandy beaches, San Diego is a great place to live. It’s also a great place to work, as businesses in San Diego have a huge number of options when it comes to finding ideal places for team building activities. Whether it’s inside or outside, let’s look at some great team building ideas for San Diego.

iFly Indoor Skydiving

This is an exhilarating activity and a memorable experience that your team will be talking about long after it has happened. iFly creates the sensation of flying by using their state-of-the-art wind tunnels. iFly can take both large and small groups, providing thrilling adventures that give your team a wonderful story to share.

Velocity Paintball

Velocity Paintball offers a more structured team building experience. They’re located in Ramona on 40 acres of eucalyptus groves, and they have the only true woods-style play in the San Diego Area. They offer nine wooded fields to choose from. They also have the option of using low-impact paintballs. These are easier to dodge, and don’t hurt as much when you get hit.

Cucina Migrante Collaborative Cooking

“Too many cooks in the kitchen” is a common phrase. To avoid this scenario, the cooks need to communicate effectively, work as a team, and share responsibilities. This is why collaborative cooking works fantastically as a team-building exercise.

Cucina Migrante offers team cooking classes, where three meals are created from scratch. You’ll use local and seasonal ingredients, and each dish also includes a wine tasting. They also offer a chef’s table and painting night, where your team can have a four-course dinner, followed by a painting class with one of their instructors.

UCSD Challenge Course

If your team is hungry for a rough and rugged adventure, UCSD Challenge Course is a solid bet. Your coworkers will have their limits tested in the eucalyptus forest of the UCSD campus, in a variety of ground-based and high course challenges. They have different programs for each group’s needs, goals, and budget.

La Jolla Kayaking

If your team includes nature lovers, they’ll surely enjoy a team building tour with La Jolla Kayak. Your teammates will work together to paddle their kayaks as they explore the famous coastal caves of La Jolla, and see the diverse marine life on display there. They also have snorkel and sunset tours available.

Invasion Laser Tag

Not only is Laser Tag a lot of fun, it’s a great way to create a sense of connection with a group of people. If your group is somewhat athletic and enjoys a spirit of friendly competition, this activity is ideal for them. A typical session lasts 2-3 hours, although Invasion can shorten or lengthen the time to fit your schedule. They can accommodate any group size, but 12-36 people is considered ideal. They also have catering available.

Murder n’ Mayhem Murder Mystery – these guys kind of compete with us so I’ve moved them into the middle of the list

Murder n’ Mayhem challenges your team to come together and stop the killer before the next victim is taken. With themes like “Victim at the Victory Show” and “Big Hair Band Homicide”, your team must follow clues and think carefully to solve the case. Murder n’ Mayhem also has other services such as hosting crime or ghost tours, or throwing mystery parties.

Brainy Actz Escape Rooms

Escape rooms work well as team building events because they involve a lot of critical thinking, good communication, and effective cooperation. Some of the best escape rooms in San Diego are at Brainy Actz. They have various themes including the Great Carnival Challenge, the Lost Jungle Safari, and the Lost Point Lodge. They can accommodate groups of any size, and even offer the option to rent out the entire facility.


Pacifica Sailing Charters Boat Race

Pacifica Sailing Charters Team Challenge is a three hour sailing boat race. It lets six sailors per boat learn about sailing, then apply their knowledge to a race against other teams. Friendly competition provides the motivator for teams to communicate effectively and function well as a group. The activity includes a captain as well as a catered lunch. There are also larger boats available to accommodate larger groups.

San Diego Sky Tours

  San Diego Sky Tours offers airplane and biplane rides, letting your team see the world from the sky. In addition to regular aerial tours, they offer a biplane combat experience, letting your coworkers experience what it was like to be a World War I fighter pilot, for an unforgettable experience.

Painting & Vino 

Creativity is a vital part of being successful in the workplace. To nurture that side, try taking your team to Painting & Vino for a night of painting and sipping wine. The staff will take care of all the setup beforehand and clean up afterwards, so your team can just focus on having fun! At the end, they’ll get to take home their own piece of artwork. 


As you can see, there’s a sheer abundance of possibilities for team building in the San Diego area. No matter your team’s size or skillset, there’s something for everyone.