Top 5 Team Building Events in San Diego

What makes a good team-building event in San Diego?

With year-round sunny weather, gorgeous views, and iconic backdrops, you really can’t go wrong in America’s Finest City!

But if you’re trying to make this year’s event full of bonding, creativity, and memories that will last a lifetime (or at least the career span of your employees), read for our top 5 team-building events in San Diego.

What makes a good team-building event in San Diego?

San Diego is the perfect city for the perfect team-building event!

The city sees optimal, sunny weather all year long, there are plenty of neighborhoods to explore, and there are so many iconic locations. If your company is based in or near San Diego, we recommend staying in the city for your event.

Since the weather is usually pretty mild and sunny year-round, you may simply want to opt for an outdoor event. Outdoor events offer plenty of space for large groups and they get you out of the office or conference room!

You can choose one neighborhood or location for your event — or, consider an event (like Amazing Race or Mission Impossible challenges) that takes place in different locations.

Of course, you’ll want to take advantage of the city of San Diego itself. Try to find locations that show off your city and its iconic sites, like Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the Embarcadero.

Tips for Team Building Events in San Diego

If you’re planning a team-building event in San Diego, we’ve got a few tips to help you get started. In addition to choosing and planning the event itself, you’ll want to pick your location wisely, ask your employees for feedback, and keep COVID safety in mind.

Choose your location wisely

Before deciding on where to host your event, you’ll want to consider a few factors, including:

– How big is your group?
– Do you have a plan in case the weather changes?
– What type of event are you interested in hosting?

Your location will depend on the above factors.

If you’re hosting a multi-location event (such as the Amazing Race), you’ll need to choose several locations and staff each location with volunteers.

And while the weather in San Diego is usually pretty warm and sunny, you’ll want to consider a rain day or alternative indoor plan in case the weather turns unexpectedly.

Ask your employees for feedback — but not too much

If you don’t know what types of games or events you’re employees are into, you might have a dud of a day!

Ask your employees what types of events they’re interested in. Or — better yet — come up with a list of different types of events on your own and ask your employees to choose between them.

If you ask your employees for too much feedback, the day’s events might end up muddled or disorganized. But if don’t ask them for any feedback, you might end up with a group that’s not willing to participate.

Simply put out a few feelers to find out what events your team simply won’t agree to and which they’re most interested in.

Hire a professional

Planning a team-building event can turn into a full-time job for a planner — outside of their regular office job!

Not only do you need to coordinate permits, locations, and security (depending on the size of your group), you’ll also need to plan the event itself. Creating an escape-room-style event on its own is challenging (not to mention all the administrative work that goes along with it).

Hiring a professional that has a list of events ready to go (and all the know-how of hundreds of previously planned events) can take these tasks off your plate.

Plus, you won’t need to worry if you forgot to get a permit or mailed the deposit for the event space.

Top 5 Team Building Events in San Diego

Our top 5 team building events in San Diego include Mission Impossible, Amazing Race, scavenger hunts, escape rooms, and movies and music videos.

Scavenger Hunt

Mission Possible

Mission Possible tasks your employees to solve riddles and clues — hidden all over San Diego — espionage-style!

This event is ideal if you have several locations where the event can take place. Not only is it a great way for your employees to get to know each other, but it’s also a great way for them to get to know their own city better.

Amazing Race

Amazing Race challenges their cues straight from the TV show that bears their name!

Similar to Mission Impossible and scavenger hunts, your team will need to solve puzzles to get from one location to the next. The kicker? Once they’re at the location, they’ll need to work together to complete challenges before receiving the next set of clues!

Escape Room

Escape rooms can be created both indoors and out. Technically, you don’t even need a ‘room’ to create an escape room at all.

Team members will need to harness their individual strengths to solve puzzles, and each puzzle will unlock the next one and the next — until you finally escape the park, office, or possibly even the city of San Diego itself!

Movies & Music Videos

San Diego is the ideal backdrop for a music video or movie trailer. How many music videos and movies have been filmed in this city alone?

Our movies and music videos events are ideal for teams that are stuck in a creative rut. These events will unleash inner children (or inner musicians, cowgirls, astronauts, or another subject of your video) and let your employees’ real personalities shine through!

Your video experience will be customized to fit your company’s mission statement, themes, employees, founders, or current creative challenges.

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