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The Best Team-Building Activities in San Diego

Any excuse to visit San Diego is a good one. Ours is truly a city for all seasons and all reasons! This spring, treat your team to a team building or meeting excursion at Island Palms, and let us handle all the details! Professional retreats and business get-togethers at “America’s Finest City” are absolutely packed with great things to do for groups looking to create unity of purpose. So if you’re on the hunt for a fantastic waterfront location your crew will happily travel to for a little bridge-building, then your search ends here. Read on for some great San Diego team-building ideas. 


Experience an Escape Room (various locations)


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If you’ve never enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment that comes from thinking your way out of a pickle, then you need to bring your team to one of San Diego’s excellent escape rooms. For the uninitiated: escape rooms are a puzzle-based activity where a group enters a room with no clear exit, and then must use provided clues to find a way back out within a set time. As such, they promote critical thinking, teamwork, and creative problem-solving. In other words, fantastic skills for any team of professionals to build!


Take a Brewery Tour (6.1 miles)

Thanks to the fact that San Diego County is home to more than 150 microbreweries, the city has earned the title of “Craft Beer Capital of America.” Meaning that any team looking to construct come camaraderie should consider a taste of San Diego’s best breweries. Island Palms offers excellent flights of beers from these terrific tasting rooms, and we’ll gladly set up a leisurely round of samples for you and your team.


Take Flight With Indoor Skydiving (9.8 miles)

Have you always been intrigued by skydiving, but intimidated by the plunge? Never fear! iFly San Diego offers an indoor version that has all the high-flying thrills without the “jumping out of an airplane” part. You and your team can zip into flight suits and step into a cylindrical chamber that simulates all the best parts of diving — no parachute required. Check out their corporate events page for more team-building information.

2385 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108


Kick Some Axe (13 miles)

There’s just nothing else quite like chucking a tree-toppling implement and burying it dead-center into a big, bright bullseye. Maybe that’s why axe-throwing has taken off in popularity so much in the last few years. Battle Axe San Diego in Mission Valley was the first spot to offer this fun, frustration-busting activity in “America’s Finest City”, and they’re still the biggest in the state. They also have special rates for professional events.

6330 Riverdale St, San Diego, CA 92120


Brave the UCSD Challenge Course (16.3 miles)

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There may be no steeper team-based test in the city than the University of California San Diego’s Challenge Course. This outdoor adventure asks teams to build trust, leadership, and group problem-solving skills by navigating a series of physical trials that can only be overcome through setting goals, and making clear decisions. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but any team skilled enough to tackle this undertaking will be able to best any obstacle they encounter going forward.

9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla, CA, 92093


Zap — You’re “It” (41 miles)

Laser Tag is back, and it’s better than ever. Invasion Laser Tag in nearby San Marcos is a fact-paced, pulse-pounding matchup that’s full of futuristic fun. Whether your crew wants to band together to take on local challengers or split up and face off against each other, there’s no better way to take aim at victory (and bragging rights!). Invasion also offers special professional packages for business travelers looking to blow off some steam.

1290 W San Marcos Blvd. Suite 101, San Marcos, CA 92078


Can’t Decide? Don’t Decide. (Various locations)

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Not quite sure which of these options your team would find most engaging? No problem. Reach out to the local team building experts at AdVenture Games Team Building. They’ll gladly work with you to put together a custom package that’s sure to meet your needs. They have a wide range of activities available for any size team or budget, ranging from scavenger hunts to urban exploration to problem and puzzle-solving. It’s your choice!  


Island Palms Can Help Bring Your Team Together

team-building tour. A guest-friendly combination of great rates, the ideal location, and exceptional amenities offers professional travelers an amazing experience. Not to mention that our team also has a full range of on-site team-building activities certain to unite your crew. Plus, we also offer competitive group rates, convenient spaces, catering, and a fantastic professionals’ spring special. Enjoy savings of 25% on meeting space (including presentation equipment), a discounted group room rate, and reduced parking fee when you book your event this spring! 

When it’s time to plan, take a look at our special offers and packages, and pick the experience that’s right for you and your team.