If you're sick of ice breakers and trust falls, you're in luck. Durham has plenty of unique team-building activities that will promote communication, collaboration, and - most importantly - good times for all. From rooftop yoga to biking and beer, there's something for every organization. Keep reading to view a sampling of Durham's one-of-a-kind group activities.
For a party on wheels, book the 14-seat Biker Bar. Your captain and guide will steer the bar, while you pedal your way across Downtown Durham at speeds of three to five miles per hour. The bike is BYOB and music, so beer, wine, and your own tunes are welcome.
Pros: The thrill of (legally) drinking beer in a moving vehicle.
Cons: At least 10 riders must pedal to keep your ride moving, so freeloading is frowned upon. Yes, you may actually have to exercise.
Details: The Biker Bar NC costs $325 for a two-hour ride. It seats 14 people.
Enjoy a cooking class with your coworkers. The chef and owner of Durham Spirits Company, Katie Coleman, has worked in four-star restaurants around the world, so your team is sure to pick up some skills. This hands-on class can be customized to suit your group's interests, schedule, and budget.
Pros: Break out of your boring breakroom lunch routine. No yogurt and granola today, no sir.
Cons: Mincing? What's mincing? It will become evident if your idea of cooking involves a microwave and cereal.
Details: Contact Katie to discuss your customized group class and for a quote.
This interactive experience will test your group's wits. You'll be locked in a room for 60 minutes; to escape, you'll have to find clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes. This escape game is sure to test your team members' communication, collaboration,and brain power.
Pros: You'll get to show off your super sleuthing skills. All of that Matlock has finally paid off.
Cons: Well, this is obvious - you're locked in a room with your coworkers for an hour. Team bonding, indeed.
Details: A maximum of eight people can play at the same time and the cost is $25 per person. To book a private event during the week, contact Bull City Escape directly.
For an active day of team building, take your group to SkyZone, an indoor trampoline park complete with dodgeball court. If jumping isn't your thing, hang out next to the snacks in the party room.
Pros: Taking down your boss in a game of dodgeball.
Cons: You might be huffing and puffing after five minutes of jumping, but it's a lot more fun than that unused gym membership.
Details: Private dodgeball court rentals start at $250; private room rentals are also available.
Get your artistic juices flowing with a private party at Durham's creative reuse arts center. Create anything from a wind chime to a piece of jewelry, or learn an obscure skill like Japanese disk braiding. Take your creation home, or display it on your desk to intimidate your coworkers with your crafty skills.
Pros: Flashback to middle school art class, minus the awkwardness.
Cons: You'll have to pretend to like your coworker's failed masterpiece. "Stacy, that's sooo good!"
Details: Art party pricing for a group of 10 starts at $175 for 90 minutes, plus $5 for each additional participant.
Volunteer with your crew at SEEDS, an urban garden and sanctuary that promotes sustainability and food security. There are opportunities to work inside or outdoors, and tasks to suit people of all physical abilities. View more Durham volunteer opportunities.
Pros: Fresh air! Fulfill your daydream of owning chickens and becoming a master gardener.
Cons: You might break a sweat, depending on the weather. Prepare to wear your grubby duds.
Details: SEEDS accepts volunteer groups on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for three-hour shifts.
Observe 10 different species of lemurs on a group tour of the Duke Lemur Center, home to the largest collection of lemurs outside of Madagascar. Entertaining and adorable, you'll get to see prosimian primates eat, nap, play...and whatever else lemurs do.
Pros: Tons of photo opportunities! Take a group selfie with the lemurs.
Cons: There's no guarantee you won't want to quit your job to become a lemur keeper. Bosses be warned.
Details: For groups of 10 or more, the cost is $8 per person.
Clear your mind during a group yoga session on The Durham hotel roof. During an hour-long, vinyasa flow class, instructor Jessica Collette of La Vita Yoga will guide yogis of all levels through an invigorating session that will leave you relaxed and ready for the day ahead.
Pros: After breaking a sweat, reward yourself with a view of the Bull City skyline.
Cons: Just in case your coworkers didn't already know how uncoordinated you are, this will show them.
Details: Yoga is complimentary for hotel guests and $10 at the door for others. For information on group scheduling and rates, contact group sales at The Durham: 919-768-8830.
Host a group sporting event at Triangle Curling Club's Durham rink. Your group will receive a curling tutorial, usage of all necessary equipment, and instructors will guide you through a mini curling match.
Pros: Your parents own a bocce set, which seems like a vaguely similar sport - but not on ice. And with different rules. You're a natural, right?
Cons: You are on ice, so there's a chance you'll take a spill in front on your colleagues. Today's the day for those split-proof pants.
Details: Events include about two hours of ice time and cost $25 per person, with a minimum purchase of $400. A warm room is available to rent for an additional fee.