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12 Insanely Fun Group Activities in Washington DC

a group of people standing on a rooftop with drinks at sunset

Written By: Emily Walton

The United States Capitol during a day with blue skies

The United States Capitol

Washington DC is a bustling city that always has something fun going on. While it is known for being the hub of American politics, there is much more to explore than just the White House. With new businesses popping up in the city, you don’t have to look far to find the perfect place for your next group outing in DC.  


The Importance of Team Building


Having a strong team helps your company’s productivity. When your group knows how to work together and collaborate, they can easily solve complex tasks. Company culture can be improved by using offsite team-building.

hands of all shades stacked on top of each other as a team

All for one, one for all!

Don’t know where to start? We’ve got you. Keep reading for our list of the 12 best group activities that your team will actually like. 


#1 Immerse Yourself In DC Culture With A Walking Food Tour

Embrace DC’s bustling art and food scenes while you enjoy a walking tour of U Street with your team. Locally-owned Blue Fern Travel will take you into the heart of DC’s jazz culture for a fun foodie experience. They even provide custom photos along the way!



Ben's Chili Bowl restaurant from a street view

Ben’s Chili Bowl is delish!

#2 Create Tasty Cuisine With A Corporate Cooking Class 


Looking for a hands-on way to learn about food and culture in DC? Have your team take a fun group cooking class! Join Chef Jenna as she walks your team through the process of making the perfect pizza or a delicious Korean dish.  



two people working together to make a homemade pizza

#3 Develop Teamwork With Indoor Rock Climbing

Nothing builds trust more than having a teammate belay you down a wall. Your employees will have fun working together to climb one of the many walls at Vertical Rock Climbing & Fitness. An added bonus is that rock climbing helps build your employee’s confidence and self-esteem!



your team will love rock climbing

Have fun and get active with rock climbing

#4 Test Your Team’s Knowledge At Trivia night 

A fun way for your team to work together and get competitive is a local trivia night. Wonderland Ballroom hosts a Monday night trivia where you can play in teams of 5 to win. If you have a large group, you can play with as many players as you’d like – just for fun!


a group of people cheersing with beers and margaritas


#5 Have A Historical Evening On A Tall Ship

Want to book a unique private event space that celebrates the history of the American spirit? Check out Tall Ship Providence’s event rentals. Your team will enjoy relaxing on the deck and can even check out the captains’ quarters!



a landscape photo of a ship sailing at sunset

Sailing at sunset!

#6 Host A Private Ping Pong Tournament

Ping Pong is a fun group activity that is social by nature. It is a great way for your colleagues and employees to break the ice in a low-stakes environment. SPIN DC offers a world-class food menu and private booking. That way, your team can enjoy a few laughs and a delicious meal during your next corporate team-building event.


When covid happened, we learned that getting outdoors can be a safe way to gather. With outdoor team-building, the added space means you can also invite the whole office! Keep reading for our fun activities for adults that are all outside. 



a blonde girl holding a red ping pong paddle

Affordable and addicting!

#7 Cruise Through The Georgetown Canal


Georgetown Heritage Canal Tours are a great way to see the city from a different perspective. Gift your team this wonderful experience and watch as they take in the sites while enjoying the company of their colleagues.



the Georgetown Canal

Georgetown Canal

#8 View The Monuments Without The Crowds 

On cooler evenings, a bike tour is one of the best ways to see the monuments. Unlimited Biking Tours provides everything your team needs to safely explore the city at night. You’ll ride around the National Mall and view famous monuments. You’ll even see some of the newer installments honoring Martin Luther King Jr and FDR.



a view of the Washington Monument at dusk

Washington Monument

#9 Challenge Your Team With An Aerial Obstacle Course

An obstacle course is an exciting team bonding experience that is sure to get your heart pumping. Go Ape VA offers customized packages that can include an obstacle course, zip-lining, and even on-ground axe throwing!



Girl on aerial obstacle course

Tackle your fears together!

#10 Take A Scandalously Scary Ghost Tour

Everyone loves a good scandal. Take a tour through American history with DC Insider’s Ghosts, Scandals, and Murder tour. As your team follows a guide around the city, they will learn about the different secrets each spot holds. 



people in suits, one holding a box that says "top secret"

Top Secret!

#11 Enjoy An Movie Under The Stars 

Treat your employees to a cozy movie night in an outdoor space. Up until the winter, the Lincoln Cottage hosts an outdoor movie event with different movies offered based on the month. Grab a few chairs and have them invite their families for a fun evening with friends.


a close up of a movie projector on

Catch a flick!

#12 Thank Your Team With A Rooftop Party

Host your next corporate event at a place with a view. Peerspace lets you search for rooftop venue rentals in DC that are sure to impress your team. Some spots have fireplaces, bars, and even grills for a barbecue. Find the place that fits your needs and create an evening your office will never forget.

a group of people standing on a rooftop with drinks at sunset

A toast to your team!

Bonus Activity 


Is bad weather keeping your team home? Have a group of remote workers who can’t come into the office? 


You can still host a meaningful team-building event. Check out our virtual corporate team building cooking and mixology classes. 


a fresh cocktail with a purple background

A virtual blast!

Team Building In Washington DC 


We are so happy your group has decided to work on team-building this year. We know it will help your staff feel valued and connected. A great way to know what they’d be interested in is to send out this post with a quick survey to see what they want to try. 


Whatever you decide, DC is a great city to explore with a group. We know your team will enjoy getting to know each other with any one of these fun offsite team-building events!