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Squad Goals! Durham Group Activities

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Traveling solo can be incredible — you never have to share appetizers, and you're on your own time. But what about when you're traveling with your crew?

Posted By Ashley Strahm on Feb 28, 2019

We've been known to roll deep too, so we understand. You're looking for reasons to extend that selfie stick, make memories in batches, and bring everyone you love along.

Not to worry. We've got just the list of epic group outings for you.

Roam and Tour

If you're sick of ice breakers and trust falls, you're in luck. Durham has plenty of 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.

Soak up Durham’s rich tradition and passion for the future on a self-guided walking tour of downtown landmarks, public art, and eateries. Let's Roam has a Durham scavenger hunt that is app-led, making the 'bricks, bulls, and beauty' all yours to discover at any time.

Capture a historical perspective of the community while tasting culinary gems that form Durham’s celebrated food scene with Triangle Food Tour or Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

Escape the hustle and bustle for a taste of the outdoors on a bicycle, canoe, or kayak nature tour with guides from Carolina Tarwheels or Frog Hollow Outdoors.

Savor Durham’s tantalizing craft beer scene as you taste unique brews and capture an inside look at the brewing process on a tour led by Beltline Brew Tours or Tap the Triangle. Round out your libation adventure with a behind-the-scenes tour of Durham Distillery as they lead with their award-winning gin renaissance in the South.

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Get a taste of the Baltic region at Brothers Vilgalys with a tour and tasting of their traditional Lithuanian spiced honey liqueur.

With history weaving itself throughout Durham streets, buildings, and homesteads, it's no wonder passionate Durhamites have coordinated adventures that bring the pages of Durham's story together. Tour organizations like Preservation Durham, Bull City Laughs, Tobacco Road Tours, and Brown Hat and Whistle Stop Tours offer deep dives into arts, culture and entrepreneurship, while utilizing comedy, theatrical reenactments, and artifacts to bring the past to life.

Pros: What's not to love about sampling the tastes, sights and sounds of Durham, both in the present and the past?

Cons: You'd become that encyclopedic friend who knows absolutely everything about the Bull City.

Details: Refer to the hyperlinks above to find out about deals for group admission.

Some games for the group

Where else can you find Boxcar Bar + Arcade and Urban Axes side by side in an urban, amusement-filled Central Park District? Active, and nostalgic fun are just steps away in downtown Durham.

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How about some competitive gaming? Bull City Gaming is focused on bringing competitive gaming and esports to Durham and surrounding areas, while growing the gaming community. Bring a friend (or two, or eight) to various esports events held throughout the year — from the Triangle eSports Championship to the Battle of the Bullpen, hundreds of avid gamers descend upon Durham each year. Plan a weekend and compete! For anytime fun, stop by Augmentality Labs, a virtual reality arcade, to take a VR adventure with your crew.

There's soccer pool and cornhole at Hi-Wire Brewing, Xtreme Park Adventures, Wine and Design, and the Triangle Rock Club bring the adventure without the burden of significant budgetary constraints. Group painting, rock climbing, and zip-lining have never seemed so fun!

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Plus, there are our Durham Bulls. We can't say enough about fireworks nights, 'afforda-bull' Thursday night games with $9 ticket entry, $2 hot dogs, nachos, and Pepsi products, and a host of other discounted concessions. Beginning in the spring, you'll have every opportunity to experience one of the most iconic, dynamic minor league teams in the country.

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Pros: Traveling with your pooch? Hi-Wire Brewing and the Durham Bulls allow pups to tag along on your entertainment adventures.

Cons: If you're a sore loser, you might have to find another place to sulk.

Details: Refer to the partner links to find out about deals for group admission.

Power to the people: Pedal at Biker Bar NC

Climb on for pub-crawling in the open air with the camaraderie of old friends or new acquaintances on a pedal-powered, 14-seat party on wheels: Trolley Pub by Biker Bar NC. 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 $30 for individual tickets, and $325 for a private tour for 14 people.

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Taste the magic at Durham Spirits Company

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 break room 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 our sales team to discuss your customized group class and for a quote.

Dive in to find your way out at Bull City Escape

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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 Bull City Escape. 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.

Get airborne with your crew at SkyZone

For an active day of team building, take your group to SkyZone, an indoor trampoline park complete with a dodgeball court. If jumping isn't your thing, hang out and grab some 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.

Find hidden treasure at The Scrap Exchange

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 from The Scrap Exchange, 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.

Plant some SEEDS in Durham

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Volunteer with your crew at SEEDS, an educational garden in the heart of Durham. Get your hands dirty and soak up the scenery! 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 throughout the year for three-hour shifts.

Adopt a lemur (or two!) at Duke Lemur Center

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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.

Namaste together with yoga

Clear your mind during a group yoga session at The Durham Hotel (they host classes on the rooftop as well!). During this hour-long, vinyasa flow class, a La Vita Yoga instructor 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. Complementary infused water and towels are included!

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 other visitors. For information on group scheduling and rates, contact group sales at The Durham: 919-768-8830.

Need we say more? Do some Triangle Curling

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.

What are you waiting for? Make those group memories happen in Durham!

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About the Author

Ashley Strahm

Jersey roots, Durham fruits. Lover of all things edible, egalitarian and true. Find me clad in Birkenstocks, seeking Bull City Beautiful stories by trail, wheel and spoke.