When it comes to making teamwork fun, no one does it like Alabama. From Corporate Space Camp in Huntsville to the Porsche driving school in Birmingham or a tailored beach Olympics event on the white sands of the Gulf Coast, attendees will have a blast while sharpening their skills.
With sprawling beaches and clear blue water, it’s no wonder that most groups head outside for events and teambuilding activities along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
“The culture of our destination revolves around the outdoors—the beach, trails, Gulf waters—and all the activities available with these resources,” said Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism. “Groups that experience our outdoor adventures like paddleboarding, biking, fishing or nature cruises are able to experience the heart of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.”
In addition to one of the largest fleets of available boats and ships to charter for tours and fishing, the area also offers over a dozen golf courses designed by the top professionals in the field, such as Earl Stone and Arnold Palmer. Other popular teambuilding activities include ziplining, kayaking, Segway tours and custom-tailored beach Olympics, Gendler said.
“We have worked with a local company that produces beach Olympic games for groups as well as made referrals for visits to the National Naval Aviation Museum, golfing, fishing, sunset sails and dolphin cruises,” she added.
Outdoor backdrops for teambuilding are also popular in neighboring Mobile.
“We’re on the Delta, so we have a lot of watersports,” said Patty Kieffer, director of leisure sales and events for Visit Mobile. “We have kayaking and airboats, or planners can arrange a deep-sea fishing tournament or sailing regatta.”
She added that scavenger hunts are another top pick, especially when paired with Mobile’s Oyster Trail, a public art treasure hunt where visitors grab a trail map and search for large fiberglass oyster shells painted with depictions of life on the Gulf.
“Different artists paint the shells, and it’s all a project to highlight the Mobile Bay Oyster gardening program,” Kieffer said.
The intricately painted artworks are hidden in plain sight in parks, hotels, businesses and along the street, making it a great teambuilding exercise. Other types of scavenger hunts are available through the downtown as well, since the area is very walkable and features 6,000 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. One of those sites is the Battle House, A Renaissance Hotel, located near the Port of Mobile. The property also features more than 21,000 square feet of meeting space, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant as well as a spa.
River Heritage Region
In the capital city of Montgomery, there are plenty of options for teambuilding, as well as attractions that explore the city’s heritage and complicated past to bring attendees together.
“Montgomery is home to two of the most cataclysmic events in our nation’s history," said Melissa Bowman, director of marketing and communications for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce."These two events shaped the image of our nation—the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement.”
Bowman added, “While in Montgomery, take time to walk the streets of downtown and learn what happened in this historic city. The telegram to fire shots on Fort Sumter was sent from the Winter Building at Court Square. Just steps from this location was where Mrs. Rosa McCauley Parks boarded the bus that put her down in the history books. Visit attractions that tell the powerful story of the Civil Rights Movement, such as the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptists Church, the Rosa Parks Museum and the Civil Rights Memorial.”