12 Innovative Team Building Activity Ideas for a Memorable Milwaukee Experience

Corporate life can certainly be demanding, and it’s crucial to reward and encourage our dedicated employees. Traditional corporate events can get monotonous, so how about organizing some engaging team-building activities instead? These events can help rejuvenate your team and prepare them for new challenges. Luckily, Milwaukee has various unique and entertaining team-building activities suitable for all corporate sizes, from small startups to Fortune 500 companies. Here are 12 remarkable team-building activities in Milwaukee guaranteed to invigorate your team.      

Throughout the Year: Milwaukee Team Building Activities for Every Season

Your team commits their time and energy to your company daily, so why not express your appreciation all year round? Milwaukee offers numerous events to maintain team morale throughout every season.          

#1 Delight Your Team with a Milwaukee Food & City Tour   

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Trade dull office lunches for a gastronomic exploration of Milwaukee. Our food tours provide your team with scrumptious food, knowledge of Milwaukee’s food scene, and opportunities for strengthening friendships. If you’ve never been on a food tour, we go to 4 – 5 restaurants and eateries within the course of the tour, telling the story of Milwaukee through its dishes and small business owners. We will customize experiences to suit your team’s needs and preferences, making it an unforgettable experience for everyone – even locals! Karen recently brought her team on a tour and afterwards said,

“Great experience and a lot of fun even if your local to Wisconsin. Tour was educational, interesting and fun.”

Reviewed on Trip Advisor June 25, 2023

Our expert guides will give you insider knowledge of Milwaukee’s culinary scene. We offer a variety of team-building tours to feed your crew, such as the Pizza Bus  ·  Brady Street Lunch Tour  ·  Bloody Mary Brunch  · Tacos & Tequila Tour, and many other tours all year long! The cost of a tour ranges from $70 – $120 and includes transportation, food / drinks and gratuities.                      

Are there some new faces on your team in Milwaukee? We’ve got just the thing to help them get acquainted with the city – our “Greatest Hits of Milwaukee” tour! We’ll take group photos in front of famous landmarks like the Burke Brise Soleil at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the North Point Lighthouse while exploring different Milwaukee neighborhoods and learning about the city’s rich history. Plus, we can customize the itinerary to fit your team’s needs and preferences, so everyone is sure to have a great time. And don’t worry, we’ll be there every step of the way to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Insider Tip: If you’re interested in trying out some Wisconsin delicacies, we can even create a corporate tour that highlights the best places to go for a delicious Fish Fry! For more info, hop aboard Milwaukee’s Lenten Fish Fry Tour.                       

#2 Everyone Can Enjoy the Game at J. Leinenkugel’s Barrel Yard

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Combine sports and socialize at J. Leinenkugel’s Barrel Yard, a unique brewery and restaurant with a view of the left field at American Family Field.

Attending a baseball game at American Family Field is a classic Milwaukee summer activity. However, how can you ensure that even those who are not sports enthusiasts have an enjoyable experience? The solution is simple! J. Leinenkugel’s Barrel Yard is a unique restaurant and brewery situated above the left field at American Family Field. It is open throughout the year, and the functioning brewery produces specialty beer on-site, crafted by the Master Brewers at Leinenkugel’s. This team outing is a surefire hit when combined with a game played by our beloved Milwaukee Brewers! 

Need a ride to the game? Milwaukee Bus Rentals offers door to home plate shuttle service to American Family Field on game days.

“We hired Milwaukee Bus Rentals to drive our entire firm down to American Family Field for a mid-day Brewers Game. They were so efficient, helpful, and affordably priced! I would go to them for any transportation needs!”

Review of Milwaukee Bus Rentals
By Elizabeth Carl

#3 Embrace Milwaukee’s Waters

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Looking to reward your hardworking team with some fun in the water? Look no further than Milwaukee, the Good Land, where we love to Gather by the Water! With three major rivers and a Great Lake to explore, there’s no shortage of water activities for your corporate event.

Milwaukee Kayak Company offers guided tours and rentals for kayaking and canoeing, suitable for all skill levels. If you’re looking for a more laid-back experience, try Milwaukee Paddle Tavern and Riverwalk Boat Tours, where you can enjoy food and drinks while cruising along the river.

For the ultimate hassle-free experience, MKE Boat Line and Edelweiss Cruises offer public and private tours that include food and drink options and onboard bathrooms. So why not treat your team to an unforgettable day on the water with stunning views of downtown Milwaukee and the Inner Harbor of Lake Michigan?   

#4 Learn and Bond Teams at Milwaukee Museums

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If you’re looking for a unique and educational adventure, Milwaukee’s museums offer a great opportunity. Companies with curious employees will appreciate the chance to visit places like the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame & Museum or The Grohmann Museum on the MSOE Campus. These museums offer a little bit of quirkiness and a lot of knowledge.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame & Museum, for example, is the only one of its kind and boasts the world’s largest collection of bobbleheads – over 10,000 of them!

Meanwhile, the Bucyrus Museum in South Milwaukee is a hidden gem that showcases over 130 years of excavation equipment history. If your team works up an appetite exploring the exhibits, head downstairs to the Bucyrus Club & Event Center for a delicious catered meal.

The Grohmann Museum on the MSOE Campus is another great option for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) enthusiasts. It’s home to the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work, and the building itself is a work of art. Companies with employees who embrace the thirst for knowledge will love embarking on these educational adventures in Milwaukee’s unique museums.

#5 Unwind at Milwaukee Breweries and Bars

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Looking for that comforting Old “Gemütlichkeit” Milwaukee-friendly feeling while enjoying the famous local beverage?

Let Milwaukee Food & City Tours be your guide! Milwaukee boasts a variety of craft breweries, distilleries, and historic bars, offering something for everyone. Choose from our selection of tours, whether you prefer to stick to classic Wisconsin traditions or explore new trends. Our “Pre-Prohibition Historic Bar” tour is perfect for indulging in after-work snacks and brews with your team, while the “Craft Breweries & Cocktails” tour is a top pick for corporate events, providing narration, transportation, and plenty of samples from the latest craft breweries and distilleries.

Schedule your group on a public tour offered on the weekends, or just reach out and we can schedule your tour mid-week on a mutually agreed date for groups of 15 or more. Say goodbye to boring watering holes and join us for an unforgettable experience in Milwaukee!    

#6 Embrace the Power of Play for Team Building  

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Looking for a fun way to bond with your team or just relax? Look no further than NorthSouth Club in Milwaukee. This tropical-themed bar offers a variety of activities, including axe throwing, shuffleboard, and video games. Sip on a Log Roller or Southern Heat Margarita while you play, or try a MIL Tai for a Milwaukee twist on a classic Mai Tai.

Need further convincing? Check out the corporate event hosted by Milwaukee Food & City Tours at NorthSouth Club and the nearby Milwaukee Public Museum.          

#7 Experience ComedySportz Milwaukee  

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Looking for top-notch improv comedy? Laugh your stresses away and team build at ComedySportz Milwaukee! This hotspot offers hilarious comedy with audience participation, as well as a full bar and restaurant. But that’s not all – ComedySportz is also available for performances at various venues, from conference rooms to outdoor festivals. And for those looking to improve their team-building skills, ComedySportz also offers workshops and exercises for corporations. Get ready for a corporate event filled with laughter!

#8 Engage in Classic Team Fun with Bowling Night

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Milwaukee has cemented its place as the Bowling Capital of the World with its history of manufacturing bowling equipment, serving as home until 2008 of the US Bowling Congress, and televising the hit show, Bowling with the Champs,  Are you interested in engaging in some classic team-building activities?

Look no further than Holler House, which contains the two oldest sanctioned lanes in the nation, which are still tended by human pinsetters. Holler House is always a fun stop on our Pre-Prohibition Historic Bar Tour.

Or, head over to Koz’s Mini Bowl, a renowned establishment in Milwaukee, and have a blast! You can play mini-bowling on any of their 4 lanes, shoot pool or darts, listen to some nostalgic tunes on their old-fashioned jukebox, and have an all-around great time. So put on your bowling shoes and let the fun begin!

#9 Compete in Game Show Battle Rooms for the Ultimate Team Building Showdown

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Game Show Battle Rooms create an exciting and interactive atmosphere for your team to compete and build relationships. It’s time to let loose at work! Game Show Battle Rooms offer a lively and entertaining way to challenge your team by fully immersing everyone in their own game show experience.    

#10 Create Team Building Bonds with Mini Golf at Nine Below

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Looking to bond with your team over some friendly competition? Visit Nine Below in Milwaukee, where you can turn mini-golf into an interactive team-building exercise. Start by creating your own mini golf course hole, which is a fun and engaging way to foster teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills among team members.

Then, play the entire 9-hole course, including the hole your team created! Finally, celebrate your team’s success at Nine Below’s fully stocked bar. With a golf club in hand, you can close the deal without waiting for the warm weather to hit.          

#11 Let Your Team Loose in Rage Rooms

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Is your team feeling stressed out? Give them a chance to vent and relax by taking them to Smash Zone or Bust-N-Stuff, two Milwaukee area destinations that offer Office Space-style stress relief. They can let loose, bust some moves, and have a smashing good time. If you prefer, SmashBox MKE can even come to your location and specialize in parties and events to help you smash that corporate stress to pieces!    

#12 Test Your Teamwork at Escape Rooms

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Looking for a thrilling and exciting team-building activity in Milwaukee? Consider booking a corporate event at one of the city’s many escape rooms. Your team will have just 60 minutes to work together, solve puzzles, and find clues to escape the room. With locations like Save Milwaukee Escape Rooms, Breakout Games, and Escape The Room Milwaukee, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Each escape room offers a variety of unique themes and difficulty levels, ensuring a fun challenge for everyone. Can your team beat the clock and escape in time?      

When planning team-building activities, it’s important to select options that everyone will enjoy. Luckily, Milwaukee’s team-building activities are designed to help your team reach its full potential. Milwaukee Food & City Tours can customize your experience and handle all logistics, ensuring that you have a memorable time. Reach out to start a consultation that helps your business team.