Corporate Event Ideas in San Diego

You would like your next work event to be more than just dinner and drinks but how do you find something that will appeal to everyone in the office?  Well, we’ve got a list of fabulous corporate event ideas that show off some of the best sunny San Diego has to offer. If you’d like help making any of these special events happen, contact a San Diego Tours Company – they’ll make the most of your budget utilizing connections they have in the community for a corporate event or team building activities your employees are sure to remember!  

Inside Look at the San Diego Zoo

A trip to the zoo sounds like a children’s event but we have the best zoo in the Country and some say the World!  We recommend planning something special that will give guests an inside look at the exhibits, animals and even off-exhibit areas complete with your own docent that will share facts and stories you can’t get anywhere else.  Pick from one of their Special Experience Options or contact their event specialists to plan something unique for your group in southern California.  

Padres Game with a Group

Voted one of the best baseball stadiums in America, Petco Park is spectacular in every way, with breathtaking views of San Diego and some of the best sight lines in baseball.  A sunny day watching the Padres play will offer a great opportunity for mingling and social interaction. You can work with one of their group event planners to organize your perfect visit, whether it be as simple as discounted tickets and food vouchers, a picnic on the grassy field or something more upscale like a private suite or a group event in one of their 12 hospitality areas that can include food, beverages and special fan experiences.  You can also time your visit for one of their Friday Theme Party events like 80s-night, Ultimate Cookout or Beerfest. Plus, there are plenty of things to do in the Gaslamp district after the game! 

Cooking Class

Having the opportunity to cook a meal together allows for a unique team bonding experience for your employees.  Here’s a couple recommendations for our favorite San Diego places to take a cooking class – each offering a slightly different take, allowing your team members to play a shared role in creating the cuisine and then dining together after.  Harvard Cookin’ Girl is located in La Jolla and offers 3 separate kitchens that open into each other to accommodate groups up to 40 people.  They offer all kinds of corporate cooking events, from simple hands on menu demonstrations to cooking competitions. Hipcooks is located in North Park and offers an intimate approach to cooking with class size limited to 14 people.  Choose from a variety of menus including all types of international cuisine with wine tastings included.

Here at So Diego Tours, we’ve combined historic walking tours with a cooking experience with San Diego’s favorite cuisine: Mexican Food.  Your guide will walk you through the Gaslamp Quarter, and then stop at a favorite Mexican restaurant where a chef will teach you techniques on creating the best flavors in cevice, the Tijuana Caesar’s Salad, rolled tacos, and bananas flame!

For a different approach to the traditional kitchen cooking class, Culinary Hedonism located in Rancho Santa Fe has partnered with Epicurean San Diego for a farm to table cooking class.  They’ll pick you up at a pre-arranged location, take you to a local farm where you will be given a tour and harvest ingredients for class and then transport you back to Culinary Hedonism’s kitchen where you will create a spontaneous 3-course menu from the days harvest and dine together with wine and/or beer pairings included!  

Boating in the Bay

San Diego is surrounded by beautiful waters and nothing beats getting out on a boat.  If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, consider a Sailing Regatta.  Your group will be organized into teams and divided between sailboats with licensed captains. They’ll be taught crew positions and how to work together to win, previous experience is not required.  The day will end with an awards celebration on the dock where you can add on food and beverage options. If you’d prefer something a little slower paced, consider chartering a boat for a sunset cruise, whale watching tour or sightseeing cruise.  We recommend Hornblower Cruises and Events or Sail San Diego for an unforgettable experience.  Another fun option for a small group is a private fishing charter which you can book through Sail San Diego.

Mystery Dinner Party

For some creative fun, consider a murder mystery dinner party where your group will be served a multi-course dinner while the show takes place around you with music and plenty of surprises.  The action will happen throughout the room with engaging actors who will encourage attendees to participate. Prizes are awarded for the top sleuth who comes closest to cracking the case! They can accommodate private events from 30 – 400 people or you can reserve a table or two at one of their public shows.  

Tourist in Your Own Town

Sightseeing in downtown San Diego is exciting but can be daunting when there are so many options to choose from!  Leave it to the experts at So Diego Tours to plan your next event – they’ll help you check out some of the best San Diego neighborhoods, iconic sights and hidden gems.  Specializing in food and beverage tasting tours, neighborhood history tours, scavenger hunts and sightseeing tours they can customize any event for up to 300 people!   They will work with your group utilizing connections they have in the community to make the most of your budget and plan an experience that will keep your guests excited and talking for years to come!

Wine Tasting

The Temecula valley currently has more than 35 wonderful wineries with another 50+ slated to open in the next 5 years!  Plan a private tour at this venue and let the experts show you everything the area has to offer during a fun and interactive experience.  Tours include round-trip transportation in a luxury SUV, limo or deluxe shuttle and typically stops at 3-4 wineries. Tours can be customized for your group to include appetizers, beverages in the vehicles, lunch at a winery overlooking a vineyard and much more.  Contact Grapeline Wine Tours to plan your special event!

Balboa Park Exclusive

2018 marks the 150th Anniversary for San Diego’s iconic crown jewel and there is something for everyone in Balboa Park where culture meets nature!  With over 1,200 acres, 17 museums, lush gardens, fountains and architecture ranging from Spanish Colonial Revival to Mid-Century Modern there is a vast array of things to see and do.  Schedule a custom private walking tour or visit one of the museums – for groups of 15 or more, most museums and gardens offer discounted admission tickets and can arrange docent-led tours.  Plan a picnic in one of the many grassy areas or gardens or enjoy a catered special event at The Prado. Contact So Diego Tours if you’d like help planning an event for your group to have a great time and make the most of your time in this one of a kind gem. You won’t be disappointed you chose Balboa Park for your next corporate event idea in southern California!  


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