D.C. is a hub of culture, events, and knowledge. There are a plethora of things to do ranging from discussions on foreign policy to free museums to festivals. With an increasing amount of people commuting into the city and living outside of the District, it can be hard to take advantage of all the city has to offer. So instead of scheduling another basic lunch, why not treat your team to an out-of-the-box excursion? Not only will your team members get to enjoy the city, but it is a chance for everyone to learn or try something new together! Here are 7 excursions that are a perfect reward for any stellar team.
1. Jazz in the Garden
Every Friday evening in the summer you can find live music in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden. It is the perfect setting to relax with a glass of sangria and listen to music. The laid-back atmosphere works best for a casual team outing.
2. An Afternoon at the Museum
When you live and work in D.C., it’s easy to forget that we have all of these free museums at our fingertips! Take an afternoon with your team to explore one of the Smithsonian museums. For a shorter excursion, try the Renwick or Hirshhorn, which are smaller and more manageable for a quick trip!
3. Embrace Nature
Despite being a city, D.C. has some great parks that can accommodate any level of hiker, such as Rock Creek Park. Click here to create your own path based on the abilities of your group and the amount of time you have!
4. Go Wild
Who says zoos are just for kids? The National Zoo is not only full of beautiful walking paths and animals, but it is also FREE. Round up your team and admire animals like pandas and sloths. On July 19th, the zoo will be hosting a Brew at the Zoo happy hour! The only thing better than admiring the wildlife? Doing it alongside your team with a cold beer in hand!
5. Stimulate the Brain
D.C. is home to many think tanks that cover every topic imaginable. If your team is involved in niche topics or just likes to learn more about specific topics, take them to a think tank discussion. These are often free and when paired with a meal (because food is always necessary) they make for a great outing. Go to linktank.com to find an upcoming talk that is perfect for your group!
6. Happy Hour with an Old School Twist
Tired of sitting around with a drink in your hand making small talk? These happy hours have a solution for you! Bars like The Boardroom, Breadsoda, and Franklin Hall all have classic games on hand. From a round of pool to Monopoly to Uno, there will never be a dull moment or awkward silence when you’re playing games at happy hour. If you feel like taking your games to the next level, head to H Street Country Club for a 9-hole round of mini golf!
7. Take Lunch Outside
Why sit in a restaurant when you could enjoy the outdoors? Whether you do a traditional picnic or cater/buy lunch, there are many beautiful places to sit outside. It’s a nice way to get out of the office, lounge around, or even play games, such as cornhole. Some places to try are Meridian Hill Park, the lawn of the National Cathedral, or the National Mall.
D.C. is a unique city brimming with opportunities. The next time you want to reward your team, use the city as a basis for any plans! It’s hard to remember everything one can do here in the midst of our busy lives. At AdvantEdge Workspaces, our two central locations in the District make team excursions easy! Our Chevy Chase location sits atop the Friendship Heights metro station, making it easy to travel to any point in the city. Our downtown location can be reached by Farragut North, Foggy Bottom, and Dupont stations. The reception services we provide will help you and your team to get out of the office without missing calls or mail. Click here to learn more about our locations and services!