La Jolla Team Building Ideas

22 Of The Best Team Building Ideas in La Jolla, CA

We’ve put together a list of our favorite La Jolla team building activities and we’re excited to share our local knowledge and expertise. La Jolla is a coastal gem for teams seeking sunny adventures and laid-back luxury.  As a destination La Jolla has its distinct feel separate from San Diego and we wanted to showcase that with our list of 22 of our favorite team building ideas in and around La Jolla.  Take a gander and let us know what you think.

Recently we’ve had the pleasure of assisting Amazon with a graffiti art event in Kellogg park! The La Jolla shore is a perfect backdrop for all sorts of team building activities and events.

All of the La Jolla activities on our list can be classified as team building exercises, fun team activities, or team bonding. The uniting factor is your group will be together and enjoying a team building activity in San Diego. This list of top ideas for La Jolla and the surrounding areas contains both indoor team building activities and outdoor team building ideas. Remember, that no matter the team activity you choose the true value is spending time together. Connection in the current landscape of remote work and hybrid workplaces is more important than ever.

1. Scavenger Hunts

Boost employee engagement in this fast paced high tech adventure. It’s team versus team as you complete hilarious photo missions! Each team uses an Android/Iphone app to complete missions as they run around the streets and shops of places like The Santa Monica Pier, the beach or downtown. Each mission is a photograph that might have your team giving strangers a piggyback ride or wrapping a team member up with toilet paper like a mummy. You’ll also test yourself against puzzles, staffed checkpoints, and trivia. It’s like the Amazing Race meets a scavenger hunt pumped full of Redbull.
Pricing: Pricing Varies
Group Size: Any
Address: Any
Website: https://fireflyteamevents.com/team-building-options/amazing-race-scavenger-hunt-events-2/

2. Float This! – Boat Build

Are you ready to sail the seven seas? Create a seaworthy boat that your team must float, paddle, or sail past the finish line. Will you sink or swim? Each team starts with basic boat building supplies but must earn key supplies and tools by completing team challenges. It’s fast-paced creative fun as teams try to out-build each other! Teams are also responsible for wowing a panel of judges with a sales pitch of their boat design. So how will you convince the judges that your boat is the BEST?
Pricing: Pricing Varies
Group Size: 25 or more
Address: Anywhere with a pool!
Website: https://fireflyteamevents.com/team-building-options/boat-build/

3. Iron Team Olympics

Experience the ultimate team Olympics challenge on the beach or in a park!  Face-off against other teams in a series of crazy fun team building challenges inspired by the TV show Survivor. As your team rotates through challenge stations they have chances to earn points toward the final showdown; a little thing we call The Gauntlet. Along the way they have to embrace concepts like trust, communication, and leadership if they want to win. You’ll be laughing, searching, goofing, and high-fiving all the way through. Does your team have what it takes to be the Iron Team Champions?
Pricing: Pricing Varies
Group Size: Any
Address: Any
Website: https://fireflyteamevents.com/team-building-options/team-building-olympics/

4. Sand Sculpture Build

Add this to your list of awesome and unique Santa Monica team building ideas. Sunshine, sand, and water are the secret ingredients for this amazing team building event. Your team will create the ultimate sand sculpture or building to match the day’s theme. Our sculpting lesson will show you how to wet pack sand, carve, and build bigger, taller sand masterpieces. Who are the creatives on your team? Managers? Builders? You’ll need them all if your team is going to win!
Pricing: Pricing Varies
Group Size: Any
Address: Any
Website: https://fireflyteamevents.com/team-building-options/sand-sculptures/

5. Guac Rock – A Guacamole Making Competition

This culinary team building event doesn’t require a master chef. If you can mash an avocado we KNOW you can be a contender. When possible we’ll bring in the executive chef to help choose the winner. Guac Rock is the perfect addition to your next Anaheim offsite or retreat if you are looking for a fun cooking challenge.
Pricing: Pricing Varies
Group Size: Any
Address: Any
Website: https://fireflyteamevents.com/team-building-options/guacamole-making-team-contest/

6. Kayaking in La Jolla Cove

Paddle together in the crystal-clear waters of La Jolla Cove. Explore sea caves and spot marine life while bonding as a team.
Pricing: $30-40
Group Size: 40
Address: 2199 Avenida de la Playa La Jolla, California 92037
Website: https://www.lajollakayak.com/

7. La Jolla Shores Beach Volleyball

Dive into some friendly beach volleyball competitions at La Jolla Shores Beach. Enjoy the sun, sand, and team camaraderie.
Pricing: Free
Group Size: 60
Address: 8324 La Vereda, La Jolla, CA 92037
Website: https://www.ljsbvc.com/

8. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Hike

Embark on a scenic hike through the rugged beauty of Torrey Pines. Team members can bond while taking in breathtaking ocean views.
Pricing: Free
Group Size: Any
Address: 12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Website: https://torreypine.org/

9. La Jolla Playhouse

Enjoy a night of theater at the renowned La Jolla Playhouse. Catch a live performance that will inspire and entertain your team.
Pricing: varies
Group Size: 300
Address: 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
Website: https://lajollaplayhouse.org/

10. Paddleboarding at Mission Bay

Team up on stand-up paddleboards at Mission Bay. Navigate calm waters while building trust and balance.
Pricing: $24
Group Size: 20
Address: 1548 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Website: https://www.missionbaystanduppaddle.com/

11. Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Dive into ocean exploration at the Birch Aquarium. Discover marine life, interact with exhibits, and foster a sense of wonder as a team.
Pricing: $24
Group Size: any
Address: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Website: https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/

12. The Cat Lounge Rescue and Adoption Center

As far as La Jolla team-building ideas go this might be the best because you can literally just add cats to a bunch of other ideas. Boardgames? Better with Cats. Sales kickoff? Better with Cats. Happy hour? Better with Cats. You get the idea.
Pricing: 20
Group Size: 6-20
Address: 1006 Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA
Website: https://thecatlounge.org/

13. Salk Institute

The Salk Institute is characterized by its striking concrete buildings, reflective pools, and open courtyard overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It’s a place of scientific innovation and aesthetic beauty, making it a popular spot for architectural enthusiasts and photographers.
Pricing: 30
Group Size: 20-60
Address: 10010 N Torrey Pines Rd La Jolla, CA
Website: https://www.salk.edu/

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14. SoCal Riviera Electric Bike Tour of La Jolla and Mount Soledad

Enjoy a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour on an electric bike. Take in sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean from Soledad, then steer back to the water’s edge to explore the glamorous community’s most iconic spots, from a surfing beach with a raucous sea lion colony to elegant streets packed with upscale boutiques and cafés.

Pricing: $99
Group Size: 20
Address: 7742 Herschel Ave Suite D, La Jolla, CA
Website: https://www.viator.com/tours/La-Jolla/Electric-Bike-Tour-of-La-Jolla-and-Mount-Soledad/d22636-8630P1?SSAID=360499&aid=sas0_132440_360499&mcid=43009&rel=sponsored&SSAIDDATA=SSCID%5F61k7%5Faky3q

15. Axe Thro

Located in the heart of San Diego, Axe Throw Co offers an engaging and competitive environment where participants can try their hand at axe throwing. Upon arrival, you’ll receive expert guidance on how to safely and accurately throw axes at wooden targets. This combines elements of skill, precision, and coordination, making it an excellent team-building activity.
Pricing: 40
Group Size: 20-60
Address: 4428 Convoy St Ste 310 San Diego, CA
Website: https://axethroco.com/

16. La Jolla Open Air Market

Visiting the La Jolla Open Aire Market offers a delightful and community-oriented experience in the heart of La Jolla, California. This open-air market is a weekly gathering of local vendors, artisans, and food purveyors, making it a perfect destination for locals and visitors alike.
Pricing: Free
Group Size: Any
Address: 7335 GIRARD AVENUE LA JOLLA, CA
Website: https://lajollamarket.com/

17. EPPIG BREWING

The San Diego area has a thriving beer culture and Eppig Brewing really showcases that. Their brewery is welcoming and well-designed with indoor and outdoor seating. They often host events including beer releases, trivia nights, and food truck collaborations, enhancing the overall experience. The knowledgeable staff is enthusiastic about sharing their beer expertise, making it an educational experience for those interested in the brewing process.
Pricing: 10
Group Size: 1-60
Address: 1273 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA
Website: https://www.eppigbrewing.com/

18. La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

Enjoy the sublime coastal scenery as you spot abundant marine life during this kayaking trip in La Jolla’s sea caves and ecological reserve. Paddle along with your expert naturalist guide as you observe the numerous species of birds, dolphins, sea lions, and even orcas that inhabit the area. Also, kayak among the lush kelp beds that grow in the reserve and, if conditions permit, explore inside the sea caves that dot the area’s rocky coastline. This La Jolla caves trip includes all necessary equipment, a life jacket, a guide, and an optional wetsuit rental.
Pricing: 25
Group Size: 44946
Address: 2222 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA
Website: https://www.viator.com/tours/La-Jolla/La-Jolla-Sea-Caves-Kayak-Tour/d22636-3654CAVES

19. La Jolla Caves Snorkel & Paddleboard Rental

When it comes to snorkeling and paddleboarding, the clear waters of La Jolla Cove are teeming with marine life and it’s all so accessible. Visitors can observe colorful fish, playful seals, and even the occasional sea turtle. It’s an excellent way to bond as a team while exploring the wonders of the ocean.
Pricing: Varies
Group Size: 1-40
Address: 1160 Coast Boulevard San Diego, CA
Website: http://lajollasnorkelsup.com/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral

20. The Ultimate Team-Building Adventure with Social Cycle!

Looking for a one-of-a-kind team-building activity in San Diego? Look no further than Social Cycle! Their private tours are specifically designed to bring teams together while exploring the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Plus, along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to stop at numerous restaurants and bars to fuel up or grab a drink. With five different routes to choose from and the ability to rent up to four bikes for groups of up to 64 people, Social Cycle is perfect for teams of any size. Each tour has a minimum duration of 2 hours, giving you plenty of time to bond with your colleagues as you pedal through San Diego’s most exciting areas. Don’t miss out on this unique and unforgettable experience that will create memories that will last a lifetime for your team!
Pricing: 212.5
Group Size: 8-64
Address: n/a
Website: https://socialcycleca.com/san-diego/

21. Acrylic Pour Workshop

Get together at the La Jolla community center and make art together. Acrylic pours are a fun and approachable way to create art that you’ll love. Let pigments run amok with this satisfying activity.
Pricing: 30
Group Size: 44951
Address: 6811 La Jolla Blvd. La Jolla, CA
Website: https://www.ljcommunitycenter.org/art-classes

22. MORLEY FIELD DISC GOLF COURSE

Disc Golf is a perfect low cost team building and outdoor activity. You can rent the disks for $2.50 per disk and spend an entire day on the course. It’s an inclusive and engaging activity that can be tailored to your group’s preferences and skill levels, making it a memorable outing for all.
Pricing: 6
Group Size: 1-60
Address: 3090 Pershing Dr, San Diego, CA
Website: https://www.morleyfield.com/

Whether you are looking for fun group team activities in La Jolla or nearby areas like San Diego,  Coronado, or Del Mar we have got you covered. Don’t feel like planning everything yourself? Need help with permits? Reach out to us today at 877.267.1939 or request a quote. Our team is committed to providing you with a stress-free planning experience.


La Jolla Team Building FAQ

What outing should I book if I have a really large group? 

We advise professional help(not that kind). Call us. We specialize in large group satisfaction and will make sure you group walks away smiling.

What is the most popular team building activity in La Jolla? 

It’s impossible to say BUT from the events we produce, we see a LOT of bookings for our Iron Team Challenge on the beach, Scavenger Hunts, and skateboard charity events.

Where should we stay in La Jolla when we hold our team building retreat?

Consider that distances in San Diego don’t always follow the normal laws of physics. If your map says you’re only 2 miles away we’ll see you in 45 minutes.  Consider carefully what activities you want access to. If you’re staying in downtown San Diego travelling to La Jolla becomes a logistics challenge. In short, map the activities you’re considering in relation to where you’re staying. You may find they are further than they appear.

Do we need permits for an event on the Beach? 

Yes and No. It depends on the group size and activity. La Jolla allows groups under a certain size to function without a permit. Ask us, we’ll help you figure it out.


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