The Top 5 Team Building Activities in the Scottsdale Area

There are many options that can help your employees learn and excel at a multitude of skills. Some of the benefits of corporate team building events include an improvement in communication skills, problem-solving skills, leadership skills, listening skills and more.

Here are five different off-site activity ideas that can help your employees improve their team working skills and become more effective both individually and together in their daily career responsibilities.

Team Building Activities to Inspire Your Employees


1. Ropes Courses

Ropes courses are outdoor adventure parks that help corporate and other groups build communication, trust, and problem-solving skills all while having fun at the same time. Ropes courses use a variety of different activities such as group race games (similar to what you would see on television reality shows such as The Amazing Race), whitewater rafting, zip line challenges, rope racing courses and staged rescue missions to help corporate teams build camaraderie, conflict-management skills and goal-setting skills that will help them work better as a team.

The fresh air atmosphere and a variety of challenges at many ropes courses will invigorate and motivate your corporate group. The day-long adventures will provide hours of fun for your team.

2. Rock Climbing

Rock climbing sessions are available at both indoor and outdoor locations and provide a great team building experience for corporate groups. Teams work together to learn coaching skills, goal-setting, and problem-solving skills as they learn how to navigate up and down rock walls.

Trust is built as employees work as a team, climber and belay person, to strategize the best route to the top of the wall and back down again.

Confidence is built as team members learn to accomplish what they thought might be impossible. Most rock climbing facilities have a variety of activities to choose from that will appeal to all different levels of team members’ skills and abilities.

3. Escape Rooms

Escape rooms involve indoor multi-room settings where corporate teams are locked into an area and must use the clues given in the different rooms in their scenario to find the escape route and break free from their adventure.

Scenarios in escape rooms can encompass many different themes such as secret agent games, scientific laboratories, prison breaks and jewelry heists. The variety in theme types will ensure your corporate group members are never bored with their team building adventure.

Escape room adventures can be as short as one hour or as long as several hours depending on how many escape room scenarios the escape room company has available and how many escape room scenarios corporate teams wish to experience. Because escape rooms are indoor events, they can be experienced day or night.

Escape room challenges are great for both small and large groups and work for groups with limited time as well as groups who are planning an all-day outing and want to take advantage of each escape room scenario available. This modestly priced activity will help your corporate team build listening skills, leading and following skills, communication skills and problem-solving skills as they work together to solve the clues and put together the puzzle that will help them break out of their multi-room theme before the one-hour timer goes off.

4. Go Kart Racing

Team go-kart racing is another fun team building event. Go kart racing encourages friendly competition along with team loyalty and camaraderie as teams race against one another to the finish line. Both pre-determined courses and custom race competitions are available at many go-kart racing facilities in order to accommodate many different group sizes and different corporate goals. Go kart racing courses help corporate teams use strategy and timing to promote an atmosphere of motivation as they race against other teams.

5. Paintball

Paintball courses are designed to help groups of all sizes improve communication skills, teamwork skills, and strategic planning skills as the two teams work individually to meet the paintball course’s goals and beat their opposing team to the finish line. Each competing team must learn to develop trust, to refine listening skills and to work together to create a strategy that will help their group be the first to complete the course.

Outdoor activities such as paintball can help your corporate group learn to work as a team and discover successful ways to overcome the competition.

Each of the five activities listed above will help your corporate group develop a team atmosphere as they find better ways to take your company to a whole new level of success.

However, there is one team building activity that stands out from the crowd, and that’s the escape room.

Why an Escape Room is The Way to Go

Escape rooms are an exhilarating challenge that have the power to promote unity within your family, your employees, your youth group or your corporate team.

A fun and different kind of relationship-forming adventure, escape rooms immerse team players into riddle-solving scenarios that feel more real than the car you drove in to get there.

Riddle Escape Room in Scottsdale features four different types of escape room scenarios that can provide hours of fun for any group of family members, friends, co-workers, church members, student or other groups.

How Do Escape Rooms Work?

At Riddle Escape Room we have four different escape adventures, with each one lasting sixty minutes. The adventures promote unity as teams work together to find and solve clues that will help them to piece together a puzzle that leads to the room’s escape route.

Each escape adventure has multiple rooms filled with clues to find, riddles to solve and technological puzzles such as magnetic latches and keys, electric eyes and codes, along with adventuresome music to set the mood and get your team excited about working together to win.

How Will an Escape Room Adventure Help My Team?

Here’s how going on an escape room adventure can help your group build relationships that will empower, strengthen and encourage them to get their creative and energies stirring.


The different scenarios in escape rooms require that teammates learn to truly listen to each other as each person shares their unique insights into solving the clues that will help the team escape.


At different times during the adventure, different people will have the opportunity to lead the group based on their discovery of clues that will help solve the puzzles and reveal the road to freedom.


At the same time, as others take turns leading, the remainder of the group will learn to focus on being good followers of instructions and ideas that others have about how to format an escape plan.


Communication is key when it comes to finding clues and solving escape room puzzles. Teammates will have opportunities to learn how to communicate effectively in order to get fellow teammates excited about their ideas and suggestions for escaping the room.

Work Together

Given the one-hour time limit, there’s just not enough time for people to figure out the clues and escape routes on an individual basis. Groups will have to incorporate teamwork in order to solve clues and determine the escape path before time is up.

Think Outside the Box

The clues in escape rooms aren’t run-of-the-mill clues. Your team will have to learn to think differently in order to solve the clues that will help them beat the buzzer and escape from the rooms on their own.

Problem Solve

Problem-solving is key to any group’s success. In escape room experiences, teammates have to work together to come up with the right problem-solving solutions when they run into roadblocks during their escape adventure.


Because escape rooms require a team effort to win the game, group members will learn to appreciate and value the different gifts and talents that their teammates possess. Each teammate’s specific gifts and talents can in some way be used to help the team work together to solve the puzzles and make the escape.

What Types of Escape Room Adventures Are Available?

FBI Interview

Have you ever dreamt of being an FBI agent? This is your chance to live the life of an undercover agent, but first, you have to pass the interview. Don’t worry, the interview process is easy; simply work with your team to escape the room you’re trapped in and you’re hired! You’ll have to solve riddles, find hidden clues and decode secret messages in order to escape confinement and get the job. Difficulty Level: 6.5/10 Success Rate: 35%

The Heist

There’s millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds hidden close by, but a rival brigade of thieves has locked you away, hoping to find them first. Work with your team to mastermind your escape by quickly solving puzzles and uncovering the path to the hidden diamonds. You have 60 minutes to make the find and break out of your captors’ prison before the police arrive! Difficulty Level: 7/10 Success Rate: 25%

Dr. Riddler’s Lab

You’ve been chosen as the most skilled agent qualified to break into the secret laboratory of the world-famous evil scientist, Dr. Riddler. You and your team have 60 minutes to break into the lab and find the secret formula that will stop the evil scientist and save the world. You’ll never make it in time unless you and your teammates work together. Difficulty Level: 6/10 Success Rate: 45%

Prison Break

You woke up one morning locked in a prison cell, convicted of a crime you didn’t commit. The shady prison warden has no intention of letting you out, so now it’s up to you. The guards just left for their meal break, which means you have one hour to start cracking the codes and finding the clues that will show you the one and only way out of your prison nightmare.

Get more information about each of the escape room games here. Book a time for your group here.

Each Riddle Escape Room is unique and will provide different opportunities to strengthen team-working and problem-solving skills.

Which Types of Groups are Escape Rooms Good For?

Corporate Groups

Sherwin-Williams team-building event at Riddle Escape Room. A group of men and women in colorful polo shirts holding signs and laughing.

Sherwin-Williams Corporate Teambuilding Event

For team building or party purposes, you won’t find a more successful outing for your corporate crew. Your group will face challenging puzzles that require them to stay organized, problem solve and work together to escape in under sixty minutes.

Friends and Family

Looking for a fun and different way to celebrate birthdays or other events with family and friends? The relationship-building activities at Riddle Escape Room will provide for unique and immersive experiences with your family and/or friends.

Gamers and Adventure Seekers

The sophisticated, high-level games at Riddle Escape Room will challenge even the most hardcore gamers. Is winning not enough? Go for the record!!

Tourists and Travelers

Whether you’re traveling by yourself or with others, Riddle Escape Room is a must-see-and-do adventure while you’re visiting warm and sunny Arizona. The unique adventures here will be a highlight of your trip.

School and University Groups

Large Group of People at Riddle Escape Room Holding Signs in Tempe

ASU group at Riddle Escape Room

Riddle Escape Room is a great way to have your students experience teamwork and collaboration in a positive environment. Students use critical thinking skills to find clues and solve puzzles that will help them break free from their adventure while under the pressure of a ticking clock. An escape room is a fun experience for students and a great team-working, problem-solving tool for educators.

Riddle Escape Room adventures provide a fun and unique entertainment source for your group that works to teach every member life-changing power skills while they have fun. Because team members have to work together to solve their mystery and break free from their puzzle room conundrum, forming unified relationships is a sure side benefit to the fun.

If you live, work or play in the Scottsdale area, or if you’re looking for a travel adventure that will help your group develop stronger relationships, consider a trip to Riddle Escape Room for a fun, exciting team building activity.