Las Vegas is a glorious city that fascinates domestic and international visitors alike. With glitzy hotels, top-notch restaurants, world-class shopping, a dazzling nightlife scene and much more, it’s a city that truly offers something for everyone. In fact, Nevada’s largest city welcomed more than 42 million visitors in 2018.
It’s no surprise that Las Vegas also is a sought-after destination for meetings, events, trade shows and incentives. The city is home to three of the largest 10 convention centers in the United States, comprising more than 10.8 million square feet of event space. In 2019, Cvent named Las Vegas the No. 2 conference destination—in the world!
Whether you’ve hosted an event in Las Vegas before or are looking to go for the first time, you have many unusual options when it comes to choosing an incentive teambuilding activity for your group. Take a look at these five choices within close proximity to the city that will surely create memorable experiences.
Sandy Valley Ranch
At the privately owned Sandy Valley Ranch, you can give guests a taste of what it was like to live in the Old West. You can schedule activities like horseback riding, but for something more unexpected, try a working cattle drive, or a private rodeo or a bull riding experience. Many other activities at this ranch, located one hour outside of Las Vegas, include axe throwing, a cow pie toss (gloves are provided!), horseshoes, roping lessons, box hockey (played like foosball, but with broomsticks), slingshots and even goat dressing (where teams compete to put a T-shirt and shorts on a goat!). The ranch has something to suit every skill level, as long as no one minds getting a little dirty.
Dig This Vegas
Have you ever thought about chasing your boss around in a bulldozer? Well, now’s your chance, when booking a team building event at this very unique heavy equipment playground. Located less than 20 minutes from the Strip, the park accommodates buyouts, which include access to up to nine pieces of equipment (think bulldozers, excavators and track-type loaders). You can drive and dig as you please, or work with the park’s events team to design a team building activity that involves completing specific tasks meant to help strengthen communication among groups. Don’t forget your hard hat!
SunBuggy Fun Rentals
Picture up to 1,000 people chasing each other wheels out in the desert, kicking up dust and having the time of their lives. That’s the experience you’ll find at SunBuggy Fun Rentals, which has been around for more than 15 years and has an extensive rental fleet of ATVs, UTVs, high desert chase buggies and dune buggies (seating up to six people!). You can choose to keep things low-key, with leisurely off-road tours led by a guide, or set up a high-intensity chase course. Another fun option is an off-road after-dark experience, held after the sun goes down.
Those remodeling homebuyers on HGTV don’t get to have all the fun. Your team can smash their way to a stronger bond (and less stress) at this one-of-a-kind “deconstruction experience” in Las Vegas. Each person gets suited up in a full set of safety gear, covering his or her street clothes head to toe. Then, they get to choose from an arsenal of “wrecking” tools, like baseball bats and crowbars, and go to town on fun-to-smash items like bottles, keyboards, printers, radios and more. Of course, this is all done in a safe environment, and after everything is smashed to pieces, the Wreck Room handles the clean up.
Vegas Indoor Skydiving
OK, maybe your company is a little too risk-averse to agree to a group skydiving session, but you can simulate the experience at Vegas Indoor Skydiving. Team building packages offer flight training and equipment rental for each person, along with action photos and a video for the group to take home. Planners can also make use of the on-site meeting room. Up to 30 participants can share a one-hour block of flight time inside the wind tunnel (note that the activity does have weight restrictions). The best part? The facility is located steps from Las Vegas Convention Center, making it easy to hop over for a quick adrenaline rush before getting back to business.