All over the Panhandle, and in fact all
over the country, Adventure Associates
( www.adventureassoc.com) sets up a variety of teambuilding adventures for groups.
One of the company’s most popular, the
Survivor-like Land and Sea Challenge (for
teams of eight) can be executed anywhere
there’s a beach, inlet, lake or bay, according to Rebecca Tilley, owner of Adventure
“One popular teambuilding event is doing a blindfolded race in kayaks or canoes
where there are two people in the vessel
and one is blindfolded and the other has
to guide the blindfolded paddler,” she said.
“It’s a great exercise in communication.”
And, if the only water is at the resort in
the swimming pool, no problem, according
“We have a Build a Boat program we
do at the resort’s swimming pool,” she
explained. “The first part is planning with
the team; part two is building the boat from
materials we provide. The winning team
has to be able to float or sail at least the
width of the pool. Boats are also judged
based on how they decorate the boats—the
“This is a great opportunity to make de-
cisions together, adapt plans and work with
the different dynamics of the team,” she
continued. “You never know which team
will be successful.”
Adventure Associates also puts together
a Trail Venture, a teambuilding event for
those groups that want to be outside.
“While they’re hiking, they can talk
about problems they’re having in the
office and the best way to solve them, for
example, and in the end can talk about
Northwest Florida—or Florida’s Panhandle— which includes the Emerald Coast, Pensacola, South Walton, Panama City Beach and Tallahassee, among other beach towns—
features a host of teambuilding activities for groups,
from outdoor pursuits like stand-up paddleboarding to
painting in an art gallery.
Northwest Florida scores big with
teambuilding adventure options
BY JENNIFER JUERGENS
solutions, team behaviors and successes.
It’s the best way to get them out of the
boardroom,” Tilley said.
On the Emerald Coast, The Emerald
Grande at Harberwalk Village (www.em
eraldgrande.com) in Destin offers Cooking
with the Chef sessions featuring an intimate dining room setting for a detailed and
entertaining event with chef Jim McManus.
The experience can cater for up to 60 in the
HarborView room overlooking the water.
Chef McManus can customize his
creative culinary demonstrations for
the event. He will craft the menu—from
Lowcountry boils to elegant multi-course
meals—paired with wine.
“We like to use indigenous foods of the
Emerald Coast, from seafood from local
waters including oysters and Bay scallops,
all found within 50 miles of us,” McManus
said. “We also use produce grown in the
Panhandle, including bananas, papayas,
strawberries, cabbage, mushrooms and
The highlight is the kitchen tour or a
Q&A with the chef.
“What’s interesting today is that guests
can take the opportunity to ask me questions during the meal. It’s a great experience and a lot of fun for groups,” he said.
Clemenza’s at Uptown Station (https://
clemenzasatuptown.com) in Fort Walton
Beach also offers group dining in The Cellar, an Old-World Tuscan wine cellar coupled with a demonstration kitchen perfect
for receptions, private parties of up to 50,
an intimate dinner or a unique teambuilding cooking class with wine pairings.
Guided sunset paddles in kayaks or on
paddleboards can be put together by
Outdoor Gulf Coast (www.outdoorgulf
coast.com), a company that offers tours
in Big Lagoon State Park, Bruce Beach
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