Appledore Tall Ships, Bay City, Mich.
Aboard BaySail’s Appledore schooners, groups can do everything
but walk the plank. The two sailing vessels can be chartered
from Bay City, Mich., for a teambuilding program or a sail and
Teambuilding trips can entail literally learning the ropes and
every other duty on the ship, including how to navigate, and discovering the ecology and maritime heritage of the Great Lakes.
Large groups can rent both schooners and hold their own race
on Saginaw Bay.
BaySail also offers on-deck catering and can tailor any teambuilding or event package with specific activities and menus.
Planners can also choose a dockside reception for attendees who
don’t quite have their sea legs yet.
Lake Geneva Cruise Line, Lake Geneva Wisc.
Lake Geneva Cruise Line offers more than gorgeous Wisconsin
scenery. The staff is experienced with groups and meetings and
can handle any type of event. They’ve arranged events for groups
of up to 140 people, according to Clare Mulcahy, charter sales
manager for the company, and one of the most popular options
is a geocaching teambuilding program.
“We have the Geneva Geo Challenge, where the captain puts
groups in teams,” she said. “They solve puzzles we give them and
figure out coordinates where the boat goes next. That leads them
to the next spot. It’s great fun.”
Planners can also hold meetings onboard, since the boats
have built-in viewing screens for presentations, audiovisual
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There’s a magical quality to being on the water—hints of summer days past and problems forgotten. Groups can recapture those fond feelings
and have a relaxed event or meeting in the
Midwest while enjoying panoramic vistas
and soothing waves.
By Beth Bartlett
From paddle-wheelers to lighthouses,
Midwest lake venues brim with character