thumb_sf_thinnest_high-rise.jpgThere are many ideas out there for company activities, things that fall under the "team building" category, which includes a large variety of group outings.

Some Bay Area companies take their staff to the country for some fun in the sun, maybe even a little bike tour in Wine Country. But all these ideas can cost money... money that many small companies don't have these days.

What can a small business or nonprofit do for their employees that won't break the bank?

Here is one really great idea - take your team on a walking tour!

Walking Tour - Example 1

In San Francisco you can invite your team to do a walking tour with the San Francisco City Guides. The group meets a volunteer docent at a designated area where the tour begins. These walking tours generally last only 1-2 hours.

thumb_diego_rivera_mural_san_francisco_club.jpgMany of us commute from around the Bay Area to work in San Francisco. But few really know about the many hidden jewels that the city has to offer. These include many relatively unknown attractions such as:

What better way to experience a beautiful city such as San Francisco than on foot?

thumb_sf_finacial_district_rooftop_garden.jpgScheduled tours are free for individuals. Private tours can be arranged with a minimum of 10 people for just a little under $150.

If you have a small business and there are less than 8 people in your group, you could simply join a scheduled tour and give a small donation at the end. City Guides is operated completely by volunteers and relies on donations.

Learn more about SF City Guides

Walking Tour - Example 2

As the capital of Marin County, San Rafael has a lot to offer residents and tourists. Even if you have lived and/or worked in San Rafael for many years a walking tour of downtown will give you an insight into the unusual history of San Rafael that you won't get anywhere else.

san_rafael_falkirk_cultural_center.jpgSo gather your colleagues and set a date to travel back in time. Connect with the past and learn about the pioneer families of San Rafael and Marin County.

See famous buildings such as:

boyd_marin_history_museum.jpgVolunteer guides tell the stories that make San Rafael history come alive.

Learn more about San Rafael Walking Tour

Walking Tours of Downtown San Rafael