With a world-class city like Los Angeles to explore, you can plan a group outing that folks won’t stop talking about for months to come. Organize a team-building activity for a corporate office, a bachelorette party for a bride-to-be, or a fun gathering with family and friends to celebrate a milestone birthday or holiday weekend. Need some ideas to get you started? You’re going to want to plan your group transportation, your trip destination, and organize details based on the needs of your group, like travel dates and special accommodations.
How to Get Around L.A. with a Group
While traveling by car is the universally-acknowledged way to get around Los Angeles, it might not be ideal if you’re traveling with a group of people. It’ll be hard for any group larger than six people to fit in one vehicle or stick together in traffic. If you want to simplify your group outing, you can rent a private bus with a company like National Charter Bus. This way, you can completely customize your trip from pick-up to drop-off and enjoy some premium comforts like a dedicated driver and spacious seating. With a nationwide network of bus rentals available, don’t feel confined to L.A. city limits. Feel free to explore multiple destinations in California, the West Coast, and beyond.
Ideas for Group Activities Near L.A.
Organize a day trip.
Sometimes it’s fun to explore where you live through the eyes of a tourist. Plan a day trip to a Los Angeles hotspot or nearby attraction you and your group have talked about, but never been to. You can catch a ferry in Long Beach to visit Santa Catalina Island, plan a hike at Joshua Tree National Park, organize a beach day in Malibu, or head down the coast to San Diego for the afternoon.
Plan a group dinner.
A meal out with friends can be more than just a table for six at the Cheesecake Factory. Los Angeles is home to dozens of restaurants with beautiful private dining rooms you can reserve for a private party or a post-activity team refuel. Check out Raffi’s Place in Glendale to pass around shareable Persian dishes, or reserve the wine cave at Frugatti’s in Bakersfield for a family-style Italian dinner with up to 40 people.
Sign up for a race.
If your group is athletic or active, consider signing up for a road race or mud run to compete in as a team. Tough Mudder Los Angeles is an annual mud run typically held in San Bernardino at the Glen Helen Raceway, and would be great for a sports team trip to build camaraderie or celebrate a big win. If you’d rather keep your running shoes clean, opt for a “fun run” like the Tacos N’ Beer 5k in South El Monte or the Color Run 5k in Carson.
Do an escape room.
You never really know somebody until you’re trapped in a room with them and need to work together to get out! Visit an escape room for a corporate event or with a group of friends, and bond over the pressure of solving intense puzzles on a time limit. Some of the best escape rooms around are at Hatch Escapes in Los Angeles, Black Market Escape Rooms in Upland, and The Basement in Sylmar.
Go to a winery or vineyard.
Angelenos are spoiled when it comes to wine tastings and vineyard tours around Los Angeles. Whether you want to plan a day trip with friends or celebrate success with colleagues, you can plan to sip wine flights at local staples like Rosenthal Winery in Malibu and Pulchella Winery in Santa Clarita. You can also hit the road and explore multiple wineries on a tour along the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail.
Visit an amusement park.
With theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood in your backyard, you’re never without a crowd-pleasing idea for a group get-together. These large parks offer group discounts and special programs like Disney Imagination Campus for student and youth groups. Already been there, done that? Visit a smaller (but just as fun!) Los Angeles amusement park, like Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, or Knott’s Berry Farm.
Tour a museum.
Chances are, there’s at least one museum around Los Angeles you and your group haven’t been to. The Getty, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Griffith Observatory are all must-visit institutions, if you haven’t been yet. But if you’re on the market for a new adventure, try the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, or head to Santa Barbara to visit gems like Lotusland and MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation.
Finalize your group trip plans.
Now that you know where to go and how to get there, round out your plans by locking in details like the dates you want to travel, how many people are in your group, and if you need to make any special arrangements. For example, you might need to arrange ADA-accessible transportation, consider any dietary restrictions, or make a plan for splitting group expenses. The more details and logistics you have organized ahead of time, the better your group outing in Los Angeles is bound to be.