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Guided Tours for Team Bonding

By Madeline Fuerstenberg

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Old Town Trolley Tours in St. Augustine, Florida || Courtesy of Historic Tours of America

Attending a meeting or event in a new city can feel both exciting and daunting for meeting-goers, so encourage attendees to explore and bond with a guided tour. Major cities across the Southeast are brimming with group tour options, from historical or culinary to haunted or artistic, that delight and educate.

In St. Augustine, Florida, attendees can explore the nation’s oldest city in style with Old Town Trolley Tours, a Historic Tours of America organization. With 16 trolleys allowed on the city streets at a time, groups both large and small can learn about St. Augustine’s history at the Old Jail or a variety of museums, seek a spooky thrill on Old Town Trolley’s Ghosts & Gravestones Tour, or simply enjoy a day of sightseeing, shopping, and dining stop-by-stop. Through Jan. 28, eventgoers can partake in Old Town Trolley’s Night of Lights Tour, viewing displays of more than 3 million holiday lights spanning 20 blocks. Not sure what to choose? Old Town Trolley Tours will help plan trip itineraries from scratch as well.

Dave Chatterton, general manager of Old Town Trolley Tours, says planners can’t go wrong with any of the options available for their group. “All of them are great for groups,” he says. Kathy Carlson, group sales and charter manager for Old Town Trolley Tours, adds, “It’s a great way to get around town, and the history that our drivers give is just wonderful.”

For similar experiences elsewhere, consider Tour Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Offering tours both on foot and in luxury tour buses, Tour Orleans takes group bookings of up to 27. Visit some of The Big Easy’s iconic cemeteries, treat your team to Southern delights on a culinary tour, and more. In Birmingham, Alabama, consider Red Clay Tours for smaller groups of up to 14. Learn about the city’s role in the Civil Rights Movement on the Fight for Rights Tour, explore popular city landmarks, or get a taste of what the city’s best breweries have to offer on the Birmingham Brewery Tour.