10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN AUSTIN

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From urban landscapes to a bustling music scene, there’s no denying that Austin, Texas is a fantastic location for your next company retreat

Known for it’s delicious food, you and your team will have the best time exploring the city (by land, water, Segway or horse), eating your hearts out and letting your inner cowboy thrive. 

If you’re heading to Austin, Texas for your next corporate event, keep reading for our top recommendations!

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Cruise Austin’s waterways with a boat rental

  • Explore the waterways of Lake Austin and Lake Travis while soaking up the Texas sunshine with a boat excursion for you and your team. 
  • Your captain will show you the sights on a 2-3 hour tour while you relax, unwind and bond with fellow team members.
  • Various boat sizes are available and can accommodate groups both large and small, plus most locations will even provide transportation to and from the docks for your team’s convenience.
  • Dress like a day at the beach and don’t forget your bathing suits as you can swim in both lakes. 
  • Most locations will also allow you to bring your own alcoholic beverages and snacks - just keep in mind that red wine is usually prohibited to ensure the boat isn’t stained!

Beat the clock with an escape room 

  • Challenge your coworkers with an escape room that encourages problem solving, time management and problem solving between team members.
  • Choose one of many themes to explore, discover clues and solve challenging puzzles all while trying to beat the clock. 
  • This is a truly immersive experience that is good for teams of all sizes - if you have a smaller group, enter a room together or book multiple rooms if you’re working with larger numbers.
  • Staff will explain everything and answer any questions before you begin and are even available to walk you through the solution should you run out of time!
  • If you’re looking for something fun, accessible and affordable, this is a fantastic team building option for you and your team.

Explore the city with a scavenger hunt 

  • Get out and explore all the wonders that Austin has to offer with a group scavenger hunt! 
  • This is an amazing way to get to know the city better while helping your team members to step outside their comfort zones and work together to check everything off their lists. 
  • Dress comfortably with emphasis on your footwear as these hunts generally require quite a bit of walking. 
  • Hunts can be customized to you and your team, making it a truly unique experience while helping you improve workplace relationships, teamwork and communication skills.
  • This is a fairly affordable option, even for teams on a tight budget!

Let your inner cowboy shine while horseback riding 

  • Feel like a true Texan cowboy (or cowgirl) as you saddle up and head to the ranch for an unforgettable horseback riding experience. 
  • While this is tailored to riders who have some previous experience, beginners are also welcome - they’ll be taught one-on-one with instructors and can even try their hand at passing a basic grooming test.
  • You’ll be paired with the right horse for your abilities and riding goals and will get the chance to develop new skills. 
  • Dress comfortably for time in the saddle, closed-toed boots with a bit of a heel are best! 
  • Due to the customization, this activity can range in pricing - quotes can be provided typically within a week's time.

Get to know Austin on two wheels with a segway tour

  • Tour Austin via segway as you take in all the sights and sounds the city has to offer. 
  • Guides are extremely knowledgeable and will keep your team learning and laughing for the duration of the tour. 
  • This is the best way to get to know the city, see more attractions in a shorter amount of time and beat the exhaustion that comes with walking. 
  • Opt for closed-toed shoes and dress comfortably, you’ll want to avoid any clothing that is too loose. 
  • Keep in mind this experience generally comes with a higher price tag, but if it’s within your budget it’s an exciting and alternative way to see the city - especially if you’re short on time.

Fuel your appetite with a cooking class

  • Trade in a traditional team meal for a group cooking class that will have your entire group socializing and trying their hands at new techniques.
  • Explore new dishes and cuisines from around the world while you work together in this communal cooking experience. 
  • Locations are customizable to suit your needs, from your own private residence to local commercial kitchens. 
  • All ingredients and equipment are provided so all you need to bring is yourself -plus, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor with a family-style meal following your culinary lesson! 
  • The price for this experience runs a little higher, but if it’s within your budget, it makes for an excellent way to spend an evening as a team. 

Surprise your senses with virtual reality 

  • Relax and unwind with colleagues while you step into virtual reality in Austin! 
  • Get ready to feel like you’re really inside a game or movie while you fulfill the mission and solve the puzzles together as a team. 
  • Experiences are often limited to a maximum of six participants but larger groups can be accommodated by separating into smaller teams - make sure to inquire upon booking!
  • Wear light, comfortable clothing as this is an active experience, and be sure team members can support up to 20 lbs. of “gear” for up to an hour. 
  • This is a relatively affordable option and makes for a truly unforgettable team building activity. 

Blow off steam with glass blowing 

  • Get creative and try something new with your team when you opt for a glassblowing experience in Austin. 
  • Whether you’re a complete novice or experienced crafter, seasoned instructors will provide one-on-one instruction for each team member as each of you work to create a memorable trinket to remember your retreat. 
  • Group sizes of up to 24 can be accommodated, however bookings are generally capped at 12 people. Make sure to book two slots and indicate when booking that you’re one group!
  • Classes generally run 2-3 hours, closed toed shoes are required and clothing with natural fibers (anything that could survive your dryer) is generally recommended - dress in layers as it can get hot! 
  • Keep in mind that glass needs to cool for 24 hours or more so be sure to time your experience so that you’re still in the city to pick up your treasures. 
  • The cost for this activity is on the higher end, but for such a unique experience it’s worth it if it’s within your teams’ budget. 

Feel like an F1 driver with go kart racing 

  • Enjoy an afternoon of fun-filled racing when you and your team book a go kart experience in Austin!
  • Staff will take you through everything you need to know from driving tips and tricks to how to stay safe both on and off the course. 
  • Race against one another or set times to beat to facilitate some friendly competition between co-workers. 
  • When you’re not on the track, spend your time cheering on team members and enjoying some delicious food and drink between races. 
  • The prices are quite reasonable for this experience, and discounts may be available for larger corporate events - be sure to inquire about current offers when booking!

Release your inner artist with a painting class 

  • Choose a painting class for your next corporate retreat and unwind while co-workers get creative and paint their very own masterpieces. 
  • An expert art instructor will take you step by step through the painting process, answering any questions you may have and providing commentary on colours and techniques.
  • You and your team will be provided with everything you need including paints, easels, aprons, brushes and canvases. 
  • Many locations will also allow you to bring your own alcoholic beverages and food so you can sip and snack while you paint away. 
  • A good fit for even larger groups, this is an affordable option that won’t have your team breaking the bank.  

Organize your next company retreat with Surf Office

You can book these team building activities exclusively as a part of our retreat package.

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