Looking for interesting team building ideas in Austin for you and your crew? Whether you’re an established business or an up-and-coming startup, Austin is a fun city to explore with your team. With food trucks, live music, and beautiful outdoor getaways in the Texas Hill Country, there are plenty of ways to escape the office and have fun.
If you’re looking for a clean, stylish, and private location, check out Peerspace first. As the largest online marketplace for hourly venue rentals, we offer you access to hidden gem venues in Austin and beyond that allow you to regroup and relax. In fact, you can book a penthouse, cabin, art gallery, theater, bar, and other unique spaces on our platform!
Our list ahead provides you with a variety of options, whether you celebrate in a Peerspace or elsewhere on the town. Take a look at this list of our 13 top team building ideas in Austin to create a memorable event for your team!
1. Host a company retreat at a Peerspace venue
You know your team best. If you don’t want to outsource the planning to an event facilitator or tour guide, why not plan the whole thing yourself?
With a Peerspace rental, you can find a suitable venue from a local host and come up with your own team building ideas in Austin. All spaces are available by the hour, and the host can provide you with as much support as you need.
So what types of spaces can you rent through Peerspace? Here are some of our favorite options for your team building event in Austin:
- This meeting retreat in the Hill Country (pictured above) with nearly 3,600 square feet of space, chic MCM styling, a 112′ outdoor deck, and areas to meet and relax
- This bar and lounge on West 6th with space for 128 guests, multiple food and drink catering packages, A/V equipment, and outdoor space
- This meeting retreat in an architectural house with a spacious and flexible layout and an outdoor area with a patio, a barbecue grill, a fire pit, a basketball court, and a foosball table
- This East Austin residential event warehouse with space for 130 guests, an open floor plan, a projector, a PA system, and outdoor space
- This spacious blackbox theater with space for 20 guests, surround sound, wall mirrors, and adjustable lighting, ideal for group meditations, music therapy, and more
As you can see, Peerspace offers you access to a variety of unique spaces across Austin. You can easily find the perfect space that helps you and your team relax, unwind, and meet your business goals. For customizable experiences, Peerspace is your best bet.
2. Make your escape from the Austin Panic Room
Escape rooms are always a good option for team building events. They get you working together in small groups to solve clues under pressure while the clock is ticking. At Austin Panic Room, you’ll split up into groups of six to 10 people to escape from one of five different puzzle rooms.
And these aren’t just any rooms! They include an abandoned school, a mad scientist’s laboratory, and the Oval Office, so you can pick which you all like best. And, each room is rated according to the level of difficulty for added clarity. You can also book an event room for an all-day team building outing.
3. Visit a local swimming hole with Austin Bike Tours & Rentals
Going on an active outdoor adventure is a great way to build team spirit. So why not cool off on a hot day with a tour led by Austin Bike Tours & Rentals? This two-hour tour will take you around Lady Bird Lake, past Austin’s famous bat colony, and to Barton Springs Pool, which keeps a pleasant 68-degree temperature year-round!
If you prefer a food or architecture tour, Austin Bike Tours also has several other options available, too. For instance, you can also opt for a taco tour and yoga in the park. It can be an active way to start your team building day before kicking back at a Peerspace venue after!
If it’s the chill vibe you’re after, then you need to read our 9 cool retreat activities in Austin!
4. Take the Food Truck Challenge with Austin Detours
Austin is known for its food truck culture, which you can explore for yourself with a team building event hosted by Austin Detours. Start off with a tour of local food trucks for bites and inspiration.
Then, return to your office or Peerspace venue to come up with a food truck idea of your own. You’ll break up into teams to build a ⅛ model of a food truck, and design your own branding and menu. This is also a great way to incorporate a little competition into a company retreat!
5. Let The Cupcake Bar serve you
Who doesn’t want custom-made cupcakes as part of a team building event in Austin? The incredibly talented crew of The Cupcake Bar with meet you at your Peerspace and craft to-order cupcakes that will sweeten any other event you have on the team building agenda.
Though based in Austin, they travel just about everywhere. And as a bonus, they also donate to local Austin charities, so you can feel extra good while you down those tasty little cakes.
6. Take a cooking class at Freda’s Kitchen
Cooking lessons make one of the best team building ideas in Austin. However, it’s crucial to find the right chef the lead you and your team! Luckily, Freda’s Kitchen has a reputation for great recipes and fun group experiences, including an Iron Chef-style competition with three full courses and a mystery ingredient. They can also provide prizes and customized aprons for your team as souvenirs to commemorate the experience.
Companies like Whole Foods, Dell, Apple, AMD, and Google have also held their own team building events with Freda. And those aren’t bad steps to follow!
7. Go on a scavenger hunt with the AR Adventure
AR Adventure takes corporate scavenger hunts to the next level with augmented reality and GPS mapping. You’ll use your mobile device to go on a 90-120 minute adventure through the historic sites of Austin or on a 6th Street bar hop.
The game can be scaled up for groups of up to 10,000, making this the perfect outing for a large team based in Austin or visiting the city!
8. Ride the zip lines at Zip Lost Pines
Reach new heights with a zip line adventure at Zip Lost Pines. It’s not only exhilarating — it’s also designed to foster trust and cooperation on your team. You’ll get to experience six side-by-side zip lines and three suspension bridges for plenty of adrenaline and scenic views.
Stick around for a picnic afterward. You can also opt to bring your own food and drink and make use of the on-site games and nature park.
9. Bring NASCAR to the office with Circuit of the Americas
Live out your NASCAR dreams IRL with your team at Circuit of the Americas in Austin. This is one of the best race tracks in the country, playing host to numerous top motorsports events like NASCAR, MotoGP, and Formula 1.
Circuit of the Americas can also host your team building event. Start by renting COTA’s world-class track for an afternoon and then gather over a customizable catered meal. You can also opt to enjoy COTA carting and ziplining, depending on the type of heart-pumping activities you and your team want to enjoy.
10. Go on an adventure with Expedition School
Expedition School offers rugged team building adventures at Lady Bird Lake or Johnson City. Choose from kayak and canoe outings, a mountain bike tour, or a ropes course challenge for groups of all ages.
You can choose the level of difficulty and the length of the outing, ranging from a two-hour workshop to a multi-day adventure. Add on a First Aid training to learn safety skills that will come in handy both inside and outside the office.
Get even more inspiration by checking out our creative corporate event ideas near Austin next!
11. Explore Lady Bird Lake with Live Love Paddle
For another outdoor option with facilitated team building events, take a kayak tour with Live Love Paddle. You can choose from a tour of downtown or a bat-watching experience, all from the comfort of your kayak.
They also provide a full moon paddle, which will take you to an island on Lady Bird Lake for a sunset adventure featuring live music and a campfire!
12. Support foster children with Together We Rise
Give back to the community with one of the many team building ideas in Austin offered by Together We Rise. Choose from hands-on workshops that provide items to foster children while giving your team a project to unite around.
You can build a bike, design a duffel bag, or create birthday boxes for foster kids at your office, corporate retreat, or Peerspace rental.
13. Book with The Escape Game!
Escape rooms offer the unique opportunity to solve problems with coworkers but in a way that’s all about fun! At The Escape Game Austin, your team can choose from five different themes, from prison escapes to stopping terrorist attacks. They’ll get to discover clues, crack codes, and be the heroes all while bonding as a team!
Bonus: Swing axes in South Austin
Axe throwing is a popular event for gatherings of all sorts — even corporate team building! And this South Austin Peerspace venue is the place to bring your team for some indoor and outdoor action. You and your team members throw axes at targets and compete to see who has the best aim. Of course, you will receive safety training first with experienced employees, so it’s completely safe.
After your axe throwing, head outside and enjoy the venue’s drinks and barbecue services. By then, you’ve certainly worked up an appetite (and probably the thirst for a local draft beer or mocktail, too!)
Peerspace brings team building ideas in Austin to life
Texas is full of great team building activities in Austin and beyond. Whether you explore the city from a bike or a kayak or head out into the hills for some outdoor fun, we think you’ll be able to find something for every occasion on this list! Y
ou can also opt to book a Peerspace venue for a more private event space, or just as a place to relax after hitting the town. Remember, you can always browse for more great venues on Peerspace by filtering your search based on venue type and capacity. Check out the photos posted by the local host, read reviews written by past renters, and book your favorite place in mere moments