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 Texas Hill Country, there are plenty of ways to get your team out of the office and having fun. If you’re looking for something a little more structured than an after-work happy hour, take a look at this list of our 12 top team building ideas in Austin to create a memorable event for your team!
1. Make your escape from the Austin Panic Room
Escape rooms are always a good option for team building events because they get you working together in small groups to solve clues under pressure. At Austin Panic Room, you’ll split up into groups of six to 10 people to escape from one of five different puzzle rooms, including an abandoned school, a mad scientist’s laboratory, and the Oval Office. Each room is rated according to level of difficulty. You can also book an event room for an all-day team building outing.
2. Host a company retreat at a Peerspace venue
You know your team best, and if you don’t want to outsource the planning to a event facilitator or tour guide, why not plan the whole thing your own way? 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. Book a modern retreat space in the city, or head out of town for a hillside getaway. Whichever option you choose, you can call up the Peerspace Concierge service for help lining up A/V equipment or furniture rentals. They can also assist in hiring a professional caterer and event staff.
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. Why not cool off on a hot day at one of Austin’s local swimming holes on 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 has several other options available, too, including a taco tour and yoga in the park.
4. Take the Food Truck Challenge with Austin Detours
Austin is known for its food truck culture, and you can explore it for yourself with a team building event hosted by Austin Detours. Start off with a tour of local food trucks, and 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 a great way to incorporate a little competition into a company retreat!
5. Hit the waves at Surf Ranch Austin
Texas isn’t known for its beaches, but don’t let that stop you from learning to surf at one of the state’s inland surf parks! Surf Ranch Austin was recently bought up by Kelly Slater Wave Co., which will bring the latest in artificial wave technology to Austin. Take your team for an all-day surfing lesson led by one of the park’s professional instructors. If you can’t wait for them to reopen, head to the BSR Surf Ranch in Waco instead!
6. Take a cooking class at Freda’s Kitchen
Cooking lessons make for a great team building idea in Austin, but it’s important to find the right chef! 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.
7. Go on a scavenger hunt with the AR Adventure
AR Adventure takes corporate scavenger hunts to the next level with augmented reality. 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 that’s 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 afterwards. You can bring your own food and drink and make use of the on-site games and nature park.
9. Bring NASCAR to the office with Races2U
If you don’t have time for an outing, bring the fun to you with a custom-designed racetrack that’s perfect for corporate events and team building activities. You’ll race digital slot cars on a hi-tech track that uses computers to monitor your time and designate a winner. These realistic tracks even feature pit stops and lane changes that will require your team to work together to win the race! Races2U can bring the track right to your office or Peerspace rental.
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.
11. Explore Lady Bird Lake with Live Love Paddle
For another outdoor option, take a kayak tour offered by Live Love Paddle. You can choose from a tour of downtown or a bat-watching experience all from the comfort of your kayak. They offer facilitated team building events and even 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
Finally, 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.
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! Remember, you can always browse for more great venues on Peerspace by filtering your search based on venue type and capacity.