Austin may be known for its laid-back vibes, but it’s also a place with plenty of outdoor activities and high-energy diversions. If you’re planning a reunion, retreat, or group trip and looking for a versatile place filled with fun options, the abundantly sunny Live Music Capital of the World has enough to keep your crew engaged and entertained for days (and nights) on end.
Have Fun on the Water
Just because it’s landlocked, that doesn’t mean Austin has a lack of water. In fact, waterfront options abound in this outdoor oasis. Pick an outfitter and rent a party boat or fleet of kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddle boards on Lake Austin (try The Rowing Dock or Live Love Paddle for friendly service and great equipment). Or, crack open some cold beers and float down the San Marcos or Guadalupe rivers all afternoon in a flock of inner tubes. For a truly unique experience, sign your group up for surf lessons on the manmade lake with artificial waves at NLand Surf Park and enjoy a post-surf wind-down at the restaurant onsite. Or, for a bit of both land and sea, embark on an amphibious tour of the city with Austin Duck Adventures and enjoy the view from both land and sea (well, Lake Austin, anyway).
Leave Your Comfort Zone Behind
If your crew feels the need for speed, book a zipline across Lake Travis, which boasts the longest and fastest zipline in all of Texas, plus a floating water park and challenge course. Or for an indoor adventure that simulates a genuine skyfall, reserve your customized indoor skydiving experience at iFLY, where you’ll suit up and ride a tunnel of air like a pro. And if that’s not enough of an adrenaline rush, other high-octane options abound in Austin, from customized racetrack experiences at Circuit of the Americas to helicopter tours over the city.
Put Your Heads Together
For thrills that are more cerebral in nature, two local spots put your brain to the test and give your group an unexpected opportunity to bond in the process. Form teams and dare to escape a fictitious quandary at Austin Escape Game, or indulge in some augmented reality adventures with Austin Cluetivity, which sends you on the scavenger hunt or goal-oriented adventure of your choice. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to have a ridiculous amount of fun.
Wind Down with Brews and Tunes
Of course, a trip to Austin isn’t complete without some live music, so make the most of your time in town by planning a Red River entertainment district crawl, where you can catch as many live shows as you want in a three-block stretch. Before wrapping up and heading home, make a point of taking a tour of an urban winery or backcountry distillery at a quintessential local spot like Treaty Oak Distilling Co or The Austin Winery. While you’re there, be sure to raise a collective toast to a trip well spent.
Come enjoy the best diversions Austin has to offer – and treat yourself to a group discount while you’re at it.