Austin – Things to do with your Team

Austin is the capital of Texas, a jewel of a city that has a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural history, and amazing food.

If you’re traveling there with your team, there’s a whole lot you can do during your downtime. When it comes down to team-building activities, Austin has plenty to enjoy. Here are some of the best:


Texas State Capitol

The thriving downtown area is home to the Texas State Capitol, a distinctive pink granite building that sits on 22 acres of rolling green lawns perfect for a picnic. From the stunning mosaic floors to the towering rotunda with a breathtaking ceiling and some weird, wonderful acoustics, the capitol is a lesson in art and history, and it’s just plain fun to wander through the halls and stumble upon statues, busts, and portraits of Texas elites throughout history.

You can take a free guided tour and get the dish on the construction and goings-on of the place or you can wander around on your own. If you’d like something in-between, you can get the self-guided capitol audio tour on your smart device. The state capitol is within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center, a popular venue for sporting tournaments. If you have a tournament there, check out our Austin Convention Center travel guide for a more focused approach to planning your trip. 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701


Austin Duck Adventures

Embark on an entirely new kind of tour during your trip. Austin Duck Adventures  shows you around in a Hydra Terra vehicle that’s capable of navigating on land and sea.

Relish your 75 minute ride and sightseeing experience as you encounter landmarks like the city’s historic Sixth Street, the capitol building, Bob Bullock State History Museum, the Governor’s Mansion, Lake Austin, and more.  602 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701


Zilker Park

Austin - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsZilker Park is a 350-acre wonderland guaranteed to leave your team tuckered out. You’ll forget you’re in Austin once you begin exploring the park.

After exploring the Zilker Botanical Garden, which features a veritable smorgasbord of exotic plants, ponds, waterfalls, and ancient buildings, take a refreshing dip in Barton Springs Pool, an enormous spring-fed pond. Dry off on the Zilker Zephyr miniature train. This 20-minute train ride is a sightseeing adventure in itself.

Finish the day by enjoying a number of hands-on nature exhibits; including digging for dinosaur bones; that will keep the kids busy and engaged until dinner time. 2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746


11th Hour Escape

11th Hour Escape is proud to be the first escape room in the city to provide customers with a choice in difficulty for their rooms. Whether you’re trying an escape room for the first time, or are a professional, 11th Hour Escape will show you and the team a mind stumping hour of fun. 2600 McHale Ct, Austin, TX 78758


Austin Zoo

The Austin Zoo is a non-profit rescue and rehabilitation zoo located in hill country on the southwest edge of the city. Over 100 species are represented, and more than 350 animals reside here, including lions, tigers, monkeys, lemurs, bears, wolves, and 880-pound tortoises.

It takes about an hour and a half to walk the grounds, and an optional train ride takes another 15 minutes, making this a great short outing when time’s an issue. 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736


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Austin’s Park n’ Pizza

Austin’s Park n’ Pizza is so much more than a bowling alley, although you can bowl there to your heart’s content. However, they’ve also got go-karts, a roller coaster, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper cars, bumper boats, a rock-climbing wall, and laser tag.

When the kids are exhausted, they can play arcade games for prizes while they wait to cure their hunger with burgers from Austin’s Bar & Grill. This is a one-stop shop for keeping the team busy, engaged, and having fun for a good, long time. 16231 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Pflugerville, TX 78660


Urban Adventure Quest

Make walking around the city an exciting activity itself by taking part in an Urban Adventure Quest. Start your journey at the capitol building and get ready for an epic adventure. The scavenger hunt will take you to various historic sites, popular gathering spots, and some off the beaten path gems as well. See if you have what it takes to find everything on the list and accomplish the Urban Adventure Quest. 1201 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701


Austin Aquarium

The Austin Aquarium is an immersive, interactive experience that all ages will enjoy. Kids can touch and feed crocodiles, handle snakes, and take advantage of great photo ops with large, exotic birds. You’ll see undulating jellyfish, frolicking seahorses, and a giant Pacific octopus feeding on crawfish.

If you arrive early, the team can follow along on the morning rounds, watching the crew check on animals, feed them, and test water levels. At various times during the day, staff talks are given about particular animals. The daily schedule varies, but the talks are always interesting, focused on behavior, habitat, biology, and conservation. 13530 US-183, Austin, TX 78750


Climb Mount Bonnell

At 775 feet, Mount Bonnell is the highest point in Austin. Climbing up the 100 stairs that get you there is a great workout and the panoramic bird’s-eye view of the city is worth the work it takes to see it.

Just a few minutes down-mountain by car is the entrance to Mayfield Park, a peaceful nature preserve and garden that’s home to dozens of peacocks who perch in the trees and freely wander the grounds. Lily ponds abound, including six large cement ponds decorated with cast-iron turtles sunning on rocks. This is a great short side trip for an early morning, when the weather’s cool enough to really enjoy the serene scenic surroundings. 3800 Mt Bonnell DrAustin, TX



Austin - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsThinkery is like Disneyland for people who have a love for learning. This kid-friendly museum focuses on the topics of science, technology, engineering, and math. It features exciting hands-on activities and projects that are clever and engaging enough to spark any child’s interest.

Two popular exhibits are the Currents exhibit, which explores fluid dynamics and the relationship between water and sound, and the Light Lab exhibit, which investigates color, light, and shadows. Out back, there’s a beautiful, gigantic climbing structure and a small, stone-lined stream that kids can play in with buckets and sieves. 1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723


Getting out and about and exploring Austin while you’re there keeps your team busy and engaged with fun; and sometimes even educational; activities that will make their trip that much more memorable.

Enjoying Austin’s attractions with your team is a bonding experience, promising a good, fun time while visiting this Hill Country town!