Group activities are the perfect way to encourage mingling and team building. Austin offers lots of ways for your group to come together and have fun while establishing meaningful working relationships. Here are some great interactive ideas, ranging from awesome adventures to giving back opportunities and even a bit of friendly competition, to help get your planning started.

Tower at Circuit of The Americas.
Courtesy of Circuit of The Americas.

Rev up some team spirit with a thrilling driving experience at the only Formula One® circuit in the United States. Guests get to become a professional racecar driver for a day during the new COTA Audi Driving Experience, challenging their driving skills on one of the most technical tracks in the world. As they’re having fun, your attendees (as either a driver or passenger with a professional instructor) will learn dynamic driving techniques while gaining a new appreciation for the power of cars.

Hit the waves at this inland surfing destination. Everyone from a novice to a pro will be challenged by the waves generated here. And instructors from the NLand Training Center are on hand to offer world-class coaching. After a day of fun in the sun, dine on farm-fresh fare at NLand’s Blue Prairie restaurant overlooking the water. The entire lagoon can be rented out for a minimum of four hours.

Target team building at this shooting facility that features 37 rifle-rated lanes, which include five 100-yard rifle lanes outfitted with innovative targeting systems. Trained instructors and range masters are on hand to walk visitors through the proper handling of a variety of firearms, including those manufactured by Glock and Remington. The Range also offers private event space within its 52,000-square-foot facility.

Arrange a private guided tour to explore the weird and wonderful culinary side of Austin. Options include a visit to South Congress (aka SoCo), where live music and street art are the perfect backdrop for exploring old favorites and exciting new restaurants in the area. Or visit the historic East Side and chow down on a variety of cuisines in one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Austin.

Plan an indoor axe-throwing outing at the brand-new Austin location. Start with safety instructions from a qualified coach, then launch into a friendly competitive tournament to see who in your group has the eagle-eyed skills to hit the bullseye. You can even arrange to award the winner a golden axe trophy.

SoulCycle Classroom
Credit Sarah Kehoe.

Get your group pumped with a rousing indoor cycling session. In just 45 minutes, your attendees will get a full-body, fat-burning cardio workout. Inspiring instructors, candlelight and pounding music make SoulCycle a fun and healthy group activity. Reserve an entire studio for a private ride.

Giving Good is PCMA’s comprehensive online resource that helps meeting planners find, vet and book community impact projects; connect with other event organizers; and get additional information from destination service departments or the charities themselves. It’s as easy as inputting your event destination, searching the database of Giving Good projects to find the project best suited to your group, then connecting with the organization. Austin charities include the Hope Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Sammy’s House.

Get your group to work together on solving the clues to a scavenger hunt arranged by Austin Detours. Groups of up to 300 can take part in The Ultimate Austin Scavenger Hunt that can last from 2-4 hours. This fast-moving team challenge zips around town, stopping at Austin landmarks and offbeat spots where attendees decipher riddles, play games, gather items and even have time for selfies. The winning team can be honored with a lighthearted awards ceremony complete with prizes.

United Way for Greater Austin (UWATX) offers the interactive UWATX Scavenger Hunt that combines team building with building awareness of the work that United Way does to benefit the community. Over the course of four hours, teams of 4-5 participants are involved in everything from becoming part of a small volunteer project to looking for scavenger items related to United Way’s mission. It’s a great way for groups to engage in community service and potentially raise funds for a good cause.