Austin, Texas is the kind of city where you’ll never run out of fun things to do—and that’s particularly true if you’re visiting as part of a group.
The Austin area is full of group activities you’ll love, no matter your interests, your budget, or the purpose of your visit.
Without further ado, here are seven group activities we recommend checking out in the Austin area.
Float Down the River
If you and your group are visiting Austin in the summer—particularly between July and September, when temperatures soar to the levels you’d expect on sun-scorched planets like Mercury and Venus—you’re going to want to find somewhere to cool off.
One of the best ways to do that is by jumping into some rubber inner-tubes and floating down a river.
Austin is full of awesome options for river tubing. Some of the most popular include Texas State Tubes, which will take you and your group down the San Marcos River, and Rockin’ R River Rides, which is about an hour’s drive out of town, and takes you down the Comal River.
Just remember to fill up a cooler and charge up a waterproof speaker to ensure you have a truly optimal tubing experience.
Try Out Mobile Laser Tag
If you and your compatriots have a competitive streak, laser tag might be your best bet. And there’s no need to track down a laser tag course—Austin’s Run N’ Gun Mobile Laser Tag will bring the battle to you.
It’s pretty simple. All you have to do is assemble your group, and they’ll handle the rest, helping you find a battlefield (a park or big back yard), supplying equipment, and setting up plenty of awesome obstacles.
Set up your Laser Tag battle right here.
Have a Bubble Battle
If lasers aren’t your thing, maybe you’d prefer to step into a giant bubble and hurl yourself at your compatriots.
We’re talking, of course, about a bubble battle—one of the many awesome activities offered by Austin’s popular Sports Battles.
Sports Battles also offers other fun activities like archery and dart battles (with non-lethal projectiles, of course), glow battles, and bubble soccer—which is effectively just a bubble battle with a soccer ball on the field.
Plan your battle by visiting the Sports Battles official website.
Watch the Bats at South Congress Avenue Bridge
Austin is home to one of the world’s largest bat colonies. That colony—which is approximately 1.5 million bats strong—makes its home under the city’s famous South Congress Avenue Bridge.
The bats are best observed between March to November at dusk, either from the top of the bridge, from the adjacent Butler Hike-and-Bike trail, or from a kayak or paddle board in the water (you and your friends can easily rent those through a number of reputable businesses.
Just don’t forget your camera. When the bats take flight, it’s a sight to behold.
See Some Live Music
Austin is known as “The Live Music Capital of the World”—and for good reason. The city is jam-packed with amazing and oftentimes historic live music venues.
Arguably the most famous part of Austin’s live music scene, of course, is the Austin City Limits festival, which goes down in October this year.
This year’s lineup hasn’t yet been announced, but it should be soon. Stay tuned for updates!
Zip Line at Lake Travis
If you and your friends are thrill-seekers, you’ll probably enjoy Lake Travis Zipline Adventures, one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Austin area.
This attraction is composed of three ziplines, the latter three being the longest and fastest in all of Texas—which is really what you want from a zipline, isn’t it?
These ziplines will take you and your friends soaring over Lake Travis, as well as tree canopies, canyons, and more. The property also has a lakefront that’s perfect for picnicking after your ziplining adventure concludes.
Take A Food Tour
Austin is known for its food, from its mouth-water barbecue to its flavorful Mexican cuisine.
It’s easy to explore the Austin food scene on your own schedule by simply meandering around the city and wandering into the restaurants that appeal to you. However, the city also has a number of exciting and educational food tours.
One of the most popular is Austin Eats Food Tours, which claims to be “Austin’s original guided food tour.”
Austin Eats has unfortunately gone on hiatus due the pandemic, but according to the company’s official website, tours will resume this summer, which is great news for visiting foodies.