Teambuilding exercises and adrenaline often go hand in hand, such as when co-workers must decide who will wear the antelope costume during tag-team alligator-wrestling matches. Revel in gator-less camaraderie with today's Groupon: for $99, you get an alpine tower climb, one zipline ride, a one-hour kayak ride, plus a burger and fries at the Don Strange Ranch in Waring (a $208 total value).
Tucked in an old longhorn cattle ranch in Texas hill country, Don Strange Ranch's adventure challenge course promotes leadership skills and strengthens teamwork through ropes courses, ziplines, and kayaking. Engage in high-altitude camaraderie on the alpine tower, a five-story log structure that forces participants to face some of the same challenges presented by rock climbing. Fifty-foot rope ladders dangle from the top, forcing climbers to hop outside of comfort zones. Don Strange's 350- to 400-foot ziplines can help participants overcome personal demons while soaring above the ranch's verdant, sprawling landscape, and the one-hour kayaking excursion on the Guadalupe River begins with navigational challenges and piranha-herding tasks. Refuel after a taxing day of hurdling personal barriers with a burger and fries from Don Strange's kitchen, ideal for riverside dining.
Don Strange Ranch
The low-hanging branches of southern live oak trees stretch out over the house and pavilion areas at Don Strange Ranch, dappling parties, weddings, and corporate team gatherings with splashes of sunlight. Since 1952, the 125-acre longhorn ranch in the Texas Hill Country has hosted myriad events, including scenes from the PBS music documentary series Live from the Artists Den and the wedding of country music stars Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
More than just a picturesque backdrop, the ranch’s rugged natural surroundings host outdoor activities such as ropes courses and kayak trips down the Guadalupe River. And the friendly staffers who man 350- to 400-foot ziplines work to ease guests out of their comfort zones, like a mother bird pushing her young out of the nest for their first extreme base-jumping lesson. :m]]