The opportunity to play outside with large groups of strangers usually ends with fifth-grade graduation. Today’s side deal lets you revisit the joys of recess as an adult, without getting weird looks. For $13, you’ll get a 30-day membership with access to all classes, adventures, and events at Hill Country Outdoors, Austin’s active outdoor, sport, and social club.
Making friends is hard as a grown-up. You can’t pass notes across your cubicle asking co-workers to circle their feelings about you, or entice potential friends with your pog collection anymore. Hill Country Outdoors makes it easy: you sign up for any of the adventurous exploits that pique your interest (such as mountain biking, kayaking, or trapeze adventures) and get to be active with other like-minded individuals. Many events are free for members, such as Let’s Dance and Canyonland Habitats of the BCP; others cost money, but you'll pay the discounted member price (the Party Barge outing costs $13).
Modern technology has crippled human social skills leaving you suctioned to a keyboard and communicating with other humans primarily through status updates and dialogue-lasers—this Groupon can save you from a total robotic transformation. Being surrounded by living, breathing humans and thrown into situations that don’t contain holograms, you’ll re-learn how to express yourself without using angry emoticons.
Hill Country Outdoors isn’t just a singles mixer for Indiana Jones–types—it’s also perfect for pairs. If you and your plus-one have lost touch with your own families and friends, these events will help you remember that more people is always more merrier.
New members only.
Texas Parks & Wildlife and Rare magazine have featured Hill Country Outdoor’s physical and friendly concept. The Austin Chronicle named it Best Outdoor Event in 2005 and Best Place to Meet People Outside of the Office in 2002:
- Hosting a wide variety of activities from hiking Turkey Creek to attending performances at Zilker Park's Hillside Theatre to rock climbing in Big Bend, Hill Country Outdoors gives you the chance to get out, have fun, and meet people without the awkwardness of shouting over loud music. – Austin Chronicle
- If it's your inner explorer you're looking to find, then check out one of Hill Country Outdoor's numerous events. It seems this outdoor adventure club offers a different activity almost every single day: kayaking, biking, backpacking, boating, spelunking, camping, rafting, skiing, golf, disc golf, ultimate Frisbee, tennis, volleyball, swimming. – Austin Chronicle
Hill Country Outdoors
As its name implies Hill Country Outdoors specializes in adventure. Each week, the club plans and hosts a variety of events, from outdoor outings to social gatherings. Designed to be engaging both for tourists and life-long residents, meetings range from bike rides and organized skiing trips to happy hours, concerts, and wine tastings. These eclectic outings help participants explore the city in a fun way without getting lost deep in the Heart of Texas.