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Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center

1800 Highway 26E, Grapevine, Texas, 76051-9641, USA TEL: +1-817-481-8444 FAX: +1-817-481-3160

Austin Ranch

Austin Ranch is a premier destination for corporate events, weddings, team building, fundraisers and family reunions in the Dallas area. One of the oldest ranches in Texas, Austin Ranch has been in operation since the late 1800s. Nestled on more than 90 spectacular acres of lush rolling hills and dense woods, including a 10-acre private lake, the ranch also boasts 9,000 sq. ft. of outdoor patios and over 12,200 sq. ft. of great indoor space complete with a grand ballroom. Whether your group is 30 or 1,500, Austin Ranch can create a Western-themed event that will generate lifetime memories.

Team Building Activities:

The Funny Farm

Team members are divided into hillbilly families. Families will then choose their name such as Hatfields, McCoys, Dukes, etc. Each family member will also create and maintain a character for themselves such as Cuzin' Billy Bob, Aunt Rotunda, Ma, Pa and Baby etc. The hillbilly family will race against the clock to shuck corn, make dumplins, tip cows, pluck rubber chickens, gather wood for the fire, stomp grapes and more. This is a true family affair and fun for all - great for a light-hearted event.

(50 person minimum)

Texas Chili Cook Off

We take our chili very seriously here at Austin Ranch. After all, it is the Texas state dish. We have the perfect ingredients for success: chilies, spices, beef and fun. We bring the fire, pots, pans and your team brings the competitive spirit for the perfect bowl of Texas Red.

(50 person minimum)

Golf Cart Polo

Golfing cowboy style! Teams of two (a malleteer and a driver), blaze a trail across our rodeo arena in an attempt to whack a polo ball into the opponent's open-ended barrel. SCORE!

Cattle Paint Branding

Branding takes on a whole new meaning when you have a Texas steer staring at you eyeball to eyeball. This activity gives your group a chance to brand a live steer. Not with a hot branding iron of course, but with paint and a brand.

Rodeo Games

Five-man stick horse barrel racing will have you laughing until your sides hurt. Rope a Dope will teach newbie wranglers how to rope a calf with instruction by a professional, even if it is a hay bale with a calf's head attached. These games are great for the team that likes to get down and dirty in a Texas way.

(25 person minimum)

Bubba Games

To build a team in Texas you need the creativity of Tex Schramm, the patience of Tom Landry and the fun loving spirit of Dandy Don Meredith. We have put together a Totally Texas Team Building Exercise for theme parties or visiting Yankees, with real Texas-sized fun built in to every challenge. Redneck Horseshoes, Cow Pattie Shuffleboard, Raise the Barn, Jailbreak, Snuffleboard, What the Hay! A total of fifteen backyard Bubba Games are available to choose from.

Silent Movie

Nothing can compare to a good old western movie with an all-star cast which consists of your employees. Teams will select characters and a director to produce a silent film. Our professional camera man will capture the footage. Actors will be provided with a plethora of costumes and props to fit their characters. Scripts are pre-written, but can be altered at will when a professional editor comes in for the sub-titles. Western Celebrity Look-a-Like Judges will decide the winner when movies are shown over dinner.

(50 person minimum)

Other Options

Chuckwagon building, scavenger hunts, win it in a minute, rocket building, game shows, bike builds for charity, cowboy paintball and more are also available.