Beekeeping, Argentine tango classes and drive-in movies: Here are some bucket list activities to enjoy in South Austin

Still Austin Whiskey is hosting a girl scout cookie and whiskey pairing event Feb. 18.

Still Austin Whiskey is hosting a girl scout cookie and whiskey pairing event Feb. 18.

South Austin residents curious about what it might be like to learn to tango, distill a barrel of whiskey or take a beekeeping class need look no further than their own backyards.

Catch a drive-in movie
Graceland Oaks Event Center,
8907Circle Drive, Austin,
$10-$35 per ticket

Classics, pop culture favorites, indie and cult films are shown at the Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive-in’s pop-up in Oak Hill. Concessions and a bar are available on-site.

Cook alongside an international chef
Freda’s Kitchen
Locations vary
$55-$67 per class

Freda’s Kitchen features international chefs teaching the recipes and methods of their native cuisines in an interactive family-style setting. After cooking together, participants enjoy an intimate chef’s table dining experience. Events include in-home classes, farm-based events and weekend culinary adventures in the Hill Country. Freda’s Kitchen specializes in private events that host 8-15 people. The events are held at various locations, including South Austin and Dripping Springs.

Dine at a haunted pizza garden
Austin Pizza Garden
6266 Hwy. 290, Austin,
Menu prices vary

Ghost hunters and employees have reported close encounters with the paranormal throughout the Austin Pizza Garden restaurant in Oak Hill, particularly in the upstairs dining area. The historic building was constructed in 1898 under the supervision of Texas Ranger James A. Patton, who used the space as a general store. Since then, it has housed a post office, steakhouse, masonic lodge and art gallery.

Distill your own barrel of whiskey
Still Austin Whiskey Company
440 E. St. Elmo Road, Austin,
$250 per person

The three-hour class includes information on milling grains, making mash, fermentation, distilling and barreling whiskey. Guests receive a behind-the-scenes look at the distillery, a tasting and a 750ml bottle of Still Austin whiskey. A food truck and live music is also included.

Geocache in a Texas state park
McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin,
$6 for ages 13 and older; children are free

Geocaching is known by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as the “modern-day treasure hunt” and allows visitors to hunt for items hidden in the wilderness. Using and a smartphone, hunters can track down geocaches, which contain a logbook to sign your name and a family-friendly tradeable item.

Learn about Texas native plants
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin,
$15-$100 per class

The wildflower center offers an abundance of classes and opportunities to learn about Texas native plants, gardening, nature art, photography and writing. Classes and programs such as moonlight hikes and the native plant gardening series happen regularly throughout the year.

Learn to tango

Tango Tribe
5446 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. 105, Austin,
$10 per group lesson; $70 per private lesson

Argentine tango classes for beginners and experienced dancers are offered at the Tango Tribe studio in Oak Hill. Classes are led by tango masters who teach techniques in private lessons, group classes and workshops.

Sip wine and paint
Painting with a Twist
6705 Hwy. 290, Ste. 501, Austin,
$10-$35 per class

Painting with a Twist offers a laid-back environment for amateur and experienced artists to enjoy their beverage of choice while painting. Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks. Classes are led by expert artists.

Shoot a gun
The Range at Austin
8301 S. I-35, Austin,
$25-$30 per hour for lane rentals

The Range offers hourly lane rentals as well as classes and private instruction for experts and beginners. Guests may bring their own firearms or may rent from a variety of firearms, including basic pistols, rifles, full-automatics and elites.

Take an assault prevention course
Tanglewood Forest Park
9801 Curlew Drive, Austin,
$20 per class

South Austinite and veteran martial artist Jeremy Wagle teaches this female-specific assault prevention course rooted in the ideas of evolution, science and psychology. Participants are given a tactical-prevention tool handcrafted by Wagle and are guaranteed to learn life-saving assault-prevention tactics or they get their money back.

Take a beekeeping class
Bee Friendly Austin
9874 Weir Loop Circle, Austin,
$60 per person

In this beginners’ class, participants learn about bees and what it takes to become a beekeeper. Topics include learning about beneficial plants for bees, honey and hive products, bee biology, how to avoid stings and buying bees.

Walk the Austin SkyTrail ropes course
Blazer Tag Adventure Center
1701 W. Ben White Blvd., Austin,
$10 per trek

The Austin SkyTrail is a 20-foot ropes course that includes seven challenging elements. Players are strapped into a body harness and walk along the ropes that sit above the arcade. Each course lasts about 20 minutes. Blazer Tag also includes laser tag and an arcade center. Food and drinks can be purchased on-site.

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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