One of the fastest growing and most lively suburbs of Austin, Round Rock is a city known for family friendly fun and entertainment.
1. Round Rock Express at the Dell Diamond
The Dell Diamond has a capacity of a little over 11,000 people and opened in April of 2000. It is the home of the Round Rock Express, the AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers that is owned in part by Nolan Ryan. It was listed by Forbes as the sixth most valuable Minor League Baseball Team in 2016.
Visitors can attend home games during the season and enjoy all the amenities of a traditional baseball game – food, drinks, activities, and fun. They also have facilities for group outings such as a party deck, party porch, suite, picnic area, pool and spa.
Address: 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
Website: Dell Diamond
2. Round Rock Premium Outlets
With 125 stores, you can spend all day finding great deals at the Premium Outlets. This open air mall includes stores like Banana Republic, Nike, Charlotte Russe, Converse, and Disney. They post special deals and sales on their website regularly to ensure visitors can get the most out of their shopping experience. A movie theater and many restaurants are included within the same space for all-day entertainment.
Round Rock Premium Outlets
Address: 4401 N Interstate Hwy 35, Round Rock, TX 78664
Website: Premium Outlets
3. Rock ‘n’ River Aquatic Center
The Rock ‘n’ River Aquatic Center is a park that children of all ages can enjoy. They have water slides, a lazy river, water playground, water volleyball and basketball, and a climbing waterfall wall.
Safety and child friendliness is a huge priority here – they sort slides by wristband color according to height and require a swim test for children to use some of the more advanced play areas. You can even bring a cooler with drinks, snacks, or lunch for the kids – only alcohol and glass containers are banned.
Rock 'n' River Aquatic Center
Address: 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
Website: Aquatic Center
4. Clay Madsen Park and Recreation Center
The Clay Madsen Park and Recreation Center is a central location for exercise and wellness for all varieties of interests, skill levels, and ages. It has two full size gyms, a lap pool, racquetball courts, a cardio and weight room, and several fitness and wellness programs. They even offer babysitting for members so parents can workout while their children play.
Clay Madsen Park is located right behind the Recreation Center. Visitors can enjoy a playscape, basketball and tennis courts, picnic tables, and part of the Greater Lake Creek trail system. The park also includes the Shaylah Dame Skatepark, which is a skater’s paradise with street components that are free to the public.
Clay Madsen Park and Recreation Center
Address: 1600 Gattis School Rd, Round Rock, TX 78664
Website: Clay Madsen
5. McNeil Bridge Bats
The McNeil Bridge Bats are the less famous cousins of the South Congress Bridge Bats. While this is a much smaller Mexico free-tailed bat colony, there are still nearly a half million bats that take flight every evening during the summer, to consume 20-30 thousand pounds of insects. Visitors can come with blankets and chairs around dusk to see these bats emerge and begin their aerial feeding frenzy.
McNeil Bridge Bats
Address: 601 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Round Rock, TX 78664
Website: McNeil Bridge Bats
6. Escapology Austin
Escapology Austin has won many awards for their imaginative and fun live escape games. The principle is that you are visiting the “Time Displacement Institute, a government agency that was created to monitor and fix any changes to the existing timeline.” During the game, you must travel back in time and fix something that has been illegally changed. Scenarios include Nuclear Annihilation, Extinction, Assassination Express, and Th3 Cod3.
Address: 2000 S. IH-35, Ste E2, Round Rock, TX 78681
Website: Escapology Austin
7. Play for All Park
This park bills itself as “outdoor fun for children of all abilities.” It includes a large jungle gym, slides, swings, and a small town with life-size buildings children can ride or walk through. The swings and play areas are intended for everyone and have special accommodations so that handicapped children can swing and play as well. The park also includes a retreat pod and sensory pod for children to develop and explore their different senses.
Play for All Park
Address: 151 N A.W. Grimes Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664
Website: Play for All Park
8. Round Rock Donuts
Round Rock Donuts has been delighting customers since 1926. These signature donuts originate from a bread-like dough and cannot be machine made. Each donut is hand-rolled, cut, fried, and iced. Their signature yellow-orange color comes from the use of fresh eggs. They only make 200 of these on their busiest days, but do not worry – they have plenty of other goodies to choose from. Visitors can order a Texas-sized donut, cake donut, apple fritter, éclair, kolache, and more.
Round Rock Donuts
Address: 106 W Liberty Ave, Round Rock, TX 78664
Website: Round Rock Donuts
9. Salt Lick BBQ
With 3 generations, 50 years of experience, and recipes dating back to the 1800s, it’s no wonder that Salt Lick BBQ has some of the best tasting BBQ in the country. Their original location in Driftwood is a little bit out-of-the-way (which did not stop lines from forming down the block), so they recently opened a second location in Round Rock. If you want authentic, delicious, mouth-watering Texas BBQ, this is the place to go.
Salt Lick BBQ
Address: 3350 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
Website: Salt Lick BBQ
10. Old Settlers Park
This “crown-jewel of the park system” is a go-to destination for many community athletics, such as disc golf, cricket, baseball, soccer, and more. The park recently added the Joanne Land Playground which includes a “Gravity Rail,” where kids climb onto a swing that propels them down a slope and then back up again, like a mini-rollercoaster. This section of the park also includes obstacles, slides, and tunnels.
Old Settlers Park
Address: 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
Website: Old Settlers Park
11. Memorial Park
Memorial Park runs along Bushy Creek. There is a 0.6 mile (0.9 km) trail that will take you to see the “round rock” inside Bushy Creek for which the city is named. Visitors will also find a softball field, playground, picnic tables, and a commemorative WWII torpedo with plaque.
Address: 600 N Lee St, Round Rock, TX 78664
Website: Memorial Park
Round Rock - a great place for families
Austin has a great reputation for big city fun, but Round Rock is a great place for families. Spend some time here with your family today to see why it is one of the fastest growing cities in America.
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