Just outside of Austin, Texas, Round Rock has really been making a name for itself over the past several years. It has been named one of the fastest growing cities in America, as well as one of the most livable. With attractions like Kalahari Resorts, baseball, beautiful parks and trails, and delicious food, Round Rock is the place to go for a fun vacation.

1. Kalahari Resorts

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Boasting 223,000 square feet of space, Kalahari Resorts is one of Round Rock’s most busy and exciting destinations. No matter who you’re visiting with, Kalahari promises a range of adventurous and exciting activities, specifically designed to create positive memories for everyone to look back on. Splash around at the resort’s water park, enjoy a bite of mouthwatering Kalahari Food, hear live entertainment at Redd’s Piano Bar, or go wild at the resort’s 80,000-square-foot adventure park. Other activities to enjoy at Kalahari Resorts include bowling, escape rooms, and even rejuvenating and relaxing massage at the Kalahari Resort’s spa.

3001 Kalahari Boulevard, Round Rock, Texas 78665, Phone: 877-525-2427

2. Old Settlers Park

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Old Settlers Park has something for every athlete, including Cricket, disc golf, fishing, football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, hiking, and more. There are also lots of areas for rent to accommodate outdoor parties and activities, as well as festivals throughout the year that are open to the public. Even the kids will have a blast in Old Settlers Park’s seven playground areas! The park is also the Sports Capital of Texas, hosting tournaments in several sports and bringing in teams and spectators from all over to enjoy all Round Rock has to offer.

3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665, Phone: 512-218-5540

3. Dell Diamond

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Dell Diamond isn’t just the home of the Round Rock Express. It is also host to the Austin Elite rugby team, concerts, special events, and more. The stadium offers incredible views from every seat in the house, including from its more prestigious areas: the Intel Club, the pool and spa party area, the Premium Seats behind home plate, and the four Topps tables. Families are encouraged to bring their younger sports fans and take advantage of The Fun Zone near center field, where kids can play, rock climb, and jump the game away. Corporate groups are also invited to visit the stadium and use meeting space in the United Heritage Center on the first base line.

3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665, Phone: 512-255-2255

4. Play for All Park

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Round Rock citizens made their values of inclusion and accessibility for all children quite clear with the construction and recent expansion of Play for All Park. Sitting at an incredible 51,000 square feet, the park has eight “pods” where children of all abilities can engage, learn, and participate in therapeutic activities. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. until midnight, and service animals are allowed on proper leashes. Play for All Park has more than 60 annual donors who continue to support the maintenance and expansion of the pods and play areas, which serve more than 7,000 local children with disabilities.

151 North A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78665, Phone: 512-218-5540

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5. Rock’N River Water Park

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It’s no secret that Texas is hot, and there’s no better place to beat the heat than Rock’N River Water Park in Round Rock. The littlest of little ones can play in Backaroo Pond, while the adventure seekers brave The Lookout waterslides or the wet and wild Splashville. Those looking for relaxation can float around The Lazy R, too. For families planning to stay all day or groups looking for an amazing place to celebrate, Rock’N River rents out their cabanas, pergolas, loungers, pavilions, and other great spaces around the park. Special birthday party packages give the child of the day a little extra, including return passes for a future visit!

3300 E Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78664, Phone: 512-218-5540

6. Saint William Catholic Church, Round Rock, TX

Saint William Catholic Church, Round Rock, TX
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Today, Saint William Catholic Church sits on 30 acres and serves, in one immense and beautiful building, parishioners of Round Rock and the surrounding area. The land backs up to the homestead of Francisco Carlin, who hosted the very first mass in the community in 1916. Since that time, Saint William Catholic Church has experienced incredible growth and has continued to faithfully serve its people through mass, the Cursillo Movement, the Guadalupanas Society, the Sacred Heart Society, and the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, all of which were established by Father Schmidt in the 1950s.

620 Round Rock W Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681, Phone: 512-255-4473

7. The Salt Lick BBQ

The Salt Lick BBQ
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When it’s time to eat in Round Rock, a sure bet for finger-lickin’ goodness is The Salt Lick BBQ. The family-owned restaurant has been serving up slow-cooked barbeque officially since 1967, but the recipes and traditions go all the way back to the wagon trail in 1867, when Bettie Howard seared and slow cooked meat during her voyage from Mississippi to Texas. Her methods are still used today by her great grandson Scott Roberts. Diners can enjoy live music on the weekends, use of the banquet facility, the incredible full bar, and the close proximity of Dell Diamond, right next door.

3350 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665, Phone: 512-386-1044

8. Hoody’s Sub Shop

Hoody’s Sub Shop
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Richard “Hoody” Hood moved to Texas for college from Delaware but has stayed for the long haul. He opened Hoody’s Sub Shop in 1989 as a down home, fresh option for folks who wanted something better than fast food. Hoody uses fresh, delicious meats from Boars Head and only the highest quality fixens for his sandwiches. He argues that his success comes from how he treats his people, employees and guests, as much as it does from the food. Some of his employees have been with him for decades. While the Philly cheesesteak is the community favorite, Hoody’s offers a full array of hot and cold subs that are sure to tickle the taste buds.

1205 Round Rock Avenue, Round Rock, TX 78681, Phone: 512-244-7166

9. Fuego Latino Gastropub

Fuego Latino Gastropub
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If you want to spice up your lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch, Fuego Latino Gastropub is the place to go. Owner and executive chef Jorge Alcocer has been learning, cooking, and creating culinary masterpieces since he was only 18 years old. Today he is putting his experience and love for authentic Latin cuisine together to bring guests his own take on seared dishes, traditional meals like arroz con pollo, and new inspirations. Fuego Latino Gastropub also offers signature cocktails, local draft and can beers, Latin and domestic beers, and wine options. It’s a must-taste destination. Fuego is only closed on Mondays, and reservations are encouraged.

206 N Mays St., Round Rock, Texas, Phone: 737-202-4270

10. Kalahari Indoor Waterpark

Kalahari Indoor Waterpark
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Splash your way through the nation’s largest indoor waterpark. Standing on over 200,000 square feet, the Kalahari Indoor Waterpark is filled with rides and attractions for families of all ages. Visitors can speed through dips and turns on numerous water slides, surf or bodyboard on a wave simulator, float down the lazy river, grab a cocktail at the swim-up bar, and much more. Young children may safely play around with an accompanying guardian at the zero-depth Coral Cove, which features small slides, bouncers, and mini basketball. Access to the water park is free for checked-in guests, while day passes may be purchased by those not staying at the resort.

3001 Kalahari Boulevard, Round Rock, Texas 78665, Phone: 877-525-2427

11. Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf
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Experience a unique take on timeless family activities at Monster Mini Golf. Completely lit by black lights, the eclectic 18-hole miniature golf course is a feast for the senses with bright pop-art designs, upbeat music, and interactive monsters situated throughout the course. Their monster-themed laser tag arena offers just as much fun with fogs, targets, and mines adding layer of excitement to the game. At the laser maze, visitors can unleash their inner spy as they race against time and maneuver through a maze filled with laser beams blocking every path. Lastly, Monster Mini Golf also offers a fun selection of state-of-the-art arcade games from modern releases to timeless classics. More day trips in Texas

3916 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, Texas 78664, Phone: 512-609-8180

12. Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill

Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill
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Dine and play at the aquatic-themed Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill. Their 12-lane bowling alley gives players a feeling of bowling underwater with hand-painted ocean murals at every turn, hanging fish ornaments, and ball return machines taking the form of various sea creatures. The grill offers casual dining for families and players of all ages, serving up a variety of pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and other snacks. Adults may also enjoy their drink of choice as they watch all the bowling action or admire the live tropical fish swimming within the bar’s saltwater aquarium. Uncle Buck’s is open daily with extended operating hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

200 Bass Pro Drive, Round Rock, Texas 78665, Phone: 512-876-2600

13. Tom Foolery’s Adventure Park

Tom Foolery’s Adventure Park
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The entire family is in for a thrilling day at Tom Foolery’s Adventure Park. The massive 80,000-square-foot indoor park is filled with nearly every attraction imaginable from exciting rides to escape rooms to a bowling alley. Some of their rides include adult and kiddy roller coasters, a drop tower ride, along with a 5-D virtual reality ride. The park also features other attractions such as a mirror maze, a multiple ropes course for younger and older kids, and a giant arcade. Checked-in guests of the Kalahari resort may purchase discounted passes valid for the duration of their stay, while outside visitors may secure all-day admission passes.

3001 Kalahari Boulevard, Round Rock, Texas 78665, Phone: 877-525-2427

14. Escapology

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Immerse yourself in Escapology’s imaginative escape rooms as you search for clues, crack codes, and solve mysteries in your attempt to break out. Their premium rooms are thoughtfully designed with great attention to detail, making every player feel like they’ve stepped into another world. Escapology offers six game rooms varying in different themes and levels of difficulty. Their easiest room calls for players to stop a group of outlaws in the wild west, while one of their more difficult rooms involves escaping from a sinking submarine during World War II. Escapology prides themselves in offering completely accessible escape rooms and welcomes players Thursday through Tuesday.

2000 S. IH-35, Ste E2, Round Rock, Texas 78681, Phone: 512-487-7306

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15. Top Notch Axe Throwing Round Rock

Top Notch Axe Throwing Round Rock
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Visitors can channel their inner action star at Top Notch Axe Throwing. Originating from Missouri, Top Notch recently opened its first branch in Texas and has quickly become a popular spot for gatherings, parties, team buildings, and even date nights. All axe throwing sessions run for an hour and a half and include important safety and training orientations. If axes don’t interest you, Top Notch has also incorporated ninja stars and throwing cards into their line-up. Birthday parties are also accommodated at Top Notch, where the celebrant gets to throw for free. Visitors are reminded to wear closed-toe shoes and are welcome to bring their own beer for their throwing session.

1201 South I-35 Frontage Road, Round Rock, Texas 78664, Phone: 512-504-7376

16. Bats in Round Rock

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Every year from March to November, Round Rock witnesses a daily natural wonder. Visitors and locals alike marvel at nearly half a million bats as they swarm the air feeding on thousands of pounds of insects every evening. These Mexico Free-Tailed Bats take flight at dusk, traveling over 60 miles per hour as they form fascinating patterns in the air. Those interested in watching this fast-growing attraction are invited to gather under the Interstate 35 overpass along McNeil Road shortly after 7:00 p.m. and are welcome to bring blankets, covers, head covering, and other items to make themselves more comfortable. Free parking is also available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Napa Auto store parking lot.

601 North I-35 Frontage Roas, Round Rock, Texas 78664

17. Bluebonnet Beer Company

Bluebonnet Beer Company
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Owned by husband-and-wife duo David and Clare Hulama, Bluebonnet Beer Company offers some of the best beers in Round Rock. Merging David’s lengthy experience and formal education in brewing together with Clare’s background in sales and marketing, the brewery’s expertly crafted, award-winning beers have wowed visitors and locals alike since its opening in 2013. While their beers are available in various establishments around the city, anyone and everyone are welcome to enjoy a drink in their taproom open Thursdays through Saturdays. Sample their year-round staples including a cream ale and their best-selling American amber ale, along with seasonal stouts, hard seltzers, and more.

1700 Bryant Drive #107, Round Rock, Texas 78664, Phone: 512-774-4258

18. Round Rock Express

Round Rock Express
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If you’re in town for baseball season, be sure to go to a Round Rock Express game! The Express have been batting balls for almost 20 years under owners Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, his son Reid, and Don Sanders. A Houston Astros affiliate, The Express play in the Dell Diamond in the heart of Round Rock. The team is a six-time division title winner, and every season has been more exciting than the one that came before it. With ticket options for individuals and groups, special seating areas, and more, trips to see The Express are perfect for getting out and having some fun.

3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665, Phone: 512-255-2255

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