Fun Things to Do In Round Rock Texas

Round Rock is just north of Austin, Texas on I-35. Over the past 20 years it’s grown from an Austin bedroom community to a vibrant city all it’s own. It is corporate headquarters of Dell Computers. It happens to be the 207th largest city in the United States, currently growing at a rate of 2.10% annually. Population has swelled from 62,691 in 2000 to 134,255 in 2020.

Some have called Austin a family-friendly city, but Round Rock has taken that moniker to a new level as evidenced by various investments and attractions making Round Rock arguably the most family-friendly city in the metropolitan area.

Points of Interest

Dell Diamond

Dell Diamond is the home stadium of the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Houston Astros major league baseball team. On April 16, 2000, the then-Double-A affiliate Express played their first home game at the stadium. The city owns the ballpark and gave the Express a 38-year lease. Local-based computer technology company Dell contracted for naming rights in a deal that will cost the company $2.5 million over 15 years.

Play For All Abilities

On March 3, 2012 the original Play for All Park opened with a community-wide celebration. After 5 years in the making, Central Texas Children of all abilities had a one of a kind park to play side by side without limitations. Making the park a reality has truly was a community-wide effort and a dream come true for the children of Central Texas and children across the nation.

The original park was made possible with the help from the entire community. The City was able to build this 1.3 million dollar park for $600,000 in City funding with the help of the Play for All Foundation a non-profit organization, as well as awarded grants, in-kind donations and sponsorships from local businesses.

Chisholm Trail Crossing Park

In 1851, a small community was formed on the banks of Brushy Creek, near a large round and anvil-shaped rock in the middle of the creek. This round rock marked a convenient low-water crossing for wagons, horses, and cattle. The first postmaster called the community “Brushy”, and the creek was called “Brushy Creek”, but in 1854, at the suggestion of the postmaster, the small settlement was renamed Round Rock in honor of this now famous rock. After the Civil War, Jesse Chisholm began moving cattle from South Texas through Round Rock on the way to Abilene, Kansas. The route he established, which crossed Brushy Creek at the round rock, became known as the Chisholm Trail

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To preserve the heritage of the famous crossing, a Chisholm Trail Crossing Park was developed to provide visitors with a simulated scene of Round Rock’s historical role in the Chisholm cattle drive. Commemorative plaques in the park tell of the history of Round Rock. The bronze sculptures of four steers and pioneer woman Hattie Cluck and her son, Emmitt, were commissioned by the city through donations from Round Rock residents. The sculptures depict Round Rock’s history as a crossing location along the Chisholm Trail.

Old Settler’s Park

Following the end of the American Civil War, a group of Confederate veterans held a reunion in Georgetown on August 27, 1904, for the old settlers of Williamson County and their descendants. The invitation promised “good music, plenty to eat, and above all a warm welcome.”

The event was well-attended, and reunions have been held annually ever since. After the initial one, the event was moved to Round Rock and eventually a structure was built (along with three restored log cabins) in the Palm Valley area of Round Rock, in front of Old Settlers Park, just off Highway 79 in east Round Rock. The Old Settlers Association today is a social and educational group, with the purpose of facilitating social activities, as well as collecting and preserving important historical information and facts. The facilities are rented for meetings, arts and craft and collectable shows, events, parties, weddings and rehearsal dinners.

Teravista Golf Course

Teravista is a Championship 18-hole golf club that captures the beauty of the Texas Hill Country with views that span for over 50 miles. The rolling terrain provides a challenging 7,200-yard layout and offers 5 different sets of tees that will challenge golfers of all ages and abilities.  

Rockin’ River Waterpark

Located inside Old Settlers Park, it is city-owned and run by the Round Rock Parks and Rec.  Along with the pools and splash pads, it’s another great amenity Round Rock has to offer. And last year, they added so much more to the park, making it a MUST DO for the Summer of 2020!

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