5 Ways to Spend a Summer Vacation in Round Rock, TX

The Texas sun is shining and summer is in full swing in Round Rock! Centrally located within a three-hour drive from four of the nation’s largest cities, families are flocking to Round Rock to experience America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark, unique sports themed attractions, and more. Pack your bags and start planning the ultimate summer getaway with the itinerary ideas below! 

Slide Into America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark 

Check “swimming at America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark” off your bucket list when you stay and play at Round Rock’s Kalahari Resorts & Conventions. This authentically-African theme offers visitors a unique all-under-one-roof experience that is truly one of a kind. Before you drop off your belongings in your room decorated with authentic African art and artifacts, pose for a family photo in front of one of the life-size animal sculptures located at the front of the property. Then it’s time to swim over to the 223,000 square-foot waterpark to test out the 30 thrilling waterslides, wave simulator, lazy river, and much more. You will also find dedicated kid swim areas, and a swim-up pool bar for adults. When you want to swim outside, Kalahari’s newly renovated Zambezi Outdoor Waterpark is the perfect place to swim and slide. After exploring all that the waterpark has to offer, the fun continues at Kalahari’s indoor adventure park Tom Foolerys. This 80,000-square-foot indoor adventure park features thrill rides, arcade games, laser tag, and escape room puzzles that make for a fun group outing or family-building activity. Stick around for award-winning dining, retail shops, and a rejuvenating spa that will be a relaxing way to commemorate a full day of fun.

Hit a Home Run at Home Run Dugout 

Swing, batter, batter, swing! Baseball enthusiasts and first-time players alike will hit home runs all night long at Home Run Dugout, Round Rock’s virtual batting cage experience. Players of all skill levels can step right up to bat with the perfect pitch at the soft-toss pitching machine. Your swing is then digitally projected on the screen along with the launch angle and exit velocity. Pair your game with delicious, elevated ballpark fare and handcrafted drinks. Home Run Dugout is located at Dell Diamond, the home stadium to the Round Rock Express, the Trip-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Baseball season is in full swing in the Sports Capital of Texas so make sure to catch a game. When kiddos need to stretch their legs from watching the game, they can make their way over to the “Fun Zone” which features a 26-foot-high rock wall, a bungee trampoline, and more. 

Discover a New Outdoor Activity at Old Settlers Park 

Enjoy the beautiful weather and pick up a new favorite outdoor activity when you explore over 2,270 acres of parks and trails in Round Rock. A must-see park during your visit is Old Settlers Park. Known as the crown jewel of Round Rock’s park system, this park features 645 acres of

space for a variety of recreational activities. Try your hand at disc golf, cricket, tennis, or horseshoes. You can also play to your heart’s content on the baseball, soccer, and football fields. Did we mention there is a lake stocked with fish for a fishing excursion, and a regulation remote-control airplane take-off and landing strip? There truly is an activity for everyone at this outstanding park. Another park worth adding to your list is Round Rock’s Play for All Abilities Park. This kid-friendly favorite destination features a variety of unique play pods designed to develop specific skills for all children. 

Explore Round Rock’s History 

Whether you consider yourself a history lover, or simply want to learn a little about the destination you are visiting, Round Rock has a rich history to discover. Start your historical excursion by visiting the actual round rock that the city was named after at Brushy Creek Crossing. You will also want to stroll through downtown Round Rock to see historic architecture and hear the tales of the “Sam Bass Shootout”, a historic gunfight of the nineteenth-century American train robber, Sam Bass. You can even visit his grave at the Round Rock Cemetery. Those looking to learn more about Round Rock’s historic mansions, parks and trails, and figures, will appreciate the history buff’s guide to Round Rock for itinerary inspiration. 

Dine Around the World

After all of your exploring, swimming, and playing, you are sure to have worked up an appetite and Round Rock’s extensive culinary scene will certainly not disappoint. In Round Rock, you can expand your palate, and dine on cuisine from around the world with local restaurants offering everything from Peruvian to Colombian, and authentic Italian. Make sure to leave room for dessert so you can try a treat from the famous Round Rock Donuts. This bakery has been attracting visitors and locals alike since 1926 and is said to have some of the best donuts in Texas. Order the 14-inch Texas-sized donut for you and your family to share, and make sure to snap a photo for social media. 

However you choose to spend a summer vacation in Round Rock, we are confident that you will shout “Go Round Rock”, and be eager to return for another visit soon.