If you’re eager to travel but not excited about the expenses, we have tips and tricks to make your trip affordable and adventurous. We found budget-friendly activities for your vacation to Round Rock that won’t break the bank. Get ready to jet-set without the budget fret!
Get out in Nature
You know what is great about being outside in Round Rock? It’s free! We have over 2,270 acres of parks and 20 miles of free terrain for visitors to explore. Old Settlers Park is one of the best ways to enjoy Round Rock’s outdoors. The 640-acre park has seven playgrounds, Yonders Point, and 40 picnic areas with barbeque grills. Round Rock also offers several specialty parks, including the Dog Depot Dog Park, and the Play for All Abilities Park.
Attend a Free Event
Another fantastic free highlight about Round Rock is that we have many complimentary events for locals and visitors! One of our most popular events is Music on Main, a weekly concert on Main Street! We also have a free Round Rock Car Show that happens every 3rd Sunday of the month from 10 AM to 1 PM. Additionally, we have a reoccurring Family Fun Night at Yonders Point that is a big hit!
Enjoy a Happy Hour
When you’re on a budget, happy hours are your best friends! We scouted out happy hour spots with special deals! Enjoy frugal fares and discounted drinks during your stay at these restaurants and bars.
Alcove Cantina: Monday and Tuesday-Friday from 3-7 p.m.
Cover 3: Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m.
Finley’s: Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m.
La Margarita: Monday-Friday from 11-7 p.m
Pluckers Wing Bar: Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m
Saltgrass Steakhouse: Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m.
Salt Traders: Monday from 3:30-9 p.m. & Tuesday-Friday 3:30-6:30 p.m. .
UrbanEat.Drink: Tuesday & Wednesday-Saturday from 3-6 p.m.
Warpath Pizza: Happy hour is everyday from 11-7 p.m
Cork and Barrel: Tuesday-Friday from 3-6 p.m.
The Ruby Hotel: Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar: Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m.
Jack Allen’s: Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m.
Kenney Fort: Everyday from 3-6 p.m.
Pinthouse Pizza: Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m
The Rock Sports Bar: Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m.
Tequila Bar and Grill: Monday-Friday 2-7 p.m.
Chuy’s: Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Mon-Fri 3-7 p.m.& Sun-Thur 9 p.m.-close.
Shop at A local Outdoor Market
Buy fresh budget-friendly produce at our outdoor Farmer’s Market! This market offers the cream of the crop, and it is open every Saturday year-round from 10 am -2 pm, rain or shine! We also have Round Rock Market Days held in the Prete Plaza once a month.
Time to see the latest (discounted) flick! Our local theaters have special prices for various days. So if you’re in town on their deal days, make sure to catch a movie during your stay. Flix Brewhouse has a Wednesday discount of $5.25. Cinemark has a discounted rate of $6 every Tuesday.
Stroll through Ikea and Bass Pro Shops
Despite any preconceived notions, window shopping can be a lot of fun! Especially at locations like Bass Pro Shops and Ikea. These stores are destinations with so many things to see! If you haven’t been to IKEA before, it is an experience; they have showrooms that you can walk through and envision your future home. They also have a restaurant with Swedish specialties. Bass Pro Shops also offers a comprehensive experience. With floor-to-ceiling outdoor gear displays, an aquarium, a bowling alley, and an onsite restaurant.
Historic Walking tour
Go back in time by exploring historic Round Rock architecture for the price of zero dollars! We have numerous historical landmarks throughout our city for you to gaze at. Our historic buildings were built between 1876 and 1881 and are architecturally eclectic. Click here to view this walking tour guide!
Visit the iconic Round Rock
You’re in luck! The famous Round Rock doesn’t charge to have its photo taken. Take a photo of this limestone icon in the middle of Brushy Creek. This circular bolder was used as a landmark guide for early settlers crossing Brushy Creek along the Chisolm Trail. Check out THE rock
Go on an Artistic Tour
Pop into the free Downtowner art gallery and wander through the streets of Round Rock and view sculpture installations. We have handpicked sculptures that give our landscape an aesthetic flair. Use this curated guide to find (free) beauty around each corner.
You have been good about saving, and now it’s time to treat yourself to something sweet! Luckily, a famous Round Rock donut is only 99 cents and a single scoop of ice cream from Snack Room is only $2.75. At that price, you can afford to get two scoops and a Texas-sized donut!
We hope our budget-friendly guide gives you some cheap thrill ideas for your next vacay! If you’re looking for more activities this summer, check out our Ultimate Summer Bucket List blog for more ideas!
**Be sure to check updated deals and prices on this list before visiting various locations, as things are subject to change over time**