Round Rock has made a name for itself as the Sports Capital of Texas, playing host to the biggest youth and recreational sports tournaments for athletes from all over the world.
Toasted popcorn wafting through the bleachers of Dell Diamond stadium, the brisk ping of a titanium driver striking against plastic-coated golf balls, oiled leather soccer cleats on dewy, freshly-manicured fields; these are among the sights, sounds and smells you will surely encounter in Round Rock.
The city of Round Rock has carved out a unique reputation for itself in Central Texas. A charming community along with family-friendly entertainment, convenient amenities, and a thriving economy have placed Round Rock on numerous National Top 20 Lists: Number 17 Best City in America, Number 13 Places to Raise a Family, and Number 5 Safest Cities. Consider its central location (just 15 miles north of Austin, less than 2.5 hours from three of the 10 biggest cities in the United States) and it becomes clear why Round Rock is a veritable powerhouse.
OUR ROCKIN’ HISTORY
One of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, what started as a small Texas cattle town has exploded into a huge tourist destination, drawing visitors from all over to attend the sports tournaments, music concerts, and other festivals located in Round Rock.
The exciting history of Round Rock can be traced back to beautiful Brushy Creek; there, in the middle of the creek, lies a flat, “round rock.” In 1851, this important rock marked a low-water crossing point for wagons, horses, and cattle.
A small village soon formed on the surrounding banks of the creek, and in 1854, a town name was declared: Round Rock, Texas. The rest, as they say, is history.
A stroll through Chisholm Trail Crossing Park provides visitors with an interactive and relaxing tale of Round Rock’s historic role, with commemorative plaques, sculptures, and a view of the actual “round rock.” For more town history, Round Rock’s Downtown Historic District features original architecture from the 1800s and a look into life during the city’s modest beginnings.
If your idea of a “sporting event” is racing through aisles with your shopping cart and hunting for the best deals on home furnishings, then you’re in the right place!
Shoppers with a sense of style who delight in Swedish furniture (with names that are difficult to pronounce) will love perusing the aisles of IKEA. Outdoor enthusiasts will get hooked on the dazzling array of equipment and tackle at Bass Pro Shops, not to mention a 16,000-gallon fish tank full of 7 native Texas fish species.
And if you’ve got a taste for the finer things, you’ll love the Round Rock Premium Outlets, home to designer apparel at rock-bottom prices. Whether you need to spruce up, gear up or dress up, you can always find what you’re looking for in Round Rock.
DID WE MENTION SPORTS?
We have earned the moniker Sports Capital of Texas for a reason; if there’s a sport to be played, we play it in Round Rock (and that includes Quidditch!)
The Round Rock Sports Center and Round Rock Multipurpose Complex provide state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities for hosting tournaments year round. In addition, the crown jewel of the city’s outdoor spaces is Old Settlers Park, 645 sport- and festival-friendly acres that sit right next door to Dell Diamond stadium.
As the home of the Round Rock Express (Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers), Dell Diamond stadium has numerous amenities and a design that allows for amazing close-up views of all the action. Finally, the Teravista Golf Club and Forest Creek Golf Course both offer beautiful scenery and are sure to make for a great, relaxing day!
FORK AND KNIFE
Whether you prefer T-bones or Tex Mex, one thing is certain: Round Rock knows how to deliver a meal! Round Rock is a gastronomic Tour De Force featuring over 300 restaurants with influences from all over Texas (and beyond the border).
With so many delicious options, choosing where to eat has never been harder. Locals are fond of world-famous “orange donuts” (or are they yellow??) from Round Rock Donuts, and you can even order a two-pound “Texas Sized Donut!” That’s a pastry big enough to satisfy any size team!
All rocked out after a full day of enjoying Round Rock’s many offerings? If you’re looking for business facilities, comfortable amenities or just a firm bed to catch some Z’s, one of our 28 hotels is sure to fit your overnight needs.
And if you happen to be looking for a 70-acre, $300 Million African safari-themed luxury overnight resort, then you’ll be pleased to know that Kalahari Resorts is currently under construction!
Connect with the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau to get the inside information on everywhere to eat, shop, stay and play in Round Rock. Just like our sports, Round Rock takes Southern hospitality seriously, so come see why we rock for yourself!