Seated next to Austin, Texas, Round Rock is a small town within a ginormous state. Population-wise, the locals number upwards of 20,000, with many of those being descendants from generations-old, small-town families. So, as you can imagine, there are lots of stories and legends to hear in Round Rock.
The city is named for a literal round rock near Brushy Creek, where settlers would make safe crossings across unpredictable rivers in the 19th century. More southern than midwestern, the Texas city has a long history of pioneers, cattle farmers, and corn fields.
And, while there are a dozen fun things to do and see in the inner city, the most exciting elements of Round Rock are outdoor activities, historic sites, and nature-made sights.
Round Rock is perfect for families!
The inner city of Round Rock is home to lots of fun things for families and kids, like new escape rooms, shopping outlets and malls, historic libraries and art galleries, movie theaters, and both nice restaurants and classic diners. There are also a number of spas that offer massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, and a slew of other spa services that relax your body and unwind your nerves.
On the outskirts of Round Rock, find sports stadiums and arenas, where local leagues of football, baseball, and soccer compete on a weekly basis throughout summer. It’s easy to catch a game and the local sports teams appreciate the support.
Or, take a nice nature walk with your family and pup through one of the parks. Be sure you take doggy bags and clean up after your canine companion.
Round Rock is all about family fun, so most of their attractions are kid-friendly and family-oriented. Austin’s Park N Pizza, for instance, is a day trip of fun and excitement. The pizza buffet is a big hit, but you can request custom pies or party portions for your table. The activities include go-karts, bumper boats, an 18-round course of miniature golf, baseball batting cages, rock-climb walls, and an arcade with carnival-style games. There is always a birthday party going on here, and you can call ahead to reserve a picnic area for your family. For adults, the bar area offers great local brews, several televisions, and a sporty atmosphere.
History buffs can visit the namesake of Round Rock on Chisholm Trail Road. The rock is round, of course, but table shaped in a way that makes visitors think of King Arthur and his knights. Situated in a stream of varying depths, the landmark is an interesting bit of American history. Check out the rock-mounted plaque for information about the site when you get there.
Follow the Creekside to Chisholm Trail Park—a green space with natural waterfalls, shaded picnic areas, and sculpted installations from a local Round Rock artist.
There are a few paths and nature trails, and you can dip your toes in the water of the creek to cool off during those notoriously sweltering Texas summers. Plus, there are informative, educational plaques about several historical sites around Brushy Creek and the wooded areas.
Round Rock is the kind of city you go to for a dose of small-town histories with peaceful charms. As a matter of fact, if you love stories and have the down time, you should mingle with a few locals. You are sure to hear some interesting facts and legends about the city.
Stay at one of these top Round Rock hotels
With that in mind, there are a few Round Rock hotels that are worth booking for a weekend or longer. Four of the top-ranked hotels in Round Rock include the Best Western Executive Inn, Austin Marriott North, Hyatt Place Round Rock, and the Residence Inn.
Best Western Executive Inn
Affordable and nice, the Best Western Executive Inn is a clean go-to for every kind of traveler, tripper, and vacationer seeking lodging in Round Rock. With close proximity to everything, there are plenty of places to walk around, shop, dine, or visit.
The hotel has been in business for quite some time, and some of their customer service representatives have withstood the tests of time to be with the company.
This dedication shines through in the courtesy and friendliness at check-in, check-out, and every situation in between.
Accommodations-wise, the hotel offers free high-speed internet, over-sized rooms with ginormous, plush beds, and an outdoor swimming pool. Guests love the free hot breakfast buffet with all of their favorites, like eggs, bacon, sausage, and Texas-shaped waffles and pancakes.
Austin Marriott North
Centered alongside La Frontera Boulevard is the Austin Marriott North—a classy, all-modern hotel that offers a mash-up of basic, comfortable amenities with a few luxury accommodations. For instance, where simple comforts are concerned, the hotel offers down-feather beds, spacious walk-in showers with amazing water pressure, free daily breakfast buffets, free high-speed internet, and a well-furnished lobby and breakfast room.
Luxury-wise, you practically never have to leave the hotel. Have a cocktail in the concierge lounge, celebrate something awesome in the banquet rooms, take a dip in the heated indoor pool, and have a decadent, delicious meal in the on-site restaurant.
Hyatt Place Round Rock
Located on the beautiful Sundance Parkway, alongside dozens of shops, restaurants, and businesses, the Hyatt Place Round Rock is a downtown favorite, especially for business professionals. There are 138 rooms, each well-equipped, spacious, and comfortable—reminiscent of the coziness of your own home.
Other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, an on-site restaurant, bar, and lounge, free daily breakfasts [between 7am and 10am], and a small business center with internet access and meeting rooms.
History buffs to the hotel love to visit the nearby Round Rock Public Library, complete with archives of historic facts about the city and Texas as a whole.
The Residence Inn
The Residence Inn is one of the more expensive places to stay in Round Rock, but the accommodations are well worth the price. Comfortable and spacious, the hotel offers free meals throughout the day, a beautiful outdoor swimming pool and shaded lounge, a well-equipped and renovated fitness area, free high-speed internet, premium cable, and family-friendly activities, like arts and crafts nights. For fun, check out the Sport Court for a round of badminton, basketball, or tennis.
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