- June 13, 2013

5 Free Fun Things to Do in Round Rock


Right up the road from Austin sits a wonderful little town (if I do say so myself – I live there) with SO much to do!! I bet even the “Rockers” out there might be amazed at some of the fun and FREE things  to do with the family in Round Rock!

5 Fun & FREE Things to do in Round Rock:

Picnic at the Play for All Abilities Park ~ Round Rock has tons of amazing parks to play in but there is one here that tops them all.  If you have little ones, this park is for you! Play in a miniature Round Rock, spin on a modern merry-go-round, or rock on the Sway boat, the Play for All Abilities Park has the most unique play equipment in all of Central Texas.  Go early in the morning, before it gets too crowded and hot.  Take a picnic lunch for afterwards or zip on over to the Old Settlers Park for another great picnic site (it’s right down the road!).

Tour Historic Downtown Round Rock ~ Start with a visit to the Palm House Museum in downtown Round Rock, where you can pick up a walking tour brochure, or print it from here.  Find out what all those buildings in Downtown originally were and then find the oldest building in Round Rock (1870). You can even visit the Round Rock Cemetery and visit a few historical figure’s graves.

Geocaching ~ One of my kids’ FAVORITE pastimes is geocaching.  A modern day treasure hunt using a GPS device (or a simple app on your phone) and a bit of intuition, you will stay busy for hours.  There are some great ones here in Round Rock (quite a few actually).  We have written a whole tutorial to teach you all about it here.  Have fun!

Bike Ride on Brushy Creek Trail ~ When we first moved here, we discovered what was to become our favorite bike path in Round Rock – the Brushy Creek Trail. We love to start at the Duck Pond, meander down the path, stopping to dig at the Dino Park or dip our toes in the creek before the big climb to the dam.  If you are looking for a longer ride, head all the way under Parmar and check out the railroad bridge that was used to haul granite from the Hill Country to build the Capitol.  There’s history everywhere you turn….

Firework Fridays at Dell Diamond ~  Taking a Round Rock Express game in at Dell Diamond is a definite MUST DO.  Not only is it one of the prettiest ball parks in the state, but it also has so much to do, beyond just baseball (rock walls, bungee jumping, and a pool!!).  Each Friday night game, the Dell Diamond puts on a pretty spectacular fireworks show when the game ends. You can see the show from most places in Round Rock, but if you want to see it up close, grab the family and head to Old Settler’s Park. Enjoy!

There is a TON more fun and free things that happen here in Round Rock.  Our Public Library has year-round kids and teen programs, Kaleidoscope Toys is always have special events on the weekends, and the Parks & Rec Department has a calendar full of fun.  We are blessed to live in such a fun and vibrant city!

Rebecca Darling is the creator of Round the Rock: Activities & Events in Round Rock.  You can follow all the fun happenings in Round Rock on her Facebook page, Twitter, & Pinterest