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Round Rock, a thriving city just north of Austin, is known for tons of outdoor activities and historical sites. The city was named second in Money’s “Best Places to Live in America List.” Keep reading to see why we love the Rock!
Here’s everything you need to know about life in Round Rock:
In fall of 2020, RR welcomed a new Irish pub and microbrewery. Cork & Barrel brings the vibe of a Dublin gastropub along with Southern hospitality. The restaurant features craft beer brewed in house, as well as an extensive menu with items like pizza, burgers, and fish and chips.
If you’re in search of a restaurant for date night, family dinner, or a girls night out, check out Cover 3, Ajo Restaurant and Jack Allen’s Kitchen. All eateries feature contemporary, American style food with a killer cocktail list and fun ambience. If you’re in the mood for something classic try Palmero Pasta House. This family-owned eatery serves everything from artisanal pizzas to your favorite Italian pasta dishes.
Jack Allen’s sister restaurant, Salt Traders Coastal Cooking has a location in Round Rock as well. The seafood restaurant has great covered outdoor seating. Our favorite dishes: Southwest Shrimp Salad, Chowda Fries, and the Scallops.
In the mood for breakfast fare? Waffle Love is the place to go. They serve your standard delicious Belgian Waffle, but they’re also creating unique spins on waffles like their Avocado Waffle Toast or Grilled Cheese on a waffle. Round Rock Donuts could be called famous, or perhaps infamous, serving a variety of baked goods since 1926. On a busy day, this bakery turns out 200 dozen donuts. They do have a drive-thru, but the line can get pretty long if you don’t get there early enough. They are best known for their Texas Sized Donut which is, you guessed it, a giant donut.
If you need your java fix, we recommend Lamppost Coffee or Mi Mundo Coffeehouse & Roastery. Both coffee shops take coffee seriously, brewing everything from lattes to espresso to plain ole black coffee.
Bars and Breweries:
For bars, head to Finley’s Round Rock and The Brass Tap, especially if you plan to watch the game. For wine, cheese, and small plates, we recommend Wine Sensation. And for the best views in town, we love Urban Rooftop.
If you’re a chain store shopper, you’ve got lots of options with Round Rock Premium Outlets and University Oaks Shopping Center. Want to support local? We love perusing around Downtown Round Rock. From boutiques, to galleries, to candy stores, you can find it all here.
Round Rock is home to the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Houston Astros. Dell Diamond not only hosts baseball games that are fun for every age, they host events like a Kickball Tournament, Fall Festivals, and more. The stadium is well-maintained, has super easy parking, and unique food and beverage stands.
To beat the Texas summer heat, take the kids to Rock’N River Water Park. Cool off in their lazy river, water playground, pool, slides, and more.
Keep It Local:
Escape rooms are all the rage right now! Never heard of one? An escape room is a type of game in which a team is put into a room, which is also a puzzle. They must solve clues and tasks in order to progress and break out of the room in a certain amount of time. Escapology features seven different rooms to book, with varying levels of difficulty. Spend an hour with family or fiends in a fun, challenging setting!
We’re big fans of the Farmer George Famers Market. Support local and get produce and protein grown in Texas. The market features grass-fed beef, lamb, eggs, baked goods, plus hand-made crafts.
Parks and Green Spaces:
Old Settlers Park is Round Rock’s largest public park, at a whopping 645 acres. The park offers space for disc golf, cricket, baseball, softball, soccer, as well as playscape, picnic areas, and trails. Enjoy the scenery at Chisholm Trail Crossing Park at one of their four picnic tables scattered throughout the park. The park is also home to bronze cattle sculptures created by a local artist.
The Round Rock Dog Depot is great for big and small dogs alike. The park even features a dog agility course.
Oh, and PS, that rock pictured above is why the city is named Round Rock!
With a population of over 120,000 residents, Round Rock is a great city to live in if you’re looking for a busy city, but not as busy as Central Austin. Life here keeps you close to good food and entertainment, while staying away from pricey home mortgages and crazy traffic. The city is a great place for all lifestyles, whether you’re single, working, raising a family, or retired!
According to Redfin, the average price of a home in Round Rock is $326K. Homes are on the market for about 26 days, so the market is competitive. Average rent price is about $1150 per month.
Featured photo courtesy of City of Round Rock’s Instagram Account