“10 Best Things about Round Rock”
1. Round Rock Premium Outlets
Name brands like Coach, Calvin Klein, BCBG-Max Azria and Burberry at discounted prices? It doesn’t get any better than that. Round Rock outlets are indeed the greatest thing to happen to shopping in Round Rock since…well, ever. Finally, Round Rock residents don’t have to travel 45 minutes down I-35 to San Marcos to enjoy outlet prices because they can now enjoy them from their own backyard. The outdoor outlet center has an exceptional selection of popular retail shops that sell a variety of clothing, shoes, jewelry and fragrances.
2. Round Rock ISD
It has been talked about before, but the “10 Best Things about Round Rock” cannot be complete without including Round Rock ISD. Frankly, the excellent school system is one of the reasons Round Rock has such a good reputation, why Money Magazine named them number seven out of the one hundred best cities in which to live. Their annual dropout rate is only 0.1%, with a 14.6:1 student to teacher ratio, and produce 87% of graduates that say they will continue their education. It’s not hard to see why Round Rock ISD has become one of the most talked about school districts in the area.
3. Round Rock Donuts
For those who have never tasted a warm and golden Round Rock Donut, it is definitely an experience not to let pass. The reputation of Round Rock Donuts has stretched far across Central Texas, and the residents of Round Rock will argue this is the best donut ever made. They still remain in a single location near downtown Round Rock, but they have expanded their business in the last couple years. Now, not only do they serve their signature donuts, but also a variety of delicious baked goods, cakes, pies and pastries.
4. Round Rock Express
The Round Rock Express, the AA minor league team located in Round Rock, is one of its most popular attractions and brings in a sell out crowd from all over the area. As a subsidiary of the Houston Astros, it is home to professional players before moving up to the major league or during rehab (some might remember the two weeks Round Rock got to see Roger Clemens). The Dell Diamond has affordable tickets, great seats and can provide some fun family entertainment during those hot summer days.
5. Texas State Campus at Round Rock
The new Texas State campus in Round Rock provides an excellent educational resource to people in the area. They offer Associate, Bachelor and Masters Degrees as well as certification and continuing education programs. The campus offers a similar curriculum with the same professors as Texas State San Marcos but at a more convenient location for local residents. They hold day and night classes and have many opportunities to get a degree while working full time.
6. The History
The evidence of Round Rock’s rich history can be seen all over town. The popular “round rock” that the town was named after can be seen from the bridge above the brushy creek on Chisholm Trail Road. Also in that area, there are still wagon marks from the historic Chisholm Trail etched into the rocks along the river bank. Downtown Round Rock was also the site where notorious train robber Sam Bass was shot on the streets downtown, and his grave is actually located nearby at the Round Rock Cemetery. All landmarks can be seen by visitors, and the Sam Bass shooting is recreated along the streets downtown.
7. Downtown Round Rock
Downtown Round Rock has become the cultural epicenter of the town with specialty retail shops, local eateries and art galleries. The popular town square on Main Street is home to authentic restaurants such as Main Street Bar & Grill, the Louisiana Longhorn and el Matador. They also host plenty of exciting events all year long like the artisan stroll, a local art market which occurs every second Sunday, movies in the park, and concerts.
8. The Bats of Round Rock
Ok, so it’s a little odd how watching bats fly out from a highway underpass in Round Rock can be enjoyable, but it is truly a one of a kind experience. Most people know about the bats that fly out from under Congress Bridge, it has become quite an attraction in Austin, but Round Rock has its own population of bats that is just as enjoyable to view, without the crowd. The underpass at highway I-35 and McNeil is home to thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats and right after dusk they all fly out at once to feed. It only lasts for a couple minutes, but the multitude of bats flying in unison is really one of the most amazing natural spectacles to watch.
9. Old Settlers Park
Located right across from the Dell Diamond, Old Settlers Park is one of the best places in Round Rock for outdoor sports and recreation. The large park is home to 20 youth baseball and softball complexes, soccer fields, and many youth and adult leagues to join. For kids, it features a water park called Rockin’ River complete with a lazy river, crazy slides, and a water playground. The park also features a hike & bike trail and a small lake stocked for fishing.
10. Avery Ranch Golf Club
Created along the rolling green landscape of the Texas Hill Country, Avery Ranch Golf Club is one of the newest and most craftily designed golf courses in the area. The challenging 226 acre, 18-hole golf course, designed by Andy Raugust, is available to the public and makes for an enjoyable day of golf. After your finished, don’t forget to head over to Z Tejas, the newest location of the original Austin restaurant, for some fine wine and food selections.
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