Round Rock is the largest suburb of Austin, weighing in with a population of 105,412 (2009 U.S. Census data) over 26.1 square miles. The signs at the edge of town say 99,981. Six years running, Round Rock has been among the safest communities in America. And Family Circle listed us as one of its Top Ten for Families in 2010. In late 2008 Money Magazine put us #7 of America’s best places to live. America’s Promise lists us as one of the Top 100 for young people, and just this spring Williamson County was listed as Texas’ healthiest county by the federal government. It is universally hailed as a great place for families.
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In Round Rock, you will find the largest collection of hospitals (4), multiple higher education centers (4), Fortune 500 employers, small businesses and a AAA baseball team than any city in our size class. That says, “Purpose, Passion, Prosperity.”
Round Rock Location
Round Rock straddles 8.5 miles of I-35 north of Austin. It is 18 miles to downtown Austin, 175 to Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston, 100 to San Antonio, 235 to the Texas Gulf Coast at Corpus Christi, and 585 to El Paso in far West Texas.
Hwy. 79 begins its eastward trek from I-35 while RM 620 heads west from I-35. FM 1431 bisects the town’s north side and the new Texas Toll Road 45 bisects the south side. Most of the City of Round Rock is on the east side of I-35 and is now almost out to the new Texas Toll Road 130, which runs perpendicular to FM 685.
I-35 is built atop the Balcones Escarpment, a fault line separating the blackland prairie to the east from the limestone and Texas Hill Country to the west.
Round Rock = Sports Capital of Texas
Round Rock has claimed the moniker, Sports Capital of Texas (for amateur, youth and recreational sports). But the sports are not relegated to those three types. The MLB American League champs of 2010 and 2011 Texas Rangers has its affiliate team here — The Round Rock Express. Fan support is outstanding; a league record was set its first year …and has been beaten several times since.
With Dell Computer Corp. based right here in Round Rock, its civic involvement is seen all around town and in Austin. The Dell Diamond is home to the Express and is owned by the City of Round Rock. It is a state-of-the-art facility seating 13,000 fans in bleacher seating and 30 box suites. RSR Sports (owned by Nolan Ryan, Reid Ryan and Don Sanders) operate and maintain the facility. It is located east of town on Hwy. 79.
The Austin Sports Arena is an indoor facility on Gattis School Road east of I-35. Champions Field at Old Settlers Park is adjacent NW to Dell Diamond and has 20 baseball and five softball fields. Clay Madsen Rec Center is on Gattis School Road with two gyms, lap pool, racquetball courts, cardio/weight room and aerobic/dance room under 55,000 square feet. Behind it is a public skate park. The Allen R. Baca Center offers leagues, camps, art, yoga, aerobics, gymnastics and more. Forest Creek Golf Club on Forest Creek Drive just east of Red Bud Lane offers 72 holes of golf, practice range, meeting facilities and grill. Henry McNeil Park is at FM 1431 and I-35 just south of IKEA and has a couple softball and tennis courts.
The Hitting Zone is on Sunrise Road east of I-35 in north central Round Rock. It is an indoor batting cage facility. Interstate Lanes is along I-35 just north of FM 3406 and is a bowling alley. Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex is the former RRISD Athletic Complex and is located on Parmer Lane north of RM 620. It is a football/soccer stadium with seating up to 11,000. Luther Peterson Park has five full and half size soccer fields. Old Settlers Park is Round Rock’s largest park has 500+ acres with fields for soccer nad baseball, volleyball and disc golf. It is located from Hwy. 79 at Dell Diamond up to Kiphen Road to the north. Round Rock High School stadium, known as Dragon Stadium, can seat 8,800 fans and is located just west of I-35 on RM 620. Shaylah Dame Skatepark is a new skatepark with a 14,000-foot concrete bowl, cradles, handrails, stair gaps and grind ledges. It is located east of I-35 on Gattis School Road. Teravista Golf Club is inside the master-planned Newland Communities’ subdivision by the same name and features an 18-hole golf course, club house and pool, and meeting rooms. It east from I-35 on FM 1431 — recently renamed University Blvd. The Bluff is in the Round Rock Memorial Park between Round Rock Ave./RM 620 and Hwy. 79 on the northbound frontage road of I-35. It has a softball field, beautiful natural lake and picnic area.
As we say in Round Rock, this is, “Where To Get Your Game On.”
Round Rock Education
Round Rock is more than preschools, elementary, middle and high schools. It has those, alright, which earn high ratings. Round Rock is also increasingly the home to higher education as well — now with four colleges and universities.
In December 2010 Texas A&M Health Science Center opened its new Round Rock campus near University Blvd. and AW Grimes | FM 1460 in the northeast part of town. Next door is Texas State University with its nine bachelor’s and 12 master’s degrees. Also in 2010, the St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State opened on campus. And the largest of all Austin Community College campuses is right there with a capacity for 11,500 students, opened in 2010.
Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) doesn’t take a back seat to any in the Austin area, with all but 13 schools achieving exemplary or recognized status for the 2010-2011 school year. Average student scores for college entrance exams are 1,642 and 24 (ACT). RRISD adds 1,200 more students each academic school year.
There are six high schools: Cedar Ridge, McNeil, Round Rock, Stony Point, Success Program, and Westwood. There are ten middle schools: CD Fulkes, Canyon Vista, Cedar Valley, Chisholm Trail, Deerpark, Hernandez (opened for 2010-2011 school year) , Hopewell, James Walsh, Noel Grisham, and Ridgeview. There are are 31 elementary schools: Anderson Mill, Blackland Prairie, Bluebonnet, Brushy Creek, Cactus Ranch, Caldwell Heights, Canyon Creek, Chandler Oaks (opened for 2010-2011 school year), Claude Berkman, Deep Wood, Double Trail, Fern Bluff, Forest Creek, Forest North, Gattis, Great Oaks, Jollyville, Kathy Caraway, Laurel Mountain, Live Oak, Neysa Callison, Old Town, Patsy Sommer, Pond Springs, Purple Sage, Spicewood, Teravista, Union Hill, Vic Robertson, Wells Branch, and Xenia Voight. Linda Herrington will open for the 2011-2012 school year to become RRISD’s 32nd elementary school.
RRISD is a fast-growing district, now with around 45,000 students.
Round Rock Christian Academy has nearly 550 students and is an independent Christian school. It offers academics, fine arts and sports to grades Pre-K through 12th. It is located right across N. Lake Creek Drive from Round Rock High School south of RM 620.
Round Rock Employers
Round Rock’s largest employers of 250+ people are: Dell Computer, Inc. (9,000); Sears Customer Care (1,500); Scott & White Healthcare (750); Texas Guaranteed Student Loan (703); St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center (689); Dresser Wayne, Inc. (633); Seton Medical Center Williamson (450); Wheeler Asphalt Coatings (390); Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods (350); TECO Westinghouse Motor Co. (310); Chasco Constructors (300); Toppan Photomask (300); and Christianson Company (257).
Round Rock Shopping
Shopping areas can be found all around town. The most obvious are the ones along I-35 from south to north: La Frontera, Boardwalk, Mays Crossing, University Oaks and Round Rock Premium Outlets with its 125 stores. Then there are shopping areas east and west of I-35, oldest and most historic being Main Street east on Round Rock Avenue. Here you will find the City of Round Rock municipal offices, Chamber of Commerce, and library.
Round Rock Restaurants
At last count, Round Rock had nearly 200 dining establishments, which is too many to mention by name. The types of cuisine include: American, Asian, Burgers, Eastern, Bakery/Coffeehouse, BBQ, Fast, Greek, Indian, Italian, Seafood, and Tex-Mex. Eateries can be found in all quarters of the city and most are open daily. Many are one-of-a-kind locally-operated and many are regional or national chain stores.
Round Rock Churches
There are many churches in town, covering a wide spectrum of faiths: Christian, Baha’i, Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, Jewish, and Seventh-Day Adventist.
Round Rock Lodging
Hotels and motels in Round Rock are popular destinations, given they are close to all the action in Round Rock …Austin …and Lake Travis. There are currently 23 places to call home for extended periods of time or just the night. Most are fairly new, mirroring the accelerated growth rate of Round Rock in the 90’s and 00’s. Most are along I-35 with just a few off that well-traveled path. All are franchisee or corporate-run with national chain names and rewards programs.
Round Rock Attractions
In Round Rock, we like to say you can have, “More fun than you can shake a stick, bat, club or racquet at” — a not-so-subtle reference to all the sports-related diversions in our town. But there is more to do and more to attract your attention if sports is not your [only] thing.
Downtown Round Rock was the site of the, “Sam Bass Shootout,” on July 19, 1878. Notorious train robber, Sam Bass, had just robbed the Ft. Worth to Cleburn train and sought to hide out in Round Rock. He was killed that day by a couple Texas Rangers and is buried in the Round Rock Cemetery, but the original headstone rests at the Round Rock Public Library. A re-enactment of the shootout happens every Fourth of July at “Frontier Days” in Old Settlers Park.
If you just want to look without much exercise, we have the Chisholm Trail Crossing Park. It is located west of I-35 on the north side of Chisholm Trail and RM 620. Here you will find four neat bronze sculptures depicting the cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail and life as pioneers. You can sit here and relax or move up the road a hundred yards to Brushy Creek and the round rock. This is the historic spot where wagons and cattle crossed at a shallow depth. The round rock was so named in 1854 and is the inspiration for our city’s name today. I spend a good amount of time in this pristine location.
Then there is the Palm House (Ph: 512-255-5805), an historic home from Swedish pioneers in the old Palm Valley Settlement. See Swedish and Round Rock history on display. Round Rock ArtSpace on Main Street showcases local art and photography. Occasionally there are performances and artistic demonstrations. Round Rock Donuts / Lone Star Bakery (Ph. 512-255-3629) is nationally famous for its sugary, orange-colored glazed donuts. The old 1926 structure burned down almost ten years ago and a new, larger place serves customers from far and wide everyday. Find it at 106 West Liberty Ave., just a block north of Round Rock Ave. east of I-35 and before downtown’s Main Street. The Round Rock Symphony (Ph. 512-264-5368) performs four to six shows per year, so call for information. The Sam Bass Community Theatre (Ph. 512-244-0440) hosts workshops, programs and camps and performs shows seasonally since the 80’s. Call for current information. Dell Diamond and the Round Rock Express (Ph. 512-255-2255) Sit for a baseball game or watch a concert. Call for the events schedule.
Attractions with Exercise:
To see some of Round Rock’s attractions that will exercise you physically as well as mentally, play an 18-hole round of golf at Forest Creek (512-388-2874) or Teravista (512-651-9850). The former is located east of I-35 off Forest Creek Drive between Gattis School Road and Hwy. 79. Teravista is located just east of the I-35 along the north side of University Blvd. With your tour map in hand, the self-guided walking tour of historic Round Rock begins at the Chamber of Commerce (512-218-7023), 231 E. Main Street. Inner Space Caverns (512-931-2283) at 4200 South I-35 in Georgetown allows for cave exploration and tours in constant 72-degree temperature. Bowl a game or two on one of Interstate Lanes (512-255-8826) 20 alleys. It is located just south of IKEA along the I-35 northbound frontage road.
Lake Travis is only a 25-minute drive west from Round Rock on RM 620 and offers a myriad of recreational possibilities. Fish, swim, ski, sail on Texas’ cleanest lake. Lake Creek Park & Dog Depot (512-218-5540) east of I-35 between Logan Street and Bagdad Ave. on Deerfoot Drive offers dog owners quite a bit: pool, creek, picnic area and pavilion, basketball/hockey court, sand volleyball and for the dogs: run tunnel, A-frame ramp and tire jump. Rock ‘N River Family Aquatic Center (512-671-2737) is a 40,000+ square foot park with lazy river, slides, water playground, tunnel showers, water cannon, tipping frogs, floor geysers and a zero-beach-entry play area. Find it at the Hwy. 79 entrance to Old Settlers Park next to Dell Diamond.
Round Rock Memorial Park & The Bluff (512-218-5540) is between Round Rock Ave. and Hwy. 79 along the northbound frontage road of I-35. It has a WWII torpedo and plaques. Follow the Lake Creek Trail to the round rock and adjacent Chisholm Trail Crossing Park. XPC Paintball (512-674-5441) on Chisholm Trail at RM 620 offers a professional paintball experience. Shaylah Dame Skatepark is a new skatepark with a 14,000-foot concrete bowl, cradles, handrails, stair gaps and grind ledges. It is located east of I-35 on Gattis School Road.
Information deemed reliable as of 01/18/2017.