In 1851, on the banks of Brushy Creek, a small community was formed near a large, round rock located in the middle of the creek. This rock marked a convenient low-water crossing for wagons, horses and cattle. Though originally named “Brushy Creek” by the community’s first postmaster, the small settlement was renamed “Round Rock” in 1854 in honor of the now famous rock. A stroll through Chisholm Trail Crossing Park provides visitors with an interactive and relaxing tale of Round Rock’s historic role, with commemorative plaques, sculptures, and a view of the real “round rock” namesake. For more town history, Round Rock’s Downtown Historic District features original architecture from the 1800s and a look into life during the city’s humble beginnings.
Today, Round Rock is known as “The Sports Capital of Texas” – the premier choice for amateur, youth and recreational sports. The name is not without reason: Round Rock has an abundance of state-of-the art indoor and outdoor facilities which host youth, recreational, and amateur sports events year round. The crowning jewel of the outdoor facilities is Old Settlers Park, which offers 645 sport- and festival-friendly acres. The Round Rock Sports Center, an 82,800-square-foot indoor facility, features 6 basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts and 9 multi-purpose rooms with seating for up to 1700 fans. The city is also completing the construction of the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, to be opened in April 2017, which will include 10 new state-of-the-art outdoor fields.
Beyond the games and matches at one of our champion facilities or fields, Round Rock boasts activities for the entire family. From the famous, orange-tinged donuts at Round Rock Donuts (recently voted as the Best Bakery in Texas) to shopping at The Round Rock Premium Outlets, Bass Pro Shops, or IKEA Round Rock, a plethora of dining, shopping and lodging options are waiting for your entire family.
Round Rock’s central location in Texas, unique shopping opportunities and abundance of tournament-ready fields, courts and courses have helped the city quickly become the top choice for sporting events and family trips.
With so many activities and year-round sunny weather, it’s always a good time to visit Round Rock. Contact the friendly folks at the Round Rock Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to find all the information you’ll need to plan your next vacation or sporting event.
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