We can’t visit Round Rock without getting wet, it seems. Whether stopping by the library (which non-residents can join for free with a TexShare card), or shopping at Round Rock Market Days, we always end up at the Prete Main Street Plaza interactive fountain… often without bathing suits. But hey, boy shorts work just as well as the real deal.
The great thing about the plaza fountain is that it is covered, to keep the Texas sun at bay. The shade does not extend to the nearby seating area, however, so on a summer day you may need to get in on the splash action. It’s the only way to stay cool.
The tricky thing about this fountain is that the water shuts off in the middle of the day on weekdays, so you need to plan your outing accordingly. Here are the fountain hours of operation:
- 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays
- 7:30 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday
- 7:30 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 11 p.m. Fridays
- 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays
The fountain is closed Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fountain may also be closed during some holidays and special events that take place in Prete Plaza.
There is a public restroom in City Hall, next to the fountain, but City Hall is only open on weekdays until 5 p.m. Another restroom option is the library.
If your kids stay up late, take them to play in the fountain after dark. The water jets light up (white lights, not color like Liz Carpenter Fountain) and music plays from loudspeakers in the plaza. It’s a nice spot to frolic after the sun goes down.
Prete Main Street Plaza
221 East Main Street
Round Rock, Texas