Note that the fountain is closed Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and may be closed during some holidays and special events that take place in Prete Plaza. Click here for the fountain hours of operation.
3. Play for All Abilities Park – Pack up a bike or scooter and let your kids hit the streets of a tyke-size town, one of several recreation areas in Round Rock’s huge Play for All Abilities Park. With 51,000 square feet of fully enclosed outdoor fun, kids can race from one sensory pod to the next, entertaining themselves for hours. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight, giving you the opportunity to visit early or late, when it’s not quite so hot.
4. Shaylah Dame Skate Park – My boys aren’t skaters, but they like to visit this park early and pretend it’s their own personal parkour park. It opens daily at 6 a.m. and we’ve found that teens don’t generally arrive until around noon. If you have kids who would enjoy the park on wheels, please note that only skateboards and in-line skates are permitted – no bikes or scooters. The skate park itself is not shaded, but the neighboring picnic shelter and playground are. There is also a basketball court nearby.
If you have time for a mini outing following the skate park, head down the road to Kensington Park (1891 Oxford Street, off Gattis School Road). The park playscape is small, but its unique equipment is a blast for kids. On his first visit, my 8-year-old declared it to be the coolest playground he had ever seen.
5. Old Settlers Park – To get to our favorite spot in Old Settlers Park, start at Palm Valley Blvd. and travel north on Harrell Parkway. You will pass The Salt Lick and Dell Diamond on your right, Rock’N River on your left, and Rabb Pavilion on your right, before arriving at the parking lot for Lakeview Pavilion on your right (here’s a map). Just steps from the pavilion you will find the Joanne Land Playground, picnic tables, a vast field, trails, and Bright Lake, where kids can enjoy fishing, visiting turtles and feeding ducks. There are even courts to play volleyball, horseshoes and shuffleboard (BYO equipment). The playground is not shaded, so it’s best to avoid the midday sun.
For even more ideas of where to play in Round Rock, be sure to check out the Round the Rock Summer Instagram Challenge.
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