Jesse Coulter’s Round Rock
The blogger and “frieghbor” breaks down the spots she and her family love in this Austin suburb
The city has done an amazing job of fostering community with its Main Street Plaza activities: live music, parades, kid-friendly events, free yoga and more. There is also a splash pad in the middle of the square, which is a fun place to cool off in the summer.
This park has been an absolute lifesaver for me as a mom with young kids. It is 51,000 square feet, open all year and features numerous playscapes, a racetrack, a mini-city, a zip line, a huge sandbox and more. It’s perfect for a party, as there are numerous tables and most areas are shaded. The best part is, it was built to accommodate special-needs children for therapy, learning and play.
Delicious local pizzeria with more than 50 beers on tap. Try the famous giant pizza slice! My husband, Alex, always orders the pork shanks served with Thai chile and ranch.
If the affordable homes don’t have enough pull, the donuts sure will. You can’t live in Round Rock without trying the famous Round Rock Donuts. Grab a Texas-size donut for out-of-town guests or parties. They’re always a hit.
One of our favorite activities as a family is going to Round Rock Express baseball games. Every night there’s a special promotion, like $1 hot dogs and sodas on Mondays or fireworks on Fridays. Our favorite nights are the ones that are part of the live concert series. After the game, everyone can go on the field and dance while enjoying the music. Bring a blanket and get a lawn seat for $7.
A craft beer bar located on the downtown square, with a great vibe, location and live music. We can still have a good time in the suburbs. There are lots of bars lining Main Street, and at night it’s a great date-night spot or a place to meet up with friends.