This article, 9 Day Trips from Round Rock, was first published in our Spring 2021 Issue of Round the Rock Magazine and it was written by one of our feature authors, Addie Gross. To see the full issue of Round the Rock Spring 2021, please click here.
Not many people are really traveling very far yet, but if you’d still like to take a little getaway this spring, we have some ideas for you for day trips from Round Rock!
Day Trips from Round Rock
Bastrop is not that far away, but there’s so much to explore here that you might want to stay for a few days to experience it all! Take a hike at McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Bastrop State Park, or Buescher State Park. Meet over 500 animals at the Capital of Texas Zoo or Texas Reptile Zoo. Travel back in time and walk among the dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Park in Cedar Creek. Catch an adrenaline rush while ziplining at Zip Lost Pines. Bring your bikes and check out Rocky Hill Ranch for mountain biking. Go fishing at Lake Bastrop. Visit a renaissance festival at Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade. Visit the strawberry festival at Barton Hills Farm. More here.
Reservations for swimming at Blue Hole and Jacob’s Well open back up in May. Float around at Cypress Falls, hike up Old Baldy, and shop at Wimberley Market Days.
True outdoor enthusiasts can come here and rent a boat or hike at Canyon Overlook Park and Guadalupe Park Trail. If you want more of a challenge, you can join a tour of the Canyon Lake Gorge.
Most people flock here for tubing the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers, but there’s much more to see and do in New Braunfels! Work up an appetite hiking the Panther Canyon Nature Trail at Landa Park, then treat yourself at the oldest bakery in Texas, Naegelin’s. Landa Park also offers walking trails, a miniature train ride, and paddle boat rides. Don’t miss the sweet town of Gruene while you’re out this way. Lunch at the Gristmill and ice cream from their General Store is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Go spelunking at Natural Bridge Caverns or drive through the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch safari. Cool off at the rope swing or low key tubing at Cypress Bend Park. Try wakeboarding at Texas Ski Ranch.
Best known for its wineries and peaches, Fredericksburg is a lovely place to spend a spring day or two. Make reservations to climb Enchanted Rock (definitely a must-see). Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm and the National Museum of the Pacific War offer educational historical experiences. And don’t forget to stop by Wildseed Farms to enjoy spring’s wildflowers and take your bluebonnet pictures.
Make reservations for a day at Hamilton Pool Preserve, or just enjoy hiking and swimming at Milton Reimers Ranch Park. Kid and pet-friendly brewery, Family Business, is nearby and offers outdoor seating in their oak grove for enjoying pizza and beer.
There is so much to do in Waco! You can visit the Cameron Park Zoo, then treat yourself to refreshments at the Dr. Pepper Museum. Marvel at the mammoths at the Waco Mammoth National Monument. Learn all about Texas Rangers at Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum. Of course no trip to Waco would be complete without a visit to the Magnolia Silos! Here’s an itinerary for a 3 day weekend in Waco!
For more of a staycation, you can keep it weird by playing tourist out and about in Austin. We had a great time cruising Lady Bird Lake in a pink retro boat from Retro Boat Rentals ATX. You could also take a bike tour and ride e-bikes all around the city! For more unique Austin fun, try visiting the Cathedral of Junk, Waterloo Records, BookPeople, Peter Pan Mini Golf, Uncommon Objects, Lucy in Disguise, or the Museum of the Weird.
We hope these were some fun ideas of where to take some day trips form Round Rock!