Kalahari Resorts & Conventions’ Round Rock location on track to open in November 2020

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Construction is underway on Kalahari Resorts & Conventions’ Round Rock development after breaking ground in May at Kenney Fort Boulevard and Hwy. 79.

Kalahari representatives said Feb. 5 that the development is on track to open with 975 hotel rooms and a 200,000-square-foot convention center in November 2020.

Courtesy of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

The resort will include the largest indoor water park in the country at 223,000 square feet as well as outdoor pools built over 3 acres, according to Kalahari. Restaurants include the Double Cut Charcoal Grill/Liquor Bar, Mondo Sortino’s Italian Kitchen, 5 Niños Tex-Mex restaurant, B-Lux Grill & Bar, Great Karoo Marketplace Buffet, Marrakesh Market Eatery, Redd’s Piano Lounge, Rwanda Roasting Co. Coffee Shop, Last Bite Candy Store, and water park food and drink stands.

Kalahari’s Round Rock location will also feature Tom Foolery’s Adventure Park, which includes 80,000 square feet of thrill rides, a ropes course, climbing walls, an indoor zip line, bowling, laser tag and more than 250 arcade games.

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  1. Great update, thanks! This looks like it will be a major addition to Round Rock that none of us will be able to ignore.

  2. Unfortunately I am afraid you are correct. Major as in a lot of people flowing in and out daily and on a larger scale on weekends and special events. I would like to see the access plans for this monstrosity . Unless I am missing something, the only existing roads to get in and out of the area are 79 and Gattis School Road.
    79 has the train tracks to deal with it and that is no small issue, considering the high frequency of trains.
    Gattis school road is a secondary road and in no way able to accommodate such high volume of cars.
    Right now on weekends, especially Saturday mornings 79 into RR is backed up to the ballpark, quite often.
    I see the quality of life, at least concerning to traffic, going down the drain, but it’s progress, right ?

  3. RG, I share your concerns. The previous poster is a Pflugerville resident and apparently has no idea how this place will negatively impact those of us just trying to get to and from work and to do errands. If this company has hotel rooms consistent with their other properties, they will have rooms that accommodate 10 people. The idea of Round Rock becoming a spring break destination has this 24 year resident seriously looking to move away. Not my idea of progress.

  4. That’s the problem….cities and counties allow any housing project, school development, hotel, entertainment facility….anything to build anywhere, without any consideration of IF the area’s infrastructure can support it and how it will impact quality of life. Water, traffic, waste disposal…the list of things that should be considered AND that the developers should provide and pay for before the project is allowed to open goes on and on….and on. But our elected officials only look at the so called “bottom line” and pander to whatever the developers wants, usually with huge tax incentives to do as they will. The community suffers.

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Kirby Killough
Kirby Killough joined Community Impact after working in broadcast news. She is currently the editor for the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto edition of Community Impact.
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