Kalahari Resorts announces opening date for Round Rock location

Once completed, the resort will include 975 hotel rooms, five restaurants, 223,000-square-feet of waterpark and 10,000-square-feet for retail and commercial space. (Courtesy Kalahari Resorts & Conventions)
Once completed, the resort will include 975 hotel rooms, five restaurants, 223,000-square-feet of waterpark and 10,000-square-feet for retail and commercial space. (Courtesy Kalahari Resorts & Conventions)

Once completed, the resort will include 975 hotel rooms, five restaurants, 223,000-square-feet of waterpark and 10,000-square-feet for retail and commercial space. (Courtesy Kalahari Resorts & Conventions)

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is anticipated to open in Round Rock on Nov. 12, the company announced July 17.

The 350-acre resort will include 975 hotel rooms, five restaurants, 223,000-square-feet of waterpark and 10,000-square-feet for retail and commercial space, per the release.


In celebration of its impending grand opening celebration, the company has launched "Kalahari on Safari," with 22 life-size animal sculptures traveling across the state before reaching their final destination in Round Rock. The caravan will travel via flatbed trailers from Eureka Springs, Arkansas to Round Rock, and is expected to arrive in the Austin area between 8-9 p.m. on July 17.

Dubbed "America's largest indoor waterpark," crews are in the process of constructing 20 pools and whirlpools, 30 waterslides and attractions such as rock walls and cabanas, according to the release. Alongside waterpark amenities and additional resort features, the site will also include 200,000-square-feet of space to accommodate conventions, conferences and other larger-scale events.
By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from Upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


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