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Kalahari reveals plans for new Texas resort

Kalahari project site map Round Rock

Round Rock will be the fourth African-themed park by Kalahari to open in the U.S., following on from Wisconsin Dells, Sandusky, and the Pocono Mountains. 

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions has announced the opening of a huge new theme park in Round Rock, Texas.

Plans show that the Round Rock resort will boast both indoor and outdoor water parks.  It will also have a hotel and convention centre alongside an arcade, a salon, restaurants, and shopping.

kalahari water park Round RockThe water park itself will stretch to around 200,000 square feet.  The resort will have about 1,000 guest rooms and suites, plus 150,000 to 200,000 square feet of meeting space.

The new resort will be located on U.S. 79 across from the Dell Diamond and Old Settlers Park.

According to the website for the city of Round Rock, the resort will open no later than December 2021.  However Kalahari say they expect to open the property in 2020.

Round Rock will be the fourth Kalahari Resorts location. The first three are located in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; Sandusky, Ohio; and Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania.

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions are renowned for delivering a “world-away” waterpark resort and conference experience. The authentically African-themed Kalahari Resorts, privately owned by the Nelson family, is home to America’s largest indoor waterparks.

“We are incredibly excited to bring our authentically African resort experience to the Southwest for the first time,” said Todd Nelson, owner of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, speaking when the resort was first mooted.  “The city of Round Rock has been incredibly welcoming.”

Round Rock is located 15 miles north of Austin in Central Texan hill country.  It’s renowned for its historic sites, including the Round Rock from which it gains its name.  The large stone in Brushy Creek marks where wagons made crossings in the 19th century.

“We are thrilled Kalahari has chosen Round Rock for its first expansion into the Southwest,” Mayor Alan McGraw said in an earlier statement. “This game-changing project will be a great benefit to our community, continuing our efforts to diversify the local economy.”

Image courtesy of Round Rock Texas.

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