Austin Adventures – Rockin River Water Park

Ok so technically Rockin’ River Water park is in Round Rock.  However, it’s just a hop skip and a jump so I figured it counted as a summer activity for kids in Austin.  I live in the southern most reaches of Austin and the trip down the road to this water park was not only worth the trip it also did not feel all that far.

Rockin River Express train at the pool in Round Rock.

Austin Adventures – Rockin’ River Water Park

I’m always looking for new Austin kids water parks.  I’m really just trying to avoid the lines at Schlitterbahn.  Plus I feel like I’ve hit every splash pad in Austin.  Rockin’ River Aquatic Center is a perfect afternoon or weekend trip with the kids from Austin.  PLUS – we went on a Monday so there were no lines AND I parked right near the entrance.  

Swim test area at pool in Round Rock.

Cheap Activities For Kids in Austin

Summer can get expensive quick between camps, vacations and trips to pools.  The other thing I loved about this water park close to Austin was that it was inexpensive.  Adults were $12 and kids were $10.  On top of that parking was free and there were plenty of shady places to set up shop.  The savings keep on coming if you pack your own snacks.  Sure there is a swim up ice cream bar and food trucks that are hard to resist, but you can also bring your own cooler full of food.

Rainbow water feature and lazy river with umbrellas.

Adults Will Love Rockin’ River Water Park Too

At least I did.  I never met a lazy river I did’t like and this one with rainbow sprinklers was no exception.  I also loved that kids have to take a “swim test” in order to get approved for some of the older activities like the high dive and quarry with a  rock climbing wall in the pool.  There are also life guards everywhere (not that you shouldn’t always keep your kids within arms reach around a pool). 

Frog slide going into baby pool at Rockin River water park.

Water Fun In Austin For Young Kids 

When I went to this water park I had kids between the ages of 3-9 with me and all of them enjoyed themselves.  There were slides and splash pads for babies and shallow pools for toddlers.  Don’t bring your puddle jumper because they have complimentary US Coast Guard grade life jackets for you to borrow.

High dive and life guards at pool in Round Rock.

Teens and Tweens Will Have Fun Too

Not just for toddlers Rockin’ River will keep your older kids entertained too.  As I mentioned there is a high dive that is pretty dang high.  This area also doubles as a rock climbing wall where the kids fall into the pool.  There are also a couple of different traditional pools for swimming as well as water volleyball. 

Splash pad, pool and water slides for kids in Round Rock.

The Perfect Size Water Park

 Rockin River is big enough to keep everyone busy all day, but not so big that you can’t see majority of the park from almost anywhere which is great if you came in a big group with friends like I did.  For me and my family this was the perfect sized water park.  Everyone was entertained, but not worn out from walking place to place or frustrated from standing in lines.

Rail road crossing water feature at Rocking River water park.

Rockin River Express – An Austin Kids Adventure With a Wet Railroad Theme

I’d totally recommend this place as a summer activity for kids in Austin.  I realize one day I will have to break down and take my kids to Schlitterbahn but in the meantime this nearby water park seemed so much more manageable with 7 kids and 3 adults.  Low stress fun for kids, inexpensive and close to Austin.  Win, win and win.  I’ll be back.


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