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Kalahari Resort Family Vacation in Round Rock, TX

America's Largest Indoor Waterpark, Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, opened just minutes from my home and we were able to get a first hand experience of this amazing hotel on opening weekend! Read my full guide if you are planning a trip to Kalahari in Round Rock, Texas. 

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STAY:
There are almost 1,000 rooms at this property, and they range from double queens to 3 bedroom suites. See all the options here. Each room and suite is decorated with imported African art and artifacts, and the beds are extremely comfy. We had a double queen with a pull out sofa, and the room felt very spacious for our family of 5. There is a microwave and mini-fridge so definitely bring snacks! The King Bunk Suite would be super fun if you have small kids that like bunk beds (2 separate rooms - 1 bedroom with a king, 1 bedroom with bunk beds). Waterpark admission is included for all registered guests, and each person will get a wristband when they check in that will allow them in to the waterpark. If you don't plan on staying overnight you can buy day waterpark day passes here

When you book your stay, Kalahari has some adorable ad-ons that can enhance your adventure including a "Surprise Them Box" filled with goodies to surprise your family with the trip! They offer game night packages, birthday packages, spa/relaxation packages and more.

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PLAY: 
Let's break it down because there is so much to do!

- 223, 000 sq. ft. of waterpark
- 20 pools and whirlpools
- 30 waterslides 
- Waterpark attractions including FlowRider, adult grotto swim-up bar, lazy river, wave pool, private cabanas and waterfalls
- 80,000 sq. ft. of fun in Tom Foolerys Adventure Park (rock climbing wall, kids ropes course)
- 10,000 sq. ft. of retail space

Indoor Waterpark
Kalahari's indoor waterpark will blow you away! There is something for everyone to do here. They have an amazing toddler/infant area called Tiko's Watering Hole, which includes a lazy river just for toddlers. Another area perfect for small kids is Coral cove which has a zero depth entry water play area, small slides, swings and other great spots for young ones to play. 

Flowrider is a 5 foot wave stimulator where you can surf or bodyboard. We loved the lazy river, and my older son did the large slides over and over again. Grotto Swim Up Bar is an adults only swim up bar and the perfect escape (must be 21 to enter). Check out all the list of water activities here!

This 80,000 sq. ft adventure park features a challenging ropes course, climbing wall, escape room, indoor zip line, bowling, laser tag and 250 of the very best arcade games. There are lots of rides for kids of all ages as well as a putt-putt course. These attractions are not included with your stay unlike the waterpark passes. You are welcome to come and play even if you aren't staying on the property, but prices are a tad higher.  See pricing and the full list of activities here.

They have a beautiful spa which offers body treatments, massages, facial, nail care and hair services. There is also a wet therapy room, dry sauna, steam room, Halotherapy Salt room, whirlpool, brow and lash bar, lounge space, and a spa specific outdoor pool. Check out their full list of services here!
 
There are has 3 outdoor pools including a basketball pool perfect for kids! They offer full-service drinks and food outside, as well as an adults only bar and pool. You can also rent a private bungalow for a party or family gathering.

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EAT
There are 20 onsite dining options including 5 signature restaurants! 

Double Cut - steakhouse and bourbon bar

Cinco Ninos - modern Mexican kitchen and tequileria. We ordered tacos for the kids and they came in the cutest dinosaur trays! Margaritas were delicious and we were entertained by a mariachi band. Loved the vibe of this restaurant and it had a great outdoor patio. 

Sortino's Italian Kitchen - Italian pasta, brick-oven pizza, caprese salad, fried calamari, lasagna and more! They have a large wine selection, delicious cocktails and a great kids menu. If you want a less formal meal, head to Pizzeria Sortino for wood-fired pizzas (this is a separate restaurant). 

B-Lux Grill and Bar - gourmet, handcrafted burgers and shakes. This 

Great Karoo Marketplace - Your go-to breakfast and lunch buffet with options for the pickiest eaters. We ate here for breakfast and I was blown away with the variety and how fresh everything was. It's open daily from 7:30am-12pm. 

The Last Bite - As you walk from your room to the arcade/waterpark you'll walk right past The Last Bite which serves homemade fudge, hand-dipped caramel apples, salt water taffy, ice cream and more. It was obviously my kids favorite spot!

DRINK
Redd's Piano Bar and Lounge - Piano bar with hand-crafted cocktails and a lively atmosphere. This place was hopping and full of fun! It has the coolest entrance which looks like you're walking through a private bookcase. Open 7pm-2am and is open to the public as well. 

Baobob Social - you won't miss this beautiful round bar as you walk in to Kalahari. It's the perfect spot to meet friends or enjoy a drink with your spouse after a long day. 

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Even though I was only 10 minutes from home I felt like I had been completely transported. There are over 1,000 hand-selected pieces of African art, sculptures, furniture and textiles throughout the resort. You could spend days in Kalahari and be fully entertained! It's definitely sensory overload, but my kids were crying when we had to leave. Let me know if you have any questions, and I do have videos of our stay in my Instagram stories here!

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