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Round Rock opens largest indoor water park in the world
(Kalahari Resort)

A theme park, water park and 1.5 million square feet to social distance in, oh my!

Kalahari Resort in Round Rock officially opened today, declaring itself the biggest indoor water park in the world, right here in the Lone Star State.


The resort, located on 3001 Kalahari Blvd., features over 900 hotel rooms, five restaurants, retail locations, a convention center, a safari-themed 223,000-square-foot indoor water park—the largest in the world; and three acres of outdoor pool space.

This is Kalahari Resorts & Conventions fourth location and first in Texas with the others located in Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The new $350 million facility created more than 700 jobs and is set to welcome upwards of a million guests in the coming year.

While the resort can normally house up to 8,000 guests, the resort will not book more than 3,000 at a time during the pandemic. Guests are required to wear masks while not in the pool.

Health officials have stated that while there isn't evidence COVID-19 spreads through recreational water, there is always potential when people gather. For extra precautions, only 500 people will be allowed in the water park at any time and social distancing guidelines will be observed on all rides. For extra protection, the CDC has a page specifically dedicated to water park safety.

Kalahari Resorts seek to combine a safari adventure and indoor water parks all in one place. With spas, restaurants, themed environments, convention centers and more on deck, Kalahari provides fun for the whole family. In addition to the fun, Kalahari shares the beauty of Africa with care by supporting African artists and artisans and sponsoring the Mandela Poster Project. So far, Kalahari has spent $5.5 million on African-local products.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.