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Barton Springs Pool, Austin
(4.5/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
Nestled within Austin's extensive Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool represents one of the city's most popular recreational areas. Fed by underground hot springs, the pool maintains a temperature of around 20 C (68 F) year-round. You can join thousands of Austin residents who flock to the pool's 1.2 hectares (3 acres) of warm waters for a swim regardless of skill level, as the swimming area offers depths ranging from ankle-deep to 5.5 m (18 ft). Watch carefully for the Barton Springs salamander, an endangered amphibian found only in the surrounding aquifers. To visit Barton Springs Pool and get the most from your holiday in Austin, create itinerary details personal to you using our Austin travel itinerary maker.
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  • I have no idea why it took us so long to visit this place. Granted, the lines are long, but once you are inside, there is plenty of space and such glorious relief from heat. Barton Springs water is co...  more »
  • Very beautiful but check days for cleaning and closure of you plan on going for swimming. Very large fresh water spring/aquifer that is great for swimming, picnicking, and just relaxing with family. 
  • Beautiful natural springs. Cold but nice when the weather is 100 degrees. They have hard core swimmers year round. Nice grounds sorrounded but a beautiful park and many amenities. 
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  • Okay, so went to Austin for college and continue to visit my family every year. But I'm ashamed to admit I never made it to here until last week. Boy, have I been missing out! This place is a beautiful watery oasis in an already beautiful city! The amenities include a handy locker room and shower area for men and women. Meanwhile the pool is super spacious. Although we came by in October on a weekday so I'm sure it's packed during the summer. Also, note that the pool surface is super slick and slippery from algae. So you'll want to tread carefully unless you don't mind losing your step. All in all, it's a great urban pool in the middle of the city and you need to take the date or family asap!
  • An absolute Austin favorite. Cool and refreshing clean water in this spring fed pool. Plenty of space to lay and enjoy the sun. Great diving board with plenty of spring. Popular with a wide range of people. A true Austin tradition.
  • Ice cold even on a mid summer afternoon and when I went it was very crowded in and out of the water. It was very refreshing and invigorating, but not much room to move, dive in, swim laps, or anything like that. Packed.
  • Beautiful and clean pool; though 2$unless you go to the free side w all the cool and laid back people
  • Best place to beat the heat and spend family time! We truly enjoyed ourselves. I recommend to wear water shoes since it can be slimy once inside. Also just dive in!!!!! Water is SUPER SUPER COLD!!!! 🤘😉 have fun and take lots of pictures..truly enjoyed the green scenery!!!