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Barton Springs Pool, Austin

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#2 of 20 in Parks in Austin
Hot Spring Water Body
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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  • Pool okay, but at weekends it is stuck, is too deep and cold and for children is a roll because in the part in the middle which is where best they don't let be with no float, vest, or flotis
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  • WOW! I can'[t express enough of how happy i am to have been brought to this hidden Gem! I am proud to be a Texan because of the nature beauty such as this place! So the locals told us that a year ago ...  more »
  • We first went on the side that is just the spring and is free this side is definitely the party side. We stayed over there for a while then paid to go in the pool area it was more family friendly. Bot...  more »
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  • Cool water temps in the summertime? ✔ Natural water? ✔ Hip people? ✔ Lifeguards? ✔ Family Friendly? ✔ Shallow & deep ends? ✔ Not much ease of access for restrooms 👎 Be prepared to pack your own picnic. Despite the few downs the benefits of going far outweigh.
  • What an amazing, fun thing to do in Austin! It seems like something that should be more likely to exist in the Ozarks or the like, yet there it is: a natural spring-fed pool in the middle of a city park. What a relaxing way to beat the heat! Just be careful not to step on an endangered salamander!
  • Cool place.. If its your first time I suggest you walk around and scope out the scene before setting up shop. Watch out for the topless chicks especially if you have small kids. The right side of the pool has more rock than the left side.
  • I am thinking about moving to Austin because of this place. I'm in love with this pool! I've come back. A year later. I'm even more in love with this place now. It's so cool and refreshing.
  • Great place to go and cool off during the summer. We went on a Wednesday around 11 am there was a lot of ppl there already we got lucky and found a parking lot right away , it was free to park that day. The water was nice and cold there is a shallow area for kids which was great. It does get full so a weekday would be best. They do have showers and restrooms to change.

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