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Barton Springs Pool, Austin

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#2 of 20 in Parks in Austin
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. Add Barton Springs Pool to your Austin travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Austin trip planner .
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  • October 4, 2017
    Super spring/creek fed pool, always cool, and a great place to cool of on hot afternoon (most days in Austin). Always refreshing.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    This is a quintessential Austin experience. One of the oldest public pools in Texas, Barton Springs pool is a great place to beat the heat. My kids love it here. I personally don't get in as much beca...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    It is very cold water but after you get in, you get used to it. Nice to hang out on the grass and see the skyline in the background. The bottom of the pool is rocks and is slippery. Clear water. My so...  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    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.
  • June 20, 2017
    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!
  • May 30, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 22, 2017
    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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