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Barton Springs Pool, Austin

Categories: Hot Springs, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Delicious cool off on a hot day. It's easy to get there but do not expect any facilities. You can paddle but not sunbathe. From the hustle and bustle of the city to escape this is a fine place.
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  • Awesome naturally spring feed pool, year round ~68 degrees. Definitely refreshing on a hot day. It's actually pretty large, and there's a diving board. 
  • Swimming in the middle of the city was really great. It was a fabulous sunny day and the water was divine. There is enough places to put in a floatie and enjoy the river 
  • Great place to go for a swim. But prepare yourself! The water is very, VERY cold! You get used to it after a few minutes and it's smooth sailing from there. There is a North side and South side entrance. The entrances are on opposite sides of the pool so you will need to drive around further to the other side. Parking on both sides. There is a nice little food stand outside on the North end to buy refreshments, but you cannot bring them into the pool area. And remember it's Cash Only! Pros: Plenty of room to swim and setup your own personal area. Great way to stay cool in 100+ degree heat. Cons: Parking is hard to find, and restrooms are only on the North side of the pool.
  • Huge, beautiful natural pool. Although it's cold water, it is very clean and clear & a nice refresher for hot Texas days. The cost is very low to enjoy such a wonderful attraction & even free during certain times. If you dont like feeling algae on your feet, bring water shoes but otherwise no other complaints. We returned 3x during our week vacation because it was the best!!
  • Great value! $3 for a resident and $8 for a non resident (not that they checked). Beware though, it's really, really, really cold. The water is truly frigid. Everything is clean and there are even solar powered showers! Lots of fun!
  • Being an Austin native I have a DEEP love for Barton Springs. I was only two weeks old the first time my mom took me to check it out. Growing up we went religiously once a week every week at the very least (yes, even during winter). My mom still swims laps there to this day at the age of 67. The water is deliciously frigid during the summer at a constant 68 (ish) degrees year round. On cold days during the wintertime it actually feels warmer than the air. It's truly one of the most beautiful natural treasures around. The only reason I took away one star is because of the fact that it has become a huge tourist attraction and large crowds are just not for me. Also, years back the city was ordered to stop cleaning it as thoroughly as before due to the Barton Springs Salamander being endangered. Because of this the rock floor stays extremely slippery on the shallower half of the pool. I don't typically do the deep end for fear of losing toes to the many creatures of the deep so the degree of slipperiness in the shallow end is probably more important to me than some. Aside from those two things it's a wonderful place to experience.
  • The Crown Jewel of Austin Texas. If you come to Austin you absolutely cannot leave without a visit to our magnificent pool. The pool itself is nestled deep between two steep grassy lawns. Sunbathing or reading a book is easy on the inclined hills. And while they are steep you can easily but carefully make your way to the pool. The pool is spring fed by water that stays ~68 degrees year around. In the heat of Summer, this is the perfect place to cool off. Warning: the water is cold and may be a shock to you. Walking in via the many stairways is slow and painful I suggest you jump in at the deep end. This is a natural pool and you will see/feel aquatic grasses, algae, and perhaps a fish or two. The west side is shallow for the youngsters and no less cold. The bottom is natural and rocky and/or slippery. Take care. There is a place to jump off a diving board for kiddos mostly. The deep side has a few people swimming laps and then spills into the creek area before it finally meets Town Lake (aka Lady Bird Lake). Every time I leave Barton Springs Pool I come out feeling fresh and even the Texas summer sun cannot get me down.
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