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Barton Springs Pool, Austin

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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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  • The natural springs and ample green space in the center of Austin are an ideal place to cool off in the summer. The water is clear and 68 degrees year round. Since it is a natural spring, the bottom i...  more »
  • Swimming at Barton Springs pool is true nirvana. Beautiful pool carved out into the natural limestone with a steady supply of fresh water from the Barton Springs.  more »
  • really is an oasis inside the oasis of Zilker Park...nice water, a comfortable change facility, happy kids, amused dads and moms thankful for a rest!!!  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.
  • 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.
  • Perfect place to beat the summer heat at this well maintained natural springs pool. Unfortunately no outside food or drink is allowed, though there are picnic areas outside of the pool. Stamp your hand for reentry before exiting. Diving board is an added bonus.
  • This place used to be awesome. You could park overnight, hike up the greenbelt and come back for a swim or just hang out by the pool for free. Now there is $5.00 parking plus an $8.00 entrance fee for those of us who don't live in Austin. No military discount but Austin residents only pay $3.00. There is something immoral about charging a species to inhabit the earth or enjoy it's beauty. What's next Austin?
  • Can't go wrong with visiting this place. Water is nice and cold and the park is well maintained. Con: random and frequent closures / change of hours. I recommend you park and enter via the south east side entrance. Easier logistics wise :)