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Barton Springs Pool

2101 Barton Springs Rd (at William Barton Dr), Austin, TX 78704, United States
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    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
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    • Noon–6:00 PM
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    • 1:00 PM–6:00 PM
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  • "... pool. Don't forget to jump of the diving board." (14 tips)
  • "... a natural river turned swimming hole. It’s the same temperature year round." (5 tips)
  • "... round. One of a king natural springs inside a city. Clears your head and beats..." (4 tips)
  • HISTORY

    Three acres in size, the pool is fed from under ground springs and is on average 68 degrees year round. Over the years it has drawn people from all walks of life.

    HISTORY · April 7, 2010
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  • GOOD

    A natural pool open nearly year-round and kept at a refreshing 68 degrees; this is an Austin treasure. Save Our Springs Alliance is a loose coalition formed to help preserve the natural environment. Read more

    GOOD · March 4, 2010
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  • Laughing Squid

    Pack light, bring a towel, some snacks, lay on the lawn and when it gets too hot, just dive right in. The cold water is nearly unbearable for only a short spell. Bring $mall bills for admission.

    Laughing Squid · February 28, 2012
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  • Roguelabel

    Jump In! It's the best way to get adjusted to the refreshing temperature.

    Roguelabel · June 22, 2010
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  • Austin American-Statesman

    Brace yourself: The water in Austin's iconic swimming hole is a constant 68 degrees, and that's eye-poppingly cold, especially when you're jumping in on a 100-degree day.

    Austin American-Statesman · February 8, 2012
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  • Chevrolet

    Want to get away from it all? Three dollars gets you in, but it will take more than that to get you out on a hot day. The pool is fed by an underwater spring and stays a cool 68 degrees all year.

    Chevrolet · March 7, 2011
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  • PreservationNation

    Check out the statue of J. Frank Dobie, Roy Bedichek & Walter Prescott Webb, who for 40yrs met on a rock near Barton Springs to discuss ideas that transformed ATX.–Jason, our Homesick Austinite

    PreservationNation · September 16, 2010
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  • Thrillist

    Hit Barton Springs for some swim-at-your-own-risk exercise, or if the algae's too much for you, head over to Deep Eddy.

    Thrillist · June 13, 2013
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  • ScioniQCity

    Raise your City iQ: The Tonkawa Native American tribe considered Barton Springs to be a sacred ground for purification rituals long before the Pool was built. Read more

    ScioniQCity · April 28, 2012
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  • Megan M.

    $3 per person to get in. Best way to do it is to jump right in. It's cold at first but then very refreshing. Perfect for a Texas summer.

    Megan Maisel · July 19, 2010
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  • Tanya R.

    Wait for the thermometer to hit ≥ 103F. Jump in the deep end!

    Tanya Rabourn · August 5, 2009
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  • LeoLoves L.

    Start at the one end and swim all the way to Barking Springs *wraf wroef* and enjoy the beauty of the natural spring pool. Don't forget to jump of the diving board.

    LeoLoves LeoLoves · June 11, 2009
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  • Whitney F.

    swimming and laying out.

    Whitney F · September 21, 2009
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  • Ryan P.

    Go to Barton Springs to lay on the grass. Get a tan, and refresh yourself with a swim in the natural 68 degree waters springing out of the Edwards Aquifer.

    Ryan Pipkin · March 15, 2009
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  • SoundCloud

    This is a great natural spring fed pool in the middle of Austin! A great place to tan, swim & hang out.

    SoundCloud · March 4, 2012
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  • Vince M.

    Took my daughter and had a blast. The water is about as cold as I can stand for swimming (68 degrees), but super clean and very refreshing on a 102 degree day.

    Vince Marotte · October 23, 2009
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  • Daynah

    Hop in the spring water when you get the chance! Your skin feels so soft afterward!

    Daynah · August 12, 2009
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  • Social N.

    On busy summer days, go up Robert E. Lee drive on the east side of Zilker and park near the softball fields. There's a back entrance to the pool at the top of the sunbathing hill.

    Social News Network · May 23, 2012
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  • Justin P.

    Beware of dominate dogs and their jack@ss owners!

    Justin Pearson · March 23, 2011
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  • IntelWiMAX

    Enjoying a relaxing day at the pool? You're in a WiMAX hotspot, so relax even further by streaming a movie in between soaks.

    IntelWiMAX · September 27, 2010
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  • Scott M.

    A beautiful day for a swim.

    Scott Murphy · July 24, 2010
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  • Anna

    Cool water on a hot day with lots of beautiful people:)

    Anna · March 22, 2010
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  • Joseph H.

    The water is ccccold

    Joseph Herda · February 14, 2010
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  • Robbie C.

    Play a round of disc golf at the Zilker Park disc golf course, then walk over to Barton Springs Pool and wash the dust off.

    Robbie Cooper · November 27, 2009
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  • Stacie B.

    CLOSED ON THURSDAYS!

    Stacie Brunner · May 25, 2012
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  • Let's Go

    Perfect on hot days, this 1000-feet-long, spring-fed swimming hole in Zilker Park is kept around 68˚F year-round and flanked by walnut and pecan trees. Read more

    Let's Go · May 17, 2011
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  • James C.

    Free night swim every day from 9 until 10 pm. Fun crowd and the pool is beautiful at night!

    James Chestnut · October 19, 2010
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  • Dora

    This vast swimming hole does have a shallow end, but it can be very slippery so you might want to keep those river shoes on. Powered by ParentsConnect.com

    Dora · July 21, 2010
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  • Jeff B.

    Go at night! Free after 9PM.

    Jeff Bobula · October 9, 2013
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  • Amy J.

    $3 to swim and sun and you can come in and out all day with a hand stamp equals best way to beat the heat ever.

    Amy Johnson Cook · September 5, 2013
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  • Weston

    Oh the many different faces and screams you'll see and hear as people jump in, but always leaving smiles.

    Weston · June 30, 2012
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  • David S.

    Definitely a must-do when in Austin. Great people watching. Watch the fat guy do belly-flops. The pool is FREEZING but just do it, theyre are kids and infant children in there... YOU CAN DO IT!

    David Sequeira · June 11, 2012
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  • April B.

    Take a dip in the naturally cold spring for a $3 PASS! (CLOSED ON THURSDAYS for maintenance)

    April Bennett · December 29, 2011
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  • Clay C.

    Great spot to hang out and relax on a sunny day. Parking was 3 dollars, but there are free areas too.

    Clay Chastain · March 13, 2011
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  • Matthew W.

    Texas Parkour does classes there on Tuesday for kids. Those kids are fearless.

    Matthew Willis · December 15, 2010
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  • Van

    Barton Springs pool very cold and refreshing. Just watch out for the fatties on the diving board.

    Van · June 1, 2010
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  • Craig A.

    Go swimming this summer in the pool.

    Craig Allen · February 15, 2010
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  • Blake B.

    Swimming in the frigid cold spring-fed pool their in the dead of summer.

    Blake Burris · May 21, 2009
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  • Sun Woo J.

    Awesome place to swim. Surely Shrinkage for men....

    Sun Woo James · August 23, 2013
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  • Lars P.

    Imagine... There is so much water in here that it would fill the entire Barton Springs Pool

    Lars Plougmann · August 10, 2013
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  • Delight G.

    This spring-fed natural pool has a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees F. Admission is $3 for adults. Feel free to bring your own gluten-free picnic!

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  • Delight G.

    An Austin summertime favorite. This spring-fed natural pool has a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees F. Admission is $3 for adults. Feel free to bring your own gluten-free picnic!

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  • Dario M.

    Where a pooltoy can be a pooltoy! :)

    Dario Mouse · July 6, 2013
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  • Rosie d.

    I have been swimming here literally since before I was born! I'm like 4th generation Barton springs swimmer and I love it!I love to dive or go by the underwater caves and explore with some goggles!fun

    Rosie d · June 21, 2013
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  • Sebastian P.

    A good place to slow down or have fun with friends.

    Sebastian Pando · May 7, 2013
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  • Nick M.

    his is a natural river turned swimming hole. It’s the same temperature year round.

    Nick McGlynn · March 29, 2013
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  • National Car Rental

    This spring-fed swimming hole is a favorite hangout for locals of all ages. The pool stays at a constant 68 degrees year round. Don’t be surprised if you see a topless sun bather.

    National Car Rental · January 3, 2013
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  • Social N.

    Next to the pool, there is an area for people to take dogs. It's divided by a fence, so dogs can't intrude on the sunbathers, but it looks really fun.

    Social News Network · June 27, 2012
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  • Social N.

    Super cold & cheap! Free after 9pm :))))

    Social News Network · June 16, 2012
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  • Jessica S.

    Bring a towel to lay on and enter on the south side (there is more sun bathing room & shade tree room)

    Jessica Salinas 🍜 · December 15, 2011
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