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Barton Springs Pool

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Barton Hills, Austin
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  • SoundCloud
    "This is a great natural spring fed pool in the middle of Austin!"(7 Tips)
    Rodrigo M.
    "Full moon swimming is the best!!"(6 Tips)
    Wendy B.
    "Go for a run along the lake in Zilker Park and bring your swim suit."(4 Tips)
    Barrett L.
    "The best people watching in Austin, hands down."(6 Tips)
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  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BeckFebruary 16, 2015
    A mix of man made and nature makes this the perfect place to relax on a winters night. Less than 10 people in the whole pool area allows you to relax on the rock and listen to the running water.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarAugust 11, 2016
    So refreshing and relaxing. Drink up before you go because no alcohol or food allowed but the residents price of $3 (even if you're just a temporary "visiting resident") can't be beat.
  • Visit Austin
    Visit AustinMarch 13, 2015
    On warm days, dry off by sun-bathing on the surrounding hillside. Insider tip: if you like to get your workout on early, arrive before 9 a.m. and the $3 entry fee is waived. Read more
  • Outdoor Voices
    Outdoor VoicesNovember 19, 2015
    This is one of Tyler Haneys, founder of Outdoor Voices, favorite spots in Austin. It stays around 70 degrees all year round in Austin, so Tyler says it's perfect for a dip (or to stretch next to). Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    6 times longer than an Olympic pool, Barton Springs snakes its way through Zilker Park. Training here builds endurance. You swim against waves and since it's a long pool there's no momentum from turns Read more
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    If it’s warm outside (especially in the summertime), Barton Springs is a great getaway from city life and fun outdoors location for relaxing, tanning or swimming in the spring water pool.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Zashi R.
    Zashi RamboAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are going to swim laps do it in the morning, there will be less debris and fewer collage kids. Also, if you go ahead and swim 4 laps, (8 lengths), you've done a mile!!!
  • Chevrolet
    ChevroletMarch 7, 2011
    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.
  • Erin J.
    Erin JueAugust 22, 2015
    I would'nt go to the free side. The free side of Barton Springs is'nt very safe. You're aloud to bring dogs on the free side, but not on the paid side. There is a lot of Algea, but overal it's fun!
  • Rosie d.
    Rosie dJune 21, 2013
    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
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    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.
  • Nick M.
    Nick McCosker5 days ago
    Nice place in Austin to escape the heat. A fun buzzing atmosphere. Parking can be a little crazy and the whole thing is pretty pricy especially if you're from out of town.
  • Laughing Squid
    Laughing SquidFebruary 28, 2012
    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.
  • LuisYo A.
    LuisYo AlvaradoJuly 4, 2016
    Loved it! I didn't know there was a free side but the paid one is in much better condition. You can pay cash or go to a kiosk outside and pay with credit card. However you need to make the huge line.
  • David S.
    David SequeiraJune 11, 2012
    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!
  • High Definition
    High DefinitionFebruary 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best way to get in the water is by jumping in! It's not ideal but it's the best way to fight the chilly water. btw there's parking on both Robert Lee Rd or Barton Springs Rd.
  • Mary Helen M.
    Mary Helen McNallyMay 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you find the water a little cold, try swimming down to the weedy areas if the deep end where it's a bit warmer. If you like it chilly, the area around the diving board stays the coldest!
  • 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!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 27, 2012
    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.
  • B W.
    B WNovember 30, 2014
    An Austin must see. Bring a floatie and do some people watching. Cash only, gets very crowded when it's nice out on the weekend.
  • Bri S.
    Bri SmithJuly 23, 2013
    It's VERY slippery along the moss-covered boulders. I slipped and smacked the back of my head on them. After EMS chauffeured trip to ER- concussion. BE CAREFUL!
  • Let's Go
    Let's GoMay 17, 2011
    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
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FoleyJuly 28, 2014
    A perfect pause during our trip to Austin. Grab a spot in the shade or in the sun and take a dip in the pool every so often to beat the Texas heat.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkAugust 14, 2013
    Definitely the go-to hang out spot for Austinites during the summer. There's a mixed crowd, but its always a good time.
  • Parth A.
    Parth AgarwalAugust 3, 2015
    Worth a dip on a sunny afternoon. Nice crowd and has a nominal entrance fee. Do not forget to carry a spare pair of clothes.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LSeptember 9, 2015
    Great way to spend an afternoon. $4 for non-residents. Buy a ticket at the machine, but still gotta wait in line.
  • Brad K.
    Brad KingJune 2, 2010
    I recommend bringing a book (and sunscreen) and reading on the side of the hill. The kids/families are on the shallow end (near the entrance); the adults are by the deep end. Do it!
  • Wendy B.
    Wendy BryantSeptember 13, 2011
    Go for a run along the lake in Zilker Park and bring your swim suit. Head over to Barton Springs Pool for a nice cool down. Don't forget a towel.
  • Kayliegh B.
    Kayliegh BarnesAugust 3, 2013
    Heard it's topless from the locals but didnt see that in action. They clean it every Thursday! Beautiful people and lots of sweet tattoo exposure. Best way to break in my first trip to Austin!
  • Amy J.
    Amy Johnson CookSeptember 5, 2013
    $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.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MenkeApril 4, 2012
    Great place to spend an afternoon. The bottom of the spring is slick and rocky though. You may want to wear some aqua socks to protect your
  • Samantha d.
    Samantha deanNovember 30, 2014
    Best place on the lake to rent from. Customer service orientated and great trip to Barton springs from there
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyApril 19, 2016
    Perfect to relax in on a sunny afternoon. Entrance fee is like $2 but it'll definitely be worth it.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacJuly 20, 2015
    An Austin gem, just dive in! Also, go through the back way, MUCH shorter line
  • Meghan H.
    Meghan HodgesNovember 23, 2014
    I like it, waters always cold, but there are SO many people and the free side is eaten up with too many unsupervised dogs.
  • SoundCloud
    SoundCloudMarch 4, 2012
    This is a great natural spring fed pool in the middle of Austin! A great place to tan, swim & hang out.
  • spassmeister
    spassmeisterJuly 11, 2010
    don't let anybody scare you off with tales of "super cold" water. It's fine. I went yesterday and the water was 70 degree - exactly the temp it is in San Diego in the summertime. Super refreshing.
  • 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.
  • Ria N.
    Ria NdutAugust 27, 2014
    Too much kids, gets a little loud, the water temp is refreshing a great escape on the humid hot day
  • Megan M.
    Megan MaiselJuly 19, 2010
    $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.
  • Nat
    NatJuly 12, 2015
    Austin's best pool by far- always cool and always relaxing.
  • Harley P.
    Harley PuettJuly 10, 2011
    Don't forget to bring a towel so you can dry off, warm up, an tan in the grass. Bring your dog too! There is a pool just for your furry friends (:
  • GOOD
    GOODMarch 4, 2010
    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
  • Jc P.
    Jc PoseidonSeptember 16, 2015
    Large swimming area cheap entry fee. The water is very refreshing with texas summer heat.
  • Ian M.
    Ian MohammedAugust 1, 2016
    BRING CASH!!! the two credit card processing machines are insanely slow and the wait JUST to buy tickets from them is about 30 min minimum. You then have to stand in line for entry.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HewgleyMarch 13, 2010
    Best people watching place in Austin. Look for free parking by the back gate on Robert E. Lee. Stay in water for a good 20 minutes, then sit out in the sun. Nothing is more rejuvenating!
  • Clay C.
    Clay ChastainMarch 13, 2011
    Great spot to hang out and relax on a sunny day. Parking was 3 dollars, but there are free areas too.
  • Allison A.
    Allison AbbottOctober 12, 2015
    What an amazing urban find! Never seen anything like it; absolutely an incredible place to spend a hot day in Austin.
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HaleyApril 9, 2015
    What's not to love... People watching, swimming, laying out... Always fun to go on the night swims too!
  • Kelsey J.
    Kelsey JonesMay 31, 2013
    The water is super cold! Go when it's 100 degrees or at the hottest time during the day! Don't forget SPF is your BFF :D
  • Darryl K.
    Darryl KotykJuly 13, 2012
    A "natural" pool that remains at 68 degrees all year round. Swimming is free between 5AM and 8AM.
  • Tim J.
    Tim JulienFebruary 17, 2015
    Hop on a b-cycle on a hot day and head out to this natural spring.
  • Zachary C.
    Zachary CasaresJune 13, 2015
    Awesome place but know that it is COLD water, prepare yourself mentally or you will be shocked
  • Curt F.
    Curt FinchMay 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    There is nothing that makes me feel more alive than watching the winter sunrise from the middle of the mist cloaked pool after a couple of laps when its 30 degrees outside.
  • Weston
    WestonJune 30, 2012
    Oh the many different faces and screams you'll see and hear as people jump in, but always leaving smiles.
  • 24 Hour Fitness
    24 Hour FitnessNovember 29, 2011
    Looking for a way to relax and reward yourself after a hard workout? We hear Barton Springs is a great place to take a refreshing dip: http://bit.ly/eJDD5K
  • Mitch
    MitchAugust 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place in Austin. No food, no glass, no alcohol, no smoking... Just plain old awesome.
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    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
  • Steven M.
    Steven MeyersOctober 19, 2014
    Stunning. As a tourist I do suggest walking afterwards to chuy's for margaritas & an uber back to town.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 13, 2013
    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.
  • Bing
    BingJuly 24, 2012
    A ‘natural’ pool that remains at 68 degrees all year round. Swimming is free between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m." – Darryl Kotyk
  • Wayne C.
    Wayne CheongJuly 10, 2010
    Take a refreshing dip at the dog pool. Either drown a puppy or take a wee in the water (whichever's easier). Reward yourself with a cooling Lone Star. Success! Read more
  • Jae S.
    Jae Salinas 🍜December 15, 2011
    Bring a towel to lay on and enter on the south side (there is more sun bathing room & shade tree room)
  • Charly S.
    Charly SimmonsSeptember 6, 2012
    Bring a mask and snorkel to see all the plants and animals under the water. Beautiful!
  • Alexander M.
    Alexander MyskinJanuary 5, 2016
    Water temperature is about 21C all the year round! Free entrance in winter! :)
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 30, 2012
    A refreshing experience to say the least. And if your still not cooled down, head to the saloon and pick up a tasty snow cone!
  • James C.
    James ChestnutOctober 19, 2010
    Free night swim every day from 9 until 10 pm. Fun crowd and the pool is beautiful at night!
  • Ray L.
    Ray LopesAugust 28, 2016
    It was closed for maintenance. It looks awesome. I hope I get luckier next time I'm in Austin...
  • Scion Advisor
    Scion AdvisorJuly 27, 2011
    It’s the only way to survive the summer! Don’t be surprised to see topless sunbathers, yogis, and musicians practicing guitar by the pool. Read more
  • Theresa N.
    Theresa NoyesMarch 15, 2010
    Refreshing if bracing 68°F waters all year round. One of a king natural springs inside a city. Clears your head and beats back the heat. Read more
  • Andrea
    AndreaOctober 7, 2011
    104 Degrees in ATX.. no problem... Jump in the water, relax with a book, enjoy the laid back ambiance.
  • Sebastian P.
    Sebastian PandoMay 7, 2013
    A good place to slow down or have fun with friends.
    Upvoted Mar 25
  • exfm
    exfmFebruary 23, 2012
    Beautiful natural fed spring pool. Always the same temp year round so jump on in!
  • Nikon USA
    Nikon USAMarch 12, 2011
    Movement in flowing water can be shown by using slower shutter speeds. Try using your camera’s “Night” mode. Otherwise, set shutter speed to 1/125 or lower.
  • Liz H.
    Liz HallApril 18, 2015
    68 degrees year round and best known spring fed swimming pool in Central Texas!
  • Peter S.
    Peter ShaySeptember 6, 2013
    Bring water shoes so you can walk in the river bottom more easily.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 24, 2012
    So many people, but so much fun! great time of day to go to Barton springs!
  • Saving Places
    Saving PlacesSeptember 16, 2010
    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
  • Mary Helen M.
    Mary Helen McNallyMay 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Barton Springs Pool does not allow dogs, but your pup can take a dip in the creek just below the overflow.
  • Zac S.
    Zac SniderJanuary 2, 2013
    68 degrees year around. Good way to cool off here. Bring some cash for admission.
  • Lars P.
    Lars PlougmannAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Imagine... There is so much water in here that it would fill the entire Barton Springs Pool
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneApril 23, 2013
    The best people watching in Austin, hands down.
  • Karin G.
    Karin GattringerOctober 17, 2016
    Free parking during the week!
  • Norma V.
    Norma VelasquezSeptember 2, 2014
    awesome place to cool off after a nice run in the park!!
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaMarch 16, 2016
    Awesome natural springs. Freezing water though. Beware of slippery moss.
  • IntelWiMAX
    IntelWiMAXSeptember 27, 2010
    Enjoying a relaxing day at the pool? You're in a WiMAX hotspot, so relax even further by streaming a movie in between soaks.
  • Robert B.
    Robert BellSeptember 4, 2013
    I can't think of anything better to do in Texas in August than swim here. It's like AC for the pool.
  • Saygin I.
    Saygin IleriAugust 24, 2013
    This is one of the best things to do in Austin ! I love here
  • Aaron V.
    Aaron VincentAugust 5, 2015
    Great place to cool off on a hot summer day in Austin.
  • Curt F.
    Curt FinchJune 24, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Swim a mile every morning (4 laps). Coldest day so far? 24 degrees (but the water is always 68).
  • Gonzalo A.
    Gonzalo ArenasOctober 17, 2016
    Good news! The salamanders don't nip your toes.
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LocklinOctober 10, 2014
    Great family park and swimming area.
  • Rob R.
    Rob RessmannJune 6, 2011
    Swimming in the 68 degree water is so refreshing. Free admission from 5 to 8 every morning.
  • Hadrian S.
    Hadrian SmithOctober 2, 2014
    Nice pave to relax and cool off on hot summer day:-)
  • LeoLoves L.
    LeoLoves LeoLovesJune 11, 2009
    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.
  • Montanna S.
    Montanna SmithAugust 12, 2014
    No food! But there is a refreshments kiosk nearby and they'll stamp your hand to come back in.
  • Vince M.
    Vince MarotteOctober 23, 2009
    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.
  • Chrysanthe T.
    Chrysanthe TenentesMarch 14, 2012
    The water is the same temperature year-round. Jump in!
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