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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.
    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
    Upvoted Sep 12
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • LuisYo A.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Perfect to relax in on a sunny afternoon. Entrance fee is like $2 but it'll definitely be worth it.
  • 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.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacJuly 20, 2015
    An Austin gem, just dive in! Also, go through the back way, MUCH shorter line
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 (:
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Nat
    NatJuly 12, 2015
    Austin's best pool by far- always cool and always relaxing.
  • Jc P.
    Jc PoseidonSeptember 16, 2015
    Large swimming area cheap entry fee. The water is very refreshing with texas summer heat.
  • Darryl K.
    Darryl KotykJuly 13, 2012
    A "natural" pool that remains at 68 degrees all year round. Swimming is free between 5AM and 8AM.
  • 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!
  • Ian M.
    Ian MohammedAugust 1
    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.
  • 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.
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