Looking for one of Austin’s finest swimming holes on a hot summer day? Then, Barton Springs Pool is your place!
A little about Barton Springs...
Barton Springs is a swimming pool, located in Zilker Park, that is filled with water from nearby natural springs. The pool is well over three acres and about nine hundred feet long with an average temperature of 70 degrees year round.
“Summa, Summa, Summa time…”
The plan was to arrive at Barton Springs at 10 am to beat the crowds and to get a good spot on the hill; however, that didn’t happen. I couldn’t quite let the bed go this morning. Instead, I made it around 11. The parking lots were already full, and it took a little time getting a park, but nothing too crazy. We managed to get a spot close. Parking is $5 flat rate (kinda steep, but whatever). Admission into the pool is $3 for residents and $8 for non-residents. There was a line for those who were paying with card at the kiosk out front. I would suggest having cash, as the cash line was much shorter and moved much quicker.
Once inside there are hills on both sides of the pool to setup your stuff and relax. Most people bring towels and blankets to lay on, but I saw families with tents and cabanas which is not a bad idea. Food and alcohol are not allowed, but bags were not checked upon entering….so, break rules at your own risk. 🙂
The water is absolutely beautiful. You can see hints of blue and green which makes for a beautiful picture. HOWEVER, the water is extremely cold. It was so funny to watch the reaction of the swimmers getting in the pool. It definitely takes some “warming up” to the water before just diving in. Although, some were brave enough to get it over with and dive in. Being that I am not a swimmer, I took the steps into the water at a very slow pace. It was glacial cold. Once inside the pool, you get used to it!
Barton Springs is definitely a place that you want to visit whether you live in Austin or you are visiting. With this Texas heat, you’ll be glad that you did!
- Something to note: I suggest arriving as early as possible to avoid long lines. I left around 1:30 and the lines were insanely long. Long lines + heat don’t mix. Beat the heat AND the crowds and get there early.
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