2101 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704
Barton Springs Description
Austin-ites know Barton Springs as the preferred local swimming hole. Its billing as a natural-spring-fed pool may lead some to believe the water's warm. It's not. At 68 degrees, a dip here is, shall we say, refreshing. And water isn't the only thing that's cool here. The all-natural setting -- and the fact that you can dive down below the diving board to see the nature-made "pump" at work -- is pretty pleasing as well.
Toddlers & Pre-K: The north side of the pool is shallow, with a zero-depth entry. Depth in other areas is as much as 18 feet. Flotation devices (water wings and rafts, etc.) are only allowed in the north and south ends. Check the lifeguard stand for specifics.
Pre-Teens & Teens: See the toddler/preschool tip regarding rafts.
- Watch for closings. The pool is closed for several weeks in February and March for spring cleaning.
- No Igloos allowed. Coolers are not allowed inside the swimming area. Any food must be eaten in Zilker Park, where you'll find plenty of benches.
- Check for lifeguards. Pool hours are occasionally "Swim at your own risk." Check the schedule ahead to be sure lifeguards are on duty.
- Find your comfort zone. At 18 feet, the pool may be a little too deep for some parents' tastes. A good alternative: Deep Eddy. The artisan-fed pool even has activities in summer, like a Saturday movie night.
Just the Facts
Hours: Vary, check website for details.
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours