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Barton Springs Pool, Austin

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#2 of 219 in Nature in Texas
Must see · Hot Spring · Water Body
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Nestled within Austin's extensive Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool represents one of the city's most popular recreational areas. Fed by underground hot springs, the pool maintains a temperature of around 20 C (68 F) year-round. You can join thousands of Austin residents who flock to the pool's 1.2 hectares (3 acres) of warm waters for a swim regardless of skill level, as the swimming area offers depths ranging from ankle-deep to 5.5 m (18 ft). Watch carefully for the Barton Springs salamander, an endangered amphibian found only in the surrounding aquifers. Add Barton Springs Pool to your Austin travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Austin trip planner.
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  • This place was very cool. Beautiful spring water and greenery close by, no water falls or anything too scary. Tons of cool animals close by and you might run into a deer or Texas Squirrel. 
    This place was very cool. Beautiful spring water and greenery close by, no water falls or anything too scary. Tons of cool animals close by and you might run into a deer or Texas Squirrel.  more »
  • Here’s what you need to know about Barton Springs: only water is allowed. Only water is allowed. NO FOOD, NO SMOKING/VAPING, NO ALCOHOL, NO MUSIC. (Unless IT’s an instrument you can actually play... 
    Here’s what you need to know about Barton Springs: only water is allowed. Only water is allowed. NO FOOD, NO SMOKING/VAPING, NO ALCOHOL, NO MUSIC. (Unless IT’s an instrument you can actually play...  more »
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  • A gem in the heart of Texas' capital city, this huge spring-fed pool is absolutely amazing. With an average of 31 million gallons a day, the spring pumps out over a million gallons an hour of brisk 68 degree crystal-clear fresh water. That may seem cold, but on a hot Texas day, there's nothing better to cool you down than a dip in the sparkling water. The sides of the pool are concrete for the most part, but the bottom is all natural with an extra deep section at the diving board (yes, kids, diving board!). If you're especially brave, come down on New Year's morning for a dip! The water will feel warm on a cold day. There's an entrance fee of $5 and a bit more for non-residents, but still very affordable. The pool opens at 5am, and if you get there before 8am, it's free! Be aware, though, that the pool is closed every Thursday for cleaning. Parking can be a bit tough on weekends, so it's best to arrive early.
  • When in Austin in the summer, this place is a must to cool off and relax at. Plenty of fun for the family with a big shallow area for the kiddos and a deep end with a diving board. They are strict on what you can bring in. No ice chests or coolers of any kind, no food or alcohol either. Make sure you get your tickets before you get in line as the it gets pretty long. On a busy day expect at least a 20-30 minute wait. But once you get through and jump on its all worth it!

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