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Barton Springs Pool

One of the “crown jewels” of Austin’s bustling downtown, this natural limestone pool is a refreshing place to spend a steamy Texan afternoon.

It’s no secret that a Texas summer can be scorching, but luckily, Barton Springs Pool is here to cool you down. A massive 3-acre (1.2-hectare) natural limestone pool in the heart of Austin’s downtown, it is fed by underground springs that keep the water 68 F (20 C) year round. Swim laps or just play around in the water, the perfect place to escape the summer heat.

Ease yourself down the ramp into the somewhat chilly water or jump off the ledge into the deep area. Swim from side to side or practice open water swimming, watching the landscape go by as you paddle upstream or down. Practice your diving skills under the watchful eye of the well-trained lifeguards. 

Visit historical bathhouses and view exhibits on the origins of the pool. Switch between sunbathing and cooling down in the water during a long, relaxing afternoon.

Explore the vegetation near the water in search of the endangered Barton Springs salamander with its distinctive fringed neck. Bring a snorkel and mask for a face-to-face meeting with the fish life teeming below the surface, dodging in and out of algae as people play above. 

Get land-based exercise running or biking along the nearby trails; then cool off with a cannonball jump into the pool. Otherwise, relax in peace with a book for hours as crickets chirp around you.

Barton Springs Pool is located in the southern part of Austin’s Zinker Park, close to Downtown Austin. Drive here in 15 minutes from the University of Texas at Austin’s campus or arrive in 1 hour via public transportation. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is a 20-minute drive away. Free parking is available nearby, though this can be hard to find during events in the park.

The pool is open daily from May to September, from dawn until late at night, although it is closed during the day on Thursdays for cleaning. 

Admission is free in the early morning and late at night, with fees collected at other times of day. The pool is extremely popular on weekends, so come early.


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Omni Austin Hotel $129
Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
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Omni Austin Hotel

Omni Austin Hotel

700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Very nice property in a central location with easy access to everything.

    Fairmont Austin $158
    Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019
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    Fairmont Austin

    Fairmont Austin

    101 Red River St, Austin, TX
       
      4.7 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I loved all the view from my room the pool everything very nice. We will be back thank you.

      The LINE Austin $146
      Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
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      The LINE Austin

      The LINE Austin

      111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX
         
        4.3 of 5
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        Amazing new property with beautiful decor. Great location in downtown.

        Hyatt Regency Austin $143
        Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
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        Hyatt Regency Austin

        Hyatt Regency Austin

        208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX
           
          4.5 of 5
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          Great view from room, called for refrigerator to keep meds cold and waiting for an hour, then had to calm a second time to get refrigerator to room

          Extended Stay America Austin - Downtown - Town Lake $109
          Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
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          Extended Stay America Austin - Downtown - Town Lake

          Extended Stay America Austin - Downtown - Town Lake

          507 S. First St., Austin, TX
             
            3.3 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nice, clean. Excellent location in near downtown and SoCo. Good value.

            Barton Springs Getaway W/free Parking
            Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019
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            Barton Springs Getaway W/free Parking

            Barton Springs Getaway W/free Parking

            Austin, Texas
               
              4.8 of 5
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              Great time, great property & great location! Would definitely stay here again.

              Barton Springs Loft - Amazing Skyline View - Walk to Barton Springs!
              Reviewed on Dec 5, 2018
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              Barton Springs Loft - Amazing Skyline View - Walk to Barton Springs!

              Barton Springs Loft - Amazing Skyline View - Walk to Barton Springs!

              Austin, TX
                 
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                We enjoyed our stay in this cozy loft and it’s amazing view of the beautiful Austin’s downtown skyline. Plus, this time of year in late November, we loved the Zilker Park’s Christmas tree lights, too. Lee our host was very helpful and quick to respond. The loft is very clean and had lots of amenities. ...

                Zilker Park Place--huge Townhome- Fantastic Location--comfy, Colorful, Peaceful
                Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019
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                Zilker Park Place--huge Townhome- Fantastic Location--comfy, Colorful, Peaceful

                Zilker Park Place--huge Townhome- Fantastic Location--comfy, Colorful, Peaceful

                Austin, Texas
                   
                  4.9 of 5
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                  Zilker Park Place is as warm and welcoming as your own home. Everything you need from coffee to a wine bottle opener is there. All paper products are SOFT!!! Sorry, that is a big thing to me. And the bed is as comfortable as our own. We loved the fact that there were different comforters or blankets ...