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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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  • You have to go! Wonderful to swim and relax while in the middle of Austin. At first water was cold but you warm up quickly. Go during the week much less crowded. Yes topless is acceptable here... 
    You have to go! Wonderful to swim and relax while in the middle of Austin. At first water was cold but you warm up quickly. Go during the week much less crowded. Yes topless is acceptable here...  more »
  • Fun to hang out, get cool on a hot day, meet up with folks, feel the moss between your toes, let the cares of life go for a while. 
    Fun to hang out, get cool on a hot day, meet up with folks, feel the moss between your toes, let the cares of life go for a while.  more »
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  • This is our all time favorite place to swim! Austin allows women to go topless so be prepared if you are a Karen to stay at home if you have a problem with that. The water stays cold all year round since it’s a natural spring. I bring flippers and snorkels to really enjoy the crystal clear water. The pool is so large that even when its very crowded once you get inside still plenty of room. You have to pay to get in, non residents pay $9. Residents pay $5 No coolers, and only drinks are ones you can put a top on. No pets allowed but right beside the pool is barking springs which is great for dogs, but too many people are letting them off leash so potential dog fights can happen. Keep you pet in a leash if you bring them. VERY clean great place to spend the day. They are open till 10 pm and there are lights that add to the fun of night swimming. Great family place. Great for small kids too as the water gets very shallow on one end. I went topless since many other women were doing so, it’s perfectly legal in Austin, I had a blast no one said anything negative to me, but looking at some of the other reviews some people take serious issues with topless women- those people should stay at home. If you want to leave and grab lunch there are tables under a shaded area right outside the pool, and then you can get back in make sure to have them stamp your hand or keep your pass- using the app saves a lot of time.
  • Really great place to relax in the hot weather. Parking gets really busy but sometimes you’ll get lucky and find a a spot up close. Entry is $9, card or exact cash. Once inside there is lots of elevated grass area to set up on. Water is just like they say, cold. Took me a minute to warm up to it but eventually did and had a blast. There’s a diving board and shallow and deep ends. Pool floor is very slippery!! They have lifeguards posted all along the pool for safety. There are also restrooms and changing rooms. Really cool place to swim and enjoy. Definitely will visit again when in Austin.

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