Make a Splash in the Barton Springs Pool

By Wendy Papasan | Things to Do in Austin

May 24

Texas summers are filled with sunshine under vast blue skies and the days heat up very quickly after sunrise. As residents know, daytime temperatures in the 90’s are quite normal and the heat can climb over 100 degrees many days per year. Residents here are always on the lookout for great ways to beat the well-known Texas heat, and Austin’s Zilker Park has just the answer. At the Barton Springs Pool, in Austin, Texas, people from all walks of life can keep cool even at the height of summer.

Barton Springs Pool in Austin TX

Barton Springs Pool is an acres long pool, which is actually more reminiscent of a river. With grassy hills and sidewalks surrounding the pool, this area has a lovely park-like feel. Residents can swim, practice yoga, take a walk, tan, read a book or any number of other relaxing recreational activities around Barton Springs Pool. This classic watering hole is fed from the fourth largest spring in Texas, the Barton Springs. Being spring-fed, the pool stays cool with a consistent temperature between 68 and 70 degrees all year long. The pool is open 5am to 10pm, every day except Thursday – for cleaning – from March through September. The water of the pool is deep – up to 18 feet deep in some areas – and is a refreshing way to take the edge off the Texas heat.

This inexpensive Austin attraction brings together a diverse group of residents and visitors each year. Those looking to cool off this summer should most certainly pay a visit to the Barton Springs Pool at Zilker Park.

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