There's no better place to start the day, finish a workout, warm up, cool down or just plain refresh yourself than at Barton Springs Pool.
What Makes It Great
Cool 68-degree springs from Edward’s Aquifer are pumped into the natural-bottom pool, which has been dammed at both ends to create a 200-yard-long swimming paradise. With green hillsides for relaxing and sunbathing, the pool can get quite crowded on hot days. However, it also opens at 5 a.m. if you want to beat the crowd for an open-water swim workout.
Who is Going to Love It
Don’t miss the chance to refresh yourself here! Native Americans thought the springs had healing powers, and the site has been Austin's best place to cool off and relax for hundreds – even thousands – of years.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Right in the heart of Zilker Park, the springs are easily accessible from downtown, the Hike and Bike Trail, and from the Barton Creek Greenbelt trail entrance.
Admission is charged from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., but the pool is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.* ($1 for seniors and kids 1-11, $2 for kids 12-17, and $3 for adults). Zilker Park also charges $5 for parking on summer weekends and holidays.