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7 Swimming Holes in Texas You Need To Cool Off In This Summer

If you’ve spent time in the Lone Star State, you know how hot the summers can be. Native Texans and tourists alike know that cooling off in a swimming hole is a Texas right of passage and one of the best ways to beat the heat. From lakes and rivers and down to the ocean, you will find many great places to cool off in Texas this summer. Here is a list of our top natural places to get cool.

Blue Hole, Wimberley Blue Hole, Wimberley
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Blue Hole, Wimberley

Blue Hole is a secluded escape that you simply must see. Its peaceful beauty was saved from development by the dedicated community, so remember to keep it clean! Keep in mind reservations are required for the swimming area, and there is an admission fee.

Barton Springs Pool, Austin Barton Springs Pool
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Barton Springs Pool, Austin

Touted as one of the “crown jewels of Austin,” Barton Springs Pool is three acres in size and is spring-fed from underground. It averages a cool 70 degrees annually. It’s a popular spot with about 800,000 annual visitors.

Devil's Waterhole, Burnet Devil's Waterhole, Texas
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Devil's Waterhole, Burnet

Devil’s Waterhole, located in Inks Lake State Park, is especially appealing if you want to give cliff jumping a try. The deepwater is surrounded by massive boulders from which daring visitors jump into the cool waters below.

Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale Balmorhea State Park
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Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale

Balmorhea State Park is the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. It is a popular spot not only for your average swimmer but divers as well. There is no park entry fee for children 12 and under, and there are picnic sites and outdoor play areas as well.

Krause Springs, Spicewood Krause Springs
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Krause Springs, Spicewood

Founded in 1955, Krause Springs is a popular privately owned spot for locals to take a dip in Texas’ natural beauty. With 32 springs on-site, it’s easy to see why it’s a top spot for camping.

McKinney Falls State Park, Austin McKinney Falls
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McKinney Falls State Park, Austin

Located through the Hill Country woods, this secluded swimming hole embodies the true beauty of Texas nature. Located just 13 miles from the state capitol, there’s plenty to do at this park after you decide to hop out of the water.

City Tube Chute, New Braunfels City Tube Chute
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City Tube Chute, New Braunfels

This chute is a water slide carved into the New Braunfels city dam on the Comal River. It sends tubers around the dam as they float down to a refreshing pool.

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