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Any Austinite will tell you that Barton Springs Pool is a refreshing way to escape the Texas summer heat. Barton Springs Pool is situated on Zilker Park’s expansive 358-acre campus. Unlike many Texas treasures, Barton Springs Pool is not a best-kept secret. This pool, which is fed from natural springs, has been a popular spot for residents and travelers alike since the 1800s.
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The thing that makes Barton Springs Pool unique is the fact that it remains 68 degrees Fahrenheit year round. It is fed from an underground spring, known as Main Barton Spring, which just so happens to be the fourth largest underground spring in the entire state of Texas.
Expect clear blue waters, a diving board, a lifeguard during main hours and grassy and shady areas for lounging when you visit Barton Springs Pool. Since it is located in downtown Austin, Barton Springs Pool is accessible for visitors and residents without even leaving the city limits. Now this pool does get extremely busy during the summer, especially on the weekends. However since the pool is three acres in size, there is sure to be enough space in the water to accommodate all visitors.
Do keep in mind that Barton Springs Pool is closed every Thursday during main hours for cleaning. Cleaning this natural pool is a way to maintain the pool for both humans and wildlife. The pool, and connecting springs, is home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander. Therefore Barton Springs Pool is actually known as a federally-protected wildlife habitat.
When it comes to visiting the pool, there are a few easy rules to follow and an affordable entrance fee, which differs for residents and nonresidents. Refrain from smoking, bringing coolers, glass, food and alcohol, and leave frisbees, footballs and soccer balls at home.
The next time you’re in Austin, visit this natural gem that has become a respected swimming hole over the years. Austinites, tourists and wildlife all enjoy Barton Springs Pool.
Barton Springs Pool Information:
- Address: 2201 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704
- Phone: 512-867-3080
- Hours: Open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. except Thursdays when its closed for cleaning from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Prices: Fees are charged from May 1st to late September. No fee is charged from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fees are as follows: Free for children under one year old, for children one to 11 residents pay $1 and nonresidents pay $3, for ages 12 to 17 residents pay $2 and nonresidents pay $4, for adults from 18 to 62 residents pay $3 and nonresidents pay $8, for seniors from 62 years old and older residents pay $1 and nonresidents pay $4. Seniors over the age of 80 are free. Veterans pay only $1.