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Texas has a number of alluring watering holes but no watering hole in the Lone Star State is as crystal clear and blue as the Blue Lagoon. This beautiful oasis is Texas’ premier scuba diving spot due to its clear, deep waters. Swimming in the water here will make you think you’re in a tropical paradise.
Visiting Blue Lagoon
Located five miles north of Huntsville, about an hour and a half north of Houston, the Blue Lagoon is one of the most beautiful swimming spots in the Lone Star State. There are two crystal clear pools known as the Blue Lagoon. These pools were created from two former limestone quarries. The blue-green water here has high visibility, perfect for swimming and scuba diving. With its crystal clear blue waters, the Blue Lagoon looks like it belongs in a tropical location. However, this swimming hole isn’t teeming with life as a tropical swimming hole typically is. The Blue Lagoon lacks aquatic life. Only one species lives in the waters here, the dragonfly nymph, which resembles a shrimp.
While the water may remind you of a tropical paradise, the secluded Blue Lagoon will deliver the ultimate relaxation you crave with the surrounding limestone walls and pine tree-lined beaches that make it feel like a private escape. It’s the perfect place to escape the Texas heat! A visit to the Blue Lagoon should be cherished because it caps the number of people allowed in at once. This swimming hole opens up at noon on the weekends for non-divers, so you should come early to ensure a spot at this coveted spring-fed lagoon. If you are available, visit during the weekdays to enjoy the water without the crowds.
Know Before You Go
In addition to a limited number of swimmers allowed each day, no pets are allowed at the lagoon, and you’ll want to be sure to bring your ID, as anyone under 18 must have a scuba instructor or parent/guardian with them. While this scenic spot is an excellent place for a picnic, the lagoon does not have barbecue grills onsite, but you’re welcome to bring your own, according to the lagoon’s website. Please just be sure to pick up after yourself and leave no trace so this fantastic place remains beautiful. Since the Blue Lagoon is a popular destination for divers, it is the perfect spot to bring your diving gear or rent it on-site. Remember that anyone who wants to dive should have a scuba diving license. Texan Scuba teaches weekend and weekday classes here if you’re interested in learning how to scuba dive.
Amidst pine trees and surrounded by limestone rock, the Blue Lagoon is truly a unique place found in the piney woods of East Texas. Open from April to September, the Blue Lagoon is sure to be your next favorite swimming hole in the Lone Star State. This underrated swimming hole does require an admittance fee of $25 per diver, $30 per non-diver, and $10 for children 9 and under.