Middle of summer in Austin, Texas and it is HOT out. So when it comes to beating the heat what can we all do? Well there are lots of options, but none quite so refreshing as a dip in the famous Barton Springs. Whether you choose to hang on the natural side or the municipal pool, Barton Springs is the perfect place to chill all day long, and the water is always at a perfect temperature.
Hours & Tickets
Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Barton Springs Pool is open from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm every day, except Mondays and Thursdays for cleaning. Being a natural spring, the water remains between 68 and 74 degrees all year, so yes — as crazy as it sounds — people swim here in the middle of winter. We’d recommend parking in the parking lots off Azie Morton Rd, but be aware, it can get busy. Passes for resident adults are $5, while visitors to Austin are $9; for juniors and children, it’ll be $3 and $2 respectively — with nonresident prices being $2 more.
When to go?
The “best” time to go depends a lot on preference, generally going in the mid-to-late afternoon is most popular. Tuesday and Wednesday are the least busy days overall, while Friday, Saturday, and Sunday tend to be pretty poppin. Regardless of day, the early mornings and late evenings (5:00-8:00 am and 9:00-10:00 pm) are usually pretty dead, as these are also unsupervised swimming times.
What You’ll Need
Food is not allowed in the pool area, but you can — and should! — bring lots of water or other drinks in resealable containers (no glass!). There is shade but it doesn’t cover the pool, so you’ll definitely want to bring lots of sunscreen. We’d also recommend bringing towels or yoga mats for lounging poolside in the grass. The bottom of the pool is all natural, meaning lots of rocks and slippery algae, so many people also bring water shoes for extra comfort.
Where to Eat & Drink
When you’ve had enough of swimming and lounging by the pool, it’ll probably be time for some food — and possibly a few drinks. All down Barton Springs Road, there are tons of options. You can grab some margs from Chuy’s, cider from Austin Eastciders, hit up The Picnic (a food truck park), and grab some Thai ice cream from Holla Mode. You’ll also be right next to Zilker Park, which is a great place to hang out and play games!