It’s no surprise that Texas is home to some of the hottest temperatures in the US; in fact during the summer months temps can easily hit over 100 °F! Looking for places to cool off in the great city of Austin? Well look no further! Thanks to Mother Nature, Austin is home to numerous natural swimming holes that are sure to provide fun memories for all your family and friends! Today, we’re telling y’all about our favorite swimming spots in town.
Looking for a fun swimming AND camping site? Krause Springs is the place for you! This beautiful site is located approximately 30 miles west of Austin, and has been privately owned by the Krause family for over 50 years. On the property there are 32 springs that feed into both a manmade and natural pool. Camp out after a refreshing swim in the primitive tent camping area or in one of the 24 RV sites! Krause is open from 9am-9pm daily so stop by whenever you like!
Barton Springs Pool
This swimming pool is one of Austin’s most famous sites, and it’s just minutes from downtown! Located within Zilker Park, Barton Springs is the ideal place to cool down and hangout. The pool is fed from underground springs, and maintains a cool temperature all year round! Depths range from 0’-18’, and the pool itself is surrounded by grassy areas for locals to relax. Every Thursday, the pool is closed from 9a-7p for an intense cleaning process that allows both the guests and wildlife to enjoy. Come visit Barton Springs, and learn the history of the great aquifer.
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The shaded swimming spot of Blue Hole is the perfect place for you to sit back and relax. From rope swings to crystal-clear waters, this swimming hole is ideal for those looking to cool-off with the family. The City of Wimberley has made a conscious effort to protect Blue Hole from residential development and preserve it for future generations. Just drive 45 minutes south of Austin to enjoy this wonderful destination!
Barton Creek Greenbelt
After a nice hike at the trailhead at Zilker Park, take a dip by the Barton Creek Greenbelt! This destination not only offers a swimming spot, but you can also enjoy rock-climbing, biking, and 12 miles of hiking trails. Discover the hidden gems of the Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls; some of the best local watering holes in Austin. You can sit along the rocks in the creek or carefully climb along the falls. However way you want to explore, Barton Creek Greenbelt has plenty to offer!
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Jacob’s Well Natural Area
Last but definitely not least we have the underwater cave of Jacob’s Well. This site is considered one of Texas’ most significant natural geologic areas. Just 40 minutes outside of Austin, Jacob’s Wells offers both clear waters and rocky ledges to lounge upon. Swimming and visiting hours are limited, so make sure you make a reservation or click here to learn more about admission into this famous artesian spring.
We hope you consider visiting some of these glorious swimming spots the great city of Austin has to offer!