Best Places to Swim in Austin

Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 4:29pm.

Best Places to Swim in Austin

Barton Springs Pool in Austin. Photo courtesy of David Brooks.

Nothing beats summertime in Austin. When temperatures start to creep into the 90s, there's no better way to beat the summer heat than by taking a dip in one of Austin's natural swimming holes. If you're looking for a great spot to cool off this summer, check out our list of the best places to swim in the Austin area. You'll find remote locales such as Lake Georgetown and Pace Bend Park on our list, as well as popular spots like Barton Springs Pool and Westlake Beach on Lake Austin. Several of the parks on our list are also great spots for camping, so be sure to check out each location's website for more details.

Here are some of the best places to swim in the Austin area:

Name   Location / Hours
Website Admission
Barton Springs Pool   2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin / 7 days a week, 5 am to 10 pm between April 21 and Oct 31 austintexas.gov
Seniors,children age 1–11: $1
Kids age 12-17: $2
Adults 18-62: $3
Infants: Free
Big Stacy Pool   700 East Live Oak, Austin / Open Daily from June to September 30, 10 am – 8 pm, (hours vary) austintexas.gov No charge 
Blue Hole in Wimberley
  100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley / Open weekends only May and September, Open daily Memorial Day – Labor Day, Monday- Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm www.friendsofbluehole.org
Children age 0 -3: Free
Kids 4 -12 and Seniors (60+): $5 Adults 13-59: $9
Deep Eddy Pool   401 Deep Eddy Drive, Austin / Open Daily 10 am – 8 pm between April 8 and Oct 31 austintexas.gov
Seniors and children age 1 – 11: $1
Kids age 12-17: $2
Adults 18-62: $3
Infants: Free
Emma Long Metropolitan Park   1600 City Park Road, Austin / Open daily from 7 am – 10 pm austinparks.org
Monday - Thursday: $5
Friday - Sunday: $10
Hamilton Pool

 

24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs / Open daily 9 am – 6 pm parks.traviscountytx.gov
$15 per vehicle
$8 per bicyclist and pedestrian
Hippie Hollow   7000 Comanche Trail, Austin / Open daily from 9 am to sundown www.hippiehollow.com Ages 18+ ONLY: $10 plus $5 per vehicle 
Jacob's Well   221 Woodacre Drive, Wimberley / Open daily from 9 am – 9 pm www.co.hays.tx.us No charge 
Krause Springs
  404 Krause Spring Road, Spicewood / Open daily 9 am – 9 pm (office hours) http://krausesprings.net/
Kids under 4 years: Free
Kids age 4-11: $5 Adults 12+: $7
Lake Bastrop   FM 1441, Bastrop / Open daily from sunrise to sunset www.lcra.org
Kids 12 and under: Free
Adults 13+: $5, Seniors 65+, Military and Disabled: $2
Lake Georgetown   Russell Park Swim Beach in Georgetown / Open daily from 6 am to sunset from April 1 to September 30 www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil $4 per vehicle 
McKinney Falls State Park    5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin / Open Daily from 8 am – 10 pm  www.tpwd.state.tx.us 
Kids 12 and under: Free
Adults 12+: $6
Pace Bend Park   2011 N Pace Bend Road, Spicewood / Open daily from sunrise to sunset parks.traviscountytx.gov $10 per vehicle 
Pedernales Falls State Park   2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City / Open daily during daylight hours www.tpwd.state.tx.us
Kids 12 and under: Free
Adults 12+: $6
Reimer's Ranch   23610 Hamilton Road, Dripping Springs / Open daily from 8 am - sundown parks.traviscountytx.gov $10 per vehicle 
Rio Vista
  601 Cheatham Street, San Marcos / Open daily during daylight hours www.toursanmarcos.com No charge
Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls
  3900 S Mopac, Austin / Open daily during daylight hours www.austinparks.org No charge
Westlake Beach
  2509 West Lake Drive, Austin / Open Saturday 10 am – 7 pm and Sunday 11 am – 7 pm www.westlakebeach.com
Kids 11 and under: $5
Adults 12+: $8

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