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Barton Springs Pool

2201 Barton Springs Rd, Zilker Park, Austin, TX 78746-5736
+1 512-867-3080
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Over the years, people have come to this 1,000 foot long natural limestone pool, fed by several underground springs, for everything from fishing and swimming to baptisms and beauty pageants.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“diving board” (188 reviews)
“cold water” (147 reviews)
“natural pool” (85 reviews)
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2201 Barton Springs Rd, Zilker Park, Austin, TX 78746-5736
South Austin
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+1 512-867-3080
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"diving board"
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"cold water"
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"natural pool"
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"natural spring"
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"spring fed"
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"year round"
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"swimming hole"
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"shallow end"
in 38 reviews
"cool off"
in 81 reviews
"hot summer day"
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"non residents"
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"pool area"
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"spring pool"
in 23 reviews
"hot texas"
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"water shoes"
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"entrance fee"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

On an 84° day, a swim here is “bracing” but there is plenty of room in the sun and shade to relax. The history of the place is fascinating. It does cost $8 for adult non-residents.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The pool is actually a spring fed river that is used for swimming. Everyone found it fun and clean. I would do this again and again/

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I'd go early to avoid the lines getting in when the Texas Summer hits. It's a natural spring so the bottom isn't paved like a swimming pool. If you're uncomfortable with algae or worried about the rock on the bottom, I'd wear some swimming shoes/sandals.

Thank Gilmore99
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A bit cold year round (I hear), but we had a great time alternating from sun bathing to swimming. The people watching was amazing. When swimming, there is a bit of a current, which is great to swim with/against.

Thank TheJimmyco
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Barton Springs was chilly on an early Spring day - but no colder than a New England beach in August! The pool is enormous and the surroundings very pretty. The bathhouse is usable, but bare bones. There is no food or drink permitted in the...More

Thank KSfamily00
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a natural spring fed swimming pool maintained by the city of Austin. It's a wonderful place to cool off in the heat of the summer or to take the polar plunge on January 1st!

Thank Sharmhaynes
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're visiting you kinda have to do this. Take the plunge into the delightfully chilly waters and sunbathe whilst doing some grade A people watching. During the blazing hot days of summer is usually best.

Thank Leila F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect spot to relax through the day. Lots of good little reading spots. Make sure to check out the diving board as well for some extra fun.

Thank LukeHindson
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fun way to spend an afternoon but I would not go out of my way to do it again. Seemed like everyone recommended going here, I would have been fine staying at the pool in our hotel.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An almost natural pool in the middle of Zilker park, went there with my gf before going to ACL, best thing to do in a hot day, the water is cold and refreshing and very clean, go early to avoid crowds,

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stvwilkes
2 April 2018|
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Response from C S | Reviewed this property |
There is a great open area to the left of the official pool - great for swimming, picnicking, etc. The only disadvantage is not having a bathroom handy, but since we were there for a short time, it was no problem for us! I... More
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Monica W
15 March 2018|
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Response from Klevrgirl | Reviewed this property |
There was a food truck of some sort that we saw but did not visit. Hope that helps!
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6 January 2018|
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Response from markcohen2017 | Reviewed this property |
It is on riverside drive across from Palmer audistorium near congress
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