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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” (173 reviews)
“cold water” (133 reviews)
“natural pool” (78 reviews)
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2201 Barton Springs Rd, Zilker Park, Austin, TX 78746-5736
South Austin
+1 512-867-3080
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Water was cold, but the biggeat drawback was the necessity of water shoes. We didn't have any and only stayed about 30 min. Will visit again and bring shoes!

Thank Amy L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful place to go and layout on the grass. The water is 68 degrees and freezing. I almost didn't want to go when I read about the cold water. I enjoyed it for about an hour and then couldn't take it anymore. Everyone was hesitant...More

Thank Jenny27777
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited here during July when in was over 100. The water is very chilly but felt refreshing on such a hot day. We are not locals of Austin so it costs $8 per person and parking on certain days. Neat place to see. Something...More

Thank Jarrid M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My favorite place in Austin during summer. Relax on the grassy knoll, take a chilling swim, or plunge from the diving board. Great place for all ages!

1  Thank Jamie R
Reviewed 3 days ago

Barton Springs Pool is a great place to cool down on a hot summer day. Since the pool is fed by a cool spring, it's a constant 68 degrees, which is really chilly, but feels great on a hot day. If you plan on wading...More

1  Thank Donna B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Where else can you swim outside year around in Texas? Even if you don't swim, Barton Springs is worth visiting just to check out the natural spring pool. The facilities are well run and the area is beautiful on the edge of Zilker park. You...More

Thank AustinEEE
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went to the paid section. Even though it was a very busy day, we easily found a spot to settle and leave our belongings while we enjoyed the pool. The water is cool and refreshing; such a nice break from the heat. Paid vs....More

1  Thank Jeneric94
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great way to cool off in the Texas heat. Lots of space to lay out, and the water is perfectly cold. Wide diversity of people, some call it the heart of "Keep Austin Weird". Awesome place to relax and enjoy nature. Did see some topless...More

Thank Emily U
Reviewed 1 week ago

I paid to enter the swim area on this visit and it was packed, but we did find a shaded spot under the tree..... WATER is cold.......even when it was HOT out, the water was still cold....BUT its refreshing..... I would visit again, and recommend...More

Thank Curtis J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delightful, unspoilt & natural setting. Lots of space on the (steep) opposite bank for sunbathing & shady trees too. Water is refreshingly cold, a bit of a shock when sundrenched, but fine if you keep moving. Discovered reasonable showers & changing rooms inside, so no...More

Thank Octarine2013
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Celeste D
25 July 2017|
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Response from Kat V | Reviewed this property |
There is a main parking lot outside of the Main Gate. The website has more information if you need specific directions. Parking is free and first-come-first-serve.
19 July 2017|
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Response from Octarine2013 | Reviewed this property |
No food permitted. We had water which we got away with. Floats are fine.
Laura R
30 June 2017|
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Response from Phil F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are self service parking payment systems in the lots. You can take your own chair if you are going to use it on the south side of Barton Springs pool.