The water that bubbles up from artesian springs into this pool at Zilker Park has drawn people together long before Austin was a city. Today lots of folks who are looking to get a break from Texas summer heat dive in to the water that stays about 68 degrees all year long. An afternoon of people watching here is not a bad idea, but a dip in the morning will give you a true immersion into the soul of Austin. A classmate and I would regularly go to Barton Springs on Friday mornings as the sun was starting to rise. (Entry is free before 8:00 am) There, we would join locals who trekked to the springs in swimsuits and bathrobes. Occasionally, ducks and other water fowl would join us for a few laps among the rock outcrops and Barton Springs salamanders. As the sun glinted off the glass buildings downtown, we were surrounded by an authentic Texas Hill Country experience.

J. Clarkson

Barton Springs Pool is a recreational outdoor swimming pool that is filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs. It is located on the grounds of Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.

Address: 2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746


Monday 5AM–10PM

Tuesday 5AM–10PM

Wednesday 5AM–10PM

Thursday 5–9AM, 7–10PM

Friday 5AM–10PM

Saturday 5AM–10PM

Sunday 5AM–10PM

Phone: (512) 974-6300

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J. Clarkson

Priest-In-Charge, Calvary Episcopal Church, Fletcher NC
Southwest Alum, MDiv, 2017