Summer means splashing.
From community pools to natural oasis’, there are plenty of ways to take a splash and beat the Texas summer heat in and around Austin.
A short drive from Austin you’ll find Krause Springs with 32-natural springs, an awe-inspiring swimming pool and a picturesque waterfall. This massive property is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites and also offers plentiful opportunity for camping, hiking and all-around sightseeing.
Deep Eddy Pool
A man-made pool supplied by a natural spring caters to adults and kids alike. In the morning, you will find active patrons swimming laps before the day begins. Come afternoon, the pool is full of kids soaking up the summer sun. Be sure to check out their Splash Party Movie Nights featuring a family-friendly film on an inflatable movie screen.
Barton Creek Greenbelt
Austin is home to several green belts (a term used in urban planning meaning it’s off-limits to development), but the most loved is Barton Creek. “The Greenbelt” as locals know it, is home to plunging hillsides with hidden pools and creeks for swimming and exploring. The limestone cliffs typically keep the waters serene and clear.
Put on your favorite swimsuit and lots of sunscreen and head to the nearest River Outfitter for a fun day of floating. There, they will hook you up with a tube and start your journey downstream in the refreshing 72-degree river. For those 21+ leave your cans at home, but bring your favorite mini-keg if you’d like a little adult refreshment while enjoying the great outdoors.
Barton Springs Pool
This 70-degree watering hole, a 3-acre pool entirely fed by natural underground springs, is ideal for year-round swimming but perfect for the sweltering summer. Save your cash by waking early as admission is only charged from 8 am to 8 pm.
Archer Hotel Austin's Pool Patio
Never leave the hotel and cool down in a sexy Lonestar adorned splash pool as you snack on small-bites from acclaimed Second Bar + Kitchen. Favorites include the succulent deep-fried olives and cheesy, grilled mushroom skewers. Or, opt for a drink like the Painted Mule, made with Meadow Tea, Ginger Beer, and Tito’s Vodka—crisp, tart and oh so refreshing.