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Top Places to Take a Splash in Austin

Updated May 2021

Summer means splashing

Whether community pools or natural oases, there are plenty of ways to take a splash and beat the Texas summer heat in and around Austin.

McKinney Falls State Park

Just 13 miles from the state capitol, you can camp, hike, mountain or road bike, geochache, go bouldering and picnic surrounded by rugged beauty. Onion Creek and Williamson Creek are great choices for swimming and fishing. A group hall with kitchen is available to rent for up to 75 people.

McKinney Falls State Park

Deep Eddy Pool

A man-made pool supplied by a natural spring caters to adults and kids alike. In the morning, active patrons swim 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.

Deep Eddy Pool

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Austin is home to several green belts (a term used in urban planning that means 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.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

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 8 AM – 8 PM.

Barton Springs Pool

Archer Hotel Austin's Pool Patio

Never leave the hotel and cool down in a sexy Lone Star adorned splash pool as you snack on small bites from acclaimed Second Bar + Kitchen. Favorites include the succulent buffalo-fried pickles and the meat & cheese board. Or opt for a drink like the Painted Mule, made with Meadow Tea, Ginger Beer, and Tito’s Vodka — crisp, tart and so refreshing.

Archer Hotel Austin Pool Patio

Further-out adventures

Just a short drive away from Austin are gorgeous spots to explore:

  • Hamilton Pool Preserve — Gorgeous and iconic, a natural pool with a 50-foot waterfall, collapsed grotto, canyon and a steep, rugged hiking trail that leads to the pool. (reservations for swimming (maximum of eight people) required).
  • Krause Springs — With 32 natural springs, an awe-inspiring swimming pool, a picturesque waterfall and plenty of opportunities for camping and hiking; listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites.
  • Comal River — A fun day of floating — head to the nearest River Outfitter for a tube, then journey downstream in the refreshing 72-degree river.


Hamilton Pool from qulquefepe on flickr

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