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Barton Springs Pool

2201 Barton Springs Rd, Zilker Park, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)
512 867-3080
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Ranked #13 of 180 attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bodies of Water, Hot Springs/ Geysers
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Swimming
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Best place to chill-out in Austin (68 degrees!). But really, don't go. It's getting too crowded. It's rejuvenating and magical.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Not sure what I expected, I was thinking serpentine in Hyde park rather than giant outdoor pool but that is really what it is though fed through a natural spring and rocky at the shallow end. The water is cold (fine once you're moving) and a little green, really pleasant atmosphere no food, pets, music etc and lots of very... More

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Houston, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I have to be careful when dipping my toes in any body of water that is not my tub. The temp of this water (68 degrees) keeps organisms from growing....so, I am clear to play in it! Bring cash, as it is $5 to park and $12 an hour for a canoe, kayak, or stand up board...and they only take... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited here with our 3 year old. The temperature was 42+c which is about a b'zillion degrees f. (100+). The water was just the right temperature and really did cool the body nicely. The shallow end of the creek was perfect for the three year old and whilst there was a little weed in the water it was lovely... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Interesting and different. This is not a pool but a small lake that is fed from beneath by springs...it is cold no matter what time of year..even in summer the water is still around 50 degrees or so. We came in August and it was 100 degrees and the water was cold! But it is full of people having a... More

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Lewisville, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was my first time visiting Austin for pleasure. I went on several tours and this place kept coming up. My friend and I decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed the atmosphere! The water was super cold and I couldn't bring myself to get all the way in. I will be back and the next time I'll... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

REALLY COLD water. And it's so clear and pretty. I haven't been there in a really long time but when I did it was really fun.

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dublin, ca
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

There's a lot of people. Cheap entrance and lots of parking. Clean and fun! I did not swim but we did watch a lot of swimmers doing their olympic dives :).

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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The temperature was nice during the 90 degree weather, but the smell reminded all of us of a zoo. Give me a northside beach in Dennis, MA any day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My best friend and I checked out this spot while in Austin this past weekend. What an unexpected little treasure. Very cool...will definitely visit again.

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