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Barton Springs Pool

Address: 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Zilker Park, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)
Phone Number: 512 867-3080
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Ranked #10 of 143 Attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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...
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Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Swimming
Hours:
Thu 5:00 am - 9:00 am
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Wed 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
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.

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Austin, TX
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

The last time we were there, one of us almost fell in we were laughing so hard at some of the antics between some visiting dogs. Relaxing place to spend a couple hours on a hot day. Parking can be a problem though since everyone else will want to relax there also.

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Bastrop, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Been going to this piece of paradise since the 70's the water is always cold and the people watching is the best in the city. It's what makes Austin so special. Get a snow cone and take the train ride. After a long day at Barton a Springs, nothing is better than mexican food and Rita's at The original Chuys... More 

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Philadelphia, PA usa
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

The Barton Springs pool is great! A classic Austin swimming hole. The best place to beat the heat. This natural pool is a must do when in Austin.

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Austin, Texas, USA
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132 reviews 132 reviews
56 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

Barton Springs Pool is great for all ages! It has been loved by Austinites since it was built. It is open year round and one of my daughters likes to swim there on January 1st to greet the new year.

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Houston, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I spent a few hours in the morning in this place and it is so invigorating! You can see swimmers, kids, families... The water is cold, but it was a sunny day and i energized my self in the pool. Was awesome! It is quiet, peaceful. There is a grass where you can lay down and relax. I really recommend... More 

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Austin, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It's free admission Nov-April. Otherwise $3 or locals & $4 for non-locals so it's a bargain. Swim if you don't mind cold water (I don't). It's 66 F. Optimally wear a snorkel or at least swim goggles to see fish & plants. The bottom of the pool is natural but there's concrete around the sides. No chlorine. Great people watching... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A true Austin experience. The water is very very cold year round. The pool is closed on Thursday for cleaning. Even if you are not into swimming in 60 degree water, it's a very cool place to hang out, do some topless sunbathing, and people watch. They do have lifeguards on duty.

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austin, texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My kids love this place. They bring their goggles and follow the fish. On a nice day, it is cold -- but lovely.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I think it was just $4 for non-residents of Austin. Basically, a big natural swimming pool out of Spring Water that's been in use for many years. Pretty neat.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is probably lots of fun in the summer, but when we visited in November, it was fenced off so you couldn't reach the actual pool. Also, looks like they just let the algae grow in there during the winter. There is a building nearby with some exhibits which kids might enjoy for a half hour or so, but don't... More 

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