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Barton Springs Pool

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Neighborhood: South Austin
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Address: 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Zilker Park, Austin, TX 78746-5736
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+1 512-867-3080
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5:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Thu 5:00 am - 9:00 am
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Fri - Wed 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Over the years, people have come to this 1,000 foot long natural limestone...

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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We just happened upon this nature/man made part of Zilker Park. What a delightful surprise! Neat history and learning about the plans to continue to retain its mostly natural... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We just happened upon this nature/man made part of Zilker Park. What a delightful surprise! Neat history and learning about the plans to continue to retain its mostly natural state was impressive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The water was cold but feels good in the July heat. Make sure to wear swim shoes because the pool is slimy from the natural algae that grows. Also get there early if you want a good spot under a tree.

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Chewelah, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to see a local landmark, you have to visit this wonderful swimming hole that the locals love. Just make sure to be ready to lose your breath as the water is very chilly!!

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Austin, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The pool used to be "the" Austin attraction, swimming all year long in a natural environment. Sounds great. But then: Growth kicked in and population multiplied, now run-offs from over-development often closes the pool due to toxic levels, often overcrowded (completely un-useable during weekends). And there is always construction going on around the pool. More and more of Austin get... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really beautiful outdoor pool located along the Town Lake trail. The water was a little dirty in the lap lanes (from leaves, not people) and the water was absolutely freezing cold, otherwise I would give it a 5 rating. The pool is fed from an underground spring so it stays about 68 degrees year round. Not ideal... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The time we visited there it was the time for regular cleaning and pool were closed. But still we enjoyed taking photos and watching around.

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Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yes the water is chilly even in July, but it's a great thing to do with out of town guests. Get there early as parking can be a nightmare. We were told different rules with each lifeguard, so you just have to figure it out or get the whistle blown at you a few times. No food or glass drink... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here thinking we were taking the kids to the park. We didn't realize this place had so much to offer! They have a train ride for the kids, a good size park and of course the pool. I didn't swim due to the outside temp, but the water was amazing. It was 70 degrees but nice and warm.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Barton Springs, often referred to as "The Soul of Austin". Great place to experience the magic that brings so many visitors to Austin.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited it with my wife during Christmas. Beautiful location and great temperature in the water. I just wish I brought my bathing shorts.

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