Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Pool
4.5
Bodies of WaterHot Springs & Geysers
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 9:00 AM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Pull off a cannonball jump at this three-acre swimming pool in Zilker Park. Fed by natural underground springs with an average temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, this limestone pool is a lovely respite from the scorching Texan summers. Switch between tanning on the lawns and swimming in the chilly waters. Plan your visit though as admission is only free in the early morning and late at night. Nominal fees are collected in between. The pool is closed for cleaning on some days, so it’s best to check ahead. Visit on weekdays for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, Illinois8,761 contributions
    Have you seen a salamander in the pool?
    It isn't the Gulf of Mexico, whose salt waters can reach 94 degrees in temperature in the summer, or Lake Michigan, which rarely rises above a chilly 50 degrees. The temperature of the Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Texas, hovers between 68 degrees and 74 degrees year round. Which feels awfully good in January and February. Located at 2201 Barton Springs Road in Austin's Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is a recreational outdoor swimming pool that is filled entirely with fresh water from nearby natural springs. It exists within the channel of Barton Creek and utilizes water from Main Barton Spring, the fourth largest spring in Texas. At one time, the springs were considered sacred and were used for purification rituals by the Tonkawa Native American tribe which inhabited the area. Spanish explorers first discovered the springs in the 17th century and erected temporary missions at the site around 1730 before moving on to San Antonio. The pool is usually open to the public from 5 a.m. top 10 p.m. daily. It is surrounded by grassy slopes and beautiful trees with plenty of shade. An environmental issue involving the springs and the pool emerged with the discovery of the Barton Springs salamander, a federally listed endangered or threatened species which only exists in the pool and a few surrounding environs. After some debate, which included studies by the city of Austin, agencies of the state of Texas and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it was determined that swimmers and salamanders could co-exist.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Kristin K
    San Diego, California30 contributions
    Stunning Spot and All Natural
    We were unprepared for the beauty of this completely stunning, natural pool. It is something we had never seen before and probably never will again. A definite "don't miss" in Austin - even if you're not into swimming, I'd still recommend going to visit it.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 21, 2023
  • Elizabeth E
    9 contributions
    Amazing Experience
    I was blown away by the Barton Springs Pool! I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s beautiful and such a unique experience within an urban environment. It was cold, but the temps were welcome during our hot trip in mid-July. It’s clean, it’s safe, and it’s inexpensive. This was the highlight of my trip to Austin!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 21, 2023
  • maggiet0813
    Katy, Texas2,872 contributions
    Wonderful experience
    Hot day of about 100+ degrees, where do you take family who’s visiting Austin for the first time? Barton Springs. It was a great experience except parking was very hard to find. It was packed, however, in the pool there was plenty of space. Warning the water is definitely cold - 68-70 degrees year round. The bottom is natural rock formations and sometimes slippery so you might want to take water shoes.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia1,688 contributions
    Refreshing natural spring pool
    Barton Springs Pool is a cement pool deck shaped around the natural springs that fill it. It’s a very large pool, about 300 yards long and 50 yards wide. The water is about 70 degrees, which is a bit chilly initially, but on a hot August day after a minute or two, it’s delightful, especially because the spring water smells/tastes pure, unlike a chlorinated pool or lake/ocean. The bottom of the pool is rocky and is apparently home to salamanders. It varies between a few inches and 20 feet deep at one point where there is a diving board. This Pool gets crowded. I was glad I swam early in the morning, but there were dozens of people here even at 6 am on a weekday.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Jeffrey H
    Houston, Texas38 contributions
    Delightful, unique swim experience
    Middle of August in Austin 110 degrees or so in the afternoon…..Imbthinking mid-70’s at Barton Springs in the water. Walked about 2 miles from downtown sweating my tuchus off. Got in the water and it was glorious; refreshing, clean and uncrowned at 9AM on a Saturday morning. Got in the middle of the pool and swam uninterrupted from one end to the other. Bring googles if you want to see the water is murky. Also brought my center snorkle and it was just so peaceful remaining under water for most of my time there. Locker room was more than adequate; bring your own lock they are not provided. Left around 11 and was getting very crowded and the parking lot was almost full and cara were staring to line up. If your downtown recommend hopping on the 30 bus it will take you right to the entrance of the park. Loved it and will get back here as much as possible when visiting.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Charlotte Rosie
    Amsterdam, New York5 contributions
    Barton Springs Pool in Austin offers a serene oasis in the heart of the city.
    Visiting Barton Springs Pool in Austin was a refreshing and rejuvenating experience in the heart of the city. The pool’s natural spring water and lush surroundings create a serene oasis perfect for relaxation and outdoor enjoyment. The crystal-clear waters and the expansive pool area offer plenty of space for swimming and sunbathing. The pool’s constant temperature of around 68 degrees Fahrenheit provides a cool respite during hot Texas summers. The shady areas and the beautiful landscape make it an ideal spot for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. Barton Springs Pool is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts, families, and anyone looking to escape the city heat while enjoying the beauty of Austin’s natural springs.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 19, 2023
  • Castle88
    Holmdel, New Jersey237 contributions
    Refreshing on a hot day
    We came here on a hot September afternoon around 5 pm, there were less crowd and the water still refreshing. We are from the north east and we did not bought our water shoes with us. Please be careful if you walking in the water with bare feets, they are very slippery.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 2, 2023
  • The Howards
    Cedarburg, Wisconsin119 contributions
    Healthy & Refreshing Gem within walk/bike of downtown Urban Austin
    OUTSTANDING GEM directly within walk/bike of Urban Austin. Our whole family of kids and Mom/Dad appreciated going for a swim/walk in a clean/safe wonderfully refreshing outdoor healthy area. Staff was very professional and also helpful. Thanks Austin :-)
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Ars Novae
    9 contributions
    #adoptaxolotl
    Great place to get in natural water and possibly the most living public spring fed pool in the contiguous states. 《《《☆》》》 Why is Texas still accepting federal funds? Toll roads would pay more if texas nationalized. Protect the aquifer. Plant prickly pear and start a sugar industry. "Hard times create strong men." {That is, Strong men survive hard times.}
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 6, 2024
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drmader
Orinda, CA2,178 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Wonderful natural feeling pool area w ample parking, city views, clear water , easy steps and changing areas .
So crowded in summer but you can scone year round . We like coming here when it’s quieter during week. Water is amazingly clean and warm
Written February 12, 2024
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Ars Novae
9 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Great place to get in natural water and possibly the most living public spring fed pool in the contiguous states. 《《《☆》》》
Why is Texas still accepting federal funds?
Toll roads would pay more if texas nationalized.
Protect the aquifer. Plant prickly pear and start a sugar industry. "Hard times create strong men." {That is, Strong men survive hard times.}
Written February 7, 2024
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MNUSDK
Europe1,975 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
What an amazing place! I was blown away by the cozy environment around the park, natural swimming pool, friends catching up, couples eating out. Love it!
Written February 6, 2024
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Hui L
Austin, TX312 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
Either the Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 1st or in the 110 degree Texas sunshine, Barton Spring always draws an interesting group of Austinites.
Written December 10, 2023
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The Howards
Cedarburg, WI119 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
OUTSTANDING GEM directly within walk/bike of Urban Austin. Our whole family of kids and Mom/Dad appreciated going for a swim/walk in a clean/safe wonderfully refreshing outdoor healthy area. Staff was very professional and also helpful. Thanks Austin :-)
Written November 26, 2023
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gaz116116
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great time good service top class man couldn't enough made our time a pleasurable e xperince ....top class worker thank you
Written November 10, 2023
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Castle88
Holmdel, NJ237 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
We came here on a hot September afternoon around 5 pm, there were less crowd and the water still refreshing. We are from the north east and we did not bought our water shoes with us. Please be careful if you walking in the water with bare feets, they are very slippery.
Written October 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Charlotte Rosie
Amsterdam, NY5 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Visiting Barton Springs Pool in Austin was a refreshing and rejuvenating experience in the heart of the city. The pool’s natural spring water and lush surroundings create a serene oasis perfect for relaxation and outdoor enjoyment. The crystal-clear waters and the expansive pool area offer plenty of space for swimming and sunbathing. The pool’s constant temperature of around 68 degrees Fahrenheit provides a cool respite during hot Texas summers. The shady areas and the beautiful landscape make it an ideal spot for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. Barton Springs Pool is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts, families, and anyone looking to escape the city heat while enjoying the beauty of Austin’s natural springs.
Written September 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeffrey H
Houston, TX38 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Middle of August in Austin 110 degrees or so in the afternoon…..Imbthinking mid-70’s at Barton Springs in the water. Walked about 2 miles from downtown sweating my tuchus off. Got in the water and it was glorious; refreshing, clean and uncrowned at 9AM on a Saturday morning. Got in the middle of the pool and swam uninterrupted from one end to the other. Bring googles if you want to see the water is murky. Also brought my center snorkle and it was just so peaceful remaining under water for most of my time there. Locker room was more than adequate; bring your own lock they are not provided. Left around 11 and was getting very crowded and the parking lot was almost full and cara were staring to line up. If your downtown recommend hopping on the 30 bus it will take you right to the entrance of the park. Loved it and will get back here as much as possible when visiting.
Written August 26, 2023
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Armstrong20
Sippersfeld, Germany353 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We went on a very hot Sunday so it was busy not crazy but busy. The water was nice and cool and found a place to set up our chairs and enjoy the afternoon
Written August 22, 2023
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