Barton Springs Pool, Austin

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2201 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78746 (512) 476-9044
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    Canoe or Kayak Trip in Austin

    by butterfly_girl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    While in Austin, renting canoes or Kayaks on Barton Creek is worth a couple hours of your time. Being on the river is a different change of scenery from the hike & bike trail. Make sure to keep a watch for the two black swans who have recently made Barton Creek their home. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water if you go in the summer months. When you are done boating, head over to the Barton Springs for a swim or catch the little train ride that goes through Zilker Park.

    Address: Near Barton Springs Swimming Pool in Zilker Park

    Phone: (512) 478-3852

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  • Natural Relaxation

    by Murphman12 Written May 1, 2009

    I try and make a trip to Barton Springs every time i'm in Austin. The water stays at a year round 72 degrees because the natural spring which feeds the pool. I use the term "pool" very broadly when describing the spring. Diving board is fun. Always amazed by the beautiful people i see. Completely refreshing, especially during the summer. Only $3. great place for kids too

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  • chill out with the beautiful people

    by elise252 Written Oct 9, 2006

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    It seems to me that most of the folks who go to Barton Springs are quite easy on the eye which makes for excellent people watching. It's really stunning here; completely different to any "pool" I've ever been to. It's natural, cool and refreshing even when it's scorchio outside. It's dirt cheap to get in and the water is very clear, although it sometimes has moss from the overhanging trees floating in it. You can rent a canoe and paddle down the river and it's like being in "Deliverance." It's great.

    Address: barton springs road

    Directions: just south of the river and 6th street

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    Chillin' at Barton Springs

    by klasher Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    Baton Springs is a huge natural springs right in the middle of town. The water is 65 degrees year round and is a great place to cool your heels in the hot summer months. Nudity is tolerated and the people watching is fantastic. There is plenty of shade on their extensive lawn. The pool is generally not crowded until 1 pm. admission is $3.

    Directions: I35 to Riverside Exit. Go West until you hit Barton Springs Drive and take a left. Take a left at Robert E Lee and the pool is on your right.

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  • Cool and Refreshing!

    by Starla2005 Written Jun 15, 2006

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    A must during the summer. One of the best places to spend a lazy afternoon swimming, sunning, and people watching. The entrance fee for the pool is $3.00. Be sure to get a hand stamp for re-entry if you leave and plan to come back later in the day. Note - The pool is closed on Thursdays for cleaning.

    Address: Zilker Park

    Directions: South Central Austin

    Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/bartonsprings.htm

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    Cool Waters in a Cool City

    by richnewman Written Jun 1, 2005

    Waiting around until the nightlife kicks in can be a long wait...especially in the summer. So why not wait in nice, cool waters, surrounded by skantily clad people soaking up the sun? There's nothing like a long day of swimming, socializing, and sunbathing to make you really thirsty...

    Address: 2101 Barton Springs Road

    Directions: It's right in Zilker Park!

    Phone: 512-476-9044

    Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/bartonsprings.htm

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    Taking a dip

    by Durallsquaw Written Nov 6, 2004

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    Austin has a tendency to be extremely hot so one of the best watering holes is Barton Springs Pool. It's a natural aquifer that stays 68 degrees all year around. It can get crowded but you can take your family and either picnic or there are concessions which can be a little pricey. If you have a dog, there is an area outside of the pool, seperated by the chain link fence, that is totally dog friendly.

    Address: 2101 Barton Springs Road

    Directions: Inside Zilker Park

    Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/bartonsprings.htm

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    Barton Springs - Pure Austin landmark

    by yelli Written Aug 17, 2004

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    I'm sure most Austin pages already have this place, but what sort of Austinite would I be without including it?
    Here is a place for natural relaxation. The 'pool' is really a spring-fed stream which maintains temperature (68 degrees F) year-round. The stream was dammed up to make the 900 foot pool, so it has a natural bottom. Its kinda fun to slip around on it but some places have water plants growing underneath so you have to watch out. There's also a diving board, places on the grass to lay your towel, and bathrooms/showers. It's only $3 to enter for adults. Pool doors open early at 5 a.m.

    Directions: In the Zilker Park area. From Lamar Boulevard, drive west on Barton Springs Road.

    Phone: 512-867-3080

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    Take an Icy swim on a Hot day!

    by butterfly_girl Written Apr 18, 2004

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    If you come to Austin Barton Springs pool is a well known "must see". This is as close as Austin has to having a beach. In the hot summer months this place is packed with sunbathers, hippies, musicians and kids all chilling at the pool. Bring a book, a blanket and sunglasses and get ready to people watch. Barton Springs will give you a real look into the Austin culture; hippie paradise in Texas!

    Address: 2101 Barton Springs Road

    Directions: Take Barton Springs Road and turn left at Robert E. Lee Boulevard, go about 1/4 mile and park in the big dirt parking lot for free or park in Zilker Park for $3.00.

    Phone: 512-476-9044

    Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/bartonsprings.htm

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    Barton Springs - Beat the Heat

    by hadleybe Written Aug 24, 2003

    Awesome in size, a beautiful swimming "hole." Be prepared to swim in clear cold spring water. I like to go there when it is extremely hot. Once you put your toe into the water you will be grateful for the heat wave. It cost a few bucks to get in. There is a hamburger stand close to the entrance. A large children's playscape nearby. In cooler weather, take the kids to the playscape and walk over to the spring for a look.

    Address: 2201 Barton Springs Road, Zilker Park,

    Directions: Zilker Park...A couple blocks from "Restaurant Row"

    Phone: 512-476-9044

    Website: http://www.austin360.com/recreation/content/ recreation/guides/barton/barton.html

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    Go to Barton Springs. Barton...

    by SinKitty Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Go to Barton Springs. Barton Springs stays cold year round (I think it's 68 degrees). Barton Springs has a pool that is fenced off from the springs itself, and you can also trek up the Greenbelt and find little spots to swim in. The pool is not free, and I can't remember how much it is. You can drive down Mopac a little further to find other swimming spots for free.

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    Barton Springs

    by Jim_Eliason Written Nov 2, 2014

    Known for its crystal clear waters, that attract turtles and fish. Barton Springs is a great destination for a cool (68F) swim or kayaking.

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    Barton Creek

    by butterfly_girl Written Mar 13, 2005

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    When the weather is nice, get outside and enjoy Barton Creek...you can kayak, walk, swim or people watch.

    Address: Barton Springs Road/Zilker Park

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