Updated: Jul 25, 2022
Summer is SIZZLING hot in Austin, so cooling off in a refreshing body of water is a necessity. Pack your sunscreen, floats, towels and sunglasses - because we're going to give you 6 of the best spots in Austin to cool down and relax.
The Blue Hole stays cool year round and embodies crystal-clear water, shaded by cypress trees and surrounded by manicured lawns. Perfect for picnics and rope swinging, the Blue Hole is located just outside of Wimberly, about 45 minutes south of Austin.
Barton Creek Greenbelt
This hidden local secret requires about a half-mile hike, but will delight you with relaxing, shallow stream water and rocky ares for climbing and exploring. The Barton Creek Greenbelt is surrounded by serene nature that you can explore, such as Sculpture Falls and Twin Falls.
Jacob's Well is located just 40 minutes outside of Austin. This cool, clear water artesian spring is surrounded by rocky ledges and shady trees, making it a picture-perfect swimming hole. As the second largest fully submerged cave in Texas, Jacob's Well releases thousands of gallons of water each day and feeds into the Blanco River.
If you drive about 30 miles West of Austin, you'll find Spicewood's beloved Krause Springs. For over 50 years, the 32 springs of natural and man-made pools have been privately owned and open to the public for swimming and camping.
Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Pool is just minutes from downtown Austin, located in the heart of Zilker Park. This swimmer's paradise is great for swimming and people watching as it contains clear water fed directly from the underground springs. Barton Springs Pool also stays 68 degrees year round and offers grassy hills along the water for sunbathing.
Deep Eddy Pool
Deep Eddy Pool is the oldest swimming pool in Texas. This historic, man-made swimming pool is located in Austin and features a bathhouse built during the Depression era by the Works.