Austin Swimming Holes And Best Places To Swim In Austin

Dive into this list of Austin swimming holes and best places to swim in Austin! Swimming is almost year round fun in Central Texas.

Barton Springs Swimming Pool at Zilker Park
Web Site: Barton Springs Swimming Pool at Zilker Park
2101 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Phone: (512) 867-3080
Swimming at Barton Springs has been one of the cool things to do in Austin for as long as there have been people in Austin. Archaeological evidence dates Native American visitors to Barton Springs over 11 thousand years ago. Today’s native tribe at Barton Springs ranges from tattooed hipsters to families with babies, but everyone enjoys hanging out on the grassy slopes around this natural spring fed pool. The water temperature at Barton Springs is a constant 68 degrees year round and the pool is open year round. Showers and changing rooms are available. Insiders Tip: The parking lot at Barton Spring’s Pool South gate off Robert E. Lee Drive may be a less crowded than coming in from Barton Springs Road.

Blue Hole in Wimberley
Web Site: Blue Hole
100 Blue Hole Lane
Wimberley, TX 78676

Phone: (512) 660-9111
Well worth the hour drive from more local Austin swimming holes, Blue Hole in Wimberley is considered one of the most beautiful natural swimming holes in Texas. Blue Hole is a spring-fed swimming hole on Cypress Creek surrounded by ancient cypress trees and 126 acres of native forests and grass fields. There are rope swings at Blue Hole hanging from the trees to jump into the swimming hole. There are also steps and ladders to get in and out of the water. The large grassy lawn alongside the Blue Hole swimming area is perfect for picnics and sunbathing. There is also a clean restroom and changing room facility located at the entrance to the Blue Hole swimming area. Paved walkways lead down from the Blue Hole entrance to the swimming area. Blue Hole has been a popular Texas swimming hole for swimmers and picnickers since the 1920s. The City of Wimberley acquired Blue Hole as a public park in 2005. The park around Blue Hole is open year round, but the swimming hole is only open seasonally. Blue Hole swimming area is open daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day and there is an admission fee. No lifeguards are on duty and swimming is at your own risk. Dogs and alcohol are not allowed at Blue Hole swimming hole. Swimming at Blue Hole is very popular during the summer and the swimming area may close when it reaches capacity. Call the park information line for the latest information at (512) 660-9111.

City of Austin Pools
Web Site: City of Austin Pools
400 Deep Eddy Avenue
Austin, TX 78703

Phone: (512) 974-9333
The City of Austin pools department operates 50 Austin pools. Barton Springs, Deep Eddy and Big Stacy are the three Austin pools that are open year round. Admission to Big Stacy is free. There are 25 neighborhood Austin pools with free admission. The Austin pools system also includes 3 free wading pools and 11 free splash pads. There are 7 larger municipal Austin pools that charge admission, including Bartholomew Pool. Bartholomew Pool on East 51st Street was redesigned in 2014 and has fountains, slides, a diving board, and balancing lily pads. Many of the public pools in Austin were built by the Public Works Programs during the Great Depression between 1928 and 1937. The neighborhood and wading public Austin pools are generally open from Memorial Day or the first weekend in June until school resumes in the Austin Independent School District. The City of Austin Aquatic Division also offers a wide range of swimming lessons and water aerobics classes for ages six months to adult. Special programs and classes at Austin pools include snorkeling at Barton Springs Pool, aqua yoga, water polo and masters swimming.

Deep Eddy Pool
Web Site: Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
Austin, Texas 78703

Phone: (512) 472-8546
Second only to Barton Springs, Deep Eddy is one of the best places to swim in Austin. Deep Eddy Pool is one of the three fresh water Austin pools. Deep Eddy Pool is fed by a 35 foot hand dug Artesian well. Deep Eddy is the oldest swimming pool in the state of Texas and is listed as a historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Deep Eddy Pool is one of the best Austin pools for lap swimming. Deep Eddy also has the largest wading pool in Austin. Located west of downtown Austin, the water for the pool comes from the Colorado River (or Lady Bird Lake as that portion of the Colorado River is locally known in Austin) and filters through sand and limestone to fill the pool with clear water at a temperature of 68 to 72 degrees. Originally built by Works Progress Administration in 1936, the original bathhouse recently reopened after being restored due to the efforts of The Friends of Deep Eddy, a non-profit association of swimmers and other parks advocates. Deep Eddy also features “Splash Party Movie Nights” on most Saturday summer nights starting in mid June. These family oriented movies at the pool begin at dusk. The regular pool entrance fee covers both the movie and the pool entrance fee. At the northwest side of the swimming pool is a hand made 1200 square foot mosaic mural created by nine local schools and thousands of volunteers. The Deep Eddy mural depicts the story of Deep Eddy including the historic water slide, zip line and diving horse.

Stacy Pool
Web Site: Stacy Pool
800 East Live Oak
Austin, Texas 78704

Built by the Works Progress Administration between 1933 and 1937, Big Stacy Pool is located within the Travis Heights neighborhood close to the South Congress shopping district. The pool is called Big Stacy to differentiate it from Little Stacy, the wading pool located within the same city greenbelt. Popular with lap swimmers, Big Stacy Pool is free, open year-round and heated in the winter by water from an Artesian well located 2000 feet below the surface. The pool is wheelchair accessible and there is a handicap lift. Parking can be scarce in the late weekday afternoons when lap swimmers arrive after work, but there is additional parking in the neighborhood around the park. There are usually three lap lanes open in the summer and six in the winter.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park (City Park)
Web Site: Emma Long Metropolitan Park
1600 City Park Road
Austin, Texas 78730

Phone: (512) 346-1831
The Emma Long Metropolitan Park is a 1150 acre park located on the shores of Lake Austin with a designated swimming area and a large sandy beach. Emma Long Park is one of the best places to swim on Lake Austin. The shore line at the park is lined with large trees including Cypress trees. Emma Long Metropolitan Park is also known as City Park. Emma Long Park also has boat ramps, volleyball courts and picnic tables. Parking is limited and on weekends when the park is busy parking may not be available when the lot is filled to capacity. Cash is not accepted for parking at Emma Long Park. Emma Long Park is one of the few places to camp within the Austin city limits. Camping sites are available with water and electricity hookups and the dressing areas have hot showers. Emma Long Park is named after the first woman elected to council in a major Texas city.

Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve
Web Site: Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve
24300 Hamilton Pool Road
Spicewood, Texas 78669

Phone: (512) 264-2740
Hamilton’s Pool is one of the most beautiful Austin swimming holes. Hamilton’s Pool was formed when a cave over an underground river collapsed thousands of years ago to create a 45 foot waterfall and water filled grotto. Hamilton Pool is approximately 30 miles southwest of Austin. Starting May 15, 2016 through September 30, reservations will be required to go to Hamilton’s Pool. Reservations can be made online or by calling the park’s reservation office. There will be an additional charge for reservations at Hamilton’s Pool. Reservations may be made either in the morning for between 9 AM and 1 PM or in the afternoon between 2 PM and 6 PM. The reason for reservations during the busy summer months is that parking is only available for 75 vehicles. The pool will return to its regular operating system and cost from October to April. Swimming is periodically prohibited due to high bacteria levels in the pool and a heavy rain will typically close the pool to swimming for a week or so. Nesting cliff swallows contribute to high bacteria levels in the early summer. For updated swimming conditions, call the Preserve at 512-264-2740.The Reimers, an immigrant family from Germany, bought the property in 1880 to raise sheep and cattle. Operated by the Reimer family through the 1980’s as a private recreational area, Travis County purchased 232 acres from the Reimer family in 1985 and today Hamilton Pool is operated as Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve.  The trail down to the pool is a over a quarter of a mile in length and includes a series of rock steps descending into the canyon. Sturdy footgear is recommended. The walk down to Hamilton’s Pool and making the effort to visit Hamilton’s Pool is worth it to swim at one of the best places to swim in Texas.

Hippie Hollow
Web Site: Hippie Hollow
7000 Comanche Trail
Austin, Texas 78732

Phone: (512) 854-7275
Located on the shore of Lake Travis, Hippie Hollow is the only clothing optional public park in Texas. Hippie Hollow’s tradition as a nude swimming hole at Lake Travis began in the early 1960s. Entry to the park is restricted to those people 18 years and older. The swimming area is not a beach, but a series of limestone ledges leading down to the water. Hippie Hollow is popular for swimming and sunbathing. Bring blankets or yoga mats to lay on because towels are too thin to be comfortable on the large boulders. Hippie Hollow can also be reached by boat. It is not unusual to see boats in Lake Travis anchored outside of the buoys designating the swimming area. Trails lead down to the water from the access road to get down to different parts of the shoreline. Water shoes or tennis shoes are recommended because of the rocky paths down to the water. Hippie Hollow is one of the best places to swim in Austin for view of the sunset at Lake Travis.

Krause Springs
Web Site: Krause Springs
404 Krause Springs
Spicewood, Texas 78669

Phone: (830) 693-4181
A short drive away is not only one of the best Austin swimming holes, but what is considered by many to be the best swimming hole in Texas. Krause Springs sits on a bluff overlooking Cypress Creek. Krause Springs is a privately managed swimming hole area owned by Elton and Jane Krause. Krause Springs is on the National Historic Register as an undisturbed Indian burial ground. Krause Springs is located 35 miles west of Austin in Spicewood, Texas and has been in the Krause family for several generations. Elton Krause and his sons have done all of the beautiful landscaping and rockwork themselves, including the rock picnic tables. The Krause home sits at the edge of the parking lot with a spring-fed swimming pool behind the house. The overflow from the pool cascades 25 feet below into a towering cypress tree and fern lined natural swimming hole and creek. There are thirty-two springs throughout the campground as well as lush tropical plants and magnificent trees. Some of the cypress trees are estimated to be over one thousand years old and the live oak trees are between one and two hundred years old. Overnight camping is allowed with some hookups for recreational vehicles and admission rates vary depending on day use or overnight use.

Lake Travis
Web Site: Lake Travis
Austin, Texas 78734
Located approximately twenty miles from Austin, the drive to Lake Travis can take up to an hour depending on traffic conditions and destination. Lake Travis is sixty-five miles long with 270 miles of shoreline and has seventeen public parks and numerous private facilities. Lake Travis is one of the most popular recreational lakes in Texas. Lake Travis is also considered one of the most dangerous lakes in Texas due to its cloudy waters, narrow configuration and extremely heavy boat traffic. The lake can be unexpectedly deep at points and the bottom of the lake is uneven with brush, trees and rocks. The limestone cliffs and shoreline at Lake Travis are the perfect backdrop for both sailing and power boating, but be extremely cautious when swimming at Lake Travis. There are on average four drownings a year on Lake Travis. Life jackets are recommended for anyone who is not a strong swimmer and especially for children.

Reimers Ranch Park
Web Site: Reimers Ranch Park
24100 Hamilton Pool Road
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Phone: (512) 854-7275
At just under 2500 acres, Reimers Ranch Park is one of the biggest parks in Travis County. Hill Country swimming holes at Reimers are part of the Pedernales River. Besides swimming at Reimers Ranch, there is rock climbing, fishing, hiking and mountain biking. Reimers Ranch has almost 3 miles of continuous frontage along the Pedernales River. Swimmers usually walk about 300 yards from the parking lot to the river. On a busy day at the park and especially on weekends, the distance from the parking lot when it is full to the river might be as long as a half-mile. There is a road down to the swimming area with a turn-around to drop off items like ice chests close to the swimming area before driving pack to the parking lot. Depending on the weather, usually the deepest points in the swimming holes is about three to four feet. There is no shade on the river shore, so pop-up awnings or shade umbrellas are a good idea. The park is only open during the day and camping is not allowed. Unlike nearby Hamilton’s Pool, there is plenty of parking at Reimers Ranch. Reimers Ranch is a good alternative if Hamilton’s Pool has reached capacity.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort
Web Site: Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort
400 N. Liberty Avenue
New Braunfels, Texas 78130

Phone: (830) 625-2351
Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels is less than an hours drive from Austin and offers a range of attractions to play and swim with families and kids of all ages. Schlitterbahn began as a camping resort on the Comal River in the early 1970s where campers floated down the river in large rubber inner tubes. The original campsite has grown to a 65 acre water theme park featuring miles of tube chutes, winding rivers, uphill water coasters, wave pools and kid-friendly water playgrounds. New Braunfels was settled by German immigrants in the 1800’s and the name Schlitterbahn comes from the German word “schlitter” for slippery and “bahn” for road. Schlitterbahn Waterpark is a summer seasonal water park that is usually open from late April to mid-September. Many families like to get to Schlitterbauhn when it first opens and find a shady table to make “home base” alongside one of the circular wave pools during their visit to the water park. The park is divided into different areas with the east and west sides connected by a tram. Original Schlitterbahn is usually referred to as “the old part” and all of the rides there are fed by the Comal River. Food is available for purchase, but picnic coolers without glass containers or alcohol are also allowed in the park. Be sure to take water shoes because flip flops come off on the rides, snacks, water and most importantly, sunscreen.

West Lake Beach on Lake Austin
Web Site: West Lake Beach on Lake Austin
2509 Westlake Drive
Austin, Texas 78746

Phone: (512) 327-9004
West Lake Beach is a privately owned Austin swimming hole on Lake Austin that has been one of the best places to swim in Austin for over fifty years. No life guard is available, but a swim area is roped off from the shore of Lake Austin. Shaded areas, picnic tables, covered pavilions and BBQ pits are available. Picnic coolers and alcohol are allowed at West Lake Beach. Dogs and glass containers are not allowed at West Lake Beach. There is a volleyball court with net and ball. There are horse shoes and fishing areas, however horseshoes, stakes and fishing poles are not provided. Westlake Beach is open seasonally usually between Memorial Day weekend at the end of May and Labor Day weekend in September.