Barton Springs is a staple of Austin and one of the most popular swimming holes in Austin. Located within the 358-acres of Zilker Park lies one of the crown jewels of Austin. Barton Springs Pool in Austin measures 3-acres in size and is filled with water from the Main Barton Spring--the fourth largest spring in Texas.
The popular recreational outdoor swimming pool attracts all locals and tourists all over the globe. Up to this day, it still attracts a diverse crowd of people setting a record number of visitors at almost 800,000 to 1.5 million in recent years. Barton Springs Pool has an average temperature of 68 to 70 degrees which is ideal for all-year-round swimming. The depths range from 0” to 18”
Barton Springs Pool is home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander and is listed as a federally protected habitat. Every Thursday, from 9 am to 7 pm, the pool is closed for maintenance to keep the area clean for the guests and especially for wildlife.
The area is open to plenty of activities, however, there are still prohibited items and activities such as coolers, ice chests, and thermal bags, glass, food, smoking, alcohol. Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls or other hard balls are prohibited as well. Drinks are permitted but it must be within a plastic resealable container. Pets are not allowed, but if you are looking into bringing your fur friend with you for a walk, Zilker Botanical Gardens is not too far from the pool.
Barton Springs Pool Hours
Barton Springs Pool Hours vary per month and holidays. The pool opens from 5 am to 10 pm daily. Guarded swimming from 8 am to 6 pm. The pool is closed on Thursdays from 9 am to 7 pm. For more information visit Austin Parks and Recreation’s website or call (512) 974-6300.
Barton Springs Pool Cost
For the admission into the pool, there is a ticket kiosk in front of the Barton Springs Bathhouse and the south pool entrance where guests can purchase tickets using their debit and credit cards.
Here are the following fees for Barton Spring Pool:
Senior (62 years old and above) - $2 for residents; $5 for non-residents
Adult (18-62 years) - $5 for residents; $9 for non-residents
Junior (12-17 years) - $3 for residents; $5 for non-residents
Child (1-11 years) - $2 for residents; $4 for non-residents
Children under 1 year - FREE for residents; FREE for non-residents
Alright, so we’re at the iconic Barton Springs Pool in Austin. Looking around, water’s 68 degrees year-round and this is just like one of the staples of Austin so, I am about to jump in the pool here with my family and friends and we’ll give you a full report.