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“Great place to cool off”

Barton Springs Pool
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Owner description: Over the years, people have come to this 1,000 foot long natural limestone pool, fed by several underground springs, for everything from fishing and swimming to baptisms and beauty pageants.
Reviewed 5 August 2014

If you want a good clean pool to go to with lots of room then this is the place. The natural spring water pool if awesome, crystal clear, and cold, which makes for a great combination on a hot summer day. The admission is only about $12 for a family of four. You can go to the rest of the adjoining creek area for free but you don't had the restrooms, changing areas, and showers. Don't plan on going on Thursdays because they are closed.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Barton Springs Pool is as cold as they say--it’s like jumping into an ice bath. I would only go on a very hot sunny day. The best time to arrive is before 11 a.m. while there is still parking and no line to get in. It is $5 to get into the park, then you also have to pay admission. Non-residents is $4 adult, $3 child. When we went back to our car for lunch in the afternoon, the line was VERY long (on a Saturday).

Plenty of places to lay out your towels, both sunny and shaded spots. We found the best spot to be to the right of the diving board. Not only is that a good spot to slowly get into the water, but we had fun watching people off the diving board. Be advised that the pool is very slippery in most of the areas, so you may want to wear water shoes. You can bring floats but can only use them on the far ends of the pool. No kids with life jackets can go off the diving board, and no water shoes on the diving board.

No coolers are allowed in the park. You can stamp your hand to go back to your car to eat. There is also a snack shack right outside the park with usual “fair foods” and snow cones. I saw people bring in reusable bottles of water.

No dogs are allowed in the park either. Just outside the pool there is a spot where it looks like you can use for free. People brought their own tables to set up, but the space is very limited. It was also a popular dog spot.

My kids had a great time but the water was too cold for me.

2  Thank DH95
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Another great stop over to Barton Springs. Its been abourt 3 years since my last visit. I was not disappointed at all! We were there on a Friday arrived about 1;00 and had to drive around for awhile till some one was leaving. This is what you do if you want a place close to the pool. We napped, swam people watched which was quite interesting. I must say, just because you can get into a two piece bathing suit dosen't mean you should! lol! lots of bodies but we did not see any nude. The water was so cold and refreshing I recommend wearing water shoes and bring sun screen. We had a plane to catch so we showered in the bath house which was just fine. Some of the showers had curtains and they had plenty of hot water. I would bring googles if you plan on a swim. I loved our time at BS can't wait to go back.

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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Loved this place! Austin is not near the beach but this place was quite fun. Coming from Atlanta, I've never been to a natural pool like this. The water flowing into this place is cold so the water is brisk but refreshing since it can easily get over 100 in Austin. Lots of shade so you don't have to cook in the sun. If you want melanoma, you can get that here as well since there's lots of open areas to bake. The "pool" drains downstream to continue as a river and Barton Springs is closed off from that area. Please go downstream with their dogs and there are a lot of urban outdoorsman there so avoid that area. It may be free downstream but it's nasty. Pay the money and chill out by the "pool" - well worth it. There's even a diving board for the kids. The bathroom facilities are GROSS!

Thank LloydMindy
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We had such a relaxing afternoon lying in the Texas Sunshine and having lovely dips in the water. We were told by our tour leader it was hot springs but the water is cool and refreshing. EVERYONE in Austin TX should visit at some point. A must do

Thank JamesCunningham23
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