Last month we filled you in on some of the best water activities and events happening this summer to help you beat the heat! With summer slipping away, we thought we’d tell you about the natural pools that locals go to keep cool summer after summer.
Here in Austin, we are blessed with some of the best natural swimming spots in the state. Three of the most well-known and loved pools in town are Barton Springs Pool, Deep Eddy Pool and Big Stacy Pool. These spring-fed pools provide much needed refreshment on hot summer days and are entertaining for kids of all ages. As a bonus, all three pools are located near fantastic restaurants and bars and can be easily accessed by bike or public transportation.
Here’s what you need to know about Barton Springs pool – Constructed in 1940, it has been a summer staple for many years and is known for being Austin’s no. 1 natural pool. It’s easy to see why. The 3-acre, spring-fed pool remains 68°F degrees year round, making it a refreshing away to shake the heat.
The large pool is framed by tall Oak trees and a grassy, hill-covered lawn where visitors like to lay out and soak in the sun, nap, or read a good book between dips. Barton Springs’ depth ranges from very shallow and kid-friendly to 18-feet deep. Facilities include bathrooms with changing rooms and showers, a walk-up snack bar, and picnic tables. The pool is open year-round from 5am-10pm Friday through Wednesday. Admission fees range from $1-$3. Season passes are also available.
Within a few miles of Barton Springs Pool, you’ll find Deep Eddy Pool. Located at 401 Deep Eddy Ave, is the oldest man-made swimming pool in Texas. A former 1920’s resort featuring cabins, camping grounds, grassy hills, a diving board, slides, and a zip line, the pool is now owned and operated by the City of Austin.
The pool’s natural water comes from a 35-foot hand-dug well and temperatures range from 65-to-75°F. Additional amenities at Deep Eddy Pool include a BBQ pit, picnic tables, and a playground. Deep Eddy is open year-round with limited hours during winter months. Pool admission ranges from $1-$3.
One final spring-fed pool worth checking out is Big Stacy Pool. Tucked into the charming Travis Heights neighborhood in South Austin, this pool has been keeping Austinites of all ages cool and entertained since the mid-1930s! The pool is free and open year-round. Big Stacy is heated in the winter by water from an Artesian well located 2000 feet below the surface. Much like Austin, this swim spot is fun, friendly, and diverse, so whether you are looking to swim laps or sunbathe you’re sure to have a good time.