When it comes to swimming, we are very lucky people in Austin. In fact, not only do we have the cool waters of Barton Springs, but the city is also home to the oldest man-made swimming pool in the state of Texas: Deep Eddy.

According to the Friend’s of Deep Eddy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the pool, it has a rich and fascinating history …

“[Deep Eddy] has a bathhouse built during the Depression-era, by the Works Progress Administration. The pool began as a swimming hole in the Colorado River, became a resort in the 1920s, and is today a popular swimming pool operated by the City of Austin.”

Nowadays it’s known to locals and visitors as one of the most laid-back and refreshing places to spend a summer day and it’s a famously wonderful place to swim laps. Right now there are no reservations required, but they are limiting capacity. You can always call ahead to ask about lap lane availability and general crowding at 512-472-8546.

Hours of Operation:
Sun, Tues, and Fri – CLOSED
Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat – 9 a.m.–7 p.m. (lap swim only, shallow side closed from 9 a.m.–noon)

Location:
401 Deep Eddy Ave.
Austin, TX 78703

Above: Historical photograph is from the Austin History Center via the Friends of Deep Eddy digital photo archive

In her previous life, Kristy was an uninspired realtor who was feeling a little bit bored with her day to day. So on January 1, 2010, she made a New Year’s resolution to write about one thing to do each day in her beloved city of Austin, Texas. And thus, 365 Things Austin was born.