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Visiting Barton Springs Municipal Pool Austin

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The Barton Springs Pool is a beguiling outdoor swimming pool that is completely overwhelmed by nearby natural springs. It is located on the grounds of Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. This globally-acclaimed pool is inside the channel of Barton Creek and uses water from the Main Barton Spring. Throughout the years, numerous visitors come to adore this 1,000-foot long natural limestone pool, sustained by a few underground springs. It gives an extensive variety of alternatives to the visitors, from fishing and swimming to baptisms and beauty pageants.

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Experience a Sensational Swimming Experience in Natural Settings

Experience a Sensational Swimming Experience in Natural Settings

Zilker Metropolitan Park

Zilker Metropolitan Park

Zilker Metropolitan Park is a gateway of interminable diversion area in south Austin, Texas, at the crossroads of Barton Creek and the Colorado River that is made up of over 350 acres of freely-possessed land. It is named after its benefactor Andrew Jackson Zilker, who gave this land to the city in 1917.

Pools and Splash Pads

Pools and Splash Pads

The attraction has numerous pools under the Aquatic Division. As many as 51 open pool workplaces are controlled by the Aquatic Division, including 7 city pools, 28 neighborhood pools, 3 swimming pools, Barton Springs Pool, 11 sprinkle cushions, and 1 rental office (Commons Ford Ranch). In addition, it also features open water events and several swimming competitions. You can experience deeply engaging instructional programs such as masters swim, lifeguard and water safety training, as well as youth and adult swimming lessons.



Close to the Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself spans across three acres in size and, thanks to underground springs, its average temperature remains 68-70 degrees, so visitors can swim comfortably at any time of the year. The globally-admired Barton Springs Pool receives thousands of visitors from around the world on a yearly basis.

Sand Volleyball

Sand Volleyball

On the off chance that you wish to play volleyball, then the pool area has 5 sand volleyball courts you can reserve in advance. Sand volleyball is not just an amazing and rare adventure, but it can even get challenging and nail-biting more often than not. You can sure have a fun time to play volleyball with other visitors to the pool. The courts border the Great Lawn and, therefore, there is massive space for sitting and relaxing around the courts. To make things even more riveting, you can carry your dog along if you so desire as there are lots of lush green, free spaces for your pets to hang out and move around.

Rent a Kayak, Canoe or SUP

Rent a Kayak, Canoe or SUP

The Mopac highway is in the west where Rowing Dock rents canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) on an hourly basis. It is extremely fascinating here to stand out in the luxury of nature, exercise, meditate, and enjoy the serenity of Lady Bird Lake. To spice up your excitement, one can take kayaks for a ride. As water moves slowly in this lake, it is essentially easy and exciting to ride along. Get close to the sunset, then paddle over the Congress Avenue Bridge and you'll see lots of bats making their way out into the early dark. You'll also see numerous birds, fishes, and turtles during the daytime, so there's much more to enjoy than you perhaps think.

Barton Springs Municipal Pool Austin Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Passes and punch cards are available at all leading municipal pools as well as Barton Springs Pool during working hours. For all-season summer passes, a passport-sized picture of the applicant is necessary. Upon application, passes are made ready within 72 hours.

How To Get Around?

You can walk around the pool, lawns, volleyball courts, etc. comfortably as every place worth a visit is at walking distance from each other. The pathway, too, is well-maintained.

What Should I Wear?

You can wear anything that keeps you going comfortably all day long. Jeans, shorts, skirt, denim, cargo, sleeveless T-shirts for women and loose casual shirt for men are all decent options. A small backpack can help carry small stuff around conveniently.

Barton Springs Municipal Pool Austin Facts

Best Time to Visit

The temperate at the pool is comfortable for swimming all year round, thanks to the spring waters, and therefore you can plan a visit to the Barton Springs Municipal Pool at any time during the year.


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Will I Need a Guide?

You do not need a guide to reach or explore the Barton Springs Municipal Pool. Moving around is hassle-free and all the required information is available on this website.

How To Get There?

For overseas visitors, Portland International Airport is the closest touch point. Convenient accommodation is available at nearby hotels and they can get a roundtrip to the Lan Su Chinese Garden arranged for you at short notice. From within the US, domestic airports, trains and cars are good options.

Additional Info

On your way back, remember to visit Barton Creek Wilderness Park for a real hiking experience. Consider the climate before packing your dresses and accessories, as winters here can be extremely cold at times.

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