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Jacob's Review:
   The pool is a giant pool and the bottom has rocks, but the sides look like a regular pool. You can swim there in the winter too, but bring a big towel because you might get cold when you get out.
   They have canoes there that you can paddle out in the river, you can go down the river by yourself - with your Mom or Dad and it's really fun.


Dad's Notes:
   This pool is huge- 3 acres. It's located in Zilker Park and is a natural spring that comes up here. The sides of the pool, as well as the edges, diving boards, stairs and ladders, and the dam were built around the river to create a natural springs swimming pool nearly a thousand feet long! The natural stone river bottom remains as it was. The spring water is a refreshingly chilly 68 degrees (not to cold) year round. Pool is open year round and is free in the winter.

   As is the case in all of Austin, it's legal for women to be topless so don't be too surprised if you see topless women here. They don't allow food, smoking, glass, alcohol, coolers or thermal bags, no Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls or other hard balls, however, they do allow drinks in plastic bottles with a screw top lid (this appears to be something new).

   The natural spring water is continually monitored and the pool is closed if the bacteria count gets high (usually after heavy rains) - call the hotline (24hrs) to ensure the pool is open before your trip 512.867.3080

   Canoe rentals just below the pool, call before going to make sure they are open because when the weather is questionable, they might not be. 512.478.3852

Address:
Barton Springs
2101 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704

See close up map of Zilker Park on Austin Nature Center listing.

Admission (subject to change - last we checked it was):
Around $3
Parking fee of $5 on weekends March- Labor Day

Phone Numbers:
512.867.3080

Hours(subject to change - last we checked hours were):
5am-10pm daily; Closed on Thursday from 9am-7pm for maintenance.

www.austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

Drive Directions:   From Killeen: Take 190 east to 35 south to Austin, Exit 234A, 1st St (Cesar Chavez?). Right on 1st to Lamar. Left on Lamar - over bridge. Right on Barton Springs Rd. Go over Barton Creek then left into Barton Springs Pool.


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Jacob Tip:   There is also a 'Dog Spring' (A natural springs Pool for Dogs!) just downstream of the Humans swimmin' hole!
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