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Beat The Heat In Central Texas

Dated: 06/04/2018

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The famous Texas heat is finally upon us after several months of cloudy skies and rain.  Luckily there are tons of great places to take a dip while enjoying the natural beauty of Central Texas.  So grab your swimsuit and sunscreen and let's dive in.

Barton Springs Pool

A local favorite, Barton Springs Pool is filled with spring water that is always a cool 68 degrees, even on the hottest days of the summer.  The pool features a large and lush grass seating area, shallow wading area, a beach and a diving board.

Admission:$8 for adults, $4 for Juniors (12-17), $2 for Children (1-11)

The pool is also closed most of Thursday for cleaning.

You can pay to park in Zilker park but we prefer using the free parking lot on the opposite side of the pool.  Look for it on Robert E. Lee Rd. off of Barton Springs Dr.

McKinney Falls State Park

Southeast Austin is home to two excellent natural swimming holes and it features waterfalls to boot! Along with these great swimming holes, there is also camping, hike & bike trails, or fishing in Onion Creek.

The park is open from 8 pm to 10 pm daily

Admission$6 for adults and children 12 and under get in free.

Hamilton Pool

Located about 40 minutes south of Austin you can find Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs. The pool itself is famous for its waterfall and location inside of a cave (see above).  It is important to check the website before heading out for a swim since after rain pollution sometimes makes the water not suitable for swimming.  It is also important to arrive early and plan an alternative since this area tends to fill to capacity very quickly during the hot summer months.

The park is open from 9 am – 6 pm daily

Admission:$10 per vehicle

Inks Lake State Park

Inks Lake State Park – Devil’s Waterhole

Inks Lake state park is an excellent weekend getaway.  This park has a spacious campground and rental facilities that have paddle boats, kayaks, canoes and jet ski’s as well as hiking trails and a beautiful swimming hole.

Admission:$6 for adults ($5 overnight), and children 12 and under are free.

Blue Hole

Blue Hole Regional Park is a 126-acre area in Wimberley, TX.  The park is full of activities including hiking trails, playscapes for the kids and the Blue Hole Swimming Area (of course!).

The park is open for swimming from 10 am – 6 pm through September 7th.  

Admission is $9 for Adults (13+), $5 for Youths (4-12) and free for Children (0-3)

Jacobs Well

Jacobs Well in Wimberley is one of the deepest natural wells in all of Texas as well as a really unique public swimming hole. The mouth of the well is four meters in diameter through which thousands of gallons of water surges up per minute feeding Cypress Creek that flows through Wimberley, sustaining Blue Hole and the Blanco River, recharging the Edwards Aquifer, and finally replenishing estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico.

Admission is $9 per person ($5 for Hays county Residents and children)

It is important to book your swimming session ahead of time on their website.

Krause Springs

Krause Springs is a great Swimming and Camping site located in Spicewood, TX.  There are 32 springs on the property that feed a man-made pool and a natural pool that flows through Lake Travis.  If you are thinking about a weekend trip this is another excellent opportunity.  Krause Springs features plenty of campsites, a gorgeous butterfly garden and a community pavilion that you can reserve for special events.

Admission:$7 per Adult (12+) $5 per Child (4-11)

Comal River

If you are planning on floating over the weekend I’d recommend getting there early (say 10 am) as the river can get a little overcrowded as the day goes on.

San Marcos River

This is another nearby river that you can float in San Marcos, TX.  If you are just looking for a short day on the water this river is perfect This river travels at a quicker pace and the ~1.5-mile floating area can be completed in as little as 30 – 45 minutes.  Admission is free and there is convenient access on the Texas State University campus.  You may consider renting a tube from one of the companies that provide shuttle service back to the beginning of the route or you can plan on a 20-minute walk back up the river with your tube to go again.

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Eric Harper

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