Barton Springs Pool
- Type: Swimming/Pools
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Nestled in Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is a favorite locale among visitors and residents alike. Native American settlers once believed the springs possessed spiritual healing powers, and professional travel writers still refer to Barton Springs as the soul of Austin. Formed by several million gallons of water from Edwards Aquifer that is held at a cooling (but not too cold) 68 degrees, Barton Springs offers a welcome respite from Texas' sweltering summer temperatures. Surrounding the pool are areas perfect for soaking up the sun or enjoying a picnic.
Barton Springs Pool is open every day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. (although it closes on Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for maintenance). Admission to Barton Springs costs $3 for adults. Free admission is granted to those who get to the pool before 8 a.m. between March and October. To learn more, visit the Barton Springs website.