Barton Springs Pool#8 in Best Things To Do in Austin
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" and many visitors say it's an ideal spot to cool off in the summer.
Formed from underground springs, the 3-acre pool consistently stays between 68 and 70 degrees – perfect for a respite from the sweltering summer temperatures Texas is known for. The grounds also feature bathhouses and an educational exhibit about the history and biology of the Barton Springs. Patrons of the pool say the experience is one of the things that make Austin unique.
Hours vary throughout the year, but generally, the pool is open daily 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., with lifeguards on patrol 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check the City of Austin website to make sure it's not closed for periodic cleaning. Admission costs to Barton Springs costs $9 for adults ages 18 to 62 and between $4 and $5 for children. Free admission is granted to those who visit the pool between late October and early March. You can reach the pool via the No. 803 bus. To learn more, visit the Barton Springs website.
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