We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Barton Springs Pool

2201 Barton Springs Rd, Zilker Park, Austin, TX 78746-5736
+1 512-867-3080
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Check Out Austin Bike Tour
More Info
and up
Peace, Love, and Zilker Bike Tour
More Info
and up
Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Over the years, people have come to this 1,000 foot long natural limestone pool, fed by several underground springs, for everything from fishing and swimming to baptisms and beauty pageants.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“diving board” (173 reviews)
“cold water” (133 reviews)
“natural pool” (78 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 05:00 - 22:00
2201 Barton Springs Rd, Zilker Park, Austin, TX 78746-5736
South Austin
+1 512-867-3080
Write a Review
Reviews (2,064)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,970 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Great way to cool off in the Texas heat. Lots of space to lay out, and the water is perfectly cold. Wide diversity of people, some call it the heart of "Keep Austin Weird". Awesome place to relax and enjoy nature. Did see some topless...More

Thank Emily U
Reviewed 2 days ago

I paid to enter the swim area on this visit and it was packed, but we did find a shaded spot under the tree..... WATER is cold.......even when it was HOT out, the water was still cold....BUT its refreshing..... I would visit again, and recommend...More

Thank Curtis J
Reviewed 2 days ago

Delightful, unspoilt & natural setting. Lots of space on the (steep) opposite bank for sunbathing & shady trees too. Water is refreshingly cold, a bit of a shock when sundrenched, but fine if you keep moving. Discovered reasonable showers & changing rooms inside, so no...More

Thank Octarine2013
Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited Barton Springs a couple times a month when I lived in Austin in 2013 and I last recently went in September of 2016. I was always impressed and in awe of the natural beauty, the cleanliness, and the service there. There's plenty of...More

Thank Kat V
Reviewed 4 days ago

Love it, we go there each time we are in Austin just to literally chill out and people watch. The water is invigorating to say the least and always clear and inviting!

Thank patlikestravel
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was our first trip to Austin and we had researched for places to swim and cool down in the heat. This is an amazing spot with free parking an a nominal admission fee to the springs. Sunbathing is on the grass which in places...More

Thank muskydawn
Reviewed 4 days ago

At 70 degrees this is a refreshingly chilly dip, perfect for washing away Austin's summer heat! Parking, always an issue in Austin, is equally difficult here. Take a bus, or a ride share, or get a friend to bring you. Bring a towel or blanket...More

Thank Orion G
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a great time with my family here. Sundays are really busy, and parking might be tight, but is worth to pay a visit and have a great day

Thank Hugo R
Reviewed 4 days ago

This used to be a favorite hippy swimming hole back in Austin's "Glory Days" in the 70s. It was OK then but not now. It's way overcrowded and dirty. Lots of people drinking and being rude as is typical of Austin venues.

Thank carl e
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Awesome! Beautiful place. The water was super cold for me but super refreshing in a hot summer Texas day 🙃great family environment, you can bring a drink in a plastic container but no alcohol, food, glass, and other things. I'm kind of glad for that...More

Thank Macielita9
Nearby Restaurants
Chuy's Restaurant
792 reviews
.73 km away
Shady Grove
523 reviews
.85 km away
VOX Table
74 reviews
1.17 km away
Casa de Luz
105 reviews
.90 km away
Nearby Attractions
Zilker Metropolitan Park
724 reviews
.28 km away
Zilker Botanical Garden
605 reviews
.68 km away
Austin City Limits Live
268 reviews
.45 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
20 July 2017|
Answer Show all 3 answers
Response from Lilbee965 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to say no food etc... Just you and fun allowed.
Laura R
1 July 2017|
Answer Show all 6 answers
Response from Phil F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are self service parking payment systems in the lots. You can take your own chair if you are going to use it on the south side of Barton Springs pool.
27 June 2017|
Answer Show all 9 answers
Response from Derek B | Reviewed this property |
i thought you were asking about town lake, my apologies. Barton Springs is anywhere from ankle deep to 25 ft