Barton Springs Pool In Austin: Things You Should Know

Alejandra Gavilanes | March 25, 2022

History of Barton Springs

Barton Springs has a long history with humans. It was first used by Native American tribes – doubling as a water source and community center – before Spanish colonization. It’s a beautiful green spot even today sporting limestone rocks and some city views.

The swimming pool itself was originally built by William “Uncle Billy” Barton and has since evolved to have sidewalks, lifeguards, and carpet grass for any family outing.

Barton Springs vintage image
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Be warned, the pool itself can be up to 8 feet deep the further downstream you go due to natural rock formations, so always swim with caution. Any Austinite will tell you that Barton Springs pool is the perfect place to stay cool during those long Texas summers.

Pool Reservation

Trying to go for a group swim? I’m sorry to inform you that the pool is not currently taking large group reservations, but tickets can be purchased for individuals either through the ATX swim app or at the kiosks by the pool.

Location and Hours

Barton Springs Pool view
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Barton springs pool can be found just south of Zilker Park at 2131 William Barton Dr. there’s plenty of parking available both near and far from the pool itself, but space fills quickly so be sure to get there early.

Unless the pool is closed due to natural circumstances or for maintenance, the pool will have guarded swims Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Unguarded swims will be from 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM every day, but the pool will be closed Mondays and Wednesdays.

Barton Springs Pricing

Being a native Austin it’s or longtime resident definitely has its perks: swimming at Barton Springs is $5 for adults (18-62) if you’re a local, but $9 if you’re visiting from out of town.

Still, the pools rates only go down from there with Juniors (12-17) paying $3/$5, Seniors (62+) paying $2/$5, Children (1-11) paying $2/$4, and Veterans and Infants entering for free.

If you plan on being a frequent swimmer, consider buying a Season Swim Pass. More information about season passes can be found here.

Barton Springs welcome sign vintage photo
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Barton Springs Pool FAQs

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about Barton Springs:

Are there snakes in Barton Springs Pool?

Unlike most pools, Barton Springs is a natural pool where algae, fish, and yes, the occasional snake can be found.

How cold is Barton Springs water?

Year-round, the Barton Springs pool sits at a freezing 68 degrees.

Are drinks allowed at Barton Springs?

Non-alcoholic drinks are permitted as long as they’re in a plastic resealable container with a twist top.

Conclusion

For as little as $3 – $5, you can join other Austin residents at their favorite cooldown spot this coming summer. Weekends will have guarded swims from 8 AM – 6 PM and tickets are quick and easy to purchase. It’s a beautiful area where natural beauty meets modernity that the entire family can enjoy.