4 The Best Swimming Holes In Austin to Take a Deep Dive

Summer is here and there are so many things you could be doing around Austin. No matter what your summer bucket list entails, swimming has to be on there with the countless places you could take a dip in. Here are 4 of the best swimming holes in Austin to take a deep dive.

1. Barton Springs Pool

Okay, don’t hate us for making Barton our first spot. We know it’s a little cliche, but it’s the pinnacle of Austin swimming holes. The Barton Springs Pool is a local favorite because of its cool, 68 degrees water year-round, and its cheap prices!

The Pool has been open since 1837 and gets its water from nearby natural springs. If you’ve never been to Barton, you have zero excuses, not to this summer; it’s a great place to stop by for swimming laps or endless tanning.

It’s the perfect mix of a swimming hole and a pool. Currently, the Pool is requiring reservations in order to maintain capacity, which you can make on their website!

Barton Springs Pool

The Free Side!

If you’re a little more adventurous, but you still want to stay in Central Austin, Barton’s free side is for you. While Barton’s pool is awesome because of its ample seating and cleaner water, the natural side of Barton boasts more nature and wildlife as well as a lower price-free!

The Free Side

To get here, you’ll park around Zilker Park and mosey on over to the water. There’s a bridge safe to jump off of, a few rope swings, and scattered spots to sit at around the walking path. It’s definitely a fun spot to hit if you’re trying to save a few bucks!

2. Austin Motel Pool

Missing that swimming pool vibe? Check out Austin Motel’s Daily Pool Passes to visit their iconic, kidney-shaped pool! Passes are $20 Monday-Thursday and $40 Friday-Sunday from 11 AM-5 PM, with discounted Adult Swim Passes for $15 from 5 PM to 10 PM.

Their pool bar is open for all-time slots, so grab a cocktail while you’re there! After your slot is up, dry off at Gueros or any other of the amazing restaurants has to offer. Why not make a day of it?! Reservations for daily passes are available on Austin Motel’s website.

3. McKinney Falls

Back to swimming hole territory, McKinney Falls is another Austin classic, even though it’s a little farther out of town. McKinney Falls State Park has awesome campsites and cabins, hiking trails, and, of course, swimming spots.

McKinney Falls

The Upper Falls and Lower Falls are the go-to swimming spots for visitors. When there’s been good rain, there are beautiful waterfalls at both spots!

The entrance fee for the Falls is $6, and it’s a great place to check out if you’re looking to get out of the city but don’t want to go too far!

4. Sculpture Falls

If you want to go on a little hike before your swim, this is the spot for you! Sculpture Falls is a section of the Greenbelt with some sweet waterfalls. It’s about 2.5 miles from the trailhead, so it’s a relatively easy hike!

Sculpture Falls

This is another cool swim, with the water staying around 70 degrees year-round. If you need to cool off on your hike there, no worries: there are several small pools along the trail! This one’s also alcohol-friendly, so don’t forget your coolers!

Eva Rogers

A Texan through and through, her passion for the Lone Star State is evident in every word she writes.Hailing from the vast plains of West Texas, Eva has a deep appreciation for the unique blend of tradition and innovation that defines the Texan spirit. Eva crafts articles that celebrate the diverse tapestry of Texas, from its bustling urban centers to its serene rural landscapes.