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Time to cool down in episode three of 'Albert's Texas Treasures'

"Albert's Texas Treasures" takes you to one of the coolest swimming holes in the Lone Star State!

Albert's next Texas Treasure is "Krause Springs."

This is a cool jewel in the Hill Country and the perfect place to beat the heat this summer. Family owned and operated since 1955, this 115-acre oasis offers visitors year-round swimming, camping, and a whole lot more.

"My dad bought the land in the mid-fifties. He decided to put a hole in the ground and build the pool, a man-made pool; that's all spring-fed, 68 degrees, and whether you come swimming in January or July, it's 68 degrees. It lets you know you're alive. It wakes you up," said David Krause, one of the owners of Krause Springs. "The overflows help create the waterfalls that goes down to the natural pool. People just show up here and come up here on their own, and in the mid-eighties it's just kind of grown from there being in magazines, and newspapers, and lot of people."

Krause Springs is a popular place year-round, but it gets really busy when temperatures rise to the 90s, according to Krause.

"In the summertime it gets pretty crowded," Krause said.

Along with the pools, Krause Springs offers both RV and primitive camping.

"We have 24 hookups for RVs with electricity and water," Krause said. "Everything else is prime to camping. We got a 160 acres here, 40 acres for the park area. And, as far as the tent camping, you drive up to wherever you want to set up."

Even on the hottest day of the year, the pools aren't the only thing that can beat the heat.

"Yeah, we have some old Cypress trees up here," Krause told KVUE. "We've had people ask me 'how old they are' years ago, and they would say seven hundred years old. They're pretty tall. They put out some shade."

After a nice swim, you can head back up to the main house for a peaceful place: the Krause Butterfly Garden.

"My brother does all the planting (of) the native plants out here. And people just enjoy walking through the garden... so we got a swing over there, and a hammock out there, underneath a big set of chimes out, and the garden's there, they just sit out there. And I'd say these chimes, they can put you in another place. Everybody enjoys it," said Krause.

The pool and gardens are the main draw for visitors on most days -- but on Independence Day -- the real show is in the sky.

"But we put on a pretty good fireworks show on the Fourth of July up here," Krause said. "We've done it for about 16 years. And it's right on top of you. Lotta people will tell you that it's one of the better shows they've seen."

So the next time you want to cool down, camp, or want to hear what a 15-foot wind chime sounds like, head to Krause Springs in Spicewood to experience a true Texas Treasure.

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