AUSTIN -- With ninety-degree temperatures officially rolling into Austin, thousands of people are already heading out to places like the Greenbelt and Barton Springs Pool to cool off, but what many of them might not know is that there are dozens of other swimming holes within an hour of Austin city limits.
If you're looking for a more natural setting -- heck, there's even a place for you to legally swim in the nude in Austin -- there are plenty of other options to check out this summer.
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Details: One of Austin's crown gems, Barton Springs Pool is fed by underground springs. At a constant 68 to 70 degrees, it's perfect for year-round swimming. It includes a diving board, public bathhouse and two entrances. Note: Topless sunbathing is allowed.
Price: $0 (children under 1) to $8
Location: 2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas
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Details: Described by the City of Georgetown as a scenic lagoon surrounded by limestone bluffs, Blue Hole Park is located just blocks from downtown. It includes trails, picnic areas, restrooms, fishing and swimming. Georgetown does not monitor water flow or bacteria levels, so swimming is at your own risk.
Location: 100 Blue Hole Park, Georgetown, Texas
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Details: Saved by the City of Wimberley from the threat of residential development, Blue Hole Regional Park features miles of trails, picnic areas, sports courts and swimming by reservation.
Price: $0 (children 3 and under) to $10. Seasonal passes available.
Location: 100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley, Texas
To make swimming reservations, click here.
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Details: Bull Creek flows right under Capital of Texas Highway, featuring multiple access points and parks, waterfalls, swimming holes, hiking trails and more.
Location: Bull Creek District Park is located 6701 Lakewood Drive in Austin, but various access points can be found along Capital of Texas Highway. See the map above for more details.
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Details: Dubbed the state's oldest swimming pool, Deep Eddy Pool is a great option for families or locals who like to swim laps. Plus, its a piece of Texas history!
Price: $0 (children 1 and under) to $8
Location: 401 Deep Eddy Drive, Austin, Texas
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Details: One of Austin's hottest locations in the summer, the expansive Barton Creek Greenbelt is filled with natural places to swim, including Sculpture Falls, Twin Falls, Cambell's Hole and Lost Creek.
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Details: Hamilton Pool has become such a popular destination that Travis County Parks now requires reservations to help protect the preserve.
Price: $11 reservation fee, $15 per vehicle
Location: 24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, Texas
Click here to learn more about reservations.
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Details: Open year-round for exploration, Jacob's Well is an artesian spring fed by the Trinity aquifer. With a constant temperature of 68 degrees, Jacob's Well is also known for its dangerous cave system that is open to exploration only to permitted cave diving research professionals. However, regular seasonal swimming is open to all with reservations.
Price: $0 (children 4 and under) to $9. Entrance to Jacob's Well Natural Area is free.
Location: 1699 Mt. Sharp Road, Wimberley, Texas
To make a reservation, click here.
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Details: Krause Springs is a well-known camping and swimming site in Spicewood, Texas. The 115-acre property is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites. There are a total of 32 springs on the property, several of which feed the manmade pool and natural pool that flows into Lake Travis.
Price: $0 (children 4 and under) to $8
Location: 404 Krause Springs Road, Spicewood, Texas
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Details: Whether it's boating, swimming, or naked sunbathing, Lake Travis has you covered. With many parks to choose from -- Bob Wentz Park, Mansfield Dam Park, Tom Hughes Park, the clothing-optional Hippie Hollow Park -- there are plenty of natural areas to explore.
Price: Prices range per park. Click here for more information.
Location: Northwest Austin
Details: Known for its many falls, camping grounds, hike-and-bike trails, fishing sites and pools, McKinney Falls is one of the most popular parks in the area.
Price: $0 (children 12 and under) to $6.
Location: 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, Texas
@catrcardenas caught these Texans making a splash at Pace Bend Park near Austin as temps start to climb with summer approaching. Thanks for tagging #igtexas Cat! Selected by guest host @cc_txn #texas #pacebendpark #itsbetteroutside
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Details: Located in the western reach of Travis County, Pace Bend Park includes more than 9 miles of shoreline along scenic Lake Travis. It features scenic cliffs, rocky coves and impressive views. It's got camping, boating, swimming, hiking and more.
Price: Click here for pricing information.
Location: 2805 Pace Bend Road North, Spicewood, Texas
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Details: At Pedernales Falls State Park, you can swim, hike, camp, mountain bike, ride horses, fish and more. For your safety, they do not allow swimming or wading in the area of the actual Pedernales Falls.
Price: $0 (children 12 and under) to $6
Location: 2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, Texas
Peaceful morning (Once you find parking🤪) down by the falls at St. Edward’s Park in Austin,Texas. #following_thelight • Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 • Canon T3i-ISO 100-24mm-f/7.1-3.2 sec
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Details: The lesser-known St. Edwards Park is great for trail runners, hikers and dog owners with swimming areas and waterfalls throughout.
Location: 7301 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, Texas