Best Attractions & Activities: Within Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin - Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. Over the years, Barton Springs Pool has drawn people from all walks of life, from legislators who have concocted state laws there to free-spirited, topless sunbathers who turned heads in the 1970s. Robert Redford learned to swim at the pool when he was five years old while visiting family in Austin. Today, Barton Springs still attracts a diverse crowd of people and has seen record setting numbers of visitors nearing 800,000 in recent years.
Outdoor Activities, Parks: This huge, spring-fed swimming hole is surrounded by lovely gardens and pecan trees. The pool is fed by spring waters that maintain a year-round temperature of about 68 degrees, and bubble up at the rate of 27 million gallons a day. Trivia note: Robert Redford, at the tender age of five, learned to swim at Barton Springs. Schedules vary, but usually there are lifeguards on duty between 9am-6pm. The pool closes for two weeks in early March for spring cleaning.
Local Expert Shelley Seale Says:
Best Attractions & Activities: "Check out the Splash! exhibit where you can learn about the history and biology of Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer which feeds it. Closed on Thursdays for cleaning."
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Crystal turquoise aquifer-fed waters at a cool 68 degrees year-round, in one of the prettiest spots in the city.