Barton Springs Pool

Austin (Travis County), TX, UNITED STATES

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Updated April 14, 2020.

Facility Overview

Facility Name
Barton Springs Pool
Zilker Park, 2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin (Travis County), TX 78704
(512) 867-3080

Adult Admission Price & Policy

May 1 - September 30:
Before 8 AM and after 9 PM: Free.
8 AM to 9 PM:
- Residents: $3.00; SC(62) $1.00;SC(80) Free.
- Non-residents: $8.00; SC(62) $4.00.
October 1 - April 30: Free.
[September, 2017]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
475f (145m) lap swim area, 25y - 50y wide, 2f - 9f depth, chlorine-free, outdoors, spring fed and naturally temperature controlled, 68°F (20°C)


Travis County
30.26403, -97.77020

Teams That Use This Facility

We have no web links or contact information for teams that train at this facility.

Facility Notes

The pool is closed Thursdays 9 AM - 7 PM, year-round for cleaning.
From 5 to 8 AM, the pool is unguarded. The guards work from 8 AM to 9 PM from late April through September, 8 AM to 8 PM through October, and 8 AM to 6 PM through February. The pool closes the first week of March, then guards work from 8 AM to 8 PM until late April.
Swimming is free until 9 AM, when the pool is cleared and admission is charged. After 9 PM until closing at 10 PM it's free again. Lap swimming may be difficult after 10 AM in summer.
We had the pool listed as being 1/8 mile (660 feet or 201 meters) long from when we first listed the pool until September, 2017, when we measured it using a Google Maps measurement tool and found that it was just 475 feet (~145 meters) long, measuring along the north side of the pool from a point roughly parallel to the Austin B-cycle Station on the west to the far wall to the east.

Facility Reviews

Quite a treat! It is more like a lake than a pool; it is fed by springs and has a dam with run-off at one end. The water is very clear and has a rock/mud bottom with plants and some small fish. Great swimming.
A wonderful pool for lap swims, especially in the morning before the crowds arrive. The water averages a brisk 68º year-round (brace yourself after a heavy rain, it'll be much colder). A great alternative to the highly chlorinated neighborhood pool.
I recently enjoyed three early morning swims here; I just wish I'd brought untinted goggles. Before dawn, at least, it's tough to spot the other simmers in the pool and there are no lane markers.
[April, 2014]