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.

The Springs serves as home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander, and is listed as a federally protected habitat.  Depths of the pool range from 0’ to 18' with surrounding grassy areas for patrons to lounge upon. Adjacent to the pool bathhouse is Splash!, an educational exhibit where patrons can learn about the history and biology of Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer which feeds it.

Barton Springs Coloring Sheet (PDF)

For information and recent news check out the Barton Springs Master Plan.

Phone: (512) 974-6300 

 

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The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will continue to adjust operations according to the City of Austin’s COVID-19 Risk Based Guidelines and in consultation with public health authorities. 

Barton Springs Pool is currently free admission through February 2022.

 

Hours of Operation

Monday

5:00 am - 8:00 am*

Swim at your own Risk

 

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Guarded Swim

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm*

Swim at your own Risk

Tuesdays

5:00 am - 8:00 am*

Swim at your own Risk

 

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Guarded Swim

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm*

Swim at your own Risk

Wednesday 

5:00 am - 8:00 am*

Swim at your own Risk

 

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Guarded Swim

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm*

Swim at your own Risk

Thursday

5:00 am - 9:00 am*

Swim at your Own Risk

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm*

Swim at your Own Risk

Friday

5:00 am - 8:00 am*

Swim at your own Risk

 

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Guarded Swim

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm*

Swim at your own Risk

Saturday 

5:00 am - 8:00 am*

Swim at your own Risk

 

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Guarded Swim

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm*

Swim at your own Risk

Sunday

5:00 am - 8:00 am*

Swim at your own Risk

 

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Guarded Swim

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm*

Swim at your own Risk

*Open for Swim at Your Own Risk only

Prohibited Items and Activities

  • Coolers, ice chests and thermal bags
  • Food
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Glass
  • Alcohol
  • Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls or other hard balls
  • Drinks are permitted but must be in a plastic re-sealable container with a twist-top lid

Group Visits: Unfortunately, group visits cannot be accommodated at this time.