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.

Get information on how to visit, including hours, ticket prices, and what to bring:

Visit Barton Springs Pool

Charging begins Saturday, March 9, 2024.  To see fee schedule or purchase a season pass, please visit Pool Fees & Rentals | AustinTexas.gov

Starting May 30, 2024, Barton Springs Pool cash entries and kiosk purchases will take place at the Zilker Cafe building. Entry is still at the current main entrance (Barton Springs Rd.). When the bathhouse is closed, cash entries and kiosk purchases will stay at Zilker Cafe but pool entry will move to the west gate.

Barton Springs Pool will be open Thursday, July 4th, 2024 from 5:00am to 10:00pm. 

Barton Springs Pool Updates

North Parking Lot Closure
Date of closure: February 15, 2024–Spring 2025
Description:  Starting on Thursday, February 15 and continuing through spring 2025, public parking on the north side of Barton Springs Pool will not be available, and William Barton Drive will be limited to emergency vehicles, construction deliveries, and vehicles needing accessible parking. For more information, visit the Barton Springs Bathhouse Rehabilitation project page.

Joan Means Khabele Bathhouse at Barton Springs Pool

Please note that beginning on Monday, 6/10/2024, the Joan Means Khabele bathhouse will officially be closed to the public for renovations.  Temporary facilities will be located on site next to the bathhouse and available for use from 7am until 10pm daily. Early morning swimmers will need to use the Azie Morton Entrance for access to the facility between the hours of 5:00am and 7:00am. The temporary entrance located on the west side of the bathhouse will be opened by staff at 7:00am upon staff arrival.


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.

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