Summer is road trip season for many of us! But you don’t have to go too far from Houston to enjoy an old-fashioned swimming hole experience. Here’s a roundup of places to take the plunge in Texas.
- Barton Springs Pool in Austin: Underground spring water keeps the water at a refreshing temperature range of 68-70 degrees. There’s a nominal entrance fee for Texas residents, a diving board, a designated area for the smaller set, and plenty of green space for lounging. Make sure you snack beforehand because food isn’t allowed on the premises. Please check their website for additional rules and information before you go. Texas Trivia: Robert Redford learned to swim at Barton Springs Pool when he was a little boy visiting family in the Lone Star State!
- Krause Springs in Spicewood: Founded in 1955, Krause Springs has been a getaway for Texas families for years. 32 springs feed the manmade pool and natural pool on site. There’s a rope swing for channeling your inner Tarzan or bring your own inner tube for a leisurely float. Don’t forget cash for the entrance fee and a cooler filled with your favorite snacks and drinks. Campground space is available too. For a sneak peek, take a look at my pics from a relaxing weekend at Krause Springs here.
- Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs: Reservations are required for this scenic destination offering a natural grotto, 50-foot waterfall, and hiking trails. Finish the day with a feast at nearby Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood. Note: Cash only for Hamilton Pool and Salt Lick.
- Blue Hole Swimming Area in Wimberley: Reservations are also required for access to this spring-fed creek surrounded by bald cypress trees where there’s a rope swing waiting for you! Bird watchers love this spot so bring along a pair of binoculars too. There’s plenty of local restaurants in the area for dining before or after your swim.
Stay cool y’all!