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.

What do I need to know before going to Barton Springs Pool?

Warning the water is definitely cold – 68-70 degrees year round. The bottom is natural rock formations and sometimes slippery so you might want to take water shoes. Barton Springs Pool is a cement pool deck shaped around the natural springs that fill it. It’s a very large pool, about 300 yards long and 50 yards wide.


How much does it cost to go to Barton Springs?

Barton Springs Pool Hours & Admissions
Check their website for daily hours and closures. Admission ranges from $2 to $5 for residents and $4 to $9 for non-residents. Veterans and children under 1 year are free.


Do you need water shoes at Barton Springs Pool?

Water shoes aren’t necessary for Barton Springs Pool, but some prefer them. If you’re going to spend time on the shallow end, the bottom of the pool is slick with algae. If you plan to mostly sun bathe and swim in the deep areas, you can probably skip them.


What is the best time to go to Barton Springs?

June, July, and August are all ideal months for your visit. However, visiting at other times of the year can mean lighter crowds, and it’s often still warm enough for a swim in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall.


Is Barton Springs safe to swim?

Analysis by Austin Water showed no concerning levels of toxins in the water at Barton Springs Pool, and the pool remains open. The City monitors the water quality of Barton Springs and will continue to do so.


Can you eat food at Barton Springs?

Kids require snacks, and that’s non-negotiable. However, Barton Springs does not allow you to bring in food! What’s a mom to do?! Luckily, you can bring in sealed water bottles with a twist off lid.