Try getting away to Barton Springs or Dripping Springs for relief from the
Texas heat. This year especially we are in the middle of the worst drought in many years so
staying cool without killing your families budget is very important. Austin has many attractions
in and around the area to help beat the heat.
Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres, lies one of the crown jewels of Austin, Barton Springs Pool. Three acres in size, the pool is fed from under ground springs and is on average 68 degrees year round. 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 seventies. Even Robert Redford learned to swim at the pool when he was five years old while visiting his mother’s relative in Austin. Today, Barton Springs still attracts a diverse crowd of people.
Just outside of Austin to the southwest is Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs Texas. This spot is a wonderful place to cool off and take the kids for a nature hike and swim. Located about 30 miles southwest of Austin. You just take Highway 71 west of Austin through the town of Bee Cave and turn left onto FM 3238 (Hamilton Pool Road). Then travel 13 miles to the Preserve entrance on your right.
Be sure to call ahead to make sure the park is open!!! They do not filter the water so conditions may make necessary to close the park to swimmmers.
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd.
Dripping Springs, TX 78620