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When those scorching Summer days start hitting, a cool Texas swimming hole can be the best relief.
The Austinot has scoured the area for the best swimming holes in and around the Austin. Here’s the list we came up with:
- Deep Eddy – Located at Town Lake, this swimming hole suits kids, lap swimmers and everyone in between. Not only that, but it’s billed the oldest swimming hole in Texas and has been around for over 100 years! Though parking can be a challenge, we encourage you to be a part of history by checking out Deep Eddy.
Barton Springs – Everyone knows about Barton Springs, for good reason! Located in the heart of Austin, Barton Springs is well-maintained with plenty of grass to lay out on. Pets, coolers, food and alcohol aren’t permitted.
- Hamilton Pool – (Click the link to the left to see more photos of Hamilton Pool and hear a podcast that talks about it.) Even though you have to drive 30 miles Southwest of Austin to get to Hamilton Pool, it’s one of our favorite swimming spots. With a waterfall, picturesque rocky overhang, clean beach and aquamarine-colored water, Hamilton Pool is stunningly beautiful. Who knew a spot like this could be so close to Austin?
- Jacob’s Well – Take a drive to Wimberley, TX to experience a unique swimming hole that happens to be connected to one of the longest underwater caves in Texas. This spot is free (for now) and only 25 swimmers are allowed in the water at a time. Complete with a delightful rope swing, Jacob’s Well is worth visiting.
Blue Hole – Also in Wimberley, the Blue Hole swimming hole is celebrating a grand re-opening this weekend. The site is now home to soccer fields, a playground, a volleyball court and more, but they’re kept out of site of the swimming hole.
If you have tips for how to make a successful trip to any of these locations, please share with us and our readers. And make sure you invite us to come with you if you decide to go swimming this Summer!
What swimming holes would you add?
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Photos courtesy of sselhcuo, Zen Nomad, Youens and Micheal Cote.