Barton Springs Pool, Austin
Austin , Texas
Tel: 512 476 9044
Concierge.com's insider take:
This spring-fed public pool, framed by sunbather-friendly green spaces and the canopies of ancient pecan trees, is idyllic on a sunny summer day. The water is chlorine-free, and at 68 degrees, it's a bracing eye-opener if you're recovering from a long night on the town. On weekends in fine weather the place is jammed with families, hippies, and young people out to get a nice tan. Tops are optional for women, though you won't see too many women taking advantage of that. There's not much else on-site to speak of, but if you walk up Barton Springs Road a bit you'll find quite a few restaurants and food carts. Don't pass up the snow cones; they really hit the spot in the Texas heat.
Open Fridays through Wednesdays 5 am to 10 pm, Thursdays 5 to 9 am and 7 to 10 pm.