Within Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin - Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. 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.

The Springs serves as home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander, and is listed as a federally protected habitat. The pool is closed to the public from 9a-7p every Thursday to allow for the vigorous and methodical cleaning methods required to help maintain the pool area for wildlife and guests alike. Depths of the pool range from 0’ to 18' with surrounding grassy areas for patrons to lounge upon. Adjacent to the pool bathhouse is Splash!, an educational exhibit where patrons can learn about the history and biology of Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer which feeds it.

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For information and recent news check out the Barton Springs Master Plan.

Operating Hours

Phone: (512) 974-6300

Closed February 29 - March 13 for Annual Spring Cleaning

March 14, 2020 – April 26, 2020  (Admission Fees Charged)

5:00 am - 8:00 am Daily* Swim at Own Risk
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Daily* Guarded Swim 
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Daily** Swim at Own Risk


*Closed Thursdays from 9am - 7pm for cleaning 

April 27, 2020 – October 31, 2020  (Admission Fees Charged)

5:00 am - 8:00 am Daily* Swim at Own Risk
8:00 am - 9:00 pm Daily* Guarded Swim 
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Daily** Free Swim


*Closed Thursdays from 9am - 7pm for cleaning **Admission fee charged until closing on Full Moon nights

Full Moon Schedule

Admission Charged until Closing and attendance is capped at 750 participants who enter after 8:30 pm

  • May 7
  • June 5
  • July 4
  • August 3
  • September 1


Main Gate Hours:

5am - 10pm Daily
South Gate Hours:  
5am - 10pm Daily*

*Closed Thursdays from 9am - 7pm for cleaning

Daily Entry Fees

*Barton Springs Pool has ticket kiosks in front of the Barton Springs Bathhouse and south pool entrance where patrons may purchase an entry ticket with credit/debit cards.  Present the entry ticket to the cashier for admission into the pool.

Age Group

Daily Entry Fee


Daily Entry Fee


Senior (62 years and older) $2 $5
Adult (18 - 62 years) $5 $9
Junior (12-17 years $3 $5
Child (1-11 years) $2 $4
Children under 1 year FREE FREE

Punch Cards

80 Punch Card ($40.00 value) for $34.00. Each punch is worth $0.50.  For more information on Punch Cards

Season Swim Passes

Info on Season Swim Passes (Includes parking at Zilker Park)

Prohibited Items and Activities

  • Coolers, ice chests and thermal bags
  • Food
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Glass
  • Alcohol
  • Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls or other hard balls
  • Drinks are permitted but must be in a plastic re-sealable container with a twist-top lid

Group Visits: All groups wishing to plan a one day visit to Barton Springs Pool, or any of our other City of Austin pool facilities, must register with the Aquatic Office aquaticsoffice@austintexas.gov. Please find our One Day Visit policy information & registration forms here: One Day Visit Packet