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.

Phone: (512) 974-6300

Due to modified COVID-19 operations, Barton Springs Pool will be closed on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

No admission fees will be charged during modified COVID-19 operations.

Reservations are required to enter facility.  All patrons will be screened upon arrival.  Screening will begin thirty(30) minutes prior to reserved start time.  Cloth face covering will be required when not actively swimming.

Facility will be cleared 15 minutes prior to the end of each two-hour reservation for cleaning and disinfection.

For reservations, please visit austintexas.gov/parksonline

Beginning on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Pool Closed after 7AM on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday


5:00 am - 7:00 am

Facility Closed for Cleaning

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Guarded Swim

8:00 am - 10:00pm

*Barton Springs Pool will open for Swim-at-Your-Own-Risk 7 daily from 5am-7pm.  The pool will be open for reservations beginning at 8AM on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

Season Swim Passes

If you purchased a season swim pass for Summer 2020 and would like a refund, please send an email with your current address and where and how you paid for your pass to aquaticsoffice@austintexas.gov.

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: Unfortunately, group visits cannot be accommodated at this time.