Austin may not be near the coast, but there are tons of fun places to swim in the city limits and beyond. We’ve got a round-up of some of the best pools and swimming holes in the area!
Deep Eddy Pool has been a destination for Austinites looking to cool off since the 1930’s. Located in the heart of Austin just off Lake Austin Boulevard near Mopac, its spring-fed waters offer a refreshing respite from the heat of the summer. There is also a concession stand offering Jim Jim Ices and other snacks just in case you need an extra jolt of cold refreshment.
Hamilton Pool Preserve is quite possibly the most beautiful swimming hole in Austin, if not the entire state. This gorgeous natural pool has a waterfall and is part of a collapsed grotto. Reservations are required and sometimes the bacteria levels in the water are too high to swim. If that happens, you can still enjoy hiking on the nature trails surrounding the pool.
Looking to swim “au naturel”? Austin’s famous nude beach, Hippie Hollow, welcomes visitors age 18 and over to toss aside their clothing and sunbathe, swim or boat in their birthday suit. It’s the only clothing-optional public park in the state of Texas.
Lake Pflugerville Park gives you the experience of a beach without the four hour plus drive to the Gulf of Mexico. The beach has pebbles, so be sure to bring water shoes. You can swim, fish, picnic, hike, jog or just soak up some rays on and around this man-made 180 acre reservoir.