Jun 2, 2024 - Things to Do

Austin outdoor recreation guide

A photo of a person on a rope swing with swimmers in the background.

The Austin area has no shortage of swimming holes. Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images

It's about to get hot, y'all. Luckily, there are plenty of places to cool down in Central Texas.

What's happening: We've rounded up some of our favorite spots for a dip as temperatures hover in the 90s this week.

Public pools

The city of Austin operates dozens of pools and splash pads across the city.

Barton Springs: The city's crown jewel remains open year-round.

  • Swim at your own risk hours are from 5-8am Friday through Wednesday and 5-9am Thursday.
A photo of a pool with a lifeguard stand and swimmers on the edge.
Barton Springs Pool is open year-round. Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images

Big Stacy: This spring-fed pool nestled in the Travis Heights neighborhood is great for lap swimming and families.

  • Starting this week, the pool is open weekdays — except Mondays — from 6-8am and 10am-8pm for recreational and lap swimming.
  • Big Stacy is open weekends from 11am-8pm for recreational and lap swimming.

Deep Eddy: It's the oldest swimming pool in Texas and filled with gorgeous, cold spring water.

A photo of a pool
Deep Eddy Pool is open for recreational and lap swimming. Photo: Courtesy of Austin Parks and Recreation
  • Lap swimmers will find eight lanes on the deep side of the pool, and families with little kids can easily walk into the shallow end of the pool.
  • Open 8am-8pm for lap swim and 10am-8pm for recreational swim every day.

Swimming holes

Austin's swimming holes set the city apart.

Of note: Swim at your own risk at these sites.

Sculpture Falls: Take a hike through the Barton Springs Greenbelt before a dip in this popular swimming hole for Austinites and their dogs.

Secret Beach: This not-so-secret spot is perfect for a hot, summer day on the Colorado River.

A photo of lawn chairs in water with swimmers in the background.
Secret Beach, on the east side of the Longhorn Dam. Photo: Nicole Cobler/Axios
  • Park at Krieg Fields and follow the trail down to the water. Secret Beach is on the east side of the Longhorn Dam, so keep an eye out for changing water levels.
  • Pack lawn chairs, lunch and plenty of sunscreen.

Commons Ford Ranch: Head to Lake Austin to swim at this beautiful city park, with trails, a volleyball net, rope swings and a dock to jump off of.

A photo of a field with water in the background.
A sunny day at Commons Ford Park. Photo: Nicole Cobler/Axios

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