Cool Off in Austin
02 September, 2016
Cool Off in Austin
Summer is coming to an end, but sadly the heat hasn’t, and all you want to do this Labor Day weekend is be near a body of water. Austin's humidity can be rough on the makeup even with the best setting spray but with the past few weeks hitting 100 degrees; we couldn't be any more happier that Austin is the host of multiple refreshing water holes, public pools and springs!
The Barton Creek Greenbelt
Sculpture Falls - is accessed through the Trails End entrance where you will embark on a half-mile hike downhill to the magical Sculpture Falls swimming hole. Be aware that this hike is not beginner so be ready to sweat and bring a refreshing drink to enjoy at the end of your journey.
Campbell's Hole - is accessed through the Spyglass Access across the street from Taco Deli. Grab some tacos and head left on the trail where you will find a large body of water known as Campbell's Hole or refreshing springs during the drought season.
Barton Springs Pool
Bring your ID and $3 (resident fee) to enter this 900-foot spring fed swimming pool. With the weather hitting triple digits, people are lined up so make sure to get there early. The pool remains an average 68-70 degrees year round but don't be frightened; this spring fed pool is the perfect way to cool off from this hot summer. After you've sun tanned on your cute flamingo float, go lay on the nearby grassy hill and enjoy a good read. (9-10 p.m. is free admission to swim at your own risk)
Deep Eddy Pool
This man-made public pool is $1 to $3 admission depending your age. Fun fact: Deep Eddy Pool is the oldest swimming pool in Texas and is even listed as a historic landmark! Take a dip in this 72-degree pool or catch their summer "Splash Party Movie Nights" where you can float in the pool watching a summer classic at dusk.
Head 30 miles west of Austin toward Spicewood, Texas, where you will find yourself in a town surrounded by BBQ joints at every corner. With $7, you can enter the Krause Family's Spring and swim the fresh pool on site or head down to the magical springs. We recommend packing a lunch and bringing your float to enjoy the refreshing water. Krause Springs has it all — rope swings, cliff jumping and waterfalls!
Due to increased visitation during the peak season at the Hamilton Pool Preserve, they require that guests make a reservation to enter the preserve until September 30, 2016. Make your reservation, drive 30 miles west of Austin and take a mystical swim in this natural swimming hole and admire the gorgeous 45-foot waterfall that cascades into the water.
If you want the best view of downtown in the city, hop on a paddle board at Rowing Dock, over near Zilker! By far our favorite dock on the lake. Paddle board rentals start at $20 an hour, or go on a cute date and split the cost of a double kayak, also $20. http://www.rowingdock.com/
Wherever you land, bring a heavy dose of sunscreen, watermelon and maybe even one of our Margret bracelets? Use the code ‘lasthurrah’ to get 20% off our entire website to make your Labor Day even cooler!