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July 4th Family Road Trip? Check Out the Best Swimming Holes in Texas

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Best Swimming Holes in Texas

Texas in summer is hot.

Really hot.

Old fashioned swimming holes are the best bet for cooling off for families.

Today, Southeast Texas Family Magazine is sharing a guide to our favorites.

Barton Springs Pool in Austin

Barton Springs is the quintessential urban swimming area, not just for Texas, but for the entire United States. where to swim Austin, favorite swimming locations Texas, family road trip planner Texas,

We absolutely love it.

Driving through Austin can be a challenge, making your blood pressure rise with the heat.

When you see Zilker Park for the first time, you’ll know you have arrived in a special place. You’ll see people throwing frisbees, practicing martial arts, riding electric scooters, and grilling.

You’ll hear lots of music. Speakers are just as likely to play Mexican Cumbias or Willie Nelson or The Dead Kennedys.

When you get to the pool, you won’t be able to wait to jump in.

How hot is it today? 92 degree? 99? 104? It doesn’t matter, Barton Springs Pool is 68 degrees year round.

Your whole family will love the cool water in this beautiful urban swimming hole. Enjoy views of the downtown Austin skyline. Your kids will love seeing tiny fish darting around the pool, fed by artesian springs.

Click here to learn more about Barton Springs. one of our favorite Texas swimming holes.

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Hamilton Pool Preserve

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Hamilton Pool looks like a movie set, your dream waterfall with a beautiful pool of water underneath. The kind of place a yong couple discovers when they are stranded on a desert island.

Hamilton Pool swimming area is real though, and just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Austin.

Hamilton Pool is a top Central Texas swimming hole, and definitely one of our “must see” Texas road trip destinations.

SETX Family Magazine Tips: Hamilton Pool is a Travis County Park. The good is that they work hard to keep their parks as pristine as possible. The challenge is that what you can and can’t do, and when you can or can’t do it is always changing to preserve their parks.

Click here for reservations and the most current information about visiting Hamilton Pool’s beautiful waterfall and swimming hole near Austin TX.

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Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced.

Jacob’s Well Swimming Hole in Wimberly

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How about a crystal clear swimming hole over fourteen stories deep?

Jacobs Well in Wimberly is over 140 feet deep. It looks like you’re witnessing a swimming pool that goes to the center of the earth.

This popular Central Texas swimming hole is fed by artesian springs.

The artesian springs keep the swimming area pleasantly cool, even during the blistering Texas summer sun. Enjoy a 68 degree swimming pool, year round.

Jacobs Well Swimming Hole

1699 Mt. Sharp Road, Wimberley, TX. 78676
512-214-4593
Open 8AM~6PM

One cool thing about Jacob’s Well swimming area is that you only have to pay if you’ll be swimming. If you just want to get a quick peek or watch others enjoy the water, there is no charge.

Click here for more information about swimming in Jacob’s Well, Wimberly TX.

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Krause Springs, Spicewood TX

If you close your eyes and imagine your dream Texas swimming hole, you just might be picturing Krause Springs.swimming trips Texas, family road trips Central TX, vacation guide Texas, Krause Springs swimming hole,

This beautiful Central Texas swimming hole features waterfalls, dozens of artesian springs and a natural (enhanced by man) swimming area.

Common SETX Family reader question: Does the water get hot in the summer? It does not. Fed by artesian springs, the Krause Springs Swimming hole is 68 degrees year round.

Are you trying to think of where / why you’ve heard of Spicewood? Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch is in Spicewood and for decades, he’d pop into local clubs like Poodie’s Roadhouse and play for locals.

If you’ve never visited Spicewood, there is a lot for families to see and do together.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Pace Bend State Park: Our family has spent a lot of time in this park. If you are looking for wildlife, expect to see a lot of deer. In the evening or early morning, you can also see grey fox and the occasional bobcat. The park is popular with hikers, bikers, kayakers, and cliff civers.
  • Mule Shoe Bend State Park. Offering access to beautiful Lake Travis, this park is popular for camping, family reunions, fishing, and more. There are miles and miles of multi-use trails designed to accommodate hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners. Watercraft are available for rent in the park including fishing kayaks and stand up paddle boards.
  • Angel’s Icehouse Spicewood: Southern style food, ice cold beer, and child friendly outdoor (and indoor) dining.
  • Poodie’s Roadhouse: Good food and great live music.

Click here for more information about Krause Springs, one of the best swimming holes in Texas.

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Balmorhea State Park Swimming Hole

You would be amazed at the cool projects that were built almost 100 years ago. Originally built in the 1930s, the stunning

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Balmorhea State Park Swimming Hole has undergone a number of renovations and is as lovely it was all those decades ago.

The strikingly clear water you’ll find in the pool is sourced from San Solomon Springs.

SETX Family Fun Fact:  there are 3.5 million gallons of water in the Balmorhea Pool, making it the single largest spring-fed pool in the world!

SETX Family Magazine Note: There is a minimal entrance fee if you’re planning to visit Balmorhea State Park.

Learn more Balmorhea State Park Swimming Hole, one of our favorite Texas swimming holes and road trip destinations.

Restaurants Near Balmorhea State Park:

  • La Cueva de Oso: “The Bear Cave” Tex Mex favorites in Balmorhea.
  • Jo’s Bar and Grill: Burger, Tex Mex, live music or DJs on the weekend. Check their schedule for special events. Goat roping, anyone?
  • Matta’s Burger Place in Balmorhea: Texas sized burgers, crinkle cut fries, and lots of positive reviews from locals and visitors to Balmorhea State Park Swimming Hole. 
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We hope you have enjoyed learning more about some of Texas’ best swimming holes.

Stay tuned – this is one of our favorite subjects, and we will be updating you with new (and regional) swimming holes from around Texas year round.

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Daryl Fant

Daryl Fant is the publisher of SETX Family. The magazine is an extension of their resources for Southeast Texas families and businesses. Their publications, under the SETX Advertising Umbrella, include SETX Church Guide, SETX Weddings, SETX Seniors, SETX Commercial Real Estate, and EatDrinkSETX.com.

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