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WeIRd WeEkLy: Fun In The Sun

Texas Summers aren’t for the faint of heart, and with temps steadily creeping towards that 100 degree mark, for Austinites, that means lots of ‘fun in the sun.’  Austin is definitely the city to be in if you’re looking for a surplus of outdoor activities to take part in.  Aside from the obvious list of outdoor music venues and endless beer gardens [which we love], there’s never a shortage of kayakers, canoers, paddle boaters, and sailors out there on Lady Bird Lake.

 

Here’s a list compiled by 365 Things Austin of Austin’s top watering holes to help kick your summer into full gear.  Grab those swimsuits and sunscreen and get to it!

 

1.  Barton Springs

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Barton Springs is an Austinite favorite. Measuring at 1,100 feet in length, this spring-fed pool is one of the only non-chlorinated swimming pools of its size in the country. It is literally one of the coolest swimming holes in Texas with an average year-round temperature of 68-degrees, so no matter how hot it gets outside this summer, you can rest easy knowing there will always be one place in the city you can go to cool off.

Entrance Fees:
Adult (18+): $3
Junior (12-17): $2
Child (1-11): $1
Under 12 months: Free

Parking: $5

2. Deep Eddy Pool

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Photo by Wikipedia Commons

Deep Eddy Pool is one of Austin’s local gems because the water is filtered in from the Colorado River – making the water’s temperature about 70-degrees all summer long. So if you’re looking for a place to take a refreshing dip, relax by the water, and catch a few rays, you’re going to love this man-made pool.

Entrance Fees
Adult (18+): $3
Junior (12-17): $2
Child (1-11): $1
Under 12 months: Free

3. Hamilton Pool

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Photo by amazingplacesonearth.com

Hamilton Pool is truly a work of art, and an incredible sight to see with Hamilton Creek spilling over the steep box canyon’s edge – creating a 50-foot waterfall that feeds into its own natural pool. You and your family will be glad you visited this historic site.

Entrance Fees
$10 per Vehicle

4. McKinney Falls

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 Photo by mo.austin360.com

This family-friendly place is much more remote than our other swimming hole favorites, but it’s a great location for those seeking retreat from city life. When you check outMcKinney Falls, you’ll not only be able to swim at your leisure, but you can hike and set up your own campsite as well.

Entrance Fees
Adults: $6
Under 12 years: Free

5. Krause Springs

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Photo by generalchemistrylaboratory

Our last swimming hole selection goes to Krause Springs – one of Texas’ best-kept secrets. Located only 30-miles outside of the city lies a collection of 32 natural springs, which stay at the perfect swimming temperature all year round. Once you’ve visited Krause Springs you’ll wonder why you hadn’t visited it before.

Entrance Fees
Adult: $6
Child: $3
Under 4 years: Free

For the complete article from 365 Things Austin, visit http://365thingsaustin.com/2014/07/02/top-swimming-holes-austin/

 

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