No matter what side of Texas you're from everyone can agree it gets hot here! Temperatures above 100 degrees are not what most consider "comfortable". So, what do you do to beat the heat? Simple, hit your nearest water park or swimming hole. Being that it gets so hot in Texas, there are a ton of places to cool off just in the Austin area alone. We've compiled a list of the best water attractions to cool off in Austin, so you can beat the summer heat!
Barton Springs Pool
In the heart of downtown Austin sits one of the city's most loved pools. Barton Springs Pool has been cooling off Austinites since the early 1900s and for good reason; the water stays at a consistent 68 degrees year-round. This all-natural pool also boasts acres of hillside real estate that is ideal for sunbathing. Cool off at one of Austin's most celebrated pools and jump into Barton Springs today!
What's better than spending a summer day at a waterpark? Spending a summer day at a waterpark on the beach! Located in Lake Travis, this Austin establishment boasts four slides, a private beach, and fun activities for all ages. This is a great alternative to the larger waterparks with large lines. Slide your way through the rest of the summer and visit Volente beach for some beachside fun!
Deep Eddy Pool
What once began as a small swimming hole on the Colorado River is now the oldest swimming pool in Texas. Deep Eddy got its start in 1915 as a resort, but today it is known as one of the best public pools in Austin. This all-natural pool is perfect for both families and adults. There is a large wading pool for kids and multiple lanes of lap swimming lanes for the adults. Visit the pool that is fun for all ages, visit Deep Eddy today!
Don's Fish Camp
What's more synonymous with Texas than Whataburger and cowboys? It's an afternoon tubing one of the many rivers in Texas. To partake in this celebrated tradition just take a short drive out of Austin to Don's fish camp in San Marcos. Here you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the San Marcos River as you enjoy cold drinks with your friends. Take a load off, load up your cooler with your favorite drinks, and enjoy a Texas pastime.
Do you like secluded swimming spots more than a pool filled with families and screaming kids? Just take a short drive out of Austin and visit the small town of Wimberley where you will find a water destination that has people talking. Jacob's Well is an over 100 ft deep well with a ton of surrounding trails to explore. Take the whole family for a great place to avoid the brutal Texas heat.
About 45 min outside of Austin in the city of New Braunfels, sits one of the most cherished waterparks in the United States. Schlitterbahn is to water parks what Disneyworld is to theme parks. Here you can cruise through miles of slides as you beat the Texas heat. This is not just one waterpark; Schlitterbahn is comprised of three separate waterparks perfect for all ages. Grab some sunscreen, a towel, and a tube and head on down to the most famous waterpark in Texas!
In short, there are many great places to cool off around Austin. So pack up your pool bag, grab some shades and keep it cool.
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