There's no getting around the summer heat in San Antonio, but hopefully these 5 great spots will bring you some relief. Cool down and stay close to home at one (or all) of these swimming destinations.
Wimberley Blue Hole
100 Blue Hole Rd, Wimberley, TX, (512) 660-9111
The Wimberley Blue Hole is only an hour away and just one of the cool things to visit at the Blue Hole Regional Park. With basketball courts and hiking trails, the park is the perfect place to reconnect with nature this summer. The swimming hole has a rope swing and the cool waters are a relief for July’s hottest days. In 2005, this area was purchased by the city of Wimberly to prevent from overcrowding the natural preserve, allowing for the unique spot to continue to flourish ever since.
3630 Park Road 4 W, Burnet, TX 78611, (512) 793-2223
About two hours north, just outside of Burnet, lies one of the area’s most beautiful spots for all your aquatic antics year round. The level of the lake stays constant almost all year, so visitors are able to enjoy sparkling blue waters, beautiful rock outcroppings and stunning sunsets from winter to summer. Swimming, boating, water skiing, scuba diving, fishing and cliff jumping at Devil’s Waterhole are all things to look forward to at this incredible spot. Camping sites as well as cabins are available for rent.
2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, (512) 867-3080
One of the more popular places to splash around in the summer is Barton Springs, located in the middle of Austin. Though usually buzzing with activity, families and college students alike should visit this unique metropolitan oasis. Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres, this 3 acre pool ranges from 68-70 degrees in temperature year round, making this spot a fun place to visit any time of the year. The pool is closed weekly for cleaning on Thursday’s from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The spring is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
404 Krause Spring Rd, Spicewood, TX, (830) 693-4181
This privately owned camping and swimming site located 2 hours from San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country has belonged to the Krause family for over 60 years. There are 32 springs on the 115 acre property making for a wonderfully expansive place to splash around. The spot is open year round and boasts camping/RV sites, a butterfly garden and fountains besides the springs. The springs are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Hamilton Pool Preserve
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd. Dripping Springs, TX, (512) 264-2740
This spot is about an hour and a half away and truly the ultimate in secluded swimming—the park requires reservations for entrance. Hamilton Pool Preserve is a historic pool preserve that features a stunning 50 foot waterfall that flows year round. The unique natural area and grotto that surrounds the serene pool was created thousands of years ago by water erosion making the location one that is not to be missed. The preserve is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.