Best Austin Area
Laura Standefer, Senior Summer Correspondent
July 15, 2019
I was born on an island and being in the water is where I’m the happiest. Having lived in Central Texas for almost my whole life, I know the importance of our lakes, creeks, swimming holes, and even that neighborhood pond that people can’t seem to stay out of during summertime. If you and your family are looking to cool off sometime this summer (I mean, who isn’t?), there are several Austin area swimming holes that everyone can enjoy!
Blue Hole in Georgetown
I particularly enjoy going to Blue Hole because of how kid-friendly it is. You can find free public parking at the corner of 3rd and Rock Street in the parking lot or the parking garage, then make the short hike down to the clean, refreshing water. Bathrooms and picnic benches are available and, while glass is not permitted, coolers are definitely allowed.
Looks like a pool, but it’s actually a man-made swimming hole. Located downtown and basically on the river, Deep Eddy Pool is what locals are calling, “The Best Way to Spend a Hot Summer Day in Austin.” There is an admissions fee during the summer, but discounts are offered to residents.
Located southwest of Austin in Johnson city, Pedernales Falls is the perfect place for hiking, kayaking, swimming, tubing, fishing, and even horseback riding. The best part? Free admission for children under 12! This swimming hole is beautiful and the drive out there will remind you of what Texas has to offer. Check out their website for more information and fun events, including their Junior Ranger program.
Blue Hole in Wimberley
Photo by: Kat Standefer Photography
Can you keep a secret? Blue Hole in Georgetown is perfect for swimming and is typically not crowded, unlike everywhere else in the Austin area. Online reservations are mandatory and picnic tables can be reserved. Wimberley is one of my favorite get-away cities in Texas and its Blue Hole is just another reason to go back this summer.
Krause Springs is the perfect place for a family day trip. Pack a cooler and enjoy the nature garden at the entrance, then jump into the refreshing waters via rope swing. If you’re having so much fun that you don’t want to go home, Krause Springs has an amazing on-site campground. Many memories have been made here, now it’s time for you to make some too!
It feels weird to list swimming holes without mentioning Hamilton Pool. It’s probably the most popular swimming hole in central Texas and reservations are now required, but it’s is a strikingly beautiful place to spend the day. Located in Spicewood Springs, Hamilton Pool is a must see for visitors and locals alike. Please check the website to make sure that it’s open for swimming at the time of your visit.