— Updated July 2017–
Keeping cool in the pool is one of the best ways to deal with the heat during summertime in Texas. Thankfully, we’ve got tons of pools & splash pads to choose from, some of them with extra awesome features such as water slides, toddler play areas, obstacles, even lazy rivers! Before summer’s end, head out and explore some of these fun pools and splash pads that go beyond the basics.
Awesome Pools In Austin:
— Barton Springs Pool: First on the list, we have to start with one of the “crown jewels of Austin”. The pool measures three acres in size and is fed from underground springs keeping it nice and COLD with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees. It’s ideal for year-round swimming and people-watching. You can count on fun diving boards and a shallow entry on one side of the pool. (Water shoes would be helpful for the little ones, as it is slippery on the rocks.) Admission for Austin residents: Free for children under age 1; $1 for children ages 1-11; $2 for juniors (ages 12-17); $3 for adults; $1 for seniors (62 yrs & up). Click here for the pool hours & admission fees for non-residents.
— Bartholomew Pool: One of our favorites, this pool has a shallow, shaded pool with mini slide for toddlers, a lilypad crossing obstacle, two big waterslides (for kids 48″ or taller), diving board and lap swimming. While it does get crowded and mornings are an easier time to swim freely, take note that the slides don’t open until noon. Admission is a bargain for Austin residents: $1 for children ages 1-11; $2 for juniors (ages 12-17); $3 for adults; $1 for seniors (62 yrs & up). Cash only. Click here for more info regarding hours and season of operation.
— Deep Eddy: Like Barton Springs, this pool is made of natural spring water, keeping it cool at 65-75 degrees. It has a great shallow entrance (gradually getting deeper), making it ideal for families with little ones who can stick to the shallow side while big kids can swim in the deeper water. There’s plenty of grass to spread out and picnic, too. Take note that parking is limited, but arriving early can help with that issue. Admission for Austin residents: Free for children under age 1; $1 for children ages 1-11; $2 for juniors (ages 12-17); $3 for adults; $1 for seniors (62 yrs & up). Click here for more info regarding hours, season of operation, and admission for non-residents.
— El Salido Pool: Anderson Mill’s pool has a fun toddler pool with sprinklers. It also has three diving boards on their bigger pool. What’s great is that you don’t need to be a resident of Anderson Mill to use the pool. You can purchase a day pass for $4 for those ages 12 & under and $5 for ages 13 & up. Click here for pool hours and more info.
Awesome Splash Pads in Austin:
Here’s just a few of our favorites free splash pads. With the exception of the Liz Carpenter Splash Pad, all other Austin splash pads are open daily from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. in the summer months. For a list of all splash pads in Austin, click here.
- Bailey – 1101 W. 33rd St.
- Metz – 2407 Canterbury St.
- Ricky Guerrero – 1100 Brodie St.
- Clarksville – 1811 W. 11th St.
- Pease – 1100 Kingsbury Dr.
- Liz Carpenter Splash Pad – 1000 Barton Springs Rd. (click here for schedule)
Awesome Pools & Splash Pads in the Greater Austin Area:
Take a short little excursion to Round Rock, Cedar Park or Pflugerville to check out some of their best pools! Any missing from this list? Let us know in the comments below.
— Scott Mentzer Pool (Plugerville): This pool has a small lazy river, toddler slide, and water slides. Take note that this pool is closed on Wednesdays. Click here for pool hours, admission and more info.
— Elizabeth Milburn Pool (Cedar Park): This pool has a 120 ft. slide, a water playground for young children, a lap swimming area, and rentable poolside shade pavillion. This pool is adjacent to a playground, which is always a bonus. Click here for more info, admission and pool hours.
— Veterans Memorial Pool (Cedar Park): This is a 8,300 sq. ft. activity pool with a drop slide, jumping platform and water playground. Additional amenities include family slide, cargo net log crossing, water basketball, and rentable poolside shade. Click here for admission info and pool hours.
— Micki Krebsbach Pool (Round Rock): This pool has a pirate ship that is a 26 foot long and 23 feet high water adventure for all ages! The ship includes wet and wild climbing angles, 2 slides and water cannons for major family fun. It also has water slides and a water crossing obstacle. Closed on Tuesdays. Click here for pool hours, admission, and more info.
— The Quarry Splash Pad (Leander): Built in 2011 in a former quarry, this impressive park is surrounded by natural rock which provides a really unique, pretty atmosphere. There are fountains and sprinklers of all shapes and sizes as well as water cannons, a waterfall (awesome!), a little slide, a mini climbing wall, a sandbox and plenty of picnic tables, too. Click here for a review & more photos. $2 entrance fee per person.
— Brushy Creek Splash Pad (Cedar Park): The Brushy Creek Splash Pad has been named by the Austin Chronicle “Best Place to Play in a Fountain.” It’s free and open daily through Labor Day, then weekends through September! Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at Brushy Creek Lake Park.
Water Parks Near Austin:
– Rock’N River Family Aquatic Center (Round Rock): Run by the City of Round Rock, Rock’N River Family Aquatic Center features a huge “sprayground” with hose jets, tipping cone, water curtain, water guns, water slides and net obstacles. Rock’N River also includes a 12-foot jumping platform, rock wall, and a drop slide. Click here to read why we love this water park!
– Volente Beach Water Park (Lake Travis): Shore Club Volente Beach Water Park is small, making it extremely manageable with the kids. You’ll find a cute pirate ship play area for young children, a handful of water slides, an obstacle to cross in the pool, volleyball court, plenty of picnic space and a restaurant. Click here for a review and more info.
– Schlitterbahn (New Braufels): Schlitterbahn New Braunfels was voted the World’s Best Waterpark in 2015. Located on the banks of the spring-fed Comal River, it has 40 attractions on over 70 acres. Plenty of rides, slides, tube chutes, wading pools, and other water adventures for all ages. Visit the website for info about hours, tickets, and more. Click here to read our 10 favorite things about Schlitterbahn!
– Typhoon Texas (Pflugerville):
Typhoon Texas Waterpark has taken over the former Hawaiian Falls site with new ownership and a multi-million dollar transformation. This recreational center features water slides, a lazy river, a zip line, a ropes course & concessions. Visit the website for a list of activities, admission info, hours and more. Click here to read our review.
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- Where to Swim in the Barton Creek Greenbelt
Have fun out there splashing & swimming!