Take the plunge into 2018! If you’re up for a frosty cold swim to kick off the new year on Monday, Jan. 1, you can choose from a few places around Austin to satisfy your inner polar bear.

Polar Bear Splash 2018 @ Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park, 9 a.m.
Head to Barton Springs for the annual Splash. Admission to the pool is free all day, starting at 5 a.m.! Save Our Springs Alliance will be set up at 9 a.m. with commemorative shirts for sale, and free coffee and donuts! Everything is first come, first serve. So, get there early, bring your friends and family to enjoy the inviting 68 degree water. Group costumes and plunges are welcome. (Take note, no lifeguards will be on duty. Swim, splash & shiver at your own risk.)

Pfreeze Pflop in Pflugerville @ Scott Mentzer Pool, 10 a.m.
Are you brave enough to slide into the pfrigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool? Participants must be in line by 10 a.m., as the event goes quickly. The first 50 people will receive a free t-shirt. Admission is free with donation of a canned food item to benefit local food banks.

Polar Bear Splash @ Kyle Pool, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Take part in the 14th annual Kyle tradition. There is no admission charge to take part in the Polar Bear Splash, but for $30 you can join the Polar Bear Club and get a sweatshirt, tickets for door prizes and an annual pool pass. Pool doors open at 1 p.m. and the splash starts at 1:30 p.m. Click here for more info.

Have fun! Happy New Year!