Is the polar bear your spirit animal? Do you like the idea of literally taking the plunge into 2015? If you’re up for a frosty cold swim on Thursday, Jan. 1 to kick off the new year, you can head to Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park at 9 a.m. for the annual Polar Bear Splash. Save Our Springs Alliance will host this annual free event and provide complimentary coffee, donuts and a commemorative long-sleeve t-shirt (while supplies last). 


If Barton Springs isn’t calling your inner polar bear, take a look at these other two options North of downtown:

Polar Bear Plunge in Anderson Mill
noon – 1:30 p.m., El Salido Pool (11500 El Salido Parkway)
If you live in the Anderson Mill area, you can take the family to the El Salido Pool  for a freezing good time. (El Salido Pool is heated to 82 degrees.) Free!

Pfreeze Pflop in Pflugerville
10 a.m. at Scott Mentzer Pool (901 Old Austin Hutto Road)
Pflugerville residents, are you brave enough to slide into frigid water to kick off your new year? The event lasts until the last brave soul goes down the slide! This pool is not heated. Admission is free with donation of a canned food item given to benefit local pfood banks. For information, call 512-990-6358 or email to

Have fun!