David Brendan Hall

Best Swimming Hole

Barton Springs Pool

The crowd. Your book. The hill from which you squint at the people and the pages until you can’t stand to sweat another minute. The jump, when you catapult your body into the cold, cold water. The shock – or what sure feels like it – inside-out and backward. Total refreshment of 68 degrees year-round that’s totally worth repeating. Readers don’t lie; Barton Springs Pool is still the best cool in Austin.

Barton Springs Pool
2201 Barton Springs Rd., 512/867-3080
www.austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

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