July 4th is just around the corner so we thought we'd share some of our favorite places that make the Texas heat a little bit more bearable. Whether you prefer a swan dive or a full-on cannonball, you can’t go wrong with any of these local-ish spots. What better way to celebrate America’s independence than by exploring some of Austin’s not-so-secret swimming holes?
What a jewel in the heart of the City of the Violet Crown! Located within Zilker Park this 3 acre pool may be man made, but it's still completely natural and fed from underground springs. With an average temperature of 70 degrees, Barton Springs Pool is ideal for year-round swimming.
It's just a short drive to the west, but the view may have you thinking otherwise...Formed by thousands of years of water erosion Hamilton Pool is surrounded by a unique natural grotto, canyon and a 50-foot waterfall spilling from the limestone above.
Heading from Dripping Springs towards Wimberly, Jacob's Well is known for it's calm surface and clear, bottomless depths. The well is fed from the Trinity Aquifer nearly 140 feet below the surface. Also deep below is an series of caves and passages that form one of the longest underwater cave systems in Texas. Jacob's Well also has a dangerous reputation as several divers have learned by exploring too deeply into the extensive caves underneath.
This is just the beginning of our adventures...stay tuned for more of our picks for some of the hot spots where you can keep cool this summer.