Austin’s Best Swimming Holes: Great Places to Swim This Summer
As I write this, Austin is having its first near triple-digit day of 2022. We’ve arrived – the air conditioning is kicking on, the dogs are wandering through the parks looking for shade, and everyone is blowing up their chats group making plans to hit the water.
If you’re a local, you’re no stranger to heat and most likely have a long list of cooling strategies ready to deploy. But, if you’re one of the many northern Tex-pats who landed at ATX without a full understanding of the power of the Texas sun, you’re probably scrambling to find relief. Fear not, help is there.
To fight subtropical fires, Austin fortunately provides a multitude of natural and man-made swimming holes scattered throughout the metro area. From remote rewards at the end of a hike to crowded, party-friendly pools, there’s a splashing respite within driving distance suitable for all summer needs. Here are the 11 coolest and most refreshing places to swim near Austin.
James Wong is a Libra who spends his time pretending to be vegan, watching wildlife clips and booking plane tickets. Born in London, lived in Tokyo and now resides in Austin, his biggest accomplishment was hugging Posh Spice in 2016.