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Beat the Heat

Where and how to stay cool this summer in Austin

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With all the growth and with all the change that we’ve seen here in Austin, there is one thing that remains constant: it gets sizzling hot here in the summer! With that in mind, we have a few ideas to keep you cool during our warmest days.

 

 

We’re pretty lucky here in Austin: we’ve got pools all over town.

Barton Springs Pool

Pools & Swimming Holes

Just south of Downtown Austin and across the street from the iconic Zilker Park is Barton Springs Pool. 3-acres in size and fed by Barton Springs, the water averages 68-70 degrees and will cool you down quickly upon entry.

 

Across Town Lake in the Tarrytown neighborhood, you’ll find Deep Eddy Pool. A beloved, historic Austin landmark, Deep Eddy Pool is the oldest swimming pool in Texas, and the site includes a bathhouse built during the Depression era by the Works Progress Administration.

 

If you want to get a little bit further out of town, head on over to one of our absolutely breathtaking natural swimming holes Jacob’s Well in Wimberly, or Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs. Both of these destinations will require a bit of planning ahead as you’ll need reservations to swim, so don’t show up without them. 

Barton Springs Pool
Zilker, Austin
Austin Parks & Rec Site
Deep Eddy Pool
Old West Austin
Austin Parks & Rec Site
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Dripping Springs, Texas
Travis County Parks Site
Jacob's Well
Wimberly, Texas
Hays County Parks & Rec Site
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South Congress Attractions

Now if the pool’s not your thing, we have some other ideas that you can check out here in Austin to keep you cool during these dog days of summer.

 

South Congress is iconic. It’s an amalgamation of everything there is to love about Austin, all crammed into one place. A hotspot for tourism, there is great people-watching to be had in the shops and restaurants of this must-see part of Austin. Situated just south of Ladybird Lake (fondly referred to as Town Lake by some locals), you can see people coming straight off the water to grab a nice lunch at Joann’s or enjoy some oysters at Perla’s

 

Just need an iced beverage? Check out Jo’s Coffee. Grab a Belgian Bomber if you have a sweet tooth (it’s an iced hazelnut coffee).

Joann's Fine Foods
South Congress
Menu
Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar
South Congress
Menu
Jo's Coffee
South Congress
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Just need a little reprieve in the air conditioning? There is a ton of great shopping to be found on South Congress, as well. Neighborhood Goods has a little bit of everything, from a wine bar, to charcuteries, gym equipment to candles, to men’s and women’s clothing, fragrances, and more. 

Neighborhood Goods on South Congress - wine bar.

Austin Area Museums

If shopping’s not your thing, consider checking out one of our many museums. The Bullock Texas State History Museum, The Contemporary Museums (Laguna Gloria and the Jones Center Downtown), the Museum of Ice Cream, and The Thinkery (for the little ones) are just a few of the numerous museums that dot the Austin area. 

There are plenty of things to do both inside and out here in Austin to beat the heat. We’ve covered just the tip of the iceberg, but there is so much more. So come on down, give us a visit, it’s never too hot to be in Austin.

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