Summer is a great time to hit the pool. However, with all the natural swimming areas around Texas, take some time this summer to explore getting wet in a more natural setting. We’ve compiled a list here to help you get started. Wherever you swim, make sure you are aware of the risks and tips on how to stay safe. Check out Texas Parks and Wildlife for more information. (http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/park-information/swimming-safety)
Barton Springs Pool (Austin, TX) https://austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool: This classic is a favorite among locals, tourists, and even those from out of this world J. The spring fed pool is three acres and the water temperature is between 68 and 70 degrees year-round, making it a perfect place to chill out. Barton Springs also serves as the home of the Barton Springs Salamander where you can learn more about the Splash! exhibit next door to the pool.
Krause Springs (Spicewood, TX) http://krausesprings.net/: Krause Springs has it all—water falls, spring fed pools, campsites, and even butterfly gardens. Established in 1955, Krause Springs has been a favorite for swimming during the summer, especially with the pools being around 70 degrees.
Comal Springs (New Braunfels, TX) http://www.edwardsaquifer.net/comal.html: A lesser known spring but popular nonetheless. A part of what is considered the shortest river in the world, Comal Springs is made up of fifteen different springs. Although swimming is not allowed at most of these springs, there are designated swimming areas in Landa Park that will be sure to cool you off on that hot summer day.
Blue Hole (Wimberley, TX) http://www.cityofwimberley.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B1CDE9473-341C-496E-BD68-CED18B923848%7D&DE=%7B73216981-2826-4903-ADED-090ADBF499A6%7D: Blue Hole Regional Park is equipped with playscapes, basketball courts, hiking trails, and of course, the famous Blue Hole Swimming Area. This shaded area surrounded by tons of greenspace is the perfect place to spend the entire day with the family.
Lake Tejas (Colmesneil, TX) http://www.laketejas.net/: Centered in the heart of East Texas, this spring fed lake is fun for the entire family. With plenty of room to swim, dive, fish, canoe, or kayak, Lake Tejas offers something for everyone. In addition to the fun at the lake, you can also camp in a tent, RV, or one the of their cabins.
Lake Casa Blanca (Laredo, TX) http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-casa-blanca: Just minutes from the Texas-Mexico border at Laredo sits a prime swimming spot. Lake Casa Blanca State Park offers swimming, water skiing, fishing, and boating. You can also make your stay longer by camping at the state park, just moments away from the lake.
Padre Island National Sea Shore (Corpus Christi, TX) https://www.nps.gov/pais/index.htm: The longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world is a great place for swimming and beach lounging. Swimming is allowed in the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the recreation area around Bird Island Basin. Please be aware of the dangers associated with swimming in the gulf and check out the National Park Service link for more information on how to stay safe.
Balmorhea State Park (Toyahvale, TX) https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/balmorhea: Often called the oasis in the high desert, Balmorhea is the place to swim in West Texas. Only a couple hours east of El Paso, Balmorhea is the world’s largest spring fed swimming pool, with clear water and fish all around. Equipped with a diving board and plenty of campsites, visiting Balmorhea will surely keep you cool.
Copper Breaks State Park (Quanah, TX) https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/copper-breaks: Copper Breaks State Park is home to many activities, including swimming. Lake Copper Breaks is a great place for everyone to cool off during those hot summer months. In addition, Lake Copper Breaks is a great place for fishing and camping.