Okay so it’s 100 degrees out and you’re looking for some relief. Luckily, our city has some great spots + treats to dip into to help with the heat. You don’t need to look beyond Austin City Limits.
1) Barton Springs Pool
This place completely lives up to it’s hype! Right the heart of Austin, this 3-acre natural pool is 68-70 degrees year-round, making it our favorite chill spot in the summer (pun intended). Admission to the pool grounds is just $3 for adult locals, and $8 for adult visitors, and even less for the kiddos. There are showers, lockers, changing rooms, and shady spots too. Fun fact, Robert Redford learned to swim at Barton Springs growing up as a local Austinite. The best $3 you’ll ever spend in Austin during the summer.
2) Deep Eddy
This Austin Gem @deepeddypool was built in 1915! It was a resort in the 1920s, back then there was a 50 foot tall diving platform over the pool’s deep end from which horses and riders would dive from. It had a zip line across the pool and a tall slide, and a Ferris wheel. Now it's simply a beautiful pool for lap swimming & wading. 🐎🏊🏻♀️🏊🏾💙 #DeepEddy #austin #summer #history #Texas #4thofjuly #local #naturalpool #getoutside #atx #july #funfacts #pool #swim
The oldest swimming pool in Texas and another local favorite. Tranquil Deep Eddy rests on the West Side of Mopac, right off town lake. The pool was first a swimming hole in the Colorado River, then a resort back in the 1920s, and today it’s run by the City of Austin. The bath house of Deep Eddy dates all the way back to the the depression-era. Pool hours in the summer are 8AM-8PM. Love your time at Deep Eddy? Join to donate and support with Friends of Deep Eddy.
3) Amy’s Ice Cream
Who doesn’t love a cold ice cream cone on a Summer day in Texas? Amy’s Ice Cream is a true favorite to all Austinites and has been serving up home-made scoops since 1984. They are most famous for their Mexican Vanilla but have over 350 flavors on rotation, including dairy-free, fruit ices, and frozen yogurt options. No excuse to not beat the heat with Amy’s, there’s over 11 locations around Austin City limits.
4) Green Belt
Looking to catch some shade? You can find plenty of shade for in just over 7 miles of trees along the lush Barton Creek Greenbelt, as as simply stated by locals, the Greenbelt. The Barton Creek Greenbelt consists of three areas: the Lower Greenbelt, the Upper Greenbelt and the Barton Creek Wilderness Park. Hikers, Bikers, Climbers, Taco Seekers, Swimmers, Tourists, and locals alike can be found along the Greenbelt year-round.
The Greenbelt is known for it’s gorgeous green trails, clean swimming holes (though they can dry out in the Summer), smooth limestone cliffs for rock climber enthusiasts, and the perfect terrain for a hike or mountain biking. Check out our Greenbelt Tour!
5) Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake is named after Former First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, the wife of the 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson spent her life’s work beautifying the United States with a special interest in Austin. After her passing in 2007, she left a big impact in the city, which is why we now have a lake named after her called Lady Bird Lake. She is also the reason we have the town lake trail, wildflowers surrounding our highways, and few billboards downtown.
Lady Bird Lake is a very popular spot for both locals & tourists to run, jog, kayak, standup paddle board, attend river cruises, watch the bats, row, catch shade, and generally be active through the summer months and into the rest of the year.