Southwest Austin guide to pools and swimming

Pools and swimming facilities in Austin and the surrounding areas can allow residents to relax, have fun and cool off with family and friends during the summer months.




Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy[/caption]

Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy
5513 Southwest Parkway, Austin
512-276-2324
www.aasa-atx.com
Hours: not open to the public for recreational swimming, but classes and programs are offered at various times
Features: Olympic-sized pool, classes, swim lessons, changing rooms, hike & bike trail, showers
Cost: prices vary by program




Barton Springs Pool Barton Springs Pool[/caption]

Barton Springs Pool
2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin
512-476-9044
http://austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool
Hours: May-Oct. 31: 5-8 a.m. swim at own risk, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. guarded swim (with admission), 9-10 p.m. guarded swim (no admission fee), closed Thu. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Features: municipal pool with wading area, snorkeling program, changing rooms, hike & bike trail, showers, picnic area
Cost: Resident cost: free (11 months and younger), $1 (ages 1-11, seniors), $3 (age 12 and older). Nonresident cost: free (11 months and younger), $3 (ages 1-11), $4 (ages 12-17, seniors), $8 (age 18 and older)


SWA Guide to Pools and SwimmingDeep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Ave., Austin
512-472-8546
http://austintexas.gov/department/deep-eddy-pool
Hours: April 9-May 22: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. May 23-Aug. 21: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Aug. 22-Oct. 31: Mon.-Sun. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Features: municipal pool with wading area, play area, swim lessons, changing rooms, hike & bike trail, showers, picnic area
Cost: Resident cost: free (11 months and younger), $1 (ages 1-11, seniors), $3 (age 12 and older). Nonresident cost: free (11 months and younger), $3 (ages 1-11), $4 (ages 12-17, seniors), $8 (age 18 and older)




Dick Nichols Pool Dick Nichols Pool[/caption]

Dick Nichols Pool
8011 Beckett Road, Austin
512-899-0348
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/dick-nichols-pool
Hours: June 3-5: Tue.-Sat. noon-7 p.m.; Closed Mon.; June 6-July 24: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Features: wading area, wading pool, showers, restrooms, heated water, play area, swim lessons, hike & bike trail, picnic area
Cost: free


Dittmar Pool at Dittmar District Park
1009 W. Dittmar Drive, Austin
512-974-6090
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/dittmar-pool
Hours: June 6-Aug. 20: Wed.-Mon. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Tue.
Features: diving board, wading area showers, restrooms, play area, swim lessons, hike & bike trail, picnic area
Cost: free




Garrison Municipal Pool Garrison Municipal Pool[/caption]

Garrison Municipal Pool at Garrison Park
6001 Manchaca Road, Austin
512-442-4048
http://austintexas.gov/department/garrison-pool
Hours: May 28-June 5: Sat.-Sun. noon-7 p.m. June 6-Aug. 20: Thu.-Tue. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Wed.
Features: diving board, wading area, restrooms, play area, swim lessons, hike & bike trail, picnic area, showers
Cost: Resident cost: free (11 months and younger), $1 (ages 1-11, seniors), $2 (ages 12-17), $3 (18 and older); Nonresident cost: free (11 months and younger), $2 (ages 1-11, seniors), $3 (age 12-17), $4 (18 and older).


SWA Guide to Pools and SwimmingGillis Pool
2504 S. Durwood Ave., Austin
512-693-2974
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/gillis-pool
Hours: June 13-Aug. 14: Thu.-Tue. 1-8 p.m., Closed Wed.
Features: basketball courts, multipurpose fields, play area, swim lessons, hike & bike trail, picnic area
Cost: free







Worth the Drive


Anderson Mill Pool
10701 Schoolhouse Lane, Austin
512-258-3687
http://amld.org/aquatics-pool-hours
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Features: slide, high-dive, swim lessons, hike & bike trail
Cost: $3 (age 17 and younger), $5 (adults)




Hamilton Pool Preserve Hamilton Pool Preserve[/caption]

Hamilton Pool Preserve
24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs
512-264-2740
https://parks.traviscountytx.gov/find-a-park/hamilton-pool
Hours: Travis County Parks opened its reservation system in April for visitors to save a spot to visit Hamilton Pool Preserve during the busy season of May 15-Sept. 30.
Features: historic swimming hole formed by Hamilton Creek, which spills out over a limestone overhang to create a 50-foot-tall waterfall that plunges into the natural pool; restrooms, hike & bike trail, picnic area
Cost: $10 reservation fee with $1 credit card service fee (online), $15 entrance fee (paid at pool, cash only), $26 per vehicle; discounts available for seniors, disabled veterans and pedestrians/cyclists.


McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin
512-243-1643
www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls
Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Features: swimming, camping, fishing, hike & bike trail
Cost: free (age 12 and younger), $6 (age 13 and older)


This list is not comprehensive

By Kelli Weldon
Kelli joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter and has been covering Southwest Austin news since July 2012. She was promoted to editor of the Southwest Austin edition in April 2015. In addition to covering local businesses, neighborhood development, events, transportation and education, she is also the beat reporter covering the Travis County Commissioners Court.


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