The aquatic bodies of Austin
The famous 50ft waterfall off of Hamilton Park Pool is gorgeous, but you can’t get in till May, and the lines are overlong. Fortunately, Mother Nature has blessed Texas with alternatives. Barton Springs Pool is a true crown jewel of not just the city of Austin, but the great state of Texas as well. With average temperatures around 68-70 degrees, this underground-fed aquatic retreat is three acres in size and a popular hangout spot for Austinites and visitors alike, year-round. Worst case scenario: you have a wonder of nature all to yourself. Best-case scenario, you’re making new friends and yay, you’re still in a hot spring!
If you want to get away from crowds entirely -- and indulge a dangerous streak -- visit nearby Jacob's Well, a popular central Texas spot that draws daredevils who jump directly into the well. Some consider this ecological resource one of the most dangerous diving spots in the world; so use caution when you check this one off your list.