Deep Eddy Pool is an artificial swimming hole with natural spring-fed water in Austin. It was built in 1915, and now it’s the oldest swimming pool in Texas, which features renovated restrooms, showers, and changing facilities, convenient pool deck, and a mosaic mural telling the history of this place.
This iconic place is not that well known to tourists but very popular with locals, so it can quickly get filled with people in high season. During the summer months, they also hold movie nights at the pool. It’s a family-friendly place where alcohol is prohibited. You aren’t allowed to bring food either, but Eilers Park, which is located just next to the pool, is a perfect place for a family picnic.
Access and Parking
The pool’s working hours are from 10 a. m. to 8 p. m. on weekdays and from 8 a. m. to 8 p. m. on weekends. Like in most swimming places with lifeguards on duty, Deep Eddy Pool features an entrance fee. It’s lower for Austinites and higher for non-residents. The prices are subject to change, so please call the office for current information. Parking is limited and can fill up very quickly in high season. Apart from the pool’s parking lot, there is also street parking available.
Good news for your skin is that Deep Eddy Pool is spring-fed, so the water is not chlorinated. Its temperature is constant at any time (about 70 °F). Very refreshing on a hot summer day in Texas! At first, it feels cold, but once you get used to it, swimming becomes a truly enjoyable experience. There is a warmer shallow section for families with kids and a deeper section for experienced swimmers, which is separated by a concrete wall to allow for comfortable interrupted swimming. There are lifeguards on duty.
These are family-oriented events for visitors of all ages, offering a truly unique experience – watching a movie right in the pool’s cool water! All movies begin at dusk. The entry fee includes both pool entrance and the movie.
If you feel like chilling out in the sun or shade, there are grassy areas to sit, relax, and sunbathe near the pool. Be aware that bringing food is prohibited, since it can attract ants to the area, but you can picnic in an adjacent park. Overall, Deep Eddy Pool is a relaxing, well-maintained, and beautiful family-friendly place in the city. Oh, and don’t forget to check the bathhouse for a scenic view of the pool and the river behind it!
10 minutes from Downtown Austin, TX
1 hour 20 minutes from San Antonio, TX
2 hours 35 minutes from Houston, TX