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Do You Know What the Actual Temperature of Barton Springs Pool Is?

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First, Native Americans used the springs, and in the 1800s, the area was settled by “Uncle Billy” Barton. Since then, Barton Springs Pool has become what’s known as the “crown jewel of Austin” for its cool water and indescribable feeling of a connection to the land’s history. According to the official City of Austin website, the pool measures three acres and keeps a steady temperature of 68 – 70 degrees.

For years, people have been boasting that Barton stays a cold 68 degrees. Now, a report from Austin 360 says that simply isn’t true. “At the fault line next to the diving well, near the main spring, the temperature read 70.6 degrees. But at the surface by the downstream dam, it was 71.6 degrees. It was even warmer at the shallow end of the pool, where it measured 74.9 degrees,” they write after a trip to the springs with hydrogeologist David Johns.

“Some people say it seems colder than that, but it’s still 30 degrees colder than body temperature, so it’s cold,” Johns told Austin 360. And the pool certainly can reach 68 degrees after a rain or during the winter.

Plan on visiting Barton Springs Pool this summer when the few degree discrepancy won’t matter at all while you’re retreating from the August sun. The pool is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, though it closes from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Thursday for cleaning that keeps the crown jewel shining.