8 gorgeous swimming areas to cool off in the San Antonio area

Summer-like heat arrives this weekend with near record high temperatures, meaning it’s time to grab the bathing suit and hang out by water. In the San Antonio area and Hill Country, there are plenty of swimming places to cool off from the summer-like heat.

Reservations are now open for the 2022 swim season at Jacob’s Well Natural Area.

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Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Wimberley

Jacob’s Well Natural Area is open to the public during open hours 8 am to 6 pm daily. Reservations are required for water access.

Jacob’s Well is an artesian spring that releases thousands of gallons of water a day. It’s the second-largest fully submerged cave in Texas, according to Hays County. The water temperature stays a constant 68 degrees.

The source of the water comes from the Trinity Aquifer, which makes its way from an extensive underground cave system. The deepest part of the cavern system is 140 feet deep. The main cavern length is 4,341 feet and the secondary cavern, which branches off the main cavern, is 1,314 feet in length.

Guadalupe River State Park

Guadalupe River State Park

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Guadalupe River State Park

With four miles of river frontage, the Guadalupe River takes center stage at the park. On the river, you can swim, fish, tube, and canoe. It’s open daily for day use and overnight camping but reservations are needed.

Before ending the river you can start off with a hike. Explore 13 miles of hike and bike trails. Trails range from the 2.86-mile Painted Bunting Trail to the 0.3-Mile River Overlook Trail, which leads you to a scenic overlook of the river.

The state park is located at 3350 Park Road 31, Spring Branch.

Barton Springs in Austin

Barton Springs is a set of four natural water springs located at Barton Creek on the grounds of Zilker Park in Austin, resulting from water flowing through the Edwards Aquifer. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming.

Entry passes can be purchased here.

San Marcos River

San Marcos River

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San Marcos River

The San Marcos River bubbles to life from hundreds of springs right in the city center. Always a refreshing 72 degrees, the river is enjoyed year ’round. Grab a tube and go for a float. Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle and navigate its length.

Since the river is spring-fed and begins in San Marcos, the water is clear which allows you to view to the bottom of the river.

You can find tubing outfitters and kayak rentals here.

The Frio River at Garner State Park.

The Frio River at Garner State Park.

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Garner State Park

Garner State Park is a great place to visit for a swim or hike. With 2.9 miles of Frio River winding through 1,774 acres of scenic Hill Country terrain, the park offers lots to see and do.

Swim in the Frifittero River or float its waters on an inner tube, operate a paddle boat, and hike 16 miles of scenic trails. It’s open for day use and for overnight camping but reservations are needed. For more, visit its website here.

Tubing the empty Comal River

Tubing the empty Comal River

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Comal River


The Comal River is a beautiful spring-fed natural flowing body of water that has been the pinnacle attraction for New Braunfels for generations. The headwaters spring up from the Edwards Aquifer and flow 2.5 miles through Landa Park, passing Downtown New Braunfels, bordering Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and merging with the Guadalupe River, running entirely within the city limits of New Braunfels.

The Comal River is open for recreation, it is only closed during times of high water or for public safety. River Access Parks are open daily from 6 am to midnight.

For tubing outfitters, click here.

Blue Hole

Blue Hole Regional Park is a natural, spring-fed swimming hole lined with the iconic Cypress Trees located deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The whole family will enjoy swimming in crystal clear water, sunbathing on the grassy swim lawn, and of course, swinging on our famous rope swings.

Swimming reservations are now open for May. Guests are able to purchase reservations for any day and time slot for the entire summer season. Click here for more.

Paradise canyon
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Paradise Canyon

Since 1957, Paradise Canyon has offered a little piece of heaven on the Medina River. A weekend at Paradise Canyon is the perfect getaway from the city as it has activities where you can fish, float, camp and have a picnic.

It’s $ 40 per carload (limit 5) and $ 3 per person for more than five people over 2-years-old. Paradise Canyon is located at 2220 Country Road 2615 Rio Medina.

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