You don’t have to pack up your swimsuit just because fall has arrived in Austin.
Four public pools – Barton Springs, Bartholomew, Deep Eddy and Big Stacy – are open year-round for lap swimming and recreation.
That’s bliss for folks like me, who love to swim outdoors when the temperatures drop. Getting in a swimming pool when it’s chilly and the water’s steaming is like wrapping yourself in a warm snugly blanket. It’s cozy and delicious. The hard part comes when you have to get out and make the dash to the bathhouse…Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Road, is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (no guards from 5-8 a.m. or 6 to 10 p.m.; guarded swim from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) It’s also closed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays for cleaning.Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Avenue, is closed today through Nov. 9 for annual repairs and maintenance, but will reopen Nov. 10 for the fall and winter. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.Big Stacy Pool, 700 Live Oak Street is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 7 p.m. weekends.Bartholomew Pool, 1800 East 51st Street, is open from 2-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for recreation and lap swimming.Admission to Big Stacy Pool is always free, but you must pay to enter Barton Springs, Bartholomew and Deep Eddy pools through Oct. 31. Admission is $4 for adults ($4 non-residents), $1 seniors ($2 non-residents), $2 juniors age 12 to 17 ($3 non-residents) and $1 children 11 and under ($2 non-residents.) Starting Nov. 1 through Feb. 14 admission is free at Barton Springs and Deep Eddy.