A book release celebration for the new “Swimming Holes of Texas” is scheduled for Wednesday at Barton Springs.


If you live in Austin, you already know that the chilly, clear waters of Barton Springs Pool make one of the best places on the planet to take the plunge on a hot summer day.

But can you name 99 other cool (and natural) places to take a dip in the Lone Star State?

We won’t give them all away, but here are a few in Central Texas to get you started: The Blue Hole, Hamilton Pool, Krause Springs, Landa Park and Jacob’s Well. If you’re willing to travel, think Balmorhea, Possum Kingdom and Lake Tejas.

Need help? Check our swell interactive guide to the best places to swim around Austin, or check this blog.

Head to the Barton Springs Bathhouse at 5 p.m. Wednesday for a book launch celebrating the release of “The Swimming Holes of Texas” (University of Texas Press, $21.95) by writer Julie Wernersbach and photographer Carolyn Tracy. They’ll answer questions and sign copies of their guide.

Live music and light refreshments will be provided, and a limited number of Barton Springs swim passes will be available with purchase of the book. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of BookPeople.

The event is free and open to the public.