Spring Break Satisfaction

Spring break is here and we’re the perfect place to be to get all of your waterpark and big city satisfactions before heading back to the real world. If you don’t mind a quick drive in the beautiful hill country, we’re close enough to several swimming holes that you’ll be able to make it back just in time for dinner.

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With SXSW rages on in Austin, we’ve got some ideas to satisfy your spring break without getting you involved in that (fun) hot mess. Unless you want to be, of course, in which case you see last week’s blog for details.

Located in the heart of Texas Wine Country, you can’t argue with the amount of tastings, wineries and breweries surrounding us in Fredericksburg. If you’re old enough, visiting each of these on your spring break could be enough for you to be satisfied. We know we would be! But, knowing the weather gets a little warmer in Texas, we’re sure you might want to take advantage of that and enjoy a little splash. You might also have kids you must appease, and the are the best spots in the area to pick so that everybody wins. Some are more well known than others, and some are more commercial than others. Either way, we’re going to give you plenty of options to help you stay cool during your Texas spring break!

hamilton pool

Hamilton Pool is probably the closest popular swimming location. This picturesque lagoon is perfect when the weather is just right. You’ll see a myriad of people out enjoying this location, either rock climbing or just getting some sun on the sandy banks. It is fed by a small, sprinkling waterfall. There’s a 10-15 minute walk down to the pool, so bring appropriate shoes. A limited number of people are allowed in so make sure and come early. Hamilton Pool is located at 24300 Hamilton Pool Rd., Dripping Springs, Texas. It’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (depending on the weather) and cost $15 per vehicle to get in. They accept cash only. Food and drink allowed, so a picnic is a great idea, but no glass containers. There is no lifeguard on duty so swim at your own risk.

jacobs well

Jacobs Well is another unique and beautiful Texas watering hole. Hiding back in the hill country, this location is truly breathtaking. In order to protect the area, there are now admission fees and restricted swimming hours. Due to the protection plan in place, be sure to plan ahead for this one because you must reserve a two-hour slot for swimming via the Hays County website. Only 300 people will be allowed to swim per day. This watering hole is one you will definitely want to visit while you’re in the area. Jacobs Well is located at 1699 Mt. Sharp Rd., Wimberley, Texas. It is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and cost $9 for adults or $5 for Hays County residents, children ages 5-12, active military and veterans. It’s free for children 4 and younger. Food and drink allowed but no glass containers please! These places are very strict in order to preserve the beauty of the area and the safety of the swimmers, so it’s likely you could be kicked out of the park for bringing glass.

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Wimberley’s Blue Hole is a shady oasis that offers plenty of room for swimming or jumping off rope swings. It also has a current that’s just right for a lazy float on an inter tube. There’s a large lawn area where kids can run around and play, you can enjoy a picnic (we know we mention that a lot, but these places are too beautiful to not just sit and enjoy sometimes) or get some good old vitamin D. Maybe you want to work on your tan (always wear sunscreen!) or enjoy a good book while everyone else swims. You can do whatever your heart desires. Wimberley’s Blue Hole is located at 100 Blue Hole Rd., Wimberley, Texas. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily . Cost is $9 for adults, $5 for ages 4-12 and 60 or older; and free for kids younger than 3. Cash only. Food and drink allowed, but as always, no glass. This location is also alcohol free. There is no lifeguard on duty so make sure and keep a watchful eye on any littles who might be in tow!

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Krause Springs, located in Spicewood, is another secretly sweet location. There are over 30 springs and two pools for swimming as well as a butterfly garden for exploring. This swimming hole is truly the full package of adventures. You can see the picture above; need we say more? Krause Springs is located at 404 Krause Spring Rd., Spicewood, Texas. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and cost is $7 for adults, $5 for ages 4-11, free for ages 3 and younger. Food and drink allowed; per usual, no glass containers. No lifeguard on duty here either, so swim safely.

Barton springs

Barton Springs is one of the more popular swimming holes located right in the middle of Austin. This inexpensive park is also spring fed, so the water is sure to cool you down after a hot Texas day. Not to mention the fact that within walking distance is one of Austin’s prized barbecue and brew joints, Uncle Billy’s, along with several other great restaurants. Take a walk on over to Zilker Park and enjoy some of the special events they often host. Come at night between 9 and 10 p.m. and swim for free. Barton Springs is located at 2201 Barton Springs Rd. The springs are typically open year-round; summer hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., with limited hours on Thursdays. Cost is cash only: $3 for adults, $2 for ages 12-17, $1 for ages 11 and under, $1 for seniors. Unfortunately, no food or drink are allowed, but there is a lifeguard on duty.

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Schlitterbahn Waterpark is probably the most well known water park in the area. Just an hour and a half away from us, you get three huge parks full of water rides and lazy rivers. Unfortunately the lines might be a bit daunting, but the rides are totally worth it. The kids will absolutely love this waterpark, and parents will too. Everyone will be talking about how much fun they had for weeks to come. Prices vary depending on number of days, and they also offer souvenir pass combos.