Summer is here, which means it’s time to bust out the bathing suit and jump in the water. In our San Antonio swimming holes guide, you’ll find plenty of natural swimming areas within driving distance, allowing locals to enjoy cooling off in nature without having to travel too far.
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Check out swimming holes in and around San Antonio below.
Note: While most swimming holes are reopening by June 1st, we recommend that you independently verify opening before heading out.
#1 San Pedro Springs
Located right here in San Antonio, San Pedro Springs is the oldest park in the city. It’s free with plenty of shade. However, as you’d imagine, the convenient and beautiful spring fed swimming area can get pretty busy during the summer. So we’d advise you to plan accordingly.
#2 Landa Park
Landa Park is located in New Braunfels, so it’s pretty easy to get to from San Antonio. The park features three swimming areas, a spring fed pool, an olympic sized pool, and an area for toddlers. There are water slides, zip lines, and more. There’s lots of extras here to keep the kids busy, even when they get tired of swimming. And there’s plenty of shade too, so this is all in all a great family outing.
#3 Jacob’s Well
Located in Wimberley, Jacob’s Well is a little over an hour from the center of San Antonio. The water here is cool and clear. However, the swimming hole isn’t large (well, it’s deep… 120ft or so), so it can really get packed. We’d also recommend going after a rainy spell, as the water leading up to it can get pretty dry during times of no moisture. The swimming hole is only open during summer months, and you need a reservation. You can make reservations here.
#4 Blue Hole
Blue Hole is close to Jacob’s Well and is a city-owned park. The park has trails, picnic areas, volleyball courts, and more. But most importantly, there’s the Blue Hole Swimming Area, which is three acres and voted second best swimming hole in Texas by Texas Monthly. In fact, USA TODAY named it one of the top 10 swimming holes in the entire nation. You can make reservations here.
#5 Blanco State Park
Located right down the street from downtown Blanco, this park offers a great hole to swim in as well as a place for overnight camping. The dam, which is man made, creates a series of waterfalls and is pretty cool to see. But there is plenty of calm, clear water to swim in.
#6 Schumacher Crossing
Schumacher Crossing is in Hunt, which is about an hour and a half from San Antonio. However, once you get to the hills, this is a gorgeous drive. Since it’s so far from the city, it’s super clean. However, that does not keep it from getting crowded on the weekends. We advise arriving early for parking. The drive is worth it for the short waterfalls and giant cypress trees.
#7 Hamilton Pool
Located about an hour and a half from San Antonio, Hamilton Pool is one of the coolest swimming holes you will find anywhere in the United States. It basically looks like a meteor hit the side of a hill and left behind a giant cave that filled with water. Oh, and it contains a 40 foot waterfall. You’ll need to make reservations in advance, which can be done here.
Looking for more fun destinations? Check out our guide for the best road trips from San Antonio!
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