Polar Plunge at Barton Springs Pool, Austin

Each January 1st, people around the world celebrate by taking a “Polar Plunge”!

Some of those people live where it is VERY cold, and jumping into cold water is painful!

The Texas weather is unpredictable, and while some years it may be freezing, just as often it feels like a spring day!

Barton Springs Pool, January 1, 2017

This was our first year, but won’t be out last, to do the Polar Plunge at Barton Springs Pool in Austin!  We couldn’t believe how crowded it was!


The water, which is Spring-fed, is a constant 68 degrees all year.  This year, the air temperature that morning was also 68 degrees, and the water felt great!


Well, it felt great after a minute or two, if you stayed in, which my son clearly did not!  He actually just wanted to head over to the diving board…


Where he and my daughter spent the next hour jumping!  Happy New Year!

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool is a huge, natural spring-fed pool in Austin’s Zilker Park!  The pool is open year-round, and since the water is a constant 68 degrees, it can even be warm during the winter!  To read more about our experiences at Barton Springs Pool, and other things to do in Zilker Park, please click HERE.

To read about other Polar Plunges we have done, please click HERE.

Special Olympics Polar Plunge

While the Polar Plunge at Barton Springs Pool is not connected with Special Olympics, I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about them!  As a way of raising funds, the Special Olympics host Polar Plunges each winter around the state and country!  Click HERE to visit their website and find one near you!

Things To Do in Austin


Sometime you just HAVE to go inside out of the cold, and we love the Thinkery Children’s Museum!  Click HERE to read more!


Near Zilker Park, Shady Grove is our go-to place to eat!  We love the big yard, and the pork chops are amazing!  Click HERE to visit their website.


I love South Congress, and the Austin Motel is right in the heart of everything!  Click HERE to read more about this funky motel!

Barton Springs Pool 

2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin

Click HERE to visit their website.    

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