August 04, 2017

20 Criminally Cheap Swimming Holes In and Around SA and How to Find them All 

It's summer-time in Texas, which means San Antonians are probably sweating more than a cold cerveza in the hot sun. Trust us, we've all been there, and it's not the best. But you know what is the best? Being able to dip your toes into a cool pool while hanging onto your coin. So we've curated this list of tip-top swim spots near San Antonio where you won't have to shell out big bucks to get your feet wet.
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Mckinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, (512) 243-1643
Can we all take a moment to appreciate the fact that Texans can experience these beautiful views first-hand, and for the affordable price of $6 per person? Amazing.
Photo via Instagram, victoria.w
Mckinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, (512) 243-1643
Can we all take a moment to appreciate the fact that Texans can experience these beautiful views first-hand, and for the affordable price of $6 per person? Amazing.
Photo via Instagram, victoria.w
Wimberly Blue Hole
100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley, (512) 660-9111
The Blue Hole is a serene natural hideaway where you can relax and get your last summer kicks in before swimming season ends. Take a peek at their website to view their affordable admission fees. 
Photo via Instagram, kaleeemorgann
Wimberly Blue Hole
100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley, (512) 660-9111
The Blue Hole is a serene natural hideaway where you can relax and get your last summer kicks in before swimming season ends. Take a peek at their website to view their affordable admission fees.
Photo via Instagram, kaleeemorgann
Medina Lake
Medina Lake, Texas
With entrance fees typically topping out to no more than $10, Medina Lake is a prime summer-time destination.
Photo via Instagram, kvo25
Medina Lake
Medina Lake, Texas
With entrance fees typically topping out to no more than $10, Medina Lake is a prime summer-time destination.
Photo via Instagram, kvo25
San Marcos River
221 Sessom Drive, San Marcos, (512) 393-5930
At the San Marcos River, we can all float on okay (and for free). 
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San Marcos River
221 Sessom Drive, San Marcos, (512) 393-5930
At the San Marcos River, we can all float on okay (and for free).
Photo via Instagram, a_pup_named_indy_
Hippie Hollow
7000 Comanche Trail, Austin, (512) 854-7275
Does this one really need an explanation? For only $15 a vehicle, you and a car-load of your best buds can pitch in to go swimming at the only clothing-optional public park in Texas. No tan-lines? No Problem.
Photo via Instagram, lauren_mangold
Hippie Hollow
7000 Comanche Trail, Austin, (512) 854-7275
Does this one really need an explanation? For only $15 a vehicle, you and a car-load of your best buds can pitch in to go swimming at the only clothing-optional public park in Texas. No tan-lines? No Problem.
Photo via Instagram, lauren_mangold
Barton Springs Pool and Creek 
2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, (512) 867-3080
Barton Springs is an outdoors-y Austinite’s bread and butter. The entrance fees to the pool are cheap (under $10), and the surrounding greenbelt swim-holes are free. Some of the best spots are a bit of a hike, but what’s it worth if you’re not willing to work for it?
Photo via Instagram, trompetespieler
Barton Springs Pool and Creek
2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, (512) 867-3080
Barton Springs is an outdoors-y Austinite’s bread and butter. The entrance fees to the pool are cheap (under $10), and the surrounding greenbelt swim-holes are free. Some of the best spots are a bit of a hike, but what’s it worth if you’re not willing to work for it?
Photo via Instagram, trompetespieler
Guadalupe River
Guadalupe River State Park Rd., Spring Branch, (830) 438-2656
While the Guadalupe River is a popular $7 summer-time retreat for Texas locals, it never really seems crowded. There are a ton of little hideaways that require a bit of walking to get to, but are well worth going the extra mile for. 
Photo via Instagram, 
guadaluperiverstatepark
Guadalupe River
Guadalupe River State Park Rd., Spring Branch, (830) 438-2656
While the Guadalupe River is a popular $7 summer-time retreat for Texas locals, it never really seems crowded. There are a ton of little hideaways that require a bit of walking to get to, but are well worth going the extra mile for.
Photo via Instagram, guadaluperiverstatepark
Krause Springs
404 Krause Spring Rd., Spicewood, (830) 693-4181, krausesprings.net
This ethereal natural retreat has gotta be one of the most beautiful places to go for a dip in Texas. For admission prices set at under $10 per person, you can enjoy this cool spot on a hot summer day. How much does it cost to feel like a mermaid in a fantasy realm? Well, that’s free.
Photo via Instagram, takenbythe.wind
Krause Springs
404 Krause Spring Rd., Spicewood, (830) 693-4181, krausesprings.net
This ethereal natural retreat has gotta be one of the most beautiful places to go for a dip in Texas. For admission prices set at under $10 per person, you can enjoy this cool spot on a hot summer day. How much does it cost to feel like a mermaid in a fantasy realm? Well, that’s free.
Photo via Instagram, takenbythe.wind
Hamilton Pool
24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, (512) 264-2740
This gorgeous summer getaway is no doubt one of the most scenic swimming holes in Texas. Surrounded by the remains of a collapsed underground river, Hamilton Pool is a top spot for summer fun and photo op’s. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time, and split the cost with up to 7 of your friends to make this trip a cheap one. Check out the park website for details on how to execute a plan. 
Photo via Instagram, farwaaaa
Hamilton Pool
24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, (512) 264-2740
This gorgeous summer getaway is no doubt one of the most scenic swimming holes in Texas. Surrounded by the remains of a collapsed underground river, Hamilton Pool is a top spot for summer fun and photo op’s. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time, and split the cost with up to 7 of your friends to make this trip a cheap one. Check out the park website for details on how to execute a plan.
Photo via Instagram, farwaaaa
The Comal Springs at Landa Park
164 Landa Park Dr., New Braunfels, (830) 221-4350
Located just west of the popular Schlitterbahn waterparks, the Comal Springs at Landa park is a peaceful place to float away from all your problems.
Photo via Instagram, minaizzysilva
The Comal Springs at Landa Park
164 Landa Park Dr., New Braunfels, (830) 221-4350
Located just west of the popular Schlitterbahn waterparks, the Comal Springs at Landa park is a peaceful place to float away from all your problems.
Photo via Instagram, minaizzysilva