How to Find the 25 Best Swimming Holes Within Driving Distance of San Antonio
By San Antonio Current Staff and Gabriella Pawelek
While all of these locations are within four hours of central San Antonio, only a handful of them are over two hours away. Perfect for day-tripping, these swimming holes are going to help you get cool, especially since summer is basically already here.
Blanco State Park
101 Park Rd, Blanco, (830) 833-4333, tpwd.texas.gov
Even though the park is small – it’s located along a one-mile portion of the Blanco River – there’s a lot to do. You can hike, paddle, picnic, and, of course, cool off in the water.
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565 Park Rd 40 W, Huntsville, (936) 295-5644, tpwd.texas.gov
Located in Huntsville State Park, Lake Raven is a 210-acre lake. You can relax by the water, fish from the shores, or even get in.
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Garner State Park
234 RR 1050, Concan, (830) 232-6132, tpwd.texas.gov
Located on the pristine Frio River (brr!), Garner State Park is one of the most relaxing weekend destinations out there.
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Canyon Lake, tpwd.texas.gov
Canyon Lake is a large lake located only an hour from San Antonio. Take the exit at the Buc-ee's in New Braunfels to find your way there.
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Rio Vista Park
555 Cheatham St, San Marcos, (512) 393-8400, toursanmarcos.com
With no admission or parking fees, Rio Vista Falls is the perfect alternative to expensive swimming holes if you’re a broke college student. Even if you’re not, this location is a great deal if you’re looking for fun.
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1699 Mt. Sharp Road, Wimberley, (512) 214-4593, co.hays.tx.us
If being out of the public eye is more your style, make a reservation at Jacob’s Well. Each reservation is good for a two-hour time block, so bring your best buds and enjoy the feeling of having the place to yourself.
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(830) 612-2715, sanantonio.gov
Used mostly for fishing and boating, Medina Lake is the perfect experience where you can bring your rod and reel and swim if the fish aren’t biting.
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3918 S Mopac Expy, Austin, (512) 974-6700, austinparks.org
Located in the Barton Creek greenbelt, Twin Falls is a free water hole where you can swim and cool off in the hot Texas summer. Since it’s a natural swimming hole fed by the same springs as the Barton Creek pools, the water levels can fluctuate with rainfall.
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Bob Wentz Park
7144 Comanche Trl, Austin, parks.traviscountytx.gov
Bob Wentz Park is ideal for water sports like windsurfing, sailing, and scuba diving.
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3350 Park Road 31, Spring Branch, (830) 438-2656, tpwd.texas.gov
Before heading out to the Guadalupe River this summer, be sure to check the park alerts on the website, as the park will be undergoing repairs to various campgrounds this summer. However, none of these should affect the cooling sensation that the water will have on hot days!
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