Things to do in Austin: Barking Springs

Perhaps you’ve been following us on Facebook or Instagram and you know we’ve got a new puppy on the ranch! It’s true, puppy fever is here at Maverick’s. In honor of our new doggo, Bingo, we have opted today’s post to be about an Austin favorite, Barking Springs.

If you haven’t been to Barking Springs before, you are missing out! This Austin favorite thing to do is a small wading area east of Barton Springs, which surely you must have visited if you’re a local, to brave the frigid waters of Austin’s very own natural spring fed swimming pool. Unlike Barton Springs, it’s cute furry-friend compatible Barking Springs does not charge an admission. Additionally, there are no life guards. The current can be swift, so be cautious with your kiddos and fur babies. Maybe consider bringing a doggie life jacket.

Barking Springs is fed by the gurgling waters of Barton Springs, which come gently cascading over a small waterfall.  Like most Texas swimming holes, there are rocks for the kiddos to climb. The beach area is rough, so a mat and blanket are a good idea. Fishing is permitted, and there are ducks and pigeons galore to enjoy if you bring your own bird-approved snacks for them. Didn’t come prepared? Stop by the Snack Shack and get yourself and your feathered friends some nibbles.  Because the water comes directly from Barton Springs, it is quite cool.

Austin’s favorite doggy hangout is right next to Zilker Park and convenient to the Nature and Science Center, The Umlauf Gardens, Lady Bird Johnson Lake, and Zilker Botanical Gardens. Plan a day trip for maximum location convenience and fun! Happy swimming. Don’t forget a cover-up for the sun (try to avoid sunscreen if you can to help keep our waters healthy) and of course don’t forget, your PUP!

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