It is said that the 5-year-old Robert Redford learned to swim in the beautiful Barton Springs Pool, a mainstay of Austin surrounded by peaceful gardens and fed by natural spring waters that maintain a perennial temperature of about 68 degrees. And while Redford may be gone, the Springs can boast its own one-eyed, albino salamander. Just be careful to step over and now on him. Also wading by are kids, artists, bankers, and all manner of people. Get ready to get wet.

2101 Barton Springs Rd.

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