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Swimming Holes and Eating Spots

06.06.2014 by: Travis Sandoval
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It's finally summer time in Austin again, which is both a blessing and a curse. The next 3 months will be filled with sunshine and endless tanning opportunities but never enough A/C or chilled beverages. It's important to be prepared by staying near a swimming hole at all times. We've put together a short list of great spots to cool off and even better nearby eateries to help kick off your summer. 

Barton Springs Pool

Probably the best known swimming hole in Austin, Barton Springs pool is located right in the heart of the city. This spring-fed pool is a cool 68 degrees year round, providing the perfect respite from the summer heat. Food is prohibited inside the park, so you'll have to eat before or after your dip in the cool waters.

Shady Grove serves up unique and casual Austin dishes to enjoy in your swimsuit. {Photo courtesy of Shady Grove's Facebook page}

Luckily, restaurant options are located within walking distance. Shady Grove makes a great choice with plenty of outdoor seating and its laid back Austin vibe. Grab one of their classic sandwiches like the vegetarian Hippie Sandwich, Tex-Mex staples like queso or tacos, or the childhood favorite- Frito Pie. During the summer, the restaurant even features an outdoor music series, Unplugged at the Grove.

Deep Eddy Pool

Deep Eddy Pool is another historic Austin spot, located near downtown. Even though it's man-made the pool is fed by water from the Colorado River, which keeps it a cool average temperature of 70 degrees.

 
  

It's important to start a day of swimming with a proper breakfast. {Photo courtesy of  Sweetish Hill Bakery's Facebook page }

A great casual spot near Deep Eddy is Sweetish Hill Bakery. If you like getting an early start on the water, stop in for some coffee and breakfast pastries. This European cafe and bakery has been open for business for over thirty years, melding their French style of baking with Texas ingredients. Their menu includes a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads along with fresh baked breads, croissants, danishes, and other treats.

St Edwards Park

Hidden in north west Austin, St Edwards Park is perfect for those also looking to hike, bike, or trail run. Bull Creek runs through this 80 acre park and after a heavy rain, there are plenty of swimming options.

     Taco Deli     

Tacodeli's Ceviche Yucatan special made with lime cured mahi is perfect for being water side. {Photo courtesy of Tacodeli's Facebook page}

Before heading out to the park, swing by Tacodeli's north location for the proper provisions. The local taco chain is the right amount of creative and fresh using local and organic produce, meats, and seafood for their dishes. Since you'll be out on the water, why not try the vegetarian Heather, made with grilled Mexican queso fresco, refried black beans, and guacamole. Or the Mojo Fish Taco, with grilled Texas Gulf Coast Drum fillets, mojo garlic sauce, and guacamole.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

One of the largest parks in the Austin area, Emma Long Metropolitan Park contains several swimming and camping spots. The park sits along Lake Austin, with what many consider to be a true beach shorefront, that gives you plenty of room to escape the crowds.

       
        

Take in the amazing views from the patio at County Line on the Hill. {Photo courtesy of County Line on the Hill's Facebook page}

If you're having a day out in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, why not add some good ol' Texas BBQ to it? On your drive out of the city, pull into the County Line BBQ. The original location on the hill is a renovated speakeasy that boasts a 20-mile view of the hill country. Take a seat on their patio to enjoy the scenery while noshing on their menu of BBQ staples.

Let us know in the comments below, which eateries you make a part of your summer swimming plans.

TAGS : South Lamar/South First , Clarksville/North Lamar , Northwest Hills/Arboretum/ Domain , West Lake Hills , Shady Grove , Sweetish Hill Bakery , Tacodeli - North , County Line Bar-B-Q - Hill