Deep Eddy Pool

Craving cool water in the summer heat, we visited Deep Eddy Pool (401 Deep Eddy Avenue) this afternoon. This famous pool is a true Austin landmark: it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.


The land around Deep Eddy Pool was settled by Swedish immigrant Charles Johnson in the 1850s. In 1902, his children opened Deep Eddy Resort, named for a deep hole in the limestone bed of the Colorado River that caused the water’s current to form an eddy. The land was sold to A.J. Eilers in 1915 and he built the concrete pool. The City of Austin purchased the site in 1935. The Deep Eddy Bathhouse was constructed in 1936 and was the first Works Progress Administration project in Austin.

Today, Deep Eddy Pool beckons visitors from all walks of life. Deep Eddy Bathhouse serves as the entrance to the pool. You go down a flight of stone steps to the pool, where you can look for some shade to stow your pool bag. There is not any shade over the pool itself, so be prepared for full sun with swimming shirts, hats, and sunscreen.

This pool literally has something for everyone! There is a shallow wading area for very young children, a section that is about 4 feet deep for older children, another section that is 8 feet deep for the truly adventurous, and swimming lanes. The pool’s water source is a well that provides cold, clear water, which is not chlorinated. Even on the hottest days, you will feel refreshed!


My 6-year-old enjoyed watching the bigger kids explore the deep side of the pool.


As part of Austin’s Art in Public Places project, an incredible mosaic mural was installed at Deep Eddy Pool in 2011.


The mural includes a timeline detailing Deep Eddy’s history.


My children enjoyed examining the unique tiles that make up the mural.


The pool seemed noticeably less crowded around 4 p.m., when we were getting ready to leave. Next time we visit, we will plan to arrive then!

Austin Active Kids Opinion: Deep Eddy Pool has something for everyone. Jump in soon!
Outing Time: About 2 hours
Reminders: Check the pool’s web site for schedules and events like Splash Party Movie Nights before you go. Admission to the pool is free for infants, $1 for children ages 1 – 11, $2 for kids 12 – 17, $3 for ages 18 – 61, and $1 for ages 62 and up. Coolers and food are not allowed in the pool area. There is a snack shop on site that offers a variety of treats, including Jim-Jim’s Water Ice.

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