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Cool Off at These Splash Pads and Pools in the Highland Lakes

Whitman Leverett enjoyed the water cannon during last summer’s official opening of the Matt and Doraliza Raglin Spash Pad at Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive in Llano. The Llano splash pad is one of many ways to cool off this summer. Many Highland Lakes cities have public pools and splash pads waiting for you to jump right in. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

When temperatures are soaring to triple-digits, it’s time to hit the water. In the Highland Lakes, keeping cool is easy, even if you don’t have access to a nearby lake.

Just about every community in the area has a pool or splash pad, where kids can have a good time outdoors with family and friends. Staying cool in a pool is an important part of a summer experience, producing memories that last a lifetime. It’s also a great way to work off some extra energy and stay fit.

If you’re looking for a sweet reprieve from the heat, or just some fun, check out the Highland Lakes public pools and splash pads below.


The aquatics facility at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes, 1601 S. Water St., includes a competition pool and a smaller pool. The competition pool is for swimmers and swim teams of all ages who want to compete in the four base strokes and one-meter diving. The smaller pool allows people to soak or play games such as “Marco Polo” or “Sharks and Minnows.”

Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and an extra $2 when the Wibit is in the pool. Wibits are large inflatable pool obstacle courses for climbing, sliding and water challenges. The YMCA offers financial assistance to individuals and families thanks to fundraisers each year. Membership for young swimmers is $25 a month and comes with unlimited use during operation hours.

Recreational swim is 1-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 3-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 1-7 p.m. Fridays; and noon-4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

The splash pad, located behind the YMCA, is open 7 a.m-8 p.m. seven days a weeks and is free to use.


The pool, 601 W. Vaughn St., costs $2 for children and $2.50 for adults to use from 1-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.Entering the pool is easy for people who have knee issues because there’s a slope instead of steps.

The facility includes picnic tables under the trees, so people can bring food and beverages to enjoy during their swim.

Call city hall at (512) 355-2197 to reserve a table for $35 during operating hours or for an after-hours party for $150 plus a $150 deposit from 6-8 p.m. and includes a lifeguard.


The Hidden Falls Country Club pool, 220 Meadowlakes Drive, is open 1-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, closed Mondays.

Youths ages 3-16 and adults pay $3 each, and children 2 and younger are free. Toddlers must wear appropriate swim diapers. Two lifeguards are on duty throughout hours of operation.

A free swim is scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. Staff members will begin charging admission after 3 p.m.


The 50-by-100-foot swimming pool is part of Robinson City Park, located two miles from downtown Llano on RR 152. It is slated to open Friday, July 6, from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday for recreational swimming. Lap swims are allowed from noon-1 p.m., and ladies’ aerobics from 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

General admission is $3 per person but season passes are available. Individuals pay $70, while a family of four pays $140 for the passes.


The Cottonwood Shores splash pad, 4111 Cottonwood Drive, is free of charge. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, as well as Fourth of July and Labor Day.

The splash pad park includes playscapes, swings, a merry-go-round, restrooms, and a pavilion with a table for picnics. Tables are on a first-come, first-served basis.


(UPDATE: The Marble Falls city pool will be closed the summer of 2019 due to construction at Lakeside Park)

Built in the early 1970s, the city’s main pool at 305 Buena Vista is a 4,100-square-foot competition pool with a one-meter diving board and water slide. The pool starts at 3 feet deep on the shallow end and goes as deep as 11 feet. The wading, or kiddie, pool, is 1-foot deep and features a giant mushroom-shaped water fountain.

The pool is open from noon-5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and noon-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. A day pass costs $4 for adults and teenagers, $3 for children ages 3-12, and is free for toddlers. Season passes, which include 20 tickets, cost $64 for adults and teens and $48 for children. Family memberships are available for $100.

The city is holding a Free Swim Day on Wednesday, July 4, from noon-7 p.m.

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