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Summer Swimming Holes

San Antonio has plenty of great places where you can cool off in the style that suits you best, from laidback oases tucked into parks that will make you think of childhood summers to elegant resort and rooftop pools, to theme parks that'll get your adrenalin pumping.

Water Parks

Getting thoroughly soaked seems to be the main goal at San Antonio's exciting waterparks and attractions.

Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark, is a tropical oasis with terraced pools, sandy beaches, waterslides and private cabanas. Enjoy a family raft ride, undersea adventures and amazing animal habitats, like the 13,500-square-foot interactive Roa’s Aviary, home to 50 species of birds.

After enjoying thrill rides at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, cool off in White Water Bay, Fiesta Texas’ waterpark. From large pools and lazy rivers to multi-passenger rafting adventures and speed slides, you'll find water rides and experiences for everyone in your crew. The all new, first of it's kind rocket blast water coaster, Thunder Rapids awaits with thrilling drops and splashes!

Splashtown's 20 acres of fun offers more than 50 rides and attractions, including a five-story tower for twist-and-turn thrills and a wave pool for an ocean-like experience. This summer, enjoy weekly Dive In Movies at Splashtown! At Schlitterbahn in nearby New Braunfels, check out The Falls, billed as the “world's longest waterpark ride” at 3,600 feet, including rapids, waterfalls and giant waves.

New for Summer 2017, Morgan's Inspiration Island, the world's first ultra-accessible splash park where guests of all ages and abilities can have fun together out at Morgan's Wonderland. Enjoy the sun while having fun on the River Boat Adventure ride or in one of the five water play areas!

 

Parks & Public Pools

San Antonio is sprinkled with parks and public pools, where a refreshing douse is just a splash away. One that is evocative of sleepy summers is the lake-pool, surrounded by stately cypresses, at historic San Pedro Springs Park , the nation's second-oldest city park. This swimming spot is located in the bed of an original lake fed by springs. There is no admission fee. Dozens of other pools can be accessed through the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department's website.

 



Rivers

Just a short drive away in the Texas Hill Country, numerous crystal-clear rivers lace the tree-lined countryside, making tubing and rafting must-dos during the summer months. The Guadalupe River has numerous outfitters to equip you for your journey under oak and cedar canopies. Upstream is Canyon Lake, known as the “water recreation capital of Texas,” which has many shoreline parks and boat ramps perfect for days of swimming, skiing, camping, hiking, fishing and more. In New Braunfels, the tube chute on the spring-fed Comal River is the longest in the world, even though it happens to be on Texas' shortest river. Another nearby option is the San Marcos River, which is always a refreshing 72 degrees.


Hotels

Sunset, a rooftop pool, a margarita…it doesn't get any better.

The Drury Inn & Suites Riverwalk has an indoor pool and whirlpool plus a rooftop outdoor pool and whirlpool. The Hyatt Regency San Antonio's rooftop pool and whirlpool, and the Grand Hyatt's lap pool and sundeck also offer swimming and sunning in the city's heart. Hotel Contessa has a spa and gym to augment its heated rooftop pool, while the Westin Riverwalk's pool area offers a spa, gym and poolside bar. And for lingering more, the rooftop pool at the Mokara Hotel & Spa features an outdoor café, or relax in a private cabana by the St. Anthony's heated pool while sipping a drink from the cabana bar.

For notable ground-level pools, the historic Menger Hotel boasts downtown's largest heated pool, and the Omni La Mansion del Rio, named one of the world's best hotels for families by Travel+Leisure, has a relaxing courtyard pool, also heated.

Cool off in the beautiful indoor pools at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter and San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk, or luxuriate outdoors at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio's expertly landscape pool area.

 

Resorts

San Antonio resorts offer myriad ways to take a plunge. The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa's River Bluff Water Experience features a 650-foot rapid-river ride, slides, a 1,100-foot lazy river with children’s pools, a serene adult pool, whirlpools and an expansive activity pool. The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa features a five-acre water playground, a FlowRider Wave Machine and river rides, and the La Cantera Hill Country Resort & Spa has five swimming pools, a splash area for toddlers and slides.

Inside Strokes

For a little more structured wet time, like swimming laps, lessons or water aerobics, you can head indoors. The Olympic-size San Antonio Natatorium is one the city's aquatic crown jewels, and charges a modest $4 for adults and $2 for children, with private and group lessons and water aerobics also available.