The first time I heard of Wimberley’s Blue Hole was in Texas Monthly magazine about 15 years ago. I’ve always been a swimmer and nature lover and this article on Texas’ best kept secret swimming holes became a permanent photograph in my head. I wanted to visit them ALL!
My Aunt Bren had just opened up her kitchen store, Kiss the Cook, on the square in Wimberley and my sister and I were down for a visit. It was a lot less developed back then, but I remember jumping into the coldest, most beautiful swimming hole and meeting a Jersey cow nose to nose on the other side of the bank when I came up for air. I couldn’t believe what a unique experience and a treasure that place was.
One of my goals last year when we decided to move to Dripping Springs was to take my kids to all of the best swimming holes and fill them with the same love for the Texas Hill Country as I had growing up.
I did my research and booked our reservations online (book your’s HERE and see my cute son, Sam, on the main page!) and made sure to pack snacks, towels, floaties, sunscreen and snorkel gear.
It books up very quickly in the summer so you will need to plan at least 2-4 weeks in advance. Weekday mornings usually have more availability if you are booking last minute.
We went on a HOT June afternoon and the cold, 68 degree, spring-fed water was the perfect match to cool them off, drain their energy, fill their hearts with adventure and make sweet memories together.
There is a shallow area only about 2-3 feet deep for younger kids and then it slowly deepens to 12+ foot deep area to float around, jump off the tree swings or snorkel in.
The water is crystal clear, and you can swim down below the Cypress trees and see expansive roots and many fish!
Picnic tables are available to rent for an additional fee if you would like a better spot to plop down your things, but most people just bring camping chairs, lawn games, picnic lunches and blankets.
Everyone just spreads out over the 3 acre lawn while the kids run and jump to grab the rope swing rings and compete at who can do the best flips and tricks into the water.
The Blue Hole is open for swimming on weekends in May, then beginning on Memorial Day through Labor Day it is open every day with reservations available in two time slots, 9AM -1PM and 2PM-6PM for $12/13 yrs-adults and $6/4-12 yr olds.
Season passes are $110/adult and $60/youth summer.
Blue Hole is definitely a MUST SEE in the Dripping Springs area. It’s just a short 25 minute drive south of downtown Dripping and has 4.5 miles of hiking trails to walk around if you are wanting to get out of the water and wander around while you dry off.
Whether you need help finding a home in this area or just want some recommendations on things to do and places to stay or eat, I would love to help you! Just text or email me and I’m happy to be your community concierge for Dripping Springs and the surrounding areas.