Barton Springs Walking Tour

Explore Austin’s beautiful Barton springs. Located a few miles southwest of downtown, the freshwater springs are not only a popular recreation site. They are also the city's environmental center and are rich with local history. 

 Texture the City is proud to take you on a relaxing stroll around one of Austin's treasures, Barton Springs. The city's most popular tourist attraction and a hit amongst residents too, the springs have and continue to be a sacred site, a steady source of water in an arid climate, a place where people gather and play,  and a point of contention between real estate developers and local residents. Join us as we visit Barton Springs Pool and two other nearby springs, and learn about the area's unique ecology and the many ways that Barton springs have shaped local history and culture.

Cost: $18

Seniors and students $15. Children 11 and under are free. 


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Tour days and times

Saturdays, 1pm

Sundays, 11am



Each month, we offer one pay-as-you-wish tour so that you may enjoy sightseeing in Austin for whatever price you like – even free! You get to determine what a tour was worth after the tour. Registration is required! Please sign up below.

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Upcoming Pay-as-you-Wish Tours

Sunday, January 7th, 11am



Meeting Location

SPLASH! Exhibit
2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746.

(Located next to the main entrance to Barton Springs Pool)

Finding Your Guide

Your guide will carry an 8×11" sign that says “Texture the City Walking Tour"

Frequently Asked Questions

Tour length + Landscape

Tours last 1.5 hours- 2 hours. The route includes a gravel path and stone staircase. If you would like to take a shorter tour with a paved route, contact us  to arrange a customized tour.


Your guide will carry an 8×11 sign that says “Texture the City Walking Tour."


Texture the City offers custom tours to large and small groups. For corporations, walking tours are great for team building, special events, and entertaining clients. For schools, we can assist in integrating our tours into an academic curriculum. Prices vary. Please contact us to arrange a custom tour.