Texas is known for having everything giant, from drinks to hats to a giant cowboy when the state fair rolls around, but this is could be the coolest and biggest thing Texas has to offer. Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale, Texas is home to the worlds largest spring-fed swimming pool.
The pool holds around 15 million gallons of water that all comes from the San Solomon Springs. The pool starts at three feet but is over 20 feet deep in some areas. Because it is spring fed, you might find a fish or two to fulfill your dreams of being a mermaid. The pool covers 1.3 acres so there is plenty of room for all of its visitors. An amazing feature of this pool is that it stays anywhere between 72 to 76 degrees all year round, making it the perfect pool spot any time of year.
Balmorhea is so big that they even offer you a chance to scuba or free dive in the massive pool, but make sure your swimming skills are on point because there is no lifeguard on duty.
The pool is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or until sunset, depending on daylight savings. Entry fee for the pool is $7 for adults and a $5 scuba diving fee is enforced.
If you choose to do so, you may also spend the night in the park. They have 34 campsites for visitors ranging from $15 to $30 depending on the number of accommodations you choose for your site.
The park is closed for a week annually for cleaning but other than that, it is always open and ready to be visited by Texans across the state.
The pool is the busiest in March, reaching over 900 visitors, but you can always purchase a seven-day pass in advance to secure your spot in the water.
For more information on Balmorhea State Park, you can visit their site here.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.