While going to water parks is fun, they can get pretty expensive in Texas. Especially considering everyone wants to go to cool off from that year-round heat. In Austin, there's no shortage of cheap places to visit that you can just as easily cool off at, such as this park nearby where you can swim in incredibly blue water.

Mansfield Dam Park is open everyday from sunrise to civil twilight according to their website. You'll be able to enjoy the park from the moment it's hot enough to get into the water, until the very end of the day. No one ever wants to leave a nice day on the water behind, and luckily at this park you'll hardly ever have to. If you're lucky enough to own a boat, you can take it out on the water and use the boat ramp all day everyday! This day will only put you $10 back, which goes towards parking.

At the park, you'll be able to barbecue, use chess tables, swim in their designated swim cove, and even go SCUBA diving. Portable water and an informational kiosk are both located at the dive park entrance, that way you can find out all you need to know before going diving. 

Day use of the park and it's activities is free with the parking fee, and goes down in price if you qualify for their discounts. $10 split between a few friends is practically nothing, and you'll have just as much fun as you would somewhere that'll break the bank. 

If you're not from the Austin area, Mansfield Dam Park is arguably the perfect reason to come visit. The sun will only be blazing down on us for so much longer, so it's now or never! 

Hippie Hollow and Barton Springs are some other notable mentions to visit in Austin. Wherever you end up before the Texas heat briefly leaves us, make sure that some beautiful body of water in Austin is next on your list. 

Mansfield Dam Park

Price: $10 per vehicle 

Address: 4370 Mansfield Dam Park Rd., Austin, TX 78732

Why You Need To Go: Texans are used to it being hot out all year, so this is the perfect place to make the most out of it before a passable fall.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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