Hollywood movies love to portray Texas as a barren, sandy desert with no water seen for miles. Even though this cowboy stereotype isn't really true, we do have to admit that the state does lack in plentiful beautiful blue waters and tropical destination spots. But have no fear, because the crystal clear Jacob's Well natural spring near Austin will satisfy all of your tropical vacation urges, and its only a short drive away! The gorgeous spring is only open for its swimming season until Oct. 1, so pack your bag and on head over.
The beautiful Jacob's Well in Wimberley, Texas, lies within the Jacob's Well Natural Area which is open all throughout the year, but the spring itself closes for the off-season. The swimming season only runs May 1 through Oct. 1, so if you haven't visited the spring this year yet, you'll have to go ASAP or risk not being able to swim in it until next May.
The water that fills Jacob's Well comes from the Trinity Aquifer that lies about 140 feet below the ground. The spring looks extra gorgeous due to the giant cavern that heads straight down into a cave system. Exploring the cave is extremely dangerous, so please don't attempt to swim down into it, it's forbidden!
Of course, you are allowed (and encouraged) to swim in the crystal clear waters around the entrance of the cave in the semi-shallow water. If you're brave enough, you can even hop into the deep underwater pit from the cliffy rocks above it! You won't just get cool photos from it, you'll also get the best views and the coolest adrenaline rush around.
You need to reserve your spot to swim at the spring on their website, so make sure you do that before you head over. Weekends are already filling up, so we recommend you check their website out right away. They are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the days. Reservations are $9 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.
Address: 1699 Mt. Sharp Rd., Wimberley, TX 78676
Why You Need To Go: This beautiful natural spring has cool, crystal clear water and the second-largest underwater cave in Texas! It's truly one of the most beautiful spots in the state.
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.