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Local’s Guide to Visiting the Blue Hole in Wimberley TX

Looking for a beautiful swimming hole? Love the idea of clear, blue water surrounded by elegant Cypress trees? Ready to jump from a rope swing or float in your flamingo in water that always stays cool (even in summer!)? The Blue Hole in Wimberley is a stunning regional park that you really need to visit!

Of all the things our family loves in Texas, Blue Hole is in our top 10 list. We visit every summer multiple times and look forward to the beauty of the area, the refreshing swimming hole, and the adventure of the rope swings!

Blue Hole in Wimberley swimming area

Though we tend to treasure the swimming hole most, Blue Hole is actually open in all seasons, not just summer, so check below for more activities they offer at the park.

In a town with many beautiful things to do and places to see, Blue Hole Regional Park stands out above the rest as a gorgeous place to spend the day. Check our our best tips for securing reservations and experiencing an amazing summer day at the Blue Hole!

Blue Hole Regional Park walkway to swimming area

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Blue Hole in Wimberley Basics

  • Location: 333 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley, TX 78676
  • Hours: 8am – Sunset everyday except Thanksgiving + Christmas
  • Admission: Free year round for picnics + hikes, but a fee for swimming in summer

Texas has several blue hole swimming holes, but THE Blue Hole Regional Park is located in Wimberley, which is an adorable Texas small town in Hill Country. Just 40 miles from Austin and 60 miles from San Antonio, it takes a scenic drive to reach, but easy enough for a half day or full day outing.

The Blue Hole is one of Texas’s amazing natural spring-fed swimming holes fed by Cypress Creek. This means that the water is constantly flowing in at a cool 70-ish degrees. It is also the clearest Texas swimming hole we have experienced and is gorgeously blue in color!

Blue Hole has been named one of the nation’s top swimming holes by outlets such as USA Today and Travel Leisure. If you are going to be even in the vicinity of Wimberley, please do yourself a favor and add it to your itinerary right away!

blue hole swimming hole with beautiful clear, blue water

Things to Do at Blue Hole Regional Park

Swimming Area

Blue Hole’s iconic swimming hole is the most popular feature in the park – and for good reason! The cool water is a fantastic spot to spend the afternoon on a hot day. One the left, you will find shallower water that typically is just a few feet deep. We find floaties to be a great option here as the water is chilly and floating allows you to stay in longer!

The water is deep enough to jump in as you head over to the right side – some spots are up to 18 feet deep! You’ll find two rope swings here, one more adventurous than the other. If you happen to visit on the same day we do, you will see my boys standing in the short line and jumping in over and over….and over for hours on end.

Jumping off the rope swing at Blue Hole is the best summer activity!

Kind visitors take the PVC pipe “grabber” and assist one another with pulling in the chain after each turn. So if you have had a few turns, be a pal and take over for a bit. Hint* it is much easier to snag the swing if you grab it right away while it is still swinging!

Complimentary life jackets are available at the entrance. While there are rangers on site, there are not any lifeguards present.

Life jacket loaner program at Blue Hole

Reservations for Blue Hole Swimming Area

While the rest of the park is open year round, Wimberley’s Blue Hole Swimming Area is open May – September. Reservations are required and can be booked here. While you technically can walk-in if there is space, I would never do that as they are always sold out when we go and the drive is likely too long for most to chance it.

Reservations are broken into two 4 hour time slots per day. You can choose from 9am-1pm or 2pm-6pm. If you want to stay all day, you will need to book both time slots and then you can stay from 9am-6pm. This will also allow you to stay from 1-2 pm during the changeover and gift you with a quiet space almost to yourselves (note, the swimming area is only open to season pass members from 1-2pm).

Swimming Hole at Blue Hole in Wimberley

Reservations open for the season on March 1st. Plan your weekend visits ahead of time and be sure to snatch them up early!

Reservations currently cost $12 for adults and $6 for seniors, children, and Wimberley residents.

We typically book the morning time slot and make sure we are there before 9am to make the most of our time. I will mention that if you visit in early or late summer, the morning time slot can be a bit chilly. Surrounded by Cypress trees, the swimming area is well-shaded and cool in the mornings. During the heat of summer, however, the morning time slot is perfect.

Rules for swimming at the Blue Hole

Picnic Area

The picnic area at Blue Hole is a large grassy space that is just wonderful for running, playing, and spreading out a picnic mat for an amazing picnic meal. There are also beautiful picnic tables made of limestone from the property. This tables will need to be reserved for an additional fee if it is swimming season.

Visitors are welcome to picnic at Blue Hole year round. Parking and admission are free.

picnic area at Blue Hole

Wimberley’s Blue Hole Hiking Trails

The hiking trails at Blue Hole Regional Park are also open to visitors year round with free admission. A series of short trails offer visitors the opportunity for a short nature walk or a few mile hike to explore the park in all seasons. You can even continue on the trail into downtown Wimberley.

Checkout the Trail Map and make sure to build in time to discover the park beyond the swimming area.

Grassy lawn at Blue Hole for picnics

Sports + Play Spaces

The regional park also has a playground area along with courts and fields such as volleyball, basketball, and soccer.

Special Events at Blue Hole

The number of unique experiences and special events at Wimberley’s Blue Hole are amazing! Some require reservations and a fee, while others do not. Keep an eye on their event calendar for all the details. Here is a sampling of all the amazing activities that they offer for the community.

  • Polar Plunge & 5K: Taking place on New Years each year, this active adventure will you experiencing all the adventure that Blue Hole has to offer! The water will be ice cold, but there will be fire in the fire pit and live music downtown to help you warm up afterward.
  • Creekside Campout: Pitch your tent alongside the lovely swimming area and enjoy a night hike, star gazing, and more.
  • Friends of Wimberley Parks Concert Series: Throughout the month of April, head to the Blue Hole for a free outdoor concert series. Performers are publicized in advance, so choose your favorite or go see them all!
  • Star Party: Join the Wimberley Dark Sky Committee for a night under the stars. Guided instruction, telescopes, and presentations are available for free.
  • Camp No Kids: Adults -only Summer Camp can it get any better than that? Join a group for swimming, crafting, nature hikes, team challenges, and more – just for grownups!
  • Movies in the Park: Bring a blanket and snacks and enjoy a movie on the lawn,
  • Wimberley Film Festival: First annual festival coming up! Featuring live music and short films, only $5 per person gets you entertainment, plus swimming is allowed too!
  • Shakespeare in the Park: A free event for the community!
Fire Pit at Blue Hole Regional Park

Hot Tips for Visiting the Blue Hole

  • Best Time Slots: As mentioned above, the morning time slots can be cold in the shade of the trees and the cool water in May and September. I recommend afternoon slots during these months, and morning slots in mid-summer.
  • Book Reservations Early: Summer weekends fill up several weeks in advance. There is a bit more flexibility on weekdays.
  • Arrive Early: The 4 hour time slot goes pretty quick and you will want every minute of it! Arrive early to allow time to park, unload, and get inside.
  • Plan to Visit Before the End of Summer: The water level tends to go down as summer goes on and if it gets too low, Blue Hole has to close early for the season. This has happened two out of the last three years, so if you wait until late August or September to visit, you might miss out!
  • Don’t forget to bring: A picnic, picnic mat or chairs, floaties, life jackets, water shoes
  • Prohibited Items: Alcohol, pets, smoking, drones, fishing, weapons, glass, and poor behavior
beautiful blue water at Wimberley's Blue Hole
beautiful blue water at Wimberley's Blue Hole

More Things to Do Near the Blue Hole

Wimberley is such a charming Texas Hill Country town, and while their beautiful nature is my favorite, there are so many other things to do in the town too. We love to combine a few with our swimming time at Blue Hole!

Climb Old Baldy and get your steps in! Or walk along Cypress Creek Nature Preserve. It is stunningly beautiful here too. Check out the swimming at Cypress Falls. They have kayaks for rent as well as cabins too.

Painted Cowboy Boots in Wimberley
Cypress Creek Nature Preserve in Wimberley

Grab some lunch at The Leaning Pear or pick up a new succulent from Ceremony Botanical Studio (the CUTEST plant shop ever). Walk down Main Street and find the oversized Cowboy Boots that are each painted by local artists. Check out Market Days for some unique finds or local goods. During Christmas, be sure to check out the Trail of Lights!

Where to Stay in Wimberley

Want to make a weekend of it? Great idea! Here are a few beautiful places to stay in Wimberley just minutes from the Blue Hole. They all have space for families too!

Blue Hole Wimberley TX in Hill Country

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