Barton Springs is my absolute favorite place in Austin, Texas. It is a local creek that stays 70 degrees year round. The water is a clear blue-green and when you swim in the creek, you can see/feel the river grasses along the bottom. During the hot Texas summers, people come here to cool off! And during the winters, people come here to prove their mettle. There’s such an immense sense of freedom and connection that you feel to other people when you’re swimming at Barton Springs.