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Blue Hole Park Swimming- Wimberley

Blue Hole Park Swimming- Wimberley, TX

It’s hot….the beach is too far, the pool is too crowded, going to a waterpark is not only too expensive but the crowd is even worse, besides you’re looking for something a bit reminiscent of your childhood. Then you remember the joy you had as a kid swimming in that little creek or swimming hole in your community. You remember cool clean water, swinging from trees to land the most thrilling jump of your life and the laughter and glee of your friends as they landed theirs. Does this place even exist anymore? You bet….it’s called the Blue Hole and it’s in the beautiful village of Wimberley, Texas.

Wimberley is located in the perfect epicenter of the hilliest and most pristine terrain of the Texas Hill Country. The “village” is located just 15 minutes from San Marcos, 20 minutes from New Braunfels, 45 minutes from Austin and 50 minutes from San Antonio….there is never a day that goes by where an exciting road trip is not well within your reach!

The village is rich with Indian and Spanish history reaching back to the 16th century but it wasn’t until 1880 that an application for a post office for “Wimberleyville” was made, and the postmaster general shortened the name to Wimberley and granted it. Thus, Wimberley became an official postal destination. In May of 2000 a central portion of the Wimberley area was incorporated as the Village of Wimberley, comprised of approximately 10% of the Wimberley area residents and most of the centrally located businesses. Creating this village area has helped the community preserve it’s natural history and resources including “The Blue Hole”.

The Blue Hole is located in the midst of 126 acres of lush native grass fields, wildflowers and natural forests including old growth Cypress trees that line the swimming hole. The property was a popular gathering place in the 1920’s and though it was privately owned by the John. R. Dobie family they opened it for public use. Dobie’s descendants sold it to a private Austin firm and for many years the property had only limited access. Because of it’s location Wimberley negotiated with the firm for its purchase and in 2005 the Village completed the land acquisition portion of the Blue Hole project with grants and donations from Texas Parks and Wildlife, Hays County, the Lower Colorado River Authority, The Trust for Public Land, and numerous individuals.

The village has opened The Blue Hole park swimming area to the public but the rest of the park is still under restoration and development.

The Blue Hole park swimming area is usually open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The swimming area opens at the beginning of Memorial Day weekend.

Please note that dates of operation may vary depending on water quality conditions, inclement weather, and special events approved by the city.

Hours of operation are usually from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays. On Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day, the hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The fee schedule is: children 4 to 12, $3; adults and children 13 and over, $7; adults 60 and over, $3.

Season passes are available for $30, for ages 4 to 12 and 60 and older. Season passes for ages 13 to 59 are $50.

New for 2011 is a 10-admission, transferable punch pass that is transferable. These passes may be used for up to 10 admissions by anyone in the appropriate age groups. The cost for the punch passes are $24 for ages 4 to 12 and 60 and older. Ages 13 to 59 can get a punch pass for $56.

Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

No lifeguard services are provided and swimmers are advised that swimming is at their own risk. Dogs are not allowed.

Tree jumping and climbing in the Park are prohibited. Children under the age of 13 will not be allowed in the Park unless they are accompanied by an adult.

Blue Hole Regional Park is a no refund facility.

For additional information, contact the Village of Wimberley City Administrator at 512-847-0025.

Blue Hole Regional Park
Blue Hole Ln
Wimberley, TX 78676

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