Jacobs Well

source: Jacob’s Well website

Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Wimberley (about an hour outside of Austin) has officially reopened and reservations are now available online for the entire 2020 season.

After a lengthy closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, the popular Texas swimming hole reopened on June 1. Reservations are now required for anyone who wants to visit the swimming hole, and two-hour spots can be reserved from now through September 30. That means you cannot walk up and swim, you have to book your time slot online before you drive out to visit Jacob’s Well.

The good news is it’s very cheap to swim at Jacob’s Well. Swimming fees are just $9 for adults ($5 for Hays County residents), $5 for kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and under, and $5 for seniors (60+) and veterans/active-duty military.

If you’ve never been to Jacob’s Well, it’s a true Texas gem. The artesian spring releases thousands of gallons of water a day and is the second biggest fully submerged cave in the state. The water is a cool, consistent 68°F, making it a perfect way to beat the summer heat.

While you’re there for a swim, you can also tour the entire Jacob’s Well Natural Area that spans over 81 acres. Right now is the perfect time to enjoy some geocaching for a little treasure hunting fun. And if you aren’t interested in swimming, admission to the Natural Area is totally free, however, visitors will be turned away once the park reaches capacity.

Jacob’s Well Natural Area is open each day from 8 am to 6 pm. Learn more on their website or on the Jacob’s Well Natural Area Facebook page.