The most popular and highly coveted place to swim in Dripping Springs is Hamilton Pool Preserve. The pool, a geological masterpiece was formed by thousands of years of water erosion which created a collapsed grotto, the canyons and a staggering waterfall. Reservations are required to get into Hamilton Pool and must be made online beforehand. Reservations are tough to get because of the popularity of the pool but if you can snag one of the limited reservations, you are in for a treat.
All along the Pedernales River are prime spots to take a dip in the delightful cool water, or just post up in a lawn chair with a local brew in hand. For public access, swim at either the State Park,Pedernales Falls or at Reimers Ranch, a Travis County Park. This easy going river is cool, clear and a great destination for an afternoon picnic with the family.
Located off 1826 across the street from Salt Lick BBQ is Camp Ben McCulloch and flowing through Camp Ben is Onion Creek. This spring fed, crisp and clean little creek flows particularly well after a spring rain and is a popular destination for local folks. Hop in a tube or sit back and watch kids fly off the rope swing and enjoy the delicious smells wafting from across the road at the best little BBQ joint in Texas.
Go for the burger and stay for the splash pad at Route 12 Filling Station. Route 12 is a relatively new restaurant located off of RR12 in Dripping Springs and already has become a very popular place for families. The splash pad is fairly large and there is also a playscape adjacent to the water feature. Perfect for taking your younger kiddos for a fun afternoon in the sun wile enjoying a great bite to eat!
Head to Founders Memorial Park for Summer fun. Located on the grounds is a walking trail, the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead (more on the Pound House later), a massive playscape and the Founders Memorial Pool. After splashing around in the junior Olympic sized pool, you can grab a quick snack from the concession stand while enjoying all the fun under the sun.
Camp Lucy and The Liney Moon, two local lodging companies in the area, are also opening their pools, for a fee, to folks to enjoy over the Summer. Check out their websites for fees and availability.