Where to Cool Off During Acl 2021

  • Julianna Scruggs
  • 09/23/21

The Austin sun can bake even the most experienced ACL festival goer. Thankfully, South Austin is home to some of the city’s best ways to cool off. We’ve gathered our list of our favorites here to help you through the epic 20th anniversary of ACL.


Known for it’s year-round 70º temperatures, Barton Springs embodies the ACL experience with topless hippies and eccentric musicians. Austin parks require tickets, but don’t fret if none are available. Barkin’ Springs next door is totally free with no lines and the same natural spring water.


If poolside vibes with a DJ are more your speed, the Austin Motel is a refreshing scene. Let their irreverent signage serve as your first indicator that it’s okay to be yourself to this South Congress hotspot.


For a more upscale, downtempo poolside experience book a day pass at the South Congress Hotel pool. Head here for healthy eats and authentic margaritas in a poolside daybed under the shade of an umbrella.

Looking for more ways to blow off steam outside the festival? Check out our ACL 2021 Afterparty Guide or subscribe to receive our upcoming ATX paddle boarding guide.

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