El Salido Pool in Anderson Mill

El Salido Pool

This has been the summer of the diving board for my fearless 7- and 9-year-old boys. Finally tall enough, and strong enough swimmers, they are on a mission to jump into water from any high surface I’ll allow. From Barton Springs to Veterans Memorial Pool, they’ve tried some great boards, but so far the three-meter high dive at El Salido Pool in Anderson Mill has won their little daredevil hearts.

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El Salido Pool–located in North Austin, not too far from Lakeline Mall–was also a hit with my 2-year-old, thanks to the large water playscape in the toddler pool.  This shallow zone for little tikes has a beach entrance and a maximum depth of 1′ 6″.  There is plenty of entertainment for the littles, and their parents who get drenched keeping a close eye on them.

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The toddler pool is partially shaded on one side, with plenty of nearby seating.  There is also seating in the middle of the two pools, if you have children swimming in both.

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In the two hours we spent at the pool, this toddler area never got crowded. But, if you want to make sure it is big-kid free when you visit, El Salido Pool offers Parent and Tot Swim, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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Pool Rules:

  • Children must be 7 years old to use the 3-meter high board.
  • All divers must be able to swim across the pool.
  • No floatation devices of any kind may be used on the diving board.
  • The diving boards may be closed when swimming lanes are made available.
  • All kids under age 7 must be kept within arms reach at all times.
  • No outside toys (but there are pool noodles and basketballs provided for community use).
  • Complimentary life vests are available to borrow.
  • See all Pool Use Policies.

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Summer Hours:

June 6-August 24, 2015

Monday-Friday

  • Parent & Tot Swim: 9-10 a.m.
  • Public Open Swim: 12:15-8 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday

  • Open Swim: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Admission:

El Salido Pool

View from the beach entrance of the main pool.

Address & Phone:

El Salido Pool
11500 El Salido Pkwy
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 250-8427

About the Author

Heidi Gollub
Heidi Gollub is the founder of the award-winning website Free Fun in Austin. When not running around on adventures with her five children–ages four to 16–she volunteers for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and shares content with the local news.  Recently, Heidi was a speaker at Mom 2.0 and the Texas Conference for Women.