Austin, Texas is famous for lots of things. I'm sure that if you have ever visited or thought about visiting, you've gotten advice about eating at the Salt Lick, going dancing at the Broken Spoke, or walking on South Congress. People have probably told you to eat Tex-Mex at Chuy's or Maudie's or Guero's, and have probably suggested that you stop in at Uncommon Objects or Feathers (they carry vintage cowboy boots!) for some shopping. You've probably taken a look at the University of Texas campus (Hook 'em!) and headed to Kerbey Lane for pancakes at all hours of the day and night. You've maybe checked out some of the amazing outdoor spots like Mount Bonnell, and you've almost certainly been told to swim in the famous Barton Springs.
Barton Springs is a spring-fed pool that measures over 900 feet long and is a chilly 68 degrees year-round. Some Austinites swim there every single day of the year (except when it's closed on holidays)... lately my husband has become one of these people and goes at about 6 in the morning. (I, uh, do not.)
While you may have been swimming there before, you may not be familiar with my favorite Barton Springs tradition: the full moon swim party. Every full moon cycle, the pool stays open late and admission is free beginning at 9 pm. It's open to all ages, and there's not much that isn't magical about watching the full moon rise over the city of Austin until it's practically as bright as daylight.
Of course, you do get the groups of folks who are there and howling at the moon, and you do run in to the occasional topless woman (topless bathing is allowed at Barton Springs- and actually in all city of Austin parks and pools, to my children's endless amusement) but what can you do? It's Austin!
I hoep you get a chance to visit someday. Come on down... we're nice here!