7 of Our Favorite Fort Cavazos Swimming Holes

Fort Cavazos Swimming Holes: Lake Belton

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We spent 3 long, hot summers in Texas. Two of which were unfortunately during a period of record drought (lucky us).

That didn’t mean we were sitting at home or staying indoors though! That’s just not our style! We marked lots of things off of our Texas Bucket List, which helped us find our favorite Fort Cavazos swimming holes.

Thankfully, it was much easier to find places to swim in Texas than it was in North Carolina. (It took us a while to find our favorite Fort Liberty swimming holes.) However, due to the drought, these swimming holes weren’t at their best while we were there. We still loved them and were grateful for the chance to escape the heat.

Here are 7 of our favorite Fort Cavazos swimming holes:

Family Aquatic Center

  • Distance from Fort Cavazos: 7 miles
  • Cost: $2-8 per person depending on age

The Family Aquatic Center in Killeen was always a hit with my girls. They had never been down a bowl slide before and thought it was the coolest thing ever!

In addition to the bowl slide, there is a plunge slide, open flume racing slide, and a closed flume racing slide. Not to mention the kiddie slides, water playground, rock wall, diving board, splash pad, and 25-meter pool. They also have a snack bar, picnic tables, and bathroom facilities.

There is so much to do and the kids will be worn out when you leave.

Fort Cavazos Swimming Holes: Family Aquatic Center in Killeen.
(This photo is courtesy of My Kiss 103.1, since I didn’t take any pictures while we were there.)

Copperas Cove City Pool

  • Distance from Fort Cavazos: 10 miles
  • Cost: $3.25 per resident or $5.25 per non-resident

If we weren’t at home in the middle of a summer day, we were probably at the pool. I can’t count the number of days we spent hanging out at the pool with friends. Copperas Cove has 2 public pools: City Park Pool and South Park Pool.

Most of the time, we were at City Park Pool. There’s a water slide, zero-depth entry, water mushroom, and a snack bar. We went so much in our first summer there that we bought a family pass the next 2 summers. (We lived in Copperas Cove, so this was the closest pool to us.)

The girls even took swimming lessons there. City Park Pool was our go-to spot for those hot summer days.

Fort Cavazos Swimming Holes: Copperas Cove City Pool
(At the end of summer, we had the place to ourselves!)

Belton Lake

  • Distance from Fort Cavazos: 15-20 miles
  • Cost: depends on where you go

You can’t have a list of Fort Cavazos swimming holes without mentioning Belton Lake.

Despite it’s size, there aren’t very many public beaches on Belton Lake. One of the best areas for swimming is BLORA (Belton Lake Recreation Area). Unfortunately, it was closed while we were there, but we were still able to enjoy the lake from the public beaches at Temple Lake Park.

We spent several lazy afternoons floating on the lake and reading a book on the shore.

Hancock Springs

  • Distance from Fort Cavazos: 27 miles
  • Cost: $2.50-3.50 per person depending on age

Hancock Springs in Lampasas is another great Fort Cavazos swimming hole!

As a Florida girl, I’m no stranger to cold clear spring water and this one did not disappoint. Jumping into Hancock Springs was refreshing during the brutally hot Texas summer. Even when other swimming holes closed during the drought, Hancock Springs was still flowing and welcoming visitors!

Check out these 5 Fun Things To Do in Lampasas with Kids so you can make a whole day out of your trip to the springs!

Lions Junction

  • Distance from Fort Cavazos: 30 miles
  • Cost: $5-8 per person depending on age

With 3-story water slides, a splash pad, water playground, diving board, an aqua climb wall, AND a lazy river, Lions Junction Family Water Park was a huge hit with my girls!

I loved that there was plenty of seating and a Snack Shack, so I didn’t have to worry about packing things to bring with us.

Unfortunately, it was extremely busy on the weekends, but if we went during the week it was nice.

Fort Cavazos Swimming Holes: Lions Junction
(My kids loved Lions Junction! They never ran out of things to do.)

Blue Hole

  • Distance from Fort Cavazos: 40 miles
  • Cost: Free!

Blue Hole Park in Georgetown is a slice of paradise during the relentless heat. It wasn’t one of our most visited Fort Cavazos swimming holes, but we enjoyed every second of the time that we spent there.

Taking a dip in the San Gabriel River while watching brave teens jump from the limestone cliffs is a core Texas memory.

If you’re looking for a nice, natural swimming area – this is the one. Plus, there are tons of great restaurants to try in Georgetown before you head back home.

Natural waterfall at Blue Hole Park.
(It is such a pretty place!)

Krause Springs

  • Distance from Fort Cavazos: 75 miles
  • Cost: $6-10 per person depending on age

Krause Springs is an hour and a half away from Fort Cavazos, but it is definitely worth the drive!

Not only is the whole property absolutely beautiful, but there is so much to do there. I wrote a whole post about it (Krause Springs: 6 Things You Don’t Want to Miss). We were only able to visit here once, but it was one of the limited places where water was still flowing despite the record drought.

This is definitely one of the best Fort Cavazos swimming holes! You should go at least once while you’re stationed there.

Floating in the pool at Krause Springs.
(If you don’t want to swim in the ‘muddy’ water, you can enjoy the spring-fed swimming pool.)

The Texas summers can be long and hot, but I hope these Fort Cavazos swimming holes help you beat the heat!

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