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Expansive swimming and hiking options are available just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Austin city life. (Preserve at Travis Creek/Facebook)

Swimming pools have plenty to offer in this relentless summer heat, but there's just something so Austin about swimming holes in Central Texas that keeps locals coming back for more.

From hideaways within city limits to Wimberley's famous bottomless well, here's a dozen swimming holes to dip into this summer.

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Despite the many perks that come with Austin summertime, outdoor BBQ, lounging at Barton Springs Pool and boating on Lake Travis, getting bit by mosquitos is not one of them.

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