Huntsville Blue Lagoon Dive Site Among Houston Area’s Best Summer Swimming Spots


About an hour north of Houston, nestled in a pine-lined enclave, is the Huntsville Blue Lagoon.

The old limestone quarry has crystal clear water fed by a spring that seems almost artificial. The swimming hole is more reminiscent of Caribbean waters than the cloudy waves of Galveston.

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While countless visitors try to bathe there, many are turned away. The lagoon is limited to a certain number of guests, so you’ll want to plan for a save option or consider visiting during the week.

Swimmers usually have to wait until divers have their time in the lagoon first. Diving lessons for the 30-foot-deep pool are run by Texan Scuba, which offers courses throughout the week. This company also has a sister business at a more popular dive site, Cozumel.

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“We are here not only to train divers, but also to provide facilities for other dive instructors to train students and have a place where certified divers can practice their diving skills,” according to their site. . “As a dive center, we need to limit the hours that non-divers are allowed to enter.”

To register, diving students must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by a parent or instructor. Choosing a weekday lesson might better guarantee a defined swimming time. Rates for divers are $ 20 per person or $ 22 for non-divers 10 years and older.

For those more interested in a leisurely visit, without snorkel gear, there are camping sites and small picnic areas around the perimeter of the lagoon.

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