There are plenty of Austin areas to watch in 2012 and plenty of reasons why Austin continues to be popular destination for Texas families.

In addition to its strong housing market and increasing job market, Austin has become a highly desirable area in which to reside. But Austin has become desirable not only for its real estate, but for its bountiful supply of outdoor beauty and recreational activities.

Here are some of our favorites:

Austin Nature and Science Center Located within Zilker Park, the Austin Nature and Science Center is where Austin visitors and residents can explore all things natural. The Austin Nature and Science Center, which was established in 1960, has provided everything from nature exhibits to education programs for adults and children of all ages.

It has developed a number of hands-on exhibits and recreational activities that are designed to increase awareness and an appreciation of the environment. Some of the exhibits found here include: wildlife exhibits, the Dino Pit, a naturalist workshop and trade counter, and the Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center.

Barton Springs Pool A hot day in Austin is never complete without a stop at the Barton Springs pool. Also located in Zilker Park, the Barton Springs swimming pool is a massive pool of nearly three acres. What makes this pool so special, however, is that it is fed by a number of underground springs. As a result, this pool enjoys a cool temperature of 68 degrees, year-round.

Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) The Austin Parks and Recreation Department, along with the City of Austin, “recognizes the importance and need for community gardens on public land.”

PARD oversees education to promote personal sustainability, to help people cultivate healthy foods and to create opportunities for community involvement. The gardens overseen by PARD promote biodiversity wildlife habitats for local species.

Downtown Parks The downtown parks of Austin are just one part of what makes Austin so special. In particular, the downtown area boasts three, historic downtown park squares and three open park areas. In addition, there are two hiking and biking trails in the downtown area. The downtown parks of Austin include: Brush Square, Republic Square, Waterloo, and Wooldridge Square.

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