This site is a comprehensive directory for Tyler travel, tourism, hotels, restaurants, shopping, attractions, news, weather, maps, government, and recreation.
Tyler is the largest retail, medical, and business center in East Texas.
We cover Tyler and much of East Texas for visitors traveling to Tyler, those attending Tyler conventions and business meetings, newcomers, and long-time residents.
Tyler is known as the Rose Capital of America, and is home to the widely recognized Tyler Rose Garden. This is the nation's largest municipal rose garden, listed in Livability's top 10 most inspiring gardens in the USA.
Tyler is also the site of the annual Texas Rose Festival. The 82nd Texas Rose Festival will be held on October 15-18, 2015, with “Royalty of the Under Water Realm” as its theme.
Madeline Shirley Wynne, will reign as the the 2015 Texas Rose Festival Queen. The 2015 Duchess of the Texas Rose Festival will be Anna Gray Buckley.
The Rose Festival activities include the queen's coronation at the Cowan Center and the Rose Parade on Saturday.
In addition to the coronation and parade, an arts and crafts fair, floral shows, rose show, garden tours, and many more activities attract thousands of visitors annually to Tyler for this spectacular event.
A highlight of each spring season in East Texas is the 10-mile long Tyler Azalea Trail guiding visitors through neighborhoods of quaint brick streets, historic homes, and residential gardens filled with blooming azaleas, dogwoods and tulips.
Our Tyler Travel Guide lists other popular attractions such as the Caldwell Zoo, and links to travel reviews.
The new planetarium at Tyler Junior College has become a "don't miss" Tyler attraction. Opening in the summer of 2015 is the "Journey to the Stars" show featuring extraordinary images from telescopes and stunning, never-before-seen visualizations of physics-based simulations. more on the Center for Earth & Space Science Education (CESSE) Planetarium, shows, dates, tickets
Tyler offers a number of first class museums, such as the Tyler Museum of Art, the Goodman-LeGrand home, the Cotton Belt Depot Museum and the new American Freedom Museum in Bullard.
Running from July 10 - September 10, 2015, at the Tyler Museum of Art,
is the “The Art of the Brick" exhibit by Nathan Sawaya, featuring 30 large-scale sculptures made of Lego bricks.
And checkout our Tyler Outdoor Guide, Tyler Lakes section, and the Rose Rudman Recreational Trail.
While in today's marketplace there are shoppers who prefer the convenience of online shopping, many others enjoy the friendliness and selections of local shopping here in Tyler and East Texas.
|Scene at the The Village at Cumberland Park, Tyler, Texas
(TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
Shopping in Tyler spans the marketplace, from national retail giants such as Macy's and Dillard's, to local eclectic, specialty boutiques ... use our map of stores to shop South Broadway, and the Broadway Square Mall.
And for a fun shopping adventure near Tyler, visit the world famous First Monday Trade Days in Canton on September 3-6, 2015. First Monday is the ultimate flea market in the entire U.S.A.
Shopping opportunities in Tyler multiplied in 2014 when The Village at Cumberland Park, located at the intersection of South Broadway Avenue and Toll 49, opened its first phase of stores. Upon completion, the project will cover 80 acres and contain over 700,000 SF of retail, services, restaurants, and entertainment in a vibrant, contemporary, and pedestrian friendly outdoor setting. Many new tenants are now open, including Gordman's, PetCo, Kirkland's, Dress Barn, JoAnn, TJMaxx, DSW, Old Navy, Vitamin Shoppe, the AT&T Store, and others.
Tyler offers a variety of hotels, motels, inns, extended-stay suites, RV parks, and other accommodations situated near the major tourist, business, shopping, and medical centers of the city. Bed & Breakfasts around the Tyler area offer exceptional amenities and services.
And hotel growth continues in Tyler, with plans for a new conference center to be located at the corner of South Broadway Avenue and Toll Loop 49. This facility will include 27,000 feet of meeting space, as well as an upscale conference hotel.
In addition, construction is now underway on the new Hampton Inn & Suites at 8962 South Broadway near Gander Mountain and the Village at Cumberland Park. The Hampton is scheduled to open in September of 2015.
A bit closer to town, a Marriott Residence Inn, just off South Broadway, next to Kohl's, at 350 West Heritage Drive, opened in early November 2014. And a new $2 million LaQuinta Inn opened in late 2014 at 2552 SSE Loop 323, next to the Staybridge Suites. A new Tyler Homewood Suites is under construction off Troup Highway and Golden Road.
Even in difficult economic times nationally, employment and job search opportunities in Tyler remain strong, and better than much of the US.
Tyler and the East Texas job market employ a large number of jobs and careers in the oil & gas industry, oilfield, drilling, natural gas, petrochemical, and refining job sectors.
But the economy is diverse, and manufacturing, healthcare, education, grocery distribution, information technology, communications, banking, and retail business also play a significant role.
Tyler features a wide spectrum of restaurants serving traditional American fare, Mexican, Italian, Bar-B-Que, hamburgers, seafood, Asian, and more.
Many new restaurants have opened on South Broadway Avenue, including Chuy's Mexican Restaurant, Chipotle Mexican Grill at the mall, Panera Bread and Freebirds World Burritos.
Other new dining options include Slim Chickens on South Broadway, the Corner Bakery Cafe, Juls on Old Jacksonville Highway, and Razzoos Cajun Cafe near Target.
Plus, don't miss the best of Tyler, like Stanley's Famous Bar-B-Que on Beckham Avenue. Park in the back if the front is full !