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.
Downtown Tyler Christmas tree on the square, December 2014 (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
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.
It's December of 2014, the beginning of the Christmas season in East Texas, and a busy time of the year, with many events, parties, Christmas parades, social gatherings and shopping.
The Tyler Christmas parade and tree lighting begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 4.
Be sure to check out our December event calendar for happenings in your area.
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 81st Texas Rose Festival was held on October 16-18, 2014, with "Cirque de la Rose" as its theme.
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. The planetarium features exhibits such as "Tales of the Maya", shows like "Astronauts" and "East Texas Live Skies", and the 1,500 pound Brenham meteorite. 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.
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, October 1, 2014 (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 January 1-4, 2015. First Monday is the ultimate flea market in the entire U.S.A.
Shopping opportunities in Tyler have 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 have already opened in 2014, including Gordman's, PetCo, Kirkland's, Dress Barn, JoAnn, TJMaxx, Vitamin Shoppe 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.
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 is being built at 2552 SSE Loop 323, next to the Staybridge Suites. Opening should occur late in 2014.
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 the Corner Bakery Cafe, Juls on Old Jacksonville Highway, and Razzoos Cajun Cafe near Target on South Broadway.
Plus, don't miss the best of Tyler, like Stanley's Bar-B-Que Restaurant on Beckham Avenue.
When traveling to Tyler with kids or school groups, tour Brookshire's
Museum & Country Store and the Discovery
On warm weather days, many families head to Fire Mountain Amusements on Highway 155 southwest of Tyler, about one mile past Grande Blvd. It has go-karts, bumper boats, video arcade, miniature golf and pools.
And the Water Park at the Villages offers a large indoor facility, southwest of Tyler, on Lake Palestine. Faulkner Park is located on Cumberland Road at South Broadway, with tennis, sprayground, fishing pond, baseball fields, hiking trails, and nature trails.
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.