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.
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. The 57th annual Azalea & Spring Flower Trail will be held from March 25 to April 10, 2016 (a week later than in previous years).
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 was held on October 15-18, 2015, with “Royalty of the Under Water Realm” as its theme.Madeline Shirley Wynne, reigned as the 2015 Texas Rose Festival Queen.
The new CESSE planetarium at Tyler Junior College has become a "don't miss" Tyler attraction. “Sonic Sensation” opens in early September of 2015 and continues through August 2016.
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.
Our Tyler Travel Guide lists other popular attractions such as the Caldwell Zoo, and links to travel reviews.
And checkout our reviews of Tyler Outdoors, 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.
Shopping in Tyler spans the marketplace, from national retail giants such as Macy's and Dillard's, to local eclectic, specialty boutiques.
|Scene at the The Village at Cumberland Park, Tyler, Texas
(TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
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 December 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 South Broadway and Toll 49, opened. Upon completion, the project will contain over 700,000 SF of retail, services, restaurants, and entertainment. 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, Burlington Coat Factory, 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 Tyler offer exceptional amenities and services.
And hotel growth continues in Tyler, with the opening of 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, opened in 2014. And a new LaQuinta Inn & Suites opened in late 2014 at 2552 SSE Loop 323, next to the Staybridge Suites. 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 including Chuy's Mexican Restaurant, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panera Bread, Freebirds World Burritos, Slim Chickens, the Corner Bakery Cafe, Juls, and Razzoos Cajun Cafe. And now open is one of our favorites - Abuelo's Mexican Embassy in the Village at Cumberland Park.
Circle M Crawfish up in Big Sandy is a great place to buy your fried turkey for Thanksgiving. Randy Murphy says that he expects to fry between 300-500 turkeys for Thanksgiving 2015. They are fried in soybean-based oil, NOT peanut oil. To place an order, call 903-360-8946 or 903-636-9199. No deposit is required on orders.
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 !