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.
Our Tyler Travel Guide lists other popular attractions, and links to travel reviews. Tyler features widely recognized attractions such as the Caldwell Zoo, and being the Rose Capital of America, is home to the 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 will be held on October 16-18, 2014, with "Cirque de la Rose" as its theme.
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, some prefer the convenience of online shopping, 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 Coldwater Creek, 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 July 31 - August 3, 2014, for all of your spring shopping and decorating projects. First Monday is the ultimate flea market in the entire U.S.A.
Shopping opportunities in Tyler will multiply in 2014 when The Village at Cumberland Park, located at the intersection of South Broadway Avenue and Toll 49, opens 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.
Tyler features a wide spectrum of restaurants serving traditional American fare, Mexican, Italian, Bar-B-Que, hamburgers, seafood, Asian, and more.
Recently many new restaurants have opened on South Broadway, 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, and Juls on Old Jacksonville Highway.
Plus, don't miss the best of Tyler, like Stanley's Bar-B-Que Restaurant on Beckham Avenue.
And it's time for local produce and vegetables ... be sure to shop at one of the farmers markets in the Tyler area.
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. In April of 2013, the Tyler City Council approved 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, 250 room Marriott conference hotel. Construction could start during the summer of 2014. In addition, plans have been announced for the construction of a new Hampton Inn nearby the conference center and the Village at Cumberland Park.
A bit closer to town, a Marriott Residence Inn is under construction just off South Broadway, next to Kohl's.
When traveling to Tyler with kids or school groups, tour Brookshire's
Museum & Country Store and the Discovery
And it's time for picking blueberries ... be sure to take the kids to one of the blueberry farms in the Tyler area.
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.