Tyler has a wide range of attractions to visit year-round for residents and tourists traveling to Tyler, as well as those attending business meetings and conventions.
The new planetarium at Tyler Junior College has become a "don't miss" Tyler attraction.
|The new planetarium at TJC
The planetarium features exhibits such as "Great Balls of Fire", shows like "Cosmic Collisions", and the 1,500 pound Brenham meteorite now on display.
Tyler, the Rose Capital of America, is home to the Tyler Rose Garden, 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.
Caldwell Zoo began in 1938 as a backyard menagerie of squirrels and parrots for schoolchildren. Those simple beginnings have evolved into an 85-acre regionallly-recognized zoo containing more than 2,000 animals representing 250 species from East Africa, North America, and South America.
|The Caldwell Zoo in Tyler
The zoo includes a children's petting pen, two aquariums, picnic areas, a café that overlooks an African savannah and gift shops with original African items.
Habitats and exhibits include:
- African Savanna
- North America
- South America
- African Aquarium
- North American Herpetarium
- Wild Bird Walkabout
|Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum
(Photo by the TylerTexasOnline staff)
The highly-respected Tyler
Museum of Art, located on the campus of Tyler Junior College (TJC), showcases both permanent, rotating and visiting collections.
Located adjacent to the famous Tyler Rose Garden is the Tyler Rose Museum, which showcases and documents the history of the annual Texas Rose Festival.
Tyler's railroad depot is the home of the Cotton Belt Depot Museum, and the Tyler Transit offices. Included in the museum's collection are four large model train layouts, photographs, uniforms, hats, etc. that have been donated by former employees of the railroad, and friends of the depot.
The Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum, built in 1859, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and designated a Texas Historic Landmark.
|Seasonal events in Tyler include the Azalea Trails and Spring Flower Show
Several major seasonal events are scheduled each year in Tyler, such as the Tyler Azalea Trail in March and the Texas Rose Festival in October.
It also hosts events such as car shows, the annual Firefighters Challenge, home & garden shows, the East Texas State Fair, the Four Winds Renaissance Faire, Cattle Barons Gala, TABA Parade of Homes, golf tournaments, concerts at Liberty Hall and the Cowan Center, shows at the Oil Palace, and others.
In addition, there are several art shows and sidewalk festivals in the downtown area through the year, including the popular Festival on the Square.
|Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum & Country Store on Old Jacksonville Highway and Loop 323, Tyler, Texas (Photo by the TylerTexasOnline staff)
East Texas is blessed with an abundance of lakes, including Lake Palestine, Lake Tyler and East Lake Tyler in the immediate area, and other lakes such as Toledo Bend Reservoir in easy driving distance.
When traveling to Tyler with kids or school groups, be sure to tour Brookshire's
Museum & Country Store and visit the Discovery
The Villages by Silverleaf Resorts is located on Lake Palestine and features a popular indoor water park.
In the Piney Woods Section of East Texas, there are over 30 lakes offering a variety of outdoor sports for vacations or weekends, including Lake Palestine and Lake Tyler. And within easy driving distance are other lakes such as Toledo Bend Reservoir.
State Park is located north of Tyler, and is a popular destination for camping and other outdoor activities.
For walking, jogging, biking or roller-blading, Tyler's Rose Rudman Recreational Trail is a perfect venue for a short stroll or a long hike.
Just east of Bullard on FM 344 is Kiepersol Enterprises. On the grounds are a complete range of activities, facilities and services:
In October is the popular Kiepersol Harvest Festival & Grape Stomp.
Guided tours of the winery are available year-round. The beautiful Winery Tasting Room overlooks the vineywards.
In addition, vodka sampling is offered at the new distillery opened in the spring of 2014. Highly recommended! Shown below is a photo taken of the vineyards by the TylerTexasOnline staff in July of 2014.
|The Harvey Convention Center, Tyler, Texas
Tyler is a popular location for regional conventions, conferences, business meetings and shows. The Harvey Convention Center offers a variety of configurations for many types of events.
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 2014.
For more information, we highly recommend you contact the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau which offers detailed information on Tyler attractions and events.
The Children's Park, South Broadway, Tyler Texas
|Tyler Rose Garden
|The Cowan Center at the University of Texas at Tyler
|The Harvey Convention Center, Tyler, Texas
|East Texas State Fair held each fall in Tyler, Texas