Downtown Tyler, Texas Attractions, Restaurants and Events
Named for President John Tyler, the city was established on April 11, 1846 by the Texas Legislature as it also created Smith County. Tyler was designated the county seat.
Downtown Tyler today is a bustling financial and business center, with numerous historical structures, government buildings and a revived restaurant district and nightlife.
Tyler Visitor Center
The Tyler Visitor’s Center is located in the Plaza Tower in the heart of Downtown Tyler at 110 N. College Avenue, Suite 105.
Street parking is available; metered parking is free on the weekend and after 5pm on weekdays.
Visitors can find free maps, activity guides and brochures, or can choose to purchase any of the many souvenirs that the gift shop has to offer, including stickers, shot glasses, posters, pins, mugs, T-shirts, hats, and local college memorabilia.
There are literally dozens of good restaurants in Tyler ... here are just a few favorites for enjoying a great meal while downtown! We have no affiliation with any of these restaurants ... they are listed as a starting point for you to make your own dining decisions.
|Rick's on the Square||Website||TripAdvisor|
|Black Pearl Tyler||Website||TripAdvisor|
|Don Juan on the Square||Website||TripAdvisor|
|ETX Brewing Company||Website||TripAdvisor|
|True Vine on the Square||Website||TripAdvisor|
|Andy's Frozen Custard||Website||TripAdvisor|
|1948 Coffee and Juice Company||Website|
|Tapatio's Grill Chicken||Website||TripAdvisor|
|Taqueria El Lugar||TripAdvisor|
Shopping and Things to Do Downtown
Since Tyler has no major hotels or motels in the downtown area, visitors might want to book one of the many fine hotel properties along the South Broadway Corridor, only about 5 miles south of downtown.
The Thomas Hotel, a new boutique hotel, is slated to open in downtown Tyler in the spring of 2022 near Liberty Hall at 109 East Erwin Street. Read more at the website of The Thomas Hotel or The Thomas Hotel on Instagram.The downtown area does feature nearby bed & breakfast inns, including those listed below.
Downtown Tyler Events
There is always something fun and exciting in downtown Tyler! With festivals, art shows, parades and Christmas lights, events are plentiful year round!
Events such as the Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival attract thousands of visitors downtown. Other events include the Downtown Tyler Music Festival, CityFest, the Tyler Azalea Trails just south of downtown, and Downtown Tyler's Holiday Open House.
On the second Saturday of every month, Downtown Tyler celebrates Hit the Bricks. Each month offers new and fun activities enjoyable by all.
Historical Sites and the Tyler Half Mile of History
Tyler Half Mile of History ... plaque honoring Texas Governor Richard B. Hubbard
Much of Tyler's history is being chonicled in the Half Mile of History, which pays tribute to people, places and events that have contributed to the history of Tyler and Smith County.
The Half Mile of History is a permanent, outdoor, half-mile loop surrounding the courthouse square in downtown Tyler, administered by the City of Tyler.
Read about one of the people on the loop ... Walter E. Stewart.
More historical resources in Downtown Tyler:
- Cotton Belt Depot Museum
- Goodman-LeGrand Museum & Gardens
- Texas African American Museum
- Smith County Historical Society
- McClendon House
Cotton Belt Depot Museum
West Erwin Street Sign in Downtown Tyler: Established 1846
A number of historic districts have been identified in Tyler, many of which are near downtown:
- Antique District
- Azalea District
- Brick Streets National Historic District
- Charnwood Residential Historic District
- Donnybrook Duplex District
- East Ferguson District
- Overlay District
- Short-Line District
Brick Streets National Historic District
The Tyler City Hall, Downtown Tyler
Downtown Tyler, Texas skyline
Interactive Map of Downtown Tyler Texas
|Download a map of downtown Tyler and things to do at VisitTyler.com|
Shown to the right is The Liberty Theater, 103 E. Erwin, downtown Tyler before restoration (right) and re-use.
The Liberty is once again home to memory-making events and entertainment after it was converted into Liberty Hall and re-opened in September 2011.
Shown below is the Liberty Hall after restoration.
The Caldwell Auditorium is part of the Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy, and is operated by the Tyler Independent School District (TISD). It is located at 300 South College Avenue near downtown Tyler.
It is the site of a variety of performances and musical events through the year, including concerts sponsored by the Tyler Community Concert Association.
Streetscape, downtown Tyler, Texas, including the site of the Arcadia Theater
Shown in the photo to the right is the Woman's Building, South Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas, built in 1932.
In September of 2016, the Tyler Woman’s Building Inc. Board of Directors gave to the United Way of Smith County the deed and keys to the historic, 84-year-old structure.
The United Way budgeted $2.6 million of renovations to the interior and exterior of the building.
The Smith - Butler House, circa 1890
|The Fitzgerald House||
LeGrand - Goodman House & Museum, North Broadway
|Marvin United Methodist Church, Tyler, Texas||
First Baptist Church in downtown Tyler
More Scenes Around Downtown
|Tyler, Texas historical survey marker in the downtown square
||The Smith County Courthouse on Broadway Avenue, at the Square, Downtown Tyler, Texas, dedicated in August of 1955|
|Historic Oakwood Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Tyler,
located near downtown
Built in 1957, this concrete water tower stands 206 feet tall, and is still in daily use by the City of Tyler. It also originally functioned as a fallout shelter for 750 people
West Oak Villages and Townhomes
|Coming soon to Downtown Tyler - West Oak Villages
||Coming soon to Downtown - West Oak Townhomes