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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.

Tyler Planetarium at TJC

The new planetarium at Tyler Junior College has become a "don't miss" Tyler attraction.

The planetarium has featured exhibits such as "Great Balls of Fire", shows like "Cosmic Collisions", and the 1,500 pound Brenham meteorite.

about the Earth & Space Science Education (CESSE) Planetarium

Tyler Rose Garden and Texas Rose Festival

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.

Tyler Rose Garden

Caldwell Zoo

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 TylerThe 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
The Caldwell Zoo


Tyler Texas Museums

Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum, North Broadway Avenue, Tyler, TexasGoodman-LeGrand House and Museum

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.

Tyler Museums
Seasonal events in Tyler include the Azalea Trails and Spring Flower ShowSeasonal events include the Azalea Trails and Spring Flower Show

Seasonal Events

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.

Texas Rose Festival

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.

Tyler for Kids

Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum & Country Store on Old Jacksonville Highway and Loop 323, Tyler, TexasBrookshire's World of Wildlife Museum & Country Store on Old Jacksonville Highway and Loop 323

When traveling to Tyler with kids or school groups, be sure to tour Brookshire's Museum & Country Store and visit the Discovery Science Place.

The Villages by Silverleaf Resorts is located on Lake Palestine and features a popular indoor water park.

Tyler things to do for kids & teens

Lakes, Boating, Fishing, Camping, and Water Recreation in East Texas

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 and Lake Fork.

Tyler State Park is located north of Tyler, and is a popular destination for camping and other outdoor activities.

Rose Rudman Recreational Trail

Rose Rudman Recreational Trail, Tyler, Texas

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.

The Rose Rudman Recreational Trail

Kiepersol Estates

Just east of Bullard on FM 344 is Kiepersol Enterprises. On the grounds are a complete range of activities, facilities and services:

  • Kiepersol Estates Bed & Breakfast ... read more at TripAdvisor
  • Kiepersol Winery and Tasting RoomKiepersol Winery and Tasting Room (Photo by the TylerTexasOnline staff)
    The highly-rated Kiepersol Restaurant, #1 Restaurant in Tyler as rated by TripAdvisor
  • Kiepersol Estates Vineyard and Winery
  • The Distillery at Kiepersol ... makers of Dirk's Vodka, Jimmy's Bourbon and Pierre's Rum
  • Kiepersol Estates, Katima and Mullilo residential home developments
  • KE Bushman's Camp ... RV parking at its finest, plus Boutique & Bait shop located onsite
  • KE Bushman's Celebration Center, The Party Barn, and The Salt Kitchen for events
  • A recording studio

In October is the popular Kiepersol Harvest Festival & Grape Stomp, and in March is the annual "Waking of the Vines".

Guided tours of the winery are available year-round. The beautiful Winery Tasting Room overlooks the vineywards.

In addition, 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.

Kiepersol Winery in Tyler Texas

Other popular tourist destinations and attractions in the Tyler metropolitan area

Conventions, Conferences and Business Meetings in Tyler

The Harvey Convention Center, Tyler, TexasThe 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 conference hotel.



More Information About Tyler Tourism

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
The Children's Park, Tyler Texas

Tyler Rose Garden
Tyler Rose Garden
The Cowan Center at the University of Texas at Tyler
Cowan Center at the University of Texas at Tyler (UTT)
East Texas State Fair held each fall in Tyler, Texas
East Texas State Fair held each fall in Tyler, Texas

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