Tyler Texas

Tyler Texas Guide

Tyler is centrally located in Northeast Texas, roughly halfway between Dallas and Shreveport,  and is accessible to many major cities, making it the best selection for your next East Texas getaway.

Tyler is known as the Rose Capital of America and home to the Tyler Rose Garden, the country’s largest municipal rose garden.  Tyler has a variety of attractions to visit all year long for residents, tourists, and those attending corporate events and conferences.

What’s Tyler Texas known for?

Tyler is recognized as the “Rose Capital of America” because it is one of the biggest providers of rose bushes in the nation, as well as one of the world’s leading producers. The city has one of the country’s largest municipal rose gardens. The Texas Rose Festival usually draws over 100,000 fans.

What celebrities are from Tyler Texas?

Tyler and the surrounding East Texas area are home to a variety of famous, notable singers, songwriters, entertainers, and Hollywood stars. these include Miranda Lambert (Longview, Texas), Margo Martindale and Neal McCoy (Jacksonville, Texas), Johnny Mathis and Don Henley (Gilmer TX), Matthew McConaughey (Uvalde, TX), Sissy Spacek (Quitman, TX), and Johnny Horton (Rusk, TX) . Sandy Duncan grew up in Tyler and was born in Henderson.

Who is the richest person in Tyler Texas?

An East Texas native has been designated to the Forbes 400 list of the country’s wealthiest people. Kelcy Warren, chairman/CEO of Energy Transfer Equity and chairman of Energy Transfer Partners, seems to be the 136th richest person in America, as per Forbes, with a net worth of $4.7 billion.

Why are people moving to Tyler, TX?

Tyler offers numerous choices for those seeking a peaceful home base, a slower pace than the big city, a wider range and better-paying jobs than a small town, a lower average cost of housing, as well as easy access to all of Texas’ natural beauty.

Is Tyler TX a nice place to live?

Tyler is a nice town with a low rate of crime and a large college community. Downtown Tyler has some great places for college students to learn and work. Tyler is a clean and beautiful city that offers almost everything larger metroplex areas have but in a significantly safer and easier to commute environment.

Is it expensive to live in Tyler Texas?

Rick of Seamless Gutters Tyler says that Tyler is one of the best places to live in the nation due to its low cost of living and rising property options. According to the Cost of Living Index, Tyler citizens have a cost of living that is only 91.9 percent of the national average.

Things to do in Tyler

The Earth And Space Science Center

1411 E Lake St, Tyler, TX 75701

The Earth And Space Science Center in Tyler Junior College is one of the largest planetariums in Texas, and stargazers can enjoy multimedia presentations with changing programs. The state-of-the-art Planetarium features an engaging, full-dome video experience and the first 40′ Spitz nano-seam domed theatre in East Texas.

Exhibit areas that change on a regular basis, large plasma tv displays with live video from NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute, and conference rooms for science classes, lectures, and public events round out the complex.

Tyler State Park

Tyler State Park Area 1 Bath House, 789 Park Rd 16, Tyler, TX 75706

Tyler State Park has a beautiful 64-acre spring-fed lake, 13 miles of biking and hiking trails, 100-foot trees, and historic structures. Swim in the lake, walk through the woods or just relax and unwind. You’ll adore this tranquil retreat in Northeast Texas!

You can boat, fish, picnic, hike, mountain bike,  geocache, camp, bird watch, and study nature. There is plenty to do at Tyler State Park whether you come for an afternoon or a weekend.

Tyler State Park
image via tpwd.texas.gov

There are three fishing piers and a boat ramp in the park. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Tackle Loaner Program allows you to borrow fishing rods, reels, and tackle boxes. Remember that fishing from the shore in a state park does not require a fishing license.

More than 13 miles of trails allow you to explore the Pineywoods. The Civilian Conservation Corps established the Whispering Pines Nature Trail more than 70 years ago.

Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum

Goodman Park, 624 N Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 75702

The mansion is still furnished with the Goodman-LeGrand family’s original belongings, many of which are older than the house itself, dating back to the early 1800s. Visitors can see vintage hand-carved furniture and musical equipment, a grandfather clock, fine silver as well as crystal, hand-painted Limoges china, original garments, medical books that date back to the 1800s, Civil War-era surgical equipment and medical cases, art pieces and photographs, and many other unique and interesting objects at the museum.

Discovery Science Place

308 N Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 75702

The museum has been serving the community since 1993 and is housed in an old car dealership. The museum has a wide variety of exhibits, including:

  • A miniature television news station complete with working cameras and a mini-control board.
  • Exhibits relating to physics, including a kinetic sculpture.
  • Assorted goldfish in a fish tank
  • A large man-made (indoor) cave with built-in rock/sediment exhibits and an earthquake simulator.
  • Indoor dinosaur fossil excavation pit
  • A scale model of various public buildings in Tyler and surrounding areas, including Brookshire’s Grocery Company, Smith County Courthouse,  and Southside Bank.

Tyler Rose Garden and Texas Rose Festival

The state of Texas is well-known for its roses. The Texas Rose Festival in Tyler has commemorated the beauty and fragrance of roses since 1933. Captivated by a new agricultural industry, civic-minded leaders and Tyler Garden Club women established the Texas Rose Festival to publicize the rose industry, develop tourism, rejoice in volunteerism, and embody community pride. A Queen’s Coronation, a Rose Show, a Queen’s Tea, and a Rose Parade are all part of the four-day festival.

Tyler Azalea and Spring Flower Trails

The Tyler Azalea and Spring Flower Trails have become an annual spring event, with two trails winding through more than 10 miles of historic gardens and homes filled with flowering bushes and blossoms bursting with spring colors. More than 100,000 people attended the event last year. The Trail, which runs from late March to the first of April, is still supported by private citizens who invite thousands of visitors to their communities to showcase and sustain the city they adore.

Caldwell Zoo

2203 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tyler, TX 75702

The Caldwell Zoo has a children’s petting zoo, 2 aquariums, picnic tables, a café overlooking an African savanna, and gift stores selling authentic African items. Seasonal presentations at the zoo include a bird show, alligator feedings, giraffe meal times, and elephant demonstrations.

The zoo is still growing and changing! The South American Region of the zoo will be soon completely transformed, including the addition of new animals.

Except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, the Caldwell Zoo is open daily Monday through Sunday.

East Texas State Fair

The 106th East Texas State Fair will be held at the Tyler fairgrounds from Friday, September 23 to Sunday, October 2. Fair food, live music, carnival rides, attractions, and livestock shows are available to visitors.  Sea Lion Splash, Dale K Comedy Hypnotist, Butterfly Encounter, vintage photos, and commercial showcases are among the fair’s attractions.


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