Tyler for Kids & Teens: Things to See & Places to Go


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Tyler has a wide range of places to see and things to do year-round for kids and teens, plus seasonal events such as the Tyler Azalea Trail in March and the Texas Rose Festival in October.

From movie theaters to water parks, from zoos to camping, Tyler has it all!

Movie Theaters in Tyler Texas

Studio Movie Grill - 8954 S. Broadway Ave, at the Village at Cumberland Park - (903) 508-6991

Hollywood Theaters - 1250 Loop 323 South SW, Tyler - (903) 592-7000

Times Square Cinema - 5201 South Broadway Avenue, Tyler  - (903) 581-1818

Carmike Cinema - 7415 South Broadway Ave, Tyler - (903) 939-8258

The Caldwell Zoo in TylerThe Caldwell Zoo in Tyler (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)

Places for Kids to Have Fun and Learn in Tyler

Caldwell Zoo - an 85-acre regionallly-recognized zoo containing more than 2,000 animals representing 250 species from East Africa, North America, and South America.

Discovery Science Place - Offers a variety of programs, exhibits, and events that are sure to entertain the whole family. Perfect for summer camp, parties,celebrations, events and fun and learning. Located at 308 N. Broadway Avenue in Tyler. For more information and hours, phone 903-533-8011.

Wired ZiptheUSA - WIRED is a unique, state of the art zip line and challenge course located ½ mile south of Interstate 20 on Hwy. 19 directly across from Canton’s First Monday Trade Days.

Liberty Hall - 103 E. Erwin in downtown Tyler. A live performance theater in Downtown Tyler featuring plays, films and shows. The Hall is a popular venue for school concerts and other local events.

Putt-Putt Golf Course - a classic miniature course on 2311 E Southeast Loop 323, Tyler - (903) 561-7750

Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE) Planetarium at Tyler Junior College main campus

Pine Cove Christian Camps - large multi-venue camping on the shores of Lake Palestine, both summer and year-round

East Texas Gators & Wildlife Park - Grand Saline

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari Park

Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge - north of Tyler, and just north of Tyler State Park, at 17552 FM 14. Home to over 40 rescued big cats. (903) 858-1008

Kilgore - East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore College, more

Athens - State Fish Hatchery

Rusk - ride the Texas State Railroad to Palestine, and back ... Texas State Railroad

Grand Saline - stop and lick the Salt Palace!

The new CESSE planetarium at TJC ... click for details!The new planetarium at TJC

 

TJC Theatre

The Tyler Junior College Theatre presents an excellent variety of productions throughout the year.

Box Office hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call the office at 903.510.2212. The TJC Theatre box office opens one week prior to the opening date. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m.

For more information link to the website of the TJC Theatre

 

Water Parks, Swimming and Camping in Tyler Texas

Water Park at the Villages - southwest of Tyler, on Lake Palestine - (903) 534-8400.

Faulkner Park - Cumberland Road at South Broadway - tennis, sprayground, fishing pond, baseball fields, hiking trails, nature trails.

Municipal swimming pools - operated by the City of Tyler.

Texas Swim Lessons of Tyler - offers group swimming classes in Tyler at the CTE Center of Tyler at 3013 Earl Campbell Parkway. Private, customized swim lessons for kids and adults at your home are also offered, as well as lifeguard services for special events.

Camp Tyler - an outdoor learning center located on 350 acres on Lake Tyler, opened in 1949. The camp provides physical, education, and social resources for the children of East Texas.

Tyler State Park - just north of Tyler. This beautiful 985 acre park in the rolling hills features a 64 acre lake, campgrounds, hiking trails, pavillions, cabins, mountain biking, nature studies, canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, bike boats, jon boats, park store and much more.

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, Tyler, Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)

Tyler State Park is located 2 miles north of Interstate 20 on FM 14 north of Tyler on Park Road 16. Phone (903) 597-5338.

Splash Kingdom Water Park - near Canton on Interstate 20.

Tyler Museums of Interest to Children

A great place for children or school groups is a tour of Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store on Old Jacksonville Highway at Loop 323, and the Discovery Science Place downtown.

The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum is a large regional aviation museum located at Tyler's Pounds Regional Airport, in the old passenger terminal building. It includes a gift shop and library, a multimedia theater room, and provides a variety of educational programs.

The new American Freedom Museum is located just a few blocks from downtown Bullard on the Brook Hill School campus. The Museum contains 15,000 sq.ft. of galleries showcasing a collection of over 600 artifacts and documents about our nation’s history.

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.

 

Check out hotel review and prices, and make reservations, at TripAdvisor

 

Other Places and Events for the Kids ... and Adults Too!

Tyler Azalea Trail (March)

Texas Rose Festival (October) & the Tyler Rose Museum

Cowan Center at UT-Tyler

East Texas State Fair (September)

East Texas Symphony Orchestra

Camp Fannin

Tyler Museum of Art

 

For More Information

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, Tyler Texas (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)
The Children's Park, Tyler Texas

The Caldwell Zoo, Tyler, Texas
The Caldwell Zoo in Tyler

 

Lake Tyler
Lake Tyler
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)
The Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE) Planetarium
Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE) Planetarium on the main campus of Tyler Junior College in Tyler Texas


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