Things to Do: Tyler Travel & Tourism Guide
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 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
|The Caldwell Zoo|
Tyler Texas Museums
Goodman-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.
|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 things to do for kids & teens|
Lakes, Boating, Fishing, Camping, and Water Recreation in East Texas
Tyler State Park is located north of Tyler, and is a popular destination for camping and other outdoor activities.
Rose Rudman Recreational Trail
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 Bed & Breakfast ... read more at TripAdvisor
Kiepersol Winery and Tasting Room (Photo by the TylerTexasOnline staff)
- 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.
Other popular tourist destinations and attractions in the Tyler metropolitan area
- Liberty Hall
- Historic Aviation Memorial Museum
- Texas Rose Festival (October)
- Tyler Rose Museum
- Tyler Azalea Trail (March)
- Lake Tyler
- Lake Palestine
- Tyler State Park
- Tyler Museum of Art
- Brookshire's Museum and Country Store
- Cowan Center at UT-Tyler
- Discovery Science Center
- East Texas State Fair (September)
- East Texas Symphony Orchestra
- First Monday Trade Days in Canton
- Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge
- Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari Park
- Camp Fannin
- Pine Cove Christian Camps
- Waterpark at the Villages
- Oil Palace
Conventions, Conferences and Business Meetings in Tyler
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 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
Tyler Rose Garden
The Cowan Center at the University of Texas at Tyler
East Texas State Fair held each fall in Tyler, Texas