The 10 Best Things to Do in Tyler, United States

April 10, 2018 Weston Hennigan

Tyler is a city located in central Smith County, Texas, United States. In terms of both population and land area, Tyler is by far the largest city in Smith County, of which it is the county seat, and has long been the region's major economic, educational, financial, medical, and cultural hub. The city is named for John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States. Tyler had a population of 96,900 in 2010, according to the United States Census Bureau, and Tyler's 2014 estimated population was 107,405. It is 100 miles (160 km) east-southeast of Dallas. Tyler is the principal city of the Tyler Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 209,714 in 2010, and is the regional center of the Tyler-Jacksonville combined statistical area, which had a population of 260,559 in 2010.
Restaurants in Tyler

1. Caldwell Zoo

2203 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tyler, TX 75702-2954 +1 903-593-0121
Excellent
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4.5 based on 652 reviews

Caldwell Zoo

Reviewed By Kristy F

We are local to this zoo & I feel I tend to take it for granted after visiting other zoos across the country. It's a good sized zoo with LOTS of neat animals to see (some of our favorites include the white tigers, the meerkats & the golden lion tamarin). Be sure to bring some cash & quarters to feed the ducks, fish, birds & giraffe ($5 for the giraffe). We have a membership & go monthly sometimes several times a month & my daughter STILL loves to go after 6 years. I would recommend it for animal lovers.

2. Tyler State Park

789 Park Road 16, Tyler, TX 75706-3630 +1 903-597-5338
Excellent
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4.5 based on 292 reviews

Tyler State Park

Reviewed By Dapger - McKinney, Texas

This park is surprisingly big but the lake is not too big. You can easily walk around it in an hour. The trails are very nice with all levels of challenge. It is hard to get into this park but well worth it. The Lakeside RV area is great with nice water views. One of my favorite parks. Don't miss the the Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge only 3 miles away.

3. Kiepersol Vineyards, Winery & Distillery

4120 Fm 344 E, Tyler, TX 75703 +1 903-894-8995
Excellent
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Kiepersol Vineyards, Winery & Distillery

Reviewed By GLX1138 - San Antonio, Texas

I sure many people like this place, but not for me. This is a lifestyle winery. Its mostly a real estate development business, with a side order of wine.

4. The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum

624 N Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 75702-5344 +1 903-531-1286
Excellent
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4.5 based on 102 reviews

The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum

Reviewed By MamaStephF

There are lots of nooks and crannies in this old home, which was constructed in several eras as the family living in it gained more wealth. The home tells the stories of two Tyler's native families, and many of their possessions are still in the home. The bedrooms and kitchen were my favorite rooms to visit. Of course, local legend (and even some of the guides) say the home is still inhabited by at least one of its former residents. Do a search online for "Haunted Goodman Museum" by Stephanie Frazier to see my article with pics, for more details.

5. Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge

17552 Fm 14, Tyler, TX 75706-2300 +1 903-858-1008
Excellent
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4.5 based on 223 reviews

Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge

Welcome to Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge, international home to over 37 rescued big cats. Come meet these majestic animals, learn about the feline species known as Panthera Tigris and find out how you can help to ensure their future in the United States and worldwide.We started Tiger Creek for a very specific purpose: "To provide rescue and rehabilitation of big cats that have been abused, neglected or displaced."It continues to be our guiding mission, and as we continue to expand, we are working to establish large natural settings for the big cats.

Reviewed By JWLL22 - London, United Kingdom

We visited on a sunny Sunday in October, a Puma called Tin Cup (because that's how big he was when he was rescued) was playing with huge pumpkin, just as my cat would have played with a bauble! There are regular walking tours, our chap, Tim was interesting and really cares for what the refuge does. Don't expect wild prairies but they are well looked after with good homes and are far better off than where they came from!

6. Tyler Rose Garden

420 Rose Park Dr, Tyler, TX 75702-6859 +1 903-531-1212
Excellent
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4.5 based on 388 reviews

Tyler Rose Garden

Reviewed By cmtraveler17

We were in town for the Thanksgiving holiday and decided to drop by. The grounds were beautifully maintained. It was a peaceful place to stroll and see some extraordinary roses. Even though it wasn't in full bloom, there were still many beautiful bushes and a multitude of colors and sizes. We will visit again when we get back to Tyler.

7. Azalea Residential Historic District

Central Tyler, Tyler, TX
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5 based on 47 reviews

Azalea Residential Historic District

Reviewed By Gran7 - Crossett

No matter what season you visit Tyler you should definitely drive through this old, historic residential area. If you are fortunate enough to be there when the azaleas are blooming, it is absolutely breath taking. Tours are offered and it is fun to see the young ladies dressed in period costumes. A true view of the old south.

8. Historic Aviation Memorial Museum

150 Airport Dr, Tyler, TX 75704-6600 +1 903-526-1945
Excellent
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

Historic Aviation Memorial Museum

Reviewed By cartphoto2000 - Plano, TX

Very well presented museum hindered somewhat by rudeness. Visited with my family and took our time, about 30 minutes before closing they start turning the lights off. We ask if they are closing and they indicate no. So we continue looking around but notice they are watching us. So I think we get the hint. We leave about 15 minutes before closing and sure enough we are almost followed out the door by the staff. Also looking back we were always followed around by someone, maybe they have had problems in the past with some people who knows.

9. Discovery Science Place

308 N Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 75702-5711 +1 903-533-8011
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Discovery Science Place

There is so much to see and experience at the Discovery Science Place. It's a good idea to prepare so that you don't miss any of the action. We have a variety of programs, exhibits, and events that are sure to entertain and educate the whole family. Because of the hands-on nature of the exhibits, the DSP is a wonderful place for visitors of all abilities and ages to experience and learn more about our world.

Reviewed By KB013 - Natchitoches, Louisiana

My group stopped here to break up a long trip. It was just right. Prices were ok too! There were lots of things to chose from. Fun and educational! A must do if you're in the Tyler area or even if you're just passing thru.Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll stop by again when your travels bring you to or through Tyler.

10. Rose Rudman Recreational Trail

2000 W Front St, Tyler, TX 75702-6854 +1 903-531-1370
Excellent
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Rose Rudman Recreational Trail

Reviewed By Kelly K - Lufkin, Texas

We needed somewhere to walk and boy did we find it! Gorgeous trails that made us wish we had brought our bikes! There are a few attached machines for those who want to do circuit training during their jobs (pull up bars...etc). It was an amazing trail and we will be using it each time we return here!

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