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Tyler, Texas

Chartered in 1847, Tyler was named for President John Tyler. The city has a diversified economy based on oil, manufacturing and agriculture. A famous product is the Tyler rosebush.

Tyler is the site of Texas College, Univeristy of Texas at Tyler, and Tyler Junior College, home of "Apache Belles," a famous precision dance-drill team.

Visitors enjoy the Azalea and Spring Flower Trail in late March and early April. The features include eight mile driving and walking tours boasting a variety of spring flowers. Events include a historic homes tour, fun run, quilt show, arts and crafts and much more. Don't miss the Hudnall Planetarium on the TJC campus. The observatory is open during the school year for specific showtimes. The East Texas Fair is held for six days in late September and draws thousands of visitors. There is an outstanding livestock event including a large variety of beef and dairy cattle, ponies, swine and sheep as well as industrial displays and midway attractions. The Texas Rose Festival is the third week in October and attracts thousands to the floral gala. The Festival includes the Queen's coronation, the rose show as well as a parade and tours to rose nurseries. Most events are held at the Municipal Rose Garden. Admission applies to some events.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Goodman Home

A delight for antique lovers and historians, this antebellum landmark brings the past to life with original furnishings, photographs and memorabilia dating from the mid-1800s. 624

Tyler, TX Museums

Smith County Historical Museum

In old library building, exhibits feature artifacts reflecting Tyler's historic, social and economic culture. Displays feature Indian, Republic of Texas, Civil War and 20th-century eras. 125

Tyler, TX Museums

Caldwell Zoo

Started in 1938 as backyard menagerie; now features more than 2,000 endangered and beautiful wildlife from Africa, North America and South America in natural habitats in this 85

Tyler, TX Zoos

Hudnall Planetarium

At Tyler Junior College, planetarium is one of Texas' largest. Among exhibits are replicas of exploratory space vehicles. Campus east of downtown just off Texas 64

Tyler, TX Planetariums

The Discovery Science Place

Two exhibit halls are featured at this downtown children's math and science museum. Many activities are included focusing on "hand-on"

Tyler, TX Museums

Things to do near Tyler, TX

Museum of East Texas

Housed in historic 1905 Episcopal Church. Changing exhibits in art, science and history. Permanent Rotary Gallery of Art feat...

Caddo Lake Steamboat Company

Ply the waters of Caddo Lake aboard the Graceful Ghost steamboat. It's a replica of an 1890s paddle wheel riverboat, like tho...

East Texas Discovery Well

In 1927, Columbus M. "Dad" Joiner believed there was oil in Rusk County. Joiner and an Oklahoma attorney and oil promoter had...

Historical Sites

Historical monuments and markers identify abundant sites including Sam Houston's law office, blocks of original Mexican town ...

Reo Palm Isle

A Longview landmark which opened in 1937 as the Palm Isle Club. Operated during WWII by owner of Mattie's Ballroom, another p...