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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

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

Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge

A rescue facility for tigers, lions and cougars. A division of Tiger Missing Link Foundation. F.M. 14

Tyler, TX Wildlife Refuges

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

Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store

Features more than 250 specimens of animals, reptiles, and fish from Africa and North America. The Country Store depicts what grocery stores were like in early 1920s. Open Tues. - Fri. 9 a.m. - noon, 1 - 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed major holidays. Call 903/534-2169

Tyler, TX Museums

Camp Ford

A historical marker identifies largest prisoner of war compound used for union troops west of the Mississippi. Replica of prisoner of war cabins, hiking trails and storyboards. Open daily. Hwy. 271 and Loop 323.

Tyler, TX Historic Markers

Things to do near Tyler, TX

Cargill Long Park

Two-and-one-half mile walking, jogging, and bike trail flanked by towering pines and native flora. Signed exercise stations; ...

Cheesemakers, Inc.

See authentic Texas cheese made by hand. Tour the cheese plant to see artisans create Texas goat cheese and authentic Mexican...

Scenic Drive

Texas 155 north, six miles to Barnwell Mountain roadside park and overlook. Most roads in area offer a mixture of pine and ha...

April Sound Country Club -Inland

Course Access: ResortHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Beaver Brook Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...