City of Tyler, TX
Tyler is America's Rose Capital, home of the annual Texas Rose Festival and one of Livability.com's Top 10 Gardens to Inspire. Located 95 miles east of Dallas, Tyler is the advanced manufacturing, health-care and retail center of East Texas, as well as Texas' first Certified Retirement City. The city has an impressive youth recreation program, ballet, symphony orchestras, art museums and is also home to several colleges.For those people interested in the walkability of a community, Tyler has a Walk Score® of 32.
Median Household Income$42,729
Median Home Price$126,600
Naturally, a city known for its sweeping rose gardens, blue-ribbon barbecue and picturesque landscapes can’t help but draw visitors to bask in its charms while the sun shines. Yet Tyler’s also blooms deep into the night, with revelers taking to concert halls, dance haunts, honky-tonks, and even piano-and-sports bars.
In Tyler, everything's coming up roses, especially during October – officially designated Rose Season – when special events take place all month long. The season reaches its pinnacle with the pomp and ceremony of the Texas Rose Festival.
Built in the late 19th century, McClendon House serves as a perfect example of grand Victorian style in Tyler. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, McClendon House is also a Texas State Historical Landmark and received its designation as a Tyler Historical Landmark in 1984.
Steak and authentic Mexican food are staples in Tyler. But the city’s restaurant scene also includes a diverse array of other tasty options, including a brand-new Asian fusion restaurant.
Hungry for Greek and Mediterranean food and other unique specialties? Stop by What About Kabob & His Gyros, located at 713 WSW Loop 323 in the River Oaks Plaza in Tyler, for mouthwatering kabobs, gyros, burgers, fusion delights and much more.
Stop by The Potpourri House for lunch and treat yourself to the fresh homemade soups and salads available on the restaurant’s 28-foot long soup, salad and potato bar. Hot and cold sandwiches and specialties, like chicken almond crepes, are also part of the lunch menu. Try one of The Potpourri’s one-of-a-kind entrees, such as the chicken Cozumel, standing pork roast or shrimp Aztec, for dinner.
You don’t have to look very hard in Tyler to find a little bit of a wild side. From its luscious gardens and parks to its 85-acre zoo, this growing city lives and breathes the great outdoors. World Class Animal Experiences Linda Kunze exudes the love of the outdoors that you’ll find in many Tyler residents. She’s been in the zoo business for 40 years but still loves talking about it, which makes her the perfect education curator for Tyler’s Caldwell Zoo.
A variety of outdoor activities keep Tyler residents on the go. Take a look at some of the outdoor recreational opportunities available here. Baseball Tyler is becoming a destination for baseball tournaments, recently hosting such prestigious events as the Texas Elite Baseball Tournament and the Texas Little League Tournament. Since May 2012, Tyler Junior College has hosted the NJCAA Junior College World Series, with the eight top Division III teams in the nation participating – including Tyler.
It's hard to deny Tyler's rugged appeal. This Texas town offers many outdoor recreation options that men, and women, find hard to pass up. Even President George W. Bush spent time in Tyler in 2011 specifically to enjoy outdoor activities. The 43rd U.S. President visited Tyler State Park to access the 13-mile mountain bike trail, considered among the best in the country.
The Tyler area’s shopping opportunities start with traditional, locally owned boutiques and progress into new retail centers. “We’re very excited about The Village at Cumberland Park, coming in December 2014,” says Shari Rickman of the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau, explaining it will contain many nice chain retailers, including World Market, Kohl’s, and Gordman’s. Old World Style
Looking for a stuffed buffalo head for that special spot over the fireplace? Or maybe your heart’s set on an antique Chinese porcelain bowl? Or perhaps a vintage Port-o-Potty? Don’t worry – you’re bound to find it in one of Tyler’s many antique stores. As the world gets more high-tech and complicated, say antiques dealers, many people are finding that relics of the past -- ours or others’ – are comforting reminders of a less hurried lifestyle. And they’re finding plenty of those relics in Tyler. Tyler Collectibles
Beyond the mall and big box stores there's a vast collection of locally owned shops in Tyler that retail connoisseurs couldn't pass by. Among the sweetest shopping spots in Tyler is the Sweet Gourmet, a charming gourmet food shop that draws customers in with a free sample of chocolate and keeps them coming back with exceptional customer service.