Recreation Options in Tyler, TX

By Kevin Litwin on November 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

A variety of outdoor activities keep Tyler residents on the go. Take a look at some of the outdoor recreational opportunities available here.


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.

Caldwell Zoo

Caldwell Zoo has been a recreation destination ever since it opened in 1953 with just a lion and chimpanzee who had retired from careers in television. Today, the 15-acre site has hundreds of animals, including giraffes, elephants, rhinos, flamingos and tigers. There is even a wildlife area devoted solely to reptiles.


Keeping golfers on their tees are five courses located within the Tyler city limits. Three of the courses are private: Hollytree Country Club, a par-72 measuring 6,805 yards; Cascades Golf Club, a par-71 spanning 7,142 yards; and Willow Brook Country Club, a par-71 stretching 6,500 yards. The two public facilities are Arrowhead Golf Club (par-72, 7,200 yards) and Pine Springs Golf Course (par-72, 6,800 yards).


Hundreds of species of migrating birds pass through Tyler, and all times of the year are good for birdwatching. Tyler even has a chapter of the National Audubon Society, with several meetings that are open to the public. The chapter schedules a number of birding trips throughout East Texas along with educational seminars and conservation ventures.

Tyler State Park

There are 26 parks in this growing community, with the largest being Tyler State Park. This outdoor refuge spans 1,000 acres just north of the city and includes a 64-acre lake with a concrete boat-launch ramp, a 13-mile mountain bike trail, an amphitheater, a dining hall with full kitchen, and premium campsites. There are also numerous hiking and biking trails with varying degrees of difficulty.

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