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Discover Tyler, Texas

This fast-growing community, made up of over 300 restaurants, is full of can’t-miss attractions for both natives and newcomers.

By Livability on August 3, 2022

Caldwell Zoo
Nathan Lambrecht

Brick streets, clear lakes, unique restaurants, good highways and a variety of family attractions and adventures all contribute to the excellent quality of life in Tyler. Here are some reasons why Tyler is such a great place to live, work and play.

The Foundry Coffee House
Nathan Lambrecht

Outdoor Dining

Fall 2020 saw the city’s Main Street Department introduce a pilot program to find innovative seating alternatives at restaurants, bars and cafes. The initiative spurred many more outdoor seating options in Tyler. The program was a way for customers to safely dine outdoors at eateries during COVID-19. Now that pandemic restrictions have been lifted, Tyler continues to have several dining hot spots that are keeping the outdoor eating options open. Some of those popular dining destinations include:

» Humo
» The Porch at ETX
» Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q
» Rick’s on the Square
» Kiepersol Vineyard
» True Vine Brewing
» Twelve Kitchen + Cocktails
» Côte Restaurant
» Javi’s
» The Foundry Coffee House
» Chakula Café at Caldwell Zoo
» The Grove Kitchen & Gardens

American Freedom Museum
Jan Hommel/American Freedom Museum

Red, White & Blue

Nearly 100,000 veterans call East Texas their home, and the number jumps to 250,000 when families, active duty military and National Guard/Reserve members are added in. That 250,000 number accounts for 20% of the regional population.

An easy download to your smartphone allows individuals to obtain Go East Texas passes to experience fun outing opportunities and discounts. The pass is available in three steps.

STEP 1 features applying for your pass, which includes a collection of curated attractions, retailers and restaurants that offer deals and discounts during your visits.

STEP 2 features receiving a text with your passport, saying it is ready to use immediately with easy one-tap access – there is no app to download.

STEP 3 is simply presenting your phone to staff members at participating businesses to redeem available discounts. More information is at goeasttexas.com.

Melissa Bennett, owner of Sister2Sister Cookies
Jeffrey S. Otto
Melissa Bennett, owner of Sister2Sister Cookies

Made in Tyler

The phrase “Made in Tyler” is becoming more evident these days, since many products sold throughout the U.S. and beyond are made in Tyler.

Everything from smoked turkeys to vodka to Scottish shortbread is made here. For example, Greenberg Smoked Turkeys serves about 200,000 customers each year by shipping turkeys ranging from 5 to 15 pounds, and the turkeys even made Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things list.

Janie’s Cakes are billed as “The World’s Best Pound Cakes,” while Queso Mama combines chiles with cheese, used as a delicious appetizer dip or side dish. The product is sold nationwide at stores including Whole Foods and Costco.

Other well-known Tyler companies include Tyler Tortilla Factory, Tyler Candle Co., Moon Rivers Naturals, Nellie’s Scottish Shortbread, Tyler Candy Co. and Sister2Sister Cookies.

Red Dirt Music Festival
Red Dirt Music Festival

Get the Scoop

There are hundreds of events and things to do in Tyler, and the Visit Tyler TX app provides users with a large focus on available activities and entertainment along with a calendar of events.

Visit Tyler TX is a free events app developed by EGuideMagazine.com, an entertainment guide for Tyler and the Northeast Texas region. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Google Play.

The app houses information on live music, festivals, family fun, restaurants, bars, theater, art, tours, local favorite spots and much more. Also see what is going on today or this weekend.

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