Discover Tyler, TX

There is something for everyone in Tyler, TX.

By
Kevin Litwin
On Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 19:15
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Tyler is known as the Rose Capital of America, and more than 100,000 of these sweet-smelling flowers are grown here. Food is all the rage in Tyler, from novel concepts rolling around on our food trucks to producers of nationally recognized products. If that’s not already impressive, Tyler ranks as the largest retailmedical and business center in East Texas, so get ready to shop.

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Antony Boshier

Tranquility in the Pines

With 100-foot-tall pine trees and a spring-fed lake, Tyler State Park is an ideal place to immerse yourself in the great outdoors, whether it’s for an afternoon, a weekend or longer. The lake allows visitors to boat, fish and swim, while the terrain is perfect for mountain biking, bird-watching and hiking along more than 13 miles of nature trails. The park has three fishing piers and a boat ramp, with rentals available for canoes, kayaks, pontoons and stand-up paddleboards. There are campsites and cabins for overnight stays.

What’s Going On?

The free EGuide Tyler TX app is available to download for anyone wanting a good entertainment guide for Tyler and the northeast Texas region. It’s available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. The app’s easy-to-use menu allows users to find hot spots to food and drinks, downtown happenings and other community events, live music and more. You’ll also find information on upcoming festivals, theater productions, art shows, sporting events, shopping suggestions and kid-friendly activities.

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Jim Grantham

Right at Home

Many housing choices are available in the Tyler area, from affordable apartments to single-family homes to spacious estates, and the city is proud to have several historic districts. They include the neighborhoods of Brick Streets, Donnybrook, East Ferguson and Short-Line as well as the Charnwood Residential Historic District, which contains 125 homes built between the 1860s and 1940s. Another is the Azalea District, a neighborhood of early 20th century homes built in Queen Anne, Craftsman, Classical Revival and International styles.

Find a Food Truck

The food truck industry is going places in the Tyler area, and more and more customers are stepping up to the plate to sample what these mobile cafes have to offer. Some of the more popular rolling restaurants are Say Cheese, Lupita’s, Esprezio, Hug-Dawgs Hot Dog Cart, The Porch Food Truck, and C Rojo’s Mobile Cuisine, which is known for its mahi mahi fish tacos and gourmet quesadillas. Some other excellent choices are Catch Me If You Can and Cupcake Avenue, along with Pokey O’s dessert truck, which features items like ice cream sandwiches and a variety of cookies.

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Jeff Adkins

Stare If You Want

Since it opened in 1971, more than 1 million people have visited the Tyler Museum of Art, located on the Tyler Junior College campus. Nearly 1,200 works make up the museum’s permanent collection, including lithographs by Norman Rockwell and one of the largest collections of Mexican and Latin American folk art in the U.S. Guided tours occur every first Friday at 11 a.m., and the Museum Café is open from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday. Don’t forget to check out the gift shop!

An NFL Legacy Continues

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes is from Tyler and attended Whitehouse High School. Mahomes was named NFL MVP after his first year as a starter in 2018, then won the Super Bowl and was named MVP after his second year as a starter in 2019. Mahomes was a 2016 finalist for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which is bestowed annually in honor of hometown legendary running back “the Tyler Rose” Earl Campbell, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

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Photo Courtesy of Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival

The 4-1-1 on Tyler, TX

  • Excellent Recreation: Just a few highlights: Pools, gyms and plenty of athletic programs for youth and adults, plus 27 parks, five golf courses, and a beautiful lake and 13-mile bike trail at Tyler State Park.

  • Strong, Diverse Economy: Tyler’s economy is diverse, with key sectors such as agriculture, distribution, education, food production, health care, manufacturing, medical research and tourism.

  • Health Care: Excellent health care is a major contributor to quality of life here. The largest providers are CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, UT Health East Texas and Baylor Scott & White Texas Spine & Joint Hospital.

  • Higher Education: Students have top local options, including the University of Texas at Tyler that houses six academic colleges, Texas College and Tyler Junior College.

  • Easy Access: Tyler is convenient via Interstate 20, U.S. 69 and several state highways, making it a regional hub for several East Texas communities for education, employment, health care, entertainment and more.

  • Thriving Arts Scene: See plays and more at Tyler Civic Theatre as well as at the UT Tyler Cowan Center, which hosts a variety of professional touring performances in addition to community events. Tyler also is home to the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Tyler Museum of Art and Gallery Main Street.

If you'd like to learn more about the Tyler area, check out the latest issue of Livability: Tyler, TX

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.