Tyler has attractions galore, along with great restaurants and popular nightspots. This city, named for President John Tyler, is home to Caldwell Zoo, a variety of museums and several cultural attractions, and visitors can also enjoy outdoor destinations like Lake Palestine, Lake Tyler, Tyler State Park and numerous golf courses.
Upscale Dinner at Bernard’s
Bernard Mediterranean Restaurant offers a large selection of interesting pasta, steaks, veal and chicken dishes. Appetizers include escargot and baked brie, while entrees include ravioli St. Tropez, chicken florentina and filet mignon béarnaise. Bernard’s is on Grande Boulevard.
Great Nighttime Music at Rick’s
Music fans of all ages flock Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to Rick’s on the Square, one of Tyler’s most happening nightspots. Country rock and rhythm-and-blues enthusiasts rave about the popular club on West Erwin, with great local acts such as Professor Porkchop & The Dirty Dishes and Elvis T. Busboy.
Breakfast at The Egg & I
Breakfast is served starting at 6 a.m. at The Egg & I, a landmark restaurant on East 9th Street that has been a Tyler dining destination since 1987. Menu options include a Texas skillet, Wisconsin scramble, veggie benedict and Mediterranean crepe eggs.
Morning Walk through Charnwood District
Fans of unusual architecture and fresh air can walk on the south side of Tyler through the Charnwood Residential Historic District, an entire neighborhood of homes built from 1870-1950. Alternative morning options can include a visit to Tyler Museum of Art or shopping in the Antique District just south of downtown.
Lunch at Bruno’s Pizza and Pasta
A Tyler dining staple since 1976 is Bruno’s Pizza and Pasta, home to Italian favorites, sandwiches, appetizers and salads. Specific offerings at the restaurant on South Vine include barbecue wings, chopped antipasto salad, lasagna, meatball subs and pizzas with 16 different toppings.
Sample Wine at Kiepersol Estates
Visitors to Kiepersol Estates are invited for wine tastings, tours of the wine making process, and relaxing on the veranda overlooking the expansive vineyard. Another nice mid-afternoon entertainment option is a visit to the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, which is the city’s No. 1 tourism attraction thanks to its 38,000 rose bushes.
Seafood Dinner at Jakes Tyler
For fish that’s delish, Jakes Tyler offers fresh seafood and Atlantic Blue Point Oysters flown in from the Chesapeake Bay. Other seafood entrees include sesame-seared ahi tuna and Australian cold-water lobster tail, while Jakes Tyler also has Angus beef steaks and several interesting chicken dishes.
Live Theater at Cowan Center
A popular nighttime entertainment destination is the Cowan Center, on the campus of University of Texas at Tyler. Acts that the center has welcomed include Bill Cosby, Wynton Marsalis, David Copperfield and Broadway shows like Chicago, Cats and Stomp. If nightclubs are your preference, there’s Electric Cowboy on Troup Highway, Club Ice on Pointe North Drive and Unicorn Club on Chandler Highway.
Breakfast Paninis at Caffe Tazza
Caffe Tazza serves you right with breakfast paninis, quiches and a variety of omeletes. Customers can also choose Belgian waffles and a variety of pastries, along with several gourmet coffees. A filling breakfast with a large flavored coffee can cost less than $10.
Free Time: Science Place, Zoo, Golf
For visitors with children, Tyler has daytime attractions like a Discovery Science Place with 85 hands-on exhibits, while Caldwell Zoo houses more than 2,000 animals from around the world. For golfers, Golf Digest magazine named Tyler the No. 1 golf city in Texas, with 17 public and private courses within an hour's drive of the downtown district.
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