Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Caddo Lake

Caddo Lake State Park

Caddo Lake State Park is a good place to start your lake adventure. Take an interpretive hike through the cypress forest on the lake’s western edge. Or, in summer, rent a canoe from the on-site concession, Old Port …
Top Choice Barbecue in Jefferson

Joseph's Riverport Barbecue

Texas barbecue done right. Order at the counter and retreat to the long wooden tables with your groaning plate of brisket, turkey breast, fried okra, plus sweet iced tea – if you can grab a space from the locals. Th…
Top Choice Barbecue in Tyler

Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue

Your one-stop shop for good food and drink in Tyler. Superb barbecue in all forms is served in sandwiches, on plates, in tacos and more. Top regional country, blues and rock groups plus vocalists perform on Friday a…
Top Choice American in Caddo Lake

Shady Glade Cafe

Right on the lake near the docks, this wooden restaurant is always busy with gossiping locals, many lounging around on battered chairs out front. The menu carries the usual catfish and fried pickles. Daily specials …
Top Choice American in Jefferson

Kitt’s Kornbread Sandwich & Pie Bar

Old-fashioned chicken and dumplings is the savory star at this family-run cafe. But be sure to save room for the pie. All 15 varieties are tasty, but the buttermilk pie is just 'that' much better. Oh, and as you'd s…
Top Choice Barbecue in Kilgore

Country Tavern

The Country Tavern, 5 miles west of Kilgore on Hwy 31, is known statewide for its wonderfully tender barbecued ribs and other wood-smoked meats. The nearly windowless metal building has a lot less charm than the sam…
Top Choice American in Canton

Buttermilk’s

Far above average country fare is on offer at this tidy corner brick cafe in the heart of town. The burgers are actually famous and the rest of the dishes are prepared fresh and with care (fried green beans and frie…
Top Choice Gardens in Tyler

Tyler Municipal Rose Garden

Romantics, be prepared to swoon: home to the country’s biggest domestic supply of roses, Tyler is also home to this 14-acre garden with 38,000 plants in 500 varieties. A museum on-site gives full details on roses an…
Market in Canton

Canton First Monday Trade Days

First Monday Trade Days have been taking place in Canton since the 1850s. Today more than 5000 vendors gather the Thursday through Sunday before every first Monday of the month. Peak summer weekends, more than 100,0…
Historic Site in Tyler

Camp Ford Historic Park

Camp Ford was the largest prisoner of war (POW) camp run by the Confederacy west of the Mississippi. Opened in 1863, it held over 5000 Union prisoners; conditions were often appalling. Outside the camp, mob-rule oft…