Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge

This refuge, 13 miles north of downtown Tyler, is home to over 50 big cats that have been rescued from non-zoo captivity across the country. Tour the wooded enclosures on the ever-expanding 30-acre-plus site and meet the lions, leopards, cougars – and tigers. It's supported by the Tiger Missing Link Foundation.

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1. Camp Ford Historic Park

8.74 MILES

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;…

2. Tyler Municipal Rose Garden

12.75 MILES

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…

3. World's Richest Acre Park

24.4 MILES

Once home in the 1930s to the world's densest collection of oil derricks, this downtown park now has one of the originals plus 36 replicas.

4. Rangerette Showcase & Museum

24.97 MILES

Oil is not the only kind of drilling Kilgore is famous for; the town also claims bragging rights as home to the world's oldest women's precision drill…

5. East Texas Oil Museum

25.05 MILES

Trace the town's boom – and bust – at the evocative East Texas Oil Museum, with vivid exhibits that do an admirable job re-creating the pre-oil discovery…

6. Kiepersol Estates Winery

25.49 MILES

Walk the mile-long vineyard trail, have a taste or take a tour (confirm schedule in advance); located 15 miles southeast of downtown. The winery produces…