Top things to do in Tyler

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 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…
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…
Cultural in Tyler

Azalea & Spring Flower Trail

Organized each spring, this festival of blooms is held over about two weeks, starting sometime later in March, depending on each year's peak blooming time (check the website for annual updates). Two routes totaling …
Winery in Tyler

Kiepersol Estates Winery

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 a range of styles, including full-bodied reds like Cabernet a…
Wildlife Reserve in Tyler

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 mee…
American in Tyler

Rick's on the Square

In Tyler’s somnolent old downtown, Rick’s is in an old brick building and offers an upscale option for a night out. The menu is straightforward American comfort (steaks, burgers, seafood); the bar serves top-end coc…
Flower in Tyler

Texas Rose Festival

Flowers are the focus of this annual festival in the ‘Rose City’ in the fall. There's a short parade, the crowning of a rose queen and floral displays. It's a spectacle of local pomp.