For a city its size, Tyler has a large number of quality attractions for visitors (and locals alike) to enjoy. A complete listing of all attractions is below. You may also view them by category by clicking on the above links. We hope you come see them in person soon!
NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, there is an admission fee to visit each attraction. Please visit the attraction’s website, if available, for more information
1859 Goodman-LeGrand Home and Museum 624 N. Broadway
PHONE: (903) 531-1286
A delight for antique lovers and historians, this Tyler landmark brings the past to life with original furnishings, photographs and memorabilia dating from the mid-1800’s. FREE Admission!
AMERICAN FREEDOM MUSEUM
American Freedom Museum 22450 FM 2493 (Bullard, TX)
PHONE: (903) 894-5252
Step into history at the American Freedom Museum. Come explore the Museum’s 15,000 square feet of galleries containing an amazing collection of over 600 artifacts and documents from the breadth of our nation’s history.
Ballet Tyler 4703 D.C. Drive Suite 105
PHONE: (903) 596-0224
Ballet Tyler is made up of 20 local dancers from East Texas aging from 11 to 20. The purpose of the Ballet Tyler is to provide opportunities for both dancers and East Texas audiences to experience the fine art of dance at the highest possible quality. This is accomplished through classroom instruction, special workshops, and reasonably-priced performances. Ballet Tyler helps provide scholarship assistance to deserving dancers for advanced studies.
BLUEBERRY HILL FARMS
Blueberry Hill Farms 10268 FM 314 (Edom, TX)
PHONE: (903) 852-6175
Open to the public for U-Pick blueberries and blackberries in June and July every year. Also have a country store and bakery.
THE BONNER-WHITAKER MCCLENDON HOUSE
The Bonner-Whitaker McClendon House 806 W Houston
PHONE: (903) 592-3533
One of the finest examples of Eastlake Bracketed Victorian Architecture remaining in East Texas. Guided tours depict Tyler’s political and cultural history from post-Civil War. Birthplace of noted Washington D.C. news correspondent, Sarah McClendon. Also available for weddings and parties. Tours available by appointment only. Please call at least 24 hours in advance.
BROOKSHIRE’S WORLD OF WILDLIFE MUSEUM AND COUNTRY STORE
Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store 1600 WSW Loop 323
PHONE: (903) 534-2169
Features over 450 mounted examples of wildlife and a replica 1920’s grocery store. Picnic and playground facilities available. FREE Admission.
Caldwell Zoo 2203 Martin Luther King Blvd.
PHONE: (903) 593-0121
More than 2000 animals from 250 species from Africa, North and South America live in natural habitats at the 85-acre park. The zoo includes a children’s petting pen, two aquariums, picnic areas, a café that overlooks an African savannah and gift shops with original African items. The zoo also has seasonal presentations including: a bird show, alligator feedings, giraffe feedings, and elephant demonstrations.
CAMP FANNIN VETERANS MEMORIAL
Camp Fannin Veterans Memorial 11937 US Hwy 271
Self guided tour of the original 15,000 acre camp; including Regimental markers and site locations for various training exercise areas are indentified in the guide. Guides may be obtained at the The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Hospital Information Desk.
CAMP FORD HISTORIC PARK
Camp Ford Historic Park US Hwy 271, 0.8 miles north of Loop 323
PHONE: (903) 592-5993
Camp Ford was the largest Confederate Prisoner of War Camp west of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War. The site of the camp is now a public park, managed by the Smith County Historical Society. The park features a kiosk with extensive graphics detailing the history of the camp, a walking trail with interpretive signage, a reconstruction of a POW cabin, and picnic facilities. Open daily, dawn to dusk. FREE admission, but donation suggested.
THE CENTER FOR EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE EDUCATION
The Center for Earth & Space Science Education 1327 South Baxter Avenue
PHONE: (903) 510-2312
The Center for Earth & Space Science Education serves as a dynamic public science education facility, offering educational and entertainment programming to encourage an interest in, and support for, science education. Enjoy traveling hands-on science exhibits in the exhibit hall and large-screen movies in the 40-foot domed theater. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
CHEROKEE TRACE DRIVE THRU SAFARI PARK
Cherokee Trace Drive Thru Safari Park 1200 C.R. 4405 (Jacksonville, TX)
PHONE: (903) 683-3322
Nestled in the lush piney woods of East Texas, Cherokee Trace Drive Thru Safari Park is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered animals. These amazing animals thrive in an open habitat similar to their native territory. Enjoy a leisurely, self-guided drive through the hills and open savanna of the 300 acre preserve. From the comfort of your own vehicle, observe, feed and photograph these beautiful creatures.
THE CHILDREN’S PARK TYLER
The Children’s Park Tyler 900 S. Broadway
PHONE: (903) 939-1597
A special place to celebrate the lives of all children, in a day and time when children are not always acknowledged as the gifts that they are. It is a very unique park that provides opportunity for children to play and for quiet meditation at the same time. The park is about honoring all children. The names encircling the park are of children both living and deceased. It provides a wonderful backdrop for portraits and has been the home to many weddings and birthday parties over the past few years. It is an especially meaningful place to families who have lost a child because it provides opportunities to have children’s names engraved along the sidewalk, put on a bronze plaque beneath a tree or even on the plaque of a bronze statue. It provides, through God’s amazing grace and provision, a way for children’s names and memories to live on for generations.Please take some time to stroll through our site and see for yourself the beauty and uniqueness.
COTTON BELT DEPOT
Cotton Belt Depot 210 E. Oakwood St. (downtown, 2 blocks Northeast of the Chamber of Commerce)
PHONE: (903) 533-8057
The Cotton Belt Depot was built in 1905 and began serving passengers on the Cotton Belt Line in 1907. Visitors are encouraged to take a look around and step back in time, remembering the thousands of travelers who passed through this historic structure in the early and mid-1900’s. In addition to touring this historic building, visitors can also enjoy The Bragg Model Train Collection on permanent display at the depot. FREE admission!
Cowan Center 3900 University Boulevard (The University of Texas at Tyler campus)
PHONE: (903) 566-7424
The UT Tyler Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center presents national and international touring arts and educational programming to enrich the cultural climate for the East Texas Region. Artists presented by the Cowan Center’s many series have included Bill Cosby, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, David Copperfield, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Lyle Lovett, Momix, Gregory Hines, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman, and Broadway shows Miss Saigon, Annie, Chicago, Cats, and Stomp.
CROSSROADS MUSIC COMPANY
Crossroads Music Company 216 N. Main (Winnsboro, TX)
PHONE: (903) 342-1854
Crossroads Coffeehouse & Music Co. is a LIVE MUSIC VENUE welcoming regional and national touring artists to its stage nearly every weekend. The Crossroads stage, which resembles the front porch of a Mississippi Delta farmhouse, serves up a great diversity of live music most every Saturday night. Just think 100-year-old former hardware store turned music sanctuary, and that pretty much describes Crossroads’ vibe.
Dewberry Plantation 14007 FM 346W (Bullard, TX)
PHONE: (903) 825-9000
Myrtle-Vale and the surrounding gardens can be rented for weddings, receptions, private parties, tented functions or general meetings. Please call for prices. Food service can be catered. Located immediately west of the mansion, the site can accommodate over 250 people with all of the charm, ambiance and a glimpse into the life and times of Antebellum East Texas. Listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, the house is the oldest two-story structure in Smith County. Guided tours take visitors back to the era of an 1850’s Southern plantation.
THE DISCOVERY SCIENCE PLACE
The Discovery Science Place 308 N. Broadway
PHONE: (903) 533-8011
Hands-on family fun for kids of all ages. View bats in the bat cave, trigger an earthquake into motion under your feet, snake your way through mysterious tunnels and explore the depths of a limestone cavern. Investigate the bones of “Big Ethel”, the triceratops dinosaur. The Discovery Science Place offers three exhibit halls where kids of all ages are free to move around and explore. So, come be a kid again!
EAST TEXAS ARTS
East Texas Arts East Texas Area
Tap into the East Texas cultural connection! Dance, music, poetry, and theater are just a few of many venues in our area. Visit the Arts East Texas website and find the events you won’t want to miss!
EAST TEXAS FISHING GUIDE SERVICE
East Texas Fishing Guide Service Frankston, TX
PHONE: (903) 271-3716
Mike’s goal has always been to be the best fishing guide on Lake Palestine and he remains dedicated to it. He loves to fish, but, even more, Mike loves guiding his clients to the finest fishing experience they could ever imagine. He especially enjoys the reward of seeing a child catch their first fish. As Mike would say, “I provide the boats, bait, tackle and over 30 years experience. Whatever you catch, I’ll clean and bag. If you catch nothing, you’ll receive a certificate for a free fishing trip. So, bring your drinks & snacks, hop on board and let’s go fishin’!”
EAST TEXAS FRESH FARMER’S MARKET
East Texas Fresh Farmer’s Market 5725 Old Bullard Road
East Texas FRESH is the newest farmers market in East Texas. With fresh produce, flowers and local venders, the shopping experience brings the customer closer to the food and farmers. East Texas FRESH Association is not for profit, board run by farmers for farmers. FALL Market starting in OCTOBER.
EAST TEXAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
East Texas Symphony Orchestra 522 S. Broadway Ave, Ste 101
PHONE: (903) 526-3876
Conducted and directed by Per Brevig, whose repertoire runs the gamut from Renaissance to contemporary music. The ETSO strives to bring classical music to a broader segment of our community with their Masterworks Season, a series of five concerts, and their Young People’s Series.
Fairhaven Vineyards 5340 S. FM 2869 (Hawkins)
PHONE: (903) 769-4616
The Fairhaven winery is located at the heart of the vineyard in the beautiful highlands of the Sabine Valley. Our grapes share the surrounding natural glory with an abundance of wildlife, wildflowers and pure spring water. Our wines are fine grade handmade wines done in new oak barrels and are produced from handpicked estate grapes. If the quiet commune with nature is what you are looking for while you enjoy a glass of our estate wines you have found the special place that you have been looking for!
FIRE MOUNTAIN AMUSEMENTS
Fire Mountain Amusements 14662 Hwy 155 South
PHONE: (903) 561-2670
Great Fun for the entire family! Featuring: Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Video & Redemption Arcade and Miniature Golf. FREE Admission – Rides & Attractions Individually Priced
GALLERY MAIN STREET
Gallery Main Street 110 W. Erwin (Downtown Tyler, TX)
PHONE: (903) 593-6905
Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin in Downtown Tyler Texas, features juried exhibits on a rotational basis. As part of the City of Tyler’s Main Street Program, Gallery Main Street is the cornerstone of Tyler’s Arts District and the growing downtown arts scene. The gallery is open six days a week and is free to the public.
HISTORIC AVIATION MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Historic Aviation Memorial Museum 150 Airport Drive (1/2 mile south of Hwy 64 West on Airport Drive, within old airline terminal)
PHONE: (903) 526-1945
An incredible display of historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia as a tribute to pioneers of flight. Advanced reservations needed for group tours.
JERICHO’S TOURS OF TYLER
Jericho’s Tours of Tyler Tyler, TX
PHONE: (903) 245-6535
We offer several touring options in and around Tyler, Texas. Allow us to show you the best and most unusual Tyler has to offer in Museums, Historic homes, Historic Sites, Shopping, Dining, and, of course, Haunted Places! Our tours range from a couple hours to an all day affair. Residents of Tyler, who have lived in the city their entire lives, have commented on seeing and learning new things they did not know existed before our tours. Each trip is a fun filled experience for the entire family!
Kiepersol Winery 3933 FM 344 E (Bullard)
PHONE: (903) 894-8995
Kiepersol Estates Winery is nestled in a beautiful 33-acre vineyard hand-planted in April 1998 and May 1999. Kiepersol’s first vinatge was in 2000 and continues to grow in acclaim as well as production. Visitors are invited for wine tastings, tours of the winemaking process, and to relax on the veranda overlooking the expansive vista of the vineyard. Available for private parties.
LAKE TYLER RECREATION AREAS
Lake Tyler Recreation Areas Lake Tyler
The City of Tyler operates five boat ramps and several public parks on the shores of these lakes. The Lake Tyler Marina, located on Lake Tyler West in Concession Area #1, charges a small fee to launch; all other ramps are free. Fritz & Opal’s Barge, on the water near Old #2, offers fishing access for a fee, and bank access is available at several locations. Two public ramps and a county-maintained boat launch offer access to Lake Tyler East. Primitive camping is allowed in all city parks on a first-come, first-serve basis.
LEGRAND ROSE GARDEN
LeGrand Rose Garden 624 N. Broadway
PHONE: (903) 531-1286
The LeGrand Gardens is the first ever entirely EarthKind designated botanical gardens in the world. EarthKind is a new environmental landscape management system developed by Dr. Steven George, a landscape horticultural specialist for the Texas Cooperative Extension, an agency of the Texas A&M System. Located on the grounds of the Goodman – LeGrand Home.
Liberty Hall 110 E. Erwin
PHONE: (903) 595-7274
Come see a show at the City of Tyler’s historical Liberty Hall theater. Old movies, music, theater and comedy are on the menu. Every week there is something new to see. Tickets are on sale with a credit card on line and at the door the night of the show for cash only. Also home to the East Texas Symphony Orchestra’s family friendly programs and “Noon Notes”.
LOS PINOS RANCH VINEYARDS
Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards 658 County Road 1334 (Pittsburg)
PHONE: (903) 855-1769
A small winery founded by the Sneed family upon leaving southern California for a new life in Texas. The main aim of the winery is to produce premium wines from Texas grapes, grown in Los Pinos’ vineyards or purchased from other small local growers. At Los Pinos there is an unhurried approach to life, and every guest becomes a member of our “Big Italian Winery Family.” The tasting room has a relaxing old world ambiance where wine lovers can leisurely share some of our tapas and a glass of wine. Every month there is a themed event that includes fine live music, flamboyant and romantic dinners, and dancing.
MAYDELLE COUNTRY WINES
Maydelle Country Wines 175 CR 2108 (Rusk)
PHONE: (903) 795-3915
Maydelle Country Wines is a small winery in the heart of East Texas, on the tracks of the Texas State Railroad. We have a delightful balance of wines produced from local fruit and Texas grapes as well. We produce, bottle, cellar and sell from our little place in the country. Our award-winning Grapefruit Wine has a unique taste of its own, and our Creole Blush received the People’s Choice Award at Spring Fest 2006. We offer free wine tastings and tours, and are kid-friendly, with wooden trains, root beer on tap and friendly cats.
Moore Farms 22142 County Road 181, Hwy 344 W (Bullard, TX)
PHONE: (903) 894-1030
300 acres west of Bullard, owned and operated by 5th generation of Newburn decendants. Moore Farm’s goal is to educate the public about agriculture and farm life as well as market organic produce and homemade Texas goods. Fun Family Programs include Fall hay rides, full Farm pass, Corny Maze Craze, The Pumpkin Package, Farm Camp, fresh cut flowers, subscription farming service.
NEW YORK, TEXAS ZIPLINE ADVENTURES
New York, Texas ZipLine Adventures 7290 CR 4328, New York/LaRue, TX
PHONE: (903) 681-3791
New York, Texas ZipLine Adventures was chosen as The BEST Adventure Tour in Texas 2012 and also named as one of the Top 3 Tourist Attractions by The Texas Tourism Dept. Located on the highest elevation in East Texas with spectacular 30 mile views. You will experience a thrilling ZipLine Canopy Tour from tree top to tree top. Relax and enjoy a beautiful view from the large covered porch of a relocated 1910 Historical Home. Also, shop in the whimsical gift shop or bring a picnic lunch to soak up the view even more. We would love to have you as our guest. Group rates available.
ROSE CITY FLYING CLAYS
Rose City Flying Clays 8474 County Road 485 (Texas College Rd) – One mile north of Loop 323
PHONE: (903) 597-3345
Our facility includes 3 skeet fields, 2 trap fields, 1 5-stand field, a 12 station sporting clays range, RV slots and coming soon our new Pro Shop. Our facilities are available for private parties, entertainment purposes, or fund raising events.
SKYDIVE EAST TEXAS
Skydive East Texas Gladewater Municipal Airport (Gladewater, TX)
PHONE: (903) 845-5867
We specialize in tandem skydiving and skydiving lessons. Our friendly and professional staff gives each guest special attention and training. Come to Skydive East Texas for the thrill of a lifetime!
SMITH COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S MUSEUM & ARCHIVES
Smith County Historical Society’s Museum & Archives 125 S. College
PHONE: (903) 592-5993
Included in the National Register of Historic Places, the 1904 Carnegie Library building today serves as the Society’s museum and archives. Exhibits feature artifacts reflecting Smith County’s historic, social and economic culture, including the Indian, Republic of Texas, Civil War and 20th Century eras. Photographs and publications are available for purchase. FREE admission, but donation suggested.
SOUTH TYLER HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL
South Tyler Hike and Bike Trail Rose Rudman Trail in South Tyler
The 2.5 mile, 10-foot-wide concrete trail connects to the existing Rose Rudman Trail resulting in a five-mile alternate transportation route that connects parks, offices, shopping centers, health clubs, a hotel, schools and neighborhoods.
SPLASH KINGDOM WATERPARK AND PARTY CASTLE
Splash Kingdom Waterpark and Party Castle 18814 I-20, Canton, TX
PHONE: (903) 567-0044
East Texas’ largest waterpark beautifully set on ten tree shaded acres, this family-friendly environment is perfect for a day of “fun in the sun”. Come enjoy the wave pool, lazy river, huge slides and children’s castle. Indoor party facility open all year long.
SPLASH PARK AT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST TEXAS
Splash Park at the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas 504 W. 32nd St.
PHONE: (903) 593-9211
The facility will provide the East Texas Community with a 4,000 sq. ft. splash pad full of interactive water features, a pavilion/picnic area and a playground! The Splash Park is a great place to host birthday parties, school field trips, and groups looking for a great way to stay cool during the summer months! The water playground will provide support to families who are looking for a place to have ‘quality family time’ in a safe environment. It is the BGCET’s goal to provide our community with a safe, affordable and accessible water playground! Public Hours of Operation: Saturday August 4-October 20 12:00pm-6:00pm.