12 Unforgettable Things to Do in Tyler

Last weekend, Harrison and I made an impromptu trip to Tyler, TX.

Equipped with a to-do list from my Tyler native friend, we tried to hit as many spots as we could in one weekend.

There are obviously more things to do in Tyler than just these twelve things, but here’s a good starter list for you.

And if you’ve been to Tyler and have someplace you love to visit, comment below! I’ll check it out on my next trip!



Map of locations


1. Feed giraffes at the Caldwell Zoo

This is a must. Even for being a small zoo, it has a ton of animal variety.

The best part is feeding the giraffes- for $5 extra you get 3 pieces of lettuce. It’s worth it. Read more here.

2. Wander through the vineyards at Kiepersol Winery

Girl walking through vineyards

Whether you choose a self guided tour or a pro tour of the distillery, Kipersol offers great experiences among its 63 acres of vines.

Don’t forget to finish off with a glass of wine or two! Read about our experience here.

3. Stop and smell the roses at the Tyler Rose Garden

Tyler TX rose garden

As the largest rose garden in America, you won’t be disappointed. Wander through rows of roses and enjoy the beauty.

Check out all of the different features of the Rose Garden here.

4. See the view from Love’s Lookout

If you’re a fan of stunning views, Love’s Lookout in Jacksonville, TX has one fore you.

Located 30 minutes south of Tyler, you can visit this designated overlook spot.

5. Drive through the Azalea Trails

I have to admit, we were kind of confused about the Azalea Trails. We were expecting a walking trail through a garden or something like that.

What it actually is is a driving route through neighborhoods known for their gorgeous Azalea blooms.

You’ll have to do the Azalea Trails when the flowers are in bloom, so be sure to check on their website before making the drive.

6. Go blueberry picking

This is a seasonal activity (June/July) but it is a MUST! Blueberry picking at Blueberry Hills Farm in Edom, TX is such a fun activity.

Don’t forget to try their blueberry donuts/scones/muffins/fro yo while you’re there!

7. Watch a sunset

girl watching sunset in countryside

The reason why I love sunsets in Tyler, particularly, is there are so many good places to view them.

When you’re driving through the countryside, you can see the most glorious sunsets as they touch the earth.

Way better than city sunsets if you ask me!


8. Feel like royalty at Lago del Pino

Lago del Pino

This is by far the most beautiful restaurant I have been to.

Enjoy your dinner while overlooking a gorgeous lake and acres of land.

9. Get eclectic at The Grove

The Grove is also a breathtaking restaurant. It has a unique, whimsical set up with fun decor that will make you feel like you’re in Alice in Wonderland!

Check out my post on both The Grove and Lago del Pino for more information.

10. Sip some coffee at The Foundry

Every town needs at least one hipster coffee shop. The Foundry Coffee House is a great option in Tyler.

11. Listen to live tunes at Fresh by Brookshires

Grocery shopping is more fun with live music.

Combine that with great health-food selections and you’ve got Fresh by Brookshires.

12. Have a fiesta at Don Juan’s on the Square

This lively Mexican restaurant has $1 tacos on Wednesdays. But still check them out on other days- they’ve got killer fajitas and festive decor.

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  1. Bruce Bean
    March 2, 2019 / 11:18 am

    Tyler’s Blueberry Farm is right up the road from the Caldwell Zoo.. lots closer than Edom.

    • March 2, 2019 / 12:11 pm

      So good to know, thank you Bruce! I’ll be sure to check it out when it comes to blueberry season!!

      • Marilyn
        March 6, 2019 / 7:48 am

        Tyler state park..walking biking camping..blessed to have such a beautiful place..dogwoods soon!

        • March 6, 2019 / 1:08 pm

          Ooh yes! I would love to see the Dogwoods! I definitely need to make another trip to Tyler 🙂

  2. Amy Mimms
    March 3, 2019 / 3:10 am

    I lived in Tyler for most of my life, moving away 3 years ago. I love that I am in Dallas and can visit the parents pretty frequently. I try to hit all my favorites while there. A must is world-famous Stanley’s BBQ, definitely everything you listed above (Rose Festival is in the fall – quite the treat – Art and flea market booths at Bergfeld Park, Queen’s Tea at the Rose Garden, the Rose Parade, and the RF Coronation tickets are worth it to see the Ladies-in-Waiting, Duchesses, and the Rose Queen’s gowns), Mercado’s Mexican food on Loop 323, museums (Goodman, Tyler Museum of Art at TJC, McClendon House, Heritage right across from the Public Library and near The Foundry), and the chocolate mousse pie and coffee at The Foundry. The pie actually comes from Emporium Pies here in Dallas, but it pairs so well with a Foundry coffee. There are also several breweries, too. So much to do there! I love that place and so glad to call it my hometown.

    • March 4, 2019 / 6:04 pm

      These are all such amazing suggestions, I will need to visit these places next time we’re in Tyler and update my list! Thank you for sharing these Amy!! You have a truly beautiful hometown!

  3. March 3, 2019 / 4:13 pm

    Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari just about 40 minutes south of Tyler (near Jacksonville)! Drive through and feed over 700 animals on 300 acres! It’s so fun!

    • March 4, 2019 / 5:53 pm

      Whoa that’s amazing, I had no idea! That sounds like so much fun!! Thank you for sharing Ashley!

  4. Valerie Liggett
    March 4, 2019 / 9:01 am

    Mrs Lees daffodil garden during February located midway between Tyler and Gladewater is another fun place to visit and while in Gladewater there are antique shops to explore.

    • March 4, 2019 / 5:53 pm

      That sounds beautiful!! Thank you for letting me know!! Antique shops are definitely fun to explore 🙂

  5. Ali Edwards
    March 4, 2019 / 5:46 pm

    Next time you are in Tyler you have to check out True Vine Brewing Company! They are Tyler’s first craft brewery and their beers are amazing with a great location on Earl Campbell. They have live music every weekend and awesome events every month!

    • March 4, 2019 / 5:52 pm

      Ooh good to know!! Thank you for sharing that Ali! We will need to check them out!

  6. Jennifer Wills
    March 5, 2019 / 8:51 pm

    Tiger Creek, a big cat rescue just north of I-20 is not only a great place to visit but such a worthy cause
    Cowan Center offers a great variety of new shows including Broadway hits and great performing artists every year.

    • March 5, 2019 / 9:34 pm

      Great to know!! Tiger Creek was on my list of places to visit but unfortunately it was closed the weekend that we visited! We’ll have to check both of those out on our next visit! Thanks Jennifer!

    • March 6, 2019 / 1:06 pm

      I’ve been wanting to visit a Plaetarium!! So cool, thanks for sharing Erin!!

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