On 85 beautiful acres in Tyler, Texas, Caldwell Zoo has more than 3,400 animals to amaze and educate your whole family. You’ll discover animals roaming over plains, swimming in ponds or climbing trees in multi-species environments carefully created to represent their natural North American, South American and East African habitats.
First Mondays - What started more than a century ago as a flea market has become home to some of the most exciting, cutting-edge home furnishings, antiques and collectibles that can be found anywhere. Over the past 150 years, lots of things have changed in the Original First Monday Park; but the genuine, down-home human relationships between vendors and shoppers are the reason people keep coming back. This is a place where you can slow down, visit and ask questions, talk to collectors and antique dealers and meet the artists and craftsmen who create one-of-a-kind items.
Lake Palestine offers something for everyone in terms of a fishery. The lake is very popular for largemouth bass tournaments due to its consistent success. Both white bass and hybrid striped bass are present; white bass are particularly popular during their spring run up the Neches River and Kickapoo Creeks. Channel and blue catfishes are abundant and flathead catfish provide great opportunity for trophy-sized fish.
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House is a free museum and historic landmark.
Today, the home is still furnished with the original belongings of the Goodman-LeGrand family, some of which are older than the house itself as they date back to the early 1800s. The museum offers visitors a chance to view such items as antique hand-carved furniture and musical instruments, […] hand-painted Limoges china […] and many other rare and interesting items.
Tyler State Park features a cool, 64-acre spring-fed lake, 100-foot tall trees, and historic structures. Play at the lake, wet a hook, wander through the woods, or relax with your binoculars. You will love this peaceful get-away in Northeast Texas! At Tyler State Park, you can boat, fish, swim in the lake, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, camp, bird watch and study nature. Whether you visit for an afternoon or a weekend, you will find plenty to do here.
Camp Ford was the largest Confederate Prisoner of War Camp west of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War. Established in August of 1863, the camp was not closed until May 19, 1865. At its peak in July 1864, over 5,300 prisoners were detained there. The site of the Camp stockade is now a public park, owned by Smith County […] It is open daily and admission is free.
The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum pays tribute to the pioneers of flight and patriots instrumental in the advancement of aviation. This is accomplished through the display of aviation memorabilia and aircraft for the education of the public.
Since its founding in 1977, Historic Tyler has promoted the preservation and appreciation of Tyler’s architectural and cultural historic resources through education, advocacy and committed action. Historic Tyler is dedicated to the preservation, revitalization, and continued use of Tyler’s historic resources. Membership in Historic Tyler helps ensure that historic preservation has a voice in Tyler’s future economic and cultural development.
The Rose Rudman Recreational Trail is a beautiful setting for jogging, walking, biking and roller-blading. You can also bring the family and picnic under our tall shade trees, or relax with a good book.
A fun and educational adventure awaits you at the Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum & Country Store—for free!. More than 450 mammals, reptiles, fowl, and aquatic species from Africa and North America are on display at this unique museum.
The world-famous Tyler Rose Garden & Museum features 14 acres, 35,000 rose bushes and more than 500 varieties of roses. Special areas of interest include the Ida Garden, Heritage Garden and camellia and day lily collections. The Rose Garden is open from dawn until dark, seven days a week, and admission is free.
The American Freedom Museum illuminates the American experience during crucial moments in our nation’s history. From the hills and valleys of the American Revolution to the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan, you will step into history and discover the journey of those in our nation’s military who have courageously and heroically sacrificed to ensure the many freedoms that we enjoy today. This is America’s story!
The Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge is the international home to over 50 rescued big cats. Come meet these majestic animals, learn about the feline species known as Panthera Tigris and find out how you can help to ensure their future in the United States and worldwide.
The East Texas Oil Museum is located on the campus of Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. This fascinating museum houses the authentic re-creation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s from the largest oil field inside U.S. boundaries. Here, visitors see the people, their towns, their personal habits, their tools and their pastimes —all colorfully depicted in dioramas, movies, sound presentations and antiques.