30+ Things to Do in Tyler TX

The city of Tyler, TX otherwise known as the Rose Capital of the World, is an incredible city filled with music, community, adventure, and an appreciation for roses; all the way down to rose lattes on coffee menus and rose-themed goodies and souvenirs found within just about every gift shop. Embark on a rosy trip, discover all of the things to do/list of places to eat in Tyler and plan an eventful weekend getaway.

Support Wildlife Conservation

You can get up close and personal with penguins and black bears by booking an encounter at the Caldwell Zoo! It’s also home to the largest African elephant in North America and is committed to breeding endangered species, like the Reticulated Giraffe, while providing natural habitats for their animals.

In addition, there are a wide variety of animals, including big cats, but you should especially see the white tiger. These guys are super rare in the wild, so seeing one at the zoo is pretty awesome. Guests can even dine at their on-site restaurant, The Chakula Cafe, located on the African Overlook, when it’s time to grab some grub.

Roam Downtown Tyler 

Head on down to the heart of Tyler and soak in all of its tiny coffee shops, art galleries, and murals that adorn the street. It embraces the talent of its local artists by showcasing their work in unique ways, like on Art Alley and Gallery Main Street.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities for Instagram-worthy photo ops to share all the things there are to do in Tyler TX.

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Support Mexican Artists

Looking for a local business to support in Tyler? A perfect place to visit is Mita Artisan Shoppe, a local favorite located in Bergfeld Center. This quaint shop celebrates Mexican heritage by partnering with artisans in Mexico and assisting them in supporting their families.

Its shelves are filled with pieces of bright, hand-embroidered clothing, accessories, and decor that make for wonderful gifts and souvenirs. 

Things to do in Tyler TX

Party Almost Nightly

Tyler has dozens of fun events throughout the year, from markets to art galleries, live shows, karaoke nights, and wine tastings. Not to mention the summer Off Square Downtown Block Party, where visitors can enjoy live music and drinks while shopping at the local shops late into the night, and the Texas Rose Festival in October.

It’s a fun experience, no matter what time of year you decide to visit. Moreover, you’ll have plenty of things to do in Tyler Texas.


Pedal Around Tyler 

Site-seeing is a must anywhere you go, especially in the great state of Texas, and what better way to travel than biking around town? The CoCo Bean offers customers daily bicycle rentals for everyone to take in this beautifully creative city and all its things to do around Tyler Texas. 

Paddle Around Tyler

Or, at least on the lake. Turtle Island SUP offers rentals and lessons so that visitors can enjoy a warm summer day out on the water.

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Discover an East Texas Vineyard

Kiepersol invites guests to join them for their beautifully-bottled and thoughtfully-cultivated wines and spirits produced from the crisp water that flows beneath the property, as well as their famous steaks and the estate breakfast on Saturdays, which is usually only reserved for guests of the on-site B&B.

Kiepersol also offers tastings in their extravagant Grand Room, charcuterie classes, and the opportunity for you to take what you taste home with you or ship it to friends and the whole family to try for themselves.

Eat Your Way Around Tyler

Not only are there so many fun things to do in Tyler, TX for adults and kids alike, but there are also so many great flavors to indulge in! From one of the top BBQ spots in Texas to a modern eatery where you can watch your food as it’s prepared, and plenty of rose-flavored items, check out all of the great places to eat in Tyler.

See Tyler Museum of Art

The Tyler Museum of Art is a cool place in Tyler, Texas, where you can see all sorts of American art. They’ve got stuff from way back in the 1800s up to stuff made nowadays. You can check out paintings, sculptures, prints, and other artsy things.

Moreover, they always have new exhibitions popping up, and they do fun stuff like classes and events to get people excited about art. It’s a great spot to explore and learn about cool stuff!

​Visit the McClendon House

The McClendon House is this old house in Tyler, Texas, that’s been around since the late 1800s. Now, it’s like a time machine you can visit! They offer tours where they tell you all about the house, who lived there, and what life was like back then.

It’s pretty cool to see how people lived way back when. Additionally, they have events and stuff going on throughout the year, so there’s always something fun to do there!

Have Fun at Discovery Science Place

A fun place where you can have a blast while learning about science. It’s like a big playground where you can touch, play, and explore all sorts of cool stuff. You can try out fun experiments, play with interactive displays, and see cool demonstrations. It’s perfect for kids and adults who love to learn and have fun at the same time.

Moreover, they often have cool events and workshops that dive even deeper into science. If you’re curious about the world around you, you’ve got to check it out!

Tour the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum

A really cool place where you can learn all about flying. They’ve got old planes and neat stuff about the pilots who flew them. You can see how flying has changed over time, and maybe even imagine yourself soaring through the skies. It’s the best place to visit if you’re into planes or just curious about how we’ve taken flight!

Be One with Nature at The Tyler Nature Center

The Tyler Nature Center is a serene sanctuary nestled in Tyler, TX, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. It’s like stepping into a peaceful forest right in the heart of the city! You can explore winding trails, spot birds and wildlife, and discover a variety of native plants and trees.

The center offers a chance to learn about the local ecosystem through interactive exhibits and educational programs. Whether you’re looking for a short distance stroll or a deeper understanding of nature, the Tyler Nature Center is a wonderful place to connect with the natural world.

Learn About Tyler’s Rose Industry

Take a stroll through the largest collection of roses at the Tyler Rose Garden. It’s free admission, so you can enjoy the lovely smell of these beautiful perennials. You can even reserve a private guided tour around the garden grounds, available year-round.

Don’t forget to check out the Tyler Rose Museum, a historic facility filled with interactive exhibits and displays dedicated to showcasing the rich history of the Texas Rose Festival and preserving the history of Tyler’s rose industry. 

Experience Weightlessness

Looking for a way to unwind as you make your way through your list of all the best things to do in Tyler? Relax Lab offers massages, stretch treatments, and float therapy, where you’ll experience weightlessness as you float in a giant tub with 1200 pounds of Epsom salt. Positivity and a calm environment are what Relax Lab is all about, so you can truly let go and feel at peace. 

See Zebras

At Bowles Creek Store and Bistro, you can enjoy a delicious meal while also seeing the zebras wander around the property. This country store has so many different items to choose from and is a great little shop, eat, and play getaway.

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Visit a State Park

Plan an outdoor adventure and visit Tyler State Park, where visitors can immerse themselves in nature and enjoy outdoor activities such as picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, and biking trails.

For more parks across our great state, check out our list of the best state parks to camp in Texas.

Fly Over Tyler

For more outdoor excursions, check out New York Texas Zipline Adventures and explore Tyler from up above as you zip line tree-to-tree. Also, Texas Zipline Adventures invites guests to enjoy beautiful views, smell the fresh air, and allow nature to consume them as they seamlessly fly through it. 

Things to do in Tyler TX

Swim Indoors

The indoor waterpark in Flint TX at the Villages Resort welcomes guests to float, splash, and douse themselves no matter what time of year you visit. The facility includes fun activities for everyone, like waterslides, a lazy river, wave pools, and a children’s playscape.

Book a room and take advantage of their 18-hole mini golf course, on-site fishing, scenic horseback rides, and their 4 outdoor swimming pools.

Relax in a Salt Cave

Vida Salt Room aims to improve the health of their guests by offering services like halotherapy, or the grinding of pharmaceutical salt into microscopic particles to be inhaled inside their Himalayan salt cave, as well as massages, meditation, guided breathing, and salt yoga.

Halotherapy is thought to promote sleep, improve skin and respiratory health, and act as a holistic anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial treatment.

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Spend the Day with Horses

Tyler Rose Horse Park is family-owned and a wonderful location for hosting weddings, parties, and concerts. It includes indoor and outdoor arenas, three show barns, and a concession court.

Tyler Rose Horse Park encourages visitors to check out upcoming special events on their online event calendar, many of which are open to the public, as well as their short guide to horse shows. 

Shop for Rose-Themed Souvenirs

Pamper yourself with self-care items from Moon Rivers Naturals, such as their spearmint rose face haze facial spray, made with organic witch hazel and rose hydrosol (distilled water infused with rose petals). You’ll find other items infused with rosehip seed oil and rose water. As an alternative, consider a rose and sandalwood candle and a rosebud latte lapel pin from House of Velvet Rose. Moss, a flower shop devoted to working with local flower farms, creates beautiful bouquets and wreaths of roses. They even have a gift basket that includes aromatic rose tea.

Don’t forget to explore the other shops in Tyler, including the Tyler Visitor’s Center, and see how many rose-themed things you can find compared to how many you’ll bring home, because I’m not sure you’ll be able to resist.

If you’re a lover of everything vintage, stop into Velvet: A Vintage Collection. You’ll be lured in by their bright showroom full of treasures of every kind, from armchairs to wall decor, lighting, and unique items of clothing. Make sure you plan to come back to Tyler because their inventory is constantly changing.

Become a Professional Potter

Get in touch with your artsy side and join AS Dirtworks Pottery Class to create, not only a memorable time, but a memorable art piece to take home. AS Dirtworks invites guests of all skill levels to learn how to create crafts and build pottery from professionals. so be sure to add this to your Tyler Tx activities list.

Learn About African American History

The Texas African American Museum in Tyler preserves African American history through exhibits and community events.

Try Your Hand at Acting

Tyler Parks and Recreation invites guests to partake in their quarterly Murder Mystery Dinners, an eventful evening filled with food, fun, and mystery. Guests can immerse themselves in this world of mysterious entertainment by contributing directly to the storyline alongside local residents and by catering to local restaurants.

Check out our list of where to eat in Tyler TX.

Stay in a Hillside B&B

High Hill Farm provides guests with a surreal getaway among the Texas hills, with private bungalows spread throughout the property and accommodations for whatever your needs might be. High Hill Farm provides guests with a B&B stay that will live up to every one of your hopes for your time in Tyler.

Additionally, with the surrounding greenery, the luxurious culinary experiences, crystal pools, and movies on the lawn, you’ll leave feeling pampered and ready to tackle life. Read about our time staying at High Hill Farm.

Get Your Brows Done

While I normally don’t speak too much about getting your brows done, I can’t talk about Tyler without talking about my talented sister-in-law, who has her own elite, permanent makeup studio and training course at Unique Brow Designs.

Of course, she’s my sister, but I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her dedication to her craft and her desire to provide the best quality service with high-grade products and exceptional design.

Furthermore, having permanent makeup is an art form, and it’s important you find someone you can trust. I just have to brag about how talented and hard-working she and her husband are.