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Charming Town with Great Attractions

The native American Caddo tribe originally settled the pineland hills centuries before Spanish explorers. In 1845, when Texas became the 28th state, the Texas Legislature formed Smith County, and a five-man commission chose the location for a town. They named it after the 10th U.S. President, John Tyler. A log courthouse was the first building erected, but soon businesses began to line the streets. Tyler was incorporated in 1850 with a population of 276.

Tyler Offers Great Attractions & Things To Do All Year Round

Today, more than 83,000 people call Tyler home. The city enjoys a diversified economy, including two colleges and one major university, manufacturing firms, healthcare facilities, retail centers and agriculture. Tyler is also the world’s largest grower of commercially produced rose bushes, making it the official “Rose Capital of America.”

The city’s charming brick streets still exist, leading to quaint shops and unique specialty stores. Nearby golf courses and scenic lakes offer recreation, fishing, picnicking, paddle-boating and hike and bike trails. For a night on the town, enjoy a fine dining experience followed by a Broadway or ballet performance, or a symphony concert.

Spend a day at the Caldwell Zoo, Discovery Science Place or Hudnall Planetarium. Special events throughout the year include the Texas Rose Festival, Azalea & Spring Flower Trail, Festival on the Square and Movies Under the Stars in Bergfeld Park.

For more information on area attractions, visit the Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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