From humble beginnings 150 years ago on a piece of high ground that is now the town square, Tyler has grown to be the largest community in East Texas. Boasting an MSA population of over 190,000, Tyler offers the cultural diversity, quality education, health care, and recreational opportunities of a large city with the hometown friendliness and quality of life of a small community.
Tyler offers many reasons to come visit and many more to stay. The springtime finds Tyler covered in the vivid colors created by the azaleas, dogwoods, and spring flowers. The arrival of the flowers are celebrated by the annual Azalea Trail in March and April. After the azaleas peak, then the roses begin their annual visit to bear proof that Tyler is "The Rose Capital of America". The roses say goodbye in October with an encore performance during the Texas Rose Festival, the third weekend of October.
Tyler offers a wide variety of educational opportunities. The Tyler Independent School District (TISD) which serves the community is rated 4A. In addition to TISD, private and parochial school systems offer complete pre-school to 12th grade programs. Tyler is also home to Tyler Junior College, Texas College, and the University of Texas at Tyler. These institutions offer undergraduate as well as masters degree programs.
Tyler also boasts an active fine and performing arts community. The East Texas Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1936 and performs 5 concerts per year as well as special non-subscription performances. Tyler enjoys a first class performing arts center on the campus of UT-Tyler with The Cowan Center. The Tyler Youth Orchestra, is in its 25th year and gives 4 concerts a year. Tyler Civic Theatre features 5 plays a season and a melodrama every April. Tyler Children's School of Performing Arts offers a variety of children's and adult productions throughout the season. Located on the campus of Tyler Junior College, the Tyler Museum of Art contains three galleries featuring a growing permanent collection of 19th and 20th century art and photography as well as special exhibits on loan.
Serving as the health care center for East Texas, Tyler is home to some of medicine's most advanced care. Tyler has four hospitals including a Level II trauma center. The medical community also offers a wide range of support services including nursing agencies, in-home health services, medical equipment providers, volunteer health organizations and support groups.
Recreational activities abound in and around Tyler. We are surrounded by 25 prime sporting lakes offering wonderful opportunities for fishing and boating. Golf enthusiasts will find eight clubs in the immediate area, providing a delightful mix of private and public courses. Tyler also sponsors the Patriot Golf Classic each May. Finally, Tyler State Park offers families 985 acres of woods around a beautiful spring-fed lake. You can boat, swim, picnic, or pitch a tent. SPORTyler a not-for-profit organization is dedicated to promoting amateur sports and public recreational activities in the Tyler area. Year round Tyler offers an excellent weekend getaway with over 20 antique shops, Tyler Market Center every third weekend of the month, and First Monday Trade Days in Canton, only thirty minutes away.