With a population of over 80,000, Tyler offers the cultural diversity, quality education, health care, and recreational opportunities of a large city with the hometown friendliness of a small community.
In the springtime, Tyler is covered in the vivid colors of the azaleas, dogwoods, and spring flowers. Visitors are drawn to Tyler every spring by the annual Azalea and Spring Flower Trails in March and April.
The roses begin to bloom in the fall earning Tyler the title of "The Rose Capital of America". The Texas Rose Festival is held 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.
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.
Tyler is surrounded by 25 prime sporting lakes offering wonderful opportunities for fishing and boating. For the golf enthusiasts,there are eight clubs in the immediate area. 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.
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.