Although commuting by personal vehicle is the most popular way to get around town, the city of Tyler does offer public transportation. The reliable Tyler Transit buses run throughout the city to get you downtown and to the shopping malls, rec centers, universities, the theatre, and even the zoo. For trips outside of town, the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is at your service. Walking and biking may be options as well, especially since the city has been focusing on creating more bike routes that connect schools, parks, and other popular destinations.
<p>Located just two miles north of town, Tyler State Park is a massive 1,000-acre green space with a 64-acre lake and countless recreational opportunities. Situated in the scenic Pineywoods, the expansive park offers hiking, mountain biking, swimming, boating, birding, picnicking, camping, nature studies, and more. Take a hike along the park's 2.5-mile hiking trail and keep an eye out for the lush vegetation and abundant natural wildlife of the steep hillsides. The park also features an amphitheater on the lakeshore with special concerts and events held throughout the year, and a seasonal grocery store that sells convenience items and rents canoes and kayaks to guests.</p>
Rentals in the Roses
<p>Every October Tyler hosts the famed Texas Rose Festival, where more than 100,000 visitors celebrate the role of the rose growing industry in the local economy with a parade and coronation of the Rose Queen celebration. The four-day festival that began in 1933 features rose arts and crafts as well as gardening seminars. The local Rose Museum documents the history of the popular local festival.</p>
Carnegie Public Library
<p>Located within the city of Tyler, the Carnegie Library and History Center has been around since the early 1900s. It was built with a donation from Andrew Carnegie in 1903, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1970s. Today, the library is open five days a week and has a sizable library. Over the years, it has raised significant funds to remain open and has undergone several renovation projects. The building has several paintings from the Civil War, including portraits of Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee.</p>