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- This is a very nice, well maintained, and well organized zoo. It is one of the best zoos that we visited and we have visited a number of zoos around the country. The animals looked healthy and the staff inside the zoo were very friendly. Sadly, the back office support (insofar as it related to enquires about the zoo hours, when tickets would be available on the website, etc.). Either the general inquiries email box is unattended or the person that is responsible for answering emails is unfamiliar with the tenets of polite society, particularly with respect to answering emails in a timely basis. That disappointment aside, it is a lovely zoo and well worth a visit.Written January 17, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Very nice museum depicting the rose queens of the past and the parades. Lots of gorgeous gowns, tiaras and pictures. A couple of movies to watch. The roses were not blooming when we were there. The 14 acres is laid out very artistically and must be incredible when in bloom. A few roses were peaking out. Redbuds and dogwoods were everywhere as well as seasonal flower beds. This is Tyler's civic center and it is free.Written April 10, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We are new to camping, and Tyler State Park provided a great beginners camping experience. We reserved a screen shelter online, which was a good middle ground between a primitive camping site and an air conditioned cabin. The screened shelters have concrete floors, a roof, and walls that are half siding half screens. There are four electrical outlets inside the shelter and two outside of it. There is a fluorescent overhead light and a water spout about 15 feet from the shelter. There is a fire pit with grill. We stayed in shelter #928, which was conveniently located near the bathroom, with steps leading directly to it. From the shelter, you can walk everywhere in the park, including the trails, the swimming area, the boat rentals, and the park store.
Tyler State Park is GORGEOUS. It is wooded and lush and most of the campsites are entirely shaded by the trees. There is a lake in the center of the park where visitors can swim or boat (non-motorized boats). You can rent a row boat, kayak, or pedal boat by the hour. The designated swimming area has a floating dock for kids to swim out to and jump off of. We walked both the trail around the lake and the Whispering Pines trail (which is separate from the lake, closer to the park entrance). The trail around the lake is probably around 3 miles and is mostly shaded. The Whispering Pines trail is 1 mile, shaded completely, and follows a stream that feeds the lake. There is a small waterfall (not huge, but bigger than I anticipated based on reviews I had read prior).
The designated swimming area is in front of the park store and has a grassy incline where visitors can lay out a picnic blanket. It rained the first morning we were camping and the water level of the lake was very high, covering the jumping dock and rising up past some of the grass. There is quite a big drop off as you walk into the water (imagine a pool edge, not a beach) and this made the swimming area a little more hazardous for non-swimmers.
The bathroom next to the screened shelters was modern but unfortunately not cleaned frequently enough. I think it was cleaned the day we arrived (Friday), but it had not been cleaned again by the time we left on Sunday. Between the rain and the mud and the weekend being a busy time for camping, by the end even my daughters wanted to pee outside.
Still, we had a FABULOUS time. We experienced a massive early morning thunderstorm, tasted wild berries from off the lake trail, spotted lots of birds, snakes, and fish, jumped off the dock many times, and enjoyed time together as a family. We left more tired and more joy-filled than we've been in a long time. Three cheers for Tyler State Park!
A couple quick tips, for another novice camper reading this:
1. Bring a broom. I read that previously there were brooms inside the screened shelter, but there are no longer.
2. Bring a big tarp. When it rained, the porous concrete got wet from underneath and water beaded up on the surface. Everything on the floor was wet!
3. Camping anytime between May and October, bring a fan for the shelter
4. Campers with kids who may have to use the bathroom at night, I would choose shelters 928, 929, 918, or 919 for their direct access to the bathroom facilities.Written May 9, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Love this place and the animals! Came here in June with my wife for a tour. Best tour guide EVER, Kayla King. She knew so much about each animal made the tour so interesting! Would recommend her, the tour and the refuge to ANYONE!
CDWritten July 26, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Great experience on winery tour and at tasting room. Go, you will learn a lot about making wine and spirits. Worth the time and effort. And the tasting room Is great.Written February 27, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The history behind this beautiful home that was gifted to the City of Tyler is very interesting. Most items in the home belonged to the original owners. Beautiful grounds and a great place to start the Tyler Azalea Trail in the spring.Written April 10, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- It was our first time at this establishment it was so much fun the place is a great size definitely worth the money
It was very clean i noticed someone was always picking up after play in areas
The staff was great helpfull and nice
Its a great place to bond with your children my husband and i were never bored we spent at least 3-4 hours there
I highly recommend it if u wanna have a fun day with your childern
Or book a party room for family and friends to experience with youWritten June 7, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We loved riding through the neighborhoods of Tyler while the azaleas were blooming. They were gorgeous and the homeowners took such pride in manicuring their yards for the event. The homes are all different and not cookie cutter in the older neighborhoods. There were signs and maps telling us where to go. Loved the Pyron garden which was free to stroll about.Written April 10, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A lovely, peaceful, sunken garden not to be missed. Don't think it is only for children. Could feel the special love that must have gone into making this park a reality.Written March 27, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This was a lot of fun! The nature trails are great. This is one of the coolest parks we've been to. Definitely worth going to.Written December 28, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A huge, grassy, well maintained facility. From open fields for any horse competition to a large super eventing field. Wow, restaurant during shows was good and reasonable. Barns, competition fields, indoor & outside arena, over-all venue is hard to believe, Must be a monster to maintain--IT IS MAINTAINED!!Written August 25, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Wasn't a large museum, but they had a lot of artifacts from different time periods of aviation, especially from WW I, WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and commercial aviation. The docent that took us on tour of the planes on the tarmac was extremely knowledgeable and very interesting. The entry fee for seniors was very reasonable. Well worth a visit. People at desk were helpful and friendly.Written October 22, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Water has a brownish hue but is somewhat clear. It beats the Houston area lakes but is no substitute for the hill country water!Written June 17, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Historic tour of an old used-to-be. I liked it. But I’m a Civil War buff. The tour is self guided and a little derelict. However, you get an idea of the prison camp if you step back and study the terrain. You can still recognize earthworks and other details. I guess a civic group or maybe Boyscouts threw up some dugout shelters and what not. Pretty neat area for a stroll if you need to stretch your legs.Written September 15, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This park is great and is typically crowded. 4 stars because its easy to get lost if you're new to the area and the safety has declined lately. Hopefully the city comes up with a way to increase safety for solo runners.Written October 7, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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