Tyler, TX is the principal city of the Tyler Metropolitan Statistical Area, with a population of roughly 210,000, and the regional center of the Tyler-Jacksonville combined statistical area, with a population of 260,559 in 2010. It is located in northeast Texas, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas. As a regional educational and technology center, Tyler is the host for more than 20,000 higher education students, a College of Engineering, and a University Health Science Center, two regional, billion-dollar hospital systems, and a variety of technology startups. It has the nickname "Rose Capital of the World" due to the large quantity of rose bushes processed through the area, along with hosting America's largest rose garden.
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Annually, the Texas Rose Festival draws thousands of tourists to Tyler. The Rose Museum features the history of the Festival. Tyler is home to Caldwell Zoo, several local museums, Lake Palestine and numerous golf courses and country clubs. A few miles away in Flint, TX is The WaterPark @ The Villages, a year-round, indoor water park. Tyler State Park is a few miles away where visitors can camp, canoe, and paddle boat on the lake. Activities include picnicking, camping, boating, boat rentals, fishing, birding, mountain biking, hiking trails, lake swimming and nature study. Additionally, the city of Tyler is fortunate to offer its citizens more than 1,000 acres of parkland comprised of 27 parks throughout Tyler. Within these 27 parks there are playgrounds, athletic fields, walking trails, an amphitheater, tennis courts, multi-purpose courts and landscapes that help to lend an atmosphere of beauty and tranquility within a very busy urban environment.
Tyler offers a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, grills and other dining venues, from small local eateries to national chain restaurants.
Public primary and secondary education for much of the city is provided by the Tyler Independent School District, which includes two high schools, John Tyler and Robert E. Lee; Premier High School of Tyler, a public charter school (Cumberland Academy); several Tyler schools offer international baccalaureate and advanced placement programs. Portions of incorporated Tyler are served by surrounding school districts. These include sections of southeast Tyler by the Whitehouse Independent School District, and some sections in the east which are served by the Chapel Hill Independent School District. There are also many private schools from which to choose.
Tyler's higher education institutions include the University of Texas at Tyler and the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, both part of the University of Texas System, as well as Tyler Junior College and Texas College.