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Caldwell Zoo Reopens: Come Visit & Get Outdoors

Caldwell Zoo is officially opening Monday, May 18th!

Of course, to make the trip to the zoo good for everyone, they have made some modifications. They want everyone to be safe and healthy. Let’s get outdoors, breathe some fresh air, stretch our legs, and celebrate nature.

Admissions will need to be booked in advance. To find out more visit Reservations will be valid for 30-minute entry time slots on a specific date. Please make sure to bring either physical or digital copies of your time slot reservations for each member of your party, as well as your membership card or photo ID on the day of your visit.

Click below to reserve your time slot…..MEMBER RESERVATIONS  or  NON-MEMBERS/General public.

The Caldwell Zoo is located at 2203 Martin Luther King Blvd., Tyler. For more info call (903)593-0121 or email

Of course, due to COVID-19, the Caldwell Zoo campus will be modified to help ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and animals. New measures have been put into place to make sure that a visit to the zoo is super fun and healthy, too. Please take a moment to review the following information about how to obtain tickets for entry and what to expect from your visit.


The number one goal is to make your visit to the zoo a good experience for all. The vast majority of the zoo is open and the animals are viewable in their standard habitats. Some adjustments have been made in response to COVID-19. The primary modifications have been made to provide adequate social distancing.

  • All visitors (including Members) must reserve a time slot for their visit in order to allow for physical distancing inside the zoo.
  • Time slots are valid for 30- minute entry times on a specific date, so please plan to arrive during your designated time to avoid overcrowding the front entrance of the zoo.
  • All foot traffic within the zoo will be one-way
  • There will be a separate Entry and Exit.
    • The Main Entry remains the same.
    • The Exit will feed into the Main Parking lot, near the regular entrance.
  • Reentry will not be allowed after exiting
  • The Chakula Café will be open, but with no inside seating. Guests can purchase refreshments and use our considerable outdoor dining space.
  • The ability to use cash is limited.
    • Please be prepared to pay for anything on campus with a valid credit or debit card. VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.
  • Certain parts of the zoo are temporarily closed.


On 85 beautiful acres in Tyler, Texas, Caldwell Zoo has more than 3,400 animals to amaze and educate your whole family. You’ll discover animals roaming over plains, swimming in ponds, or climbing trees in multi-species environments carefully created to represent their natural North American, South American and East African habitats. Caldwell Zoo is cherished by the people of East Texas and beyond as a beautiful fun place for children and adults to learn about wildlife.

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Breweries & Vineyards

ETX Brewery: It’s time for OKTOBERFEST, {BE}ER Happy!


There’s a lot going on at the Brewery Downtown. ETX Brewing Co. is located at 221 S. Broadway, Downtown Tyler,,, (903)630-7720.

ETX Brewery offers onsite quality craft beers. Alongside it, The Porch at ETX offers wonderful food and a relaxed atmosphere.

There is live music most Friday and Saturday starting around 8pm.

This Weekend: It’s time for OKTOBERFEST

***EVENT CHANGE*** To help reduce crowds and space everyone out appropriately, in lieu of our annual Big Event, we are having a 4-day salute to German culture Wednesday & Thursday, September 23rd-24th, 11am-10pm, and Friday & Satueday, September 25th-26th, 11am-11pm. Details HERE.

Don’t hesitate to come by, have a drink and BE{ER} HAPPY! This month’s events are:

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Downtown Tyler

Live Music Guide, Tyler TX

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To list or make any changes to this Live Music Gig Guide for #tylertx, please e-mail to In the constantly changing world of Covid-19 pandemic, we at are making every attempt to keep everything updated. However, we suggest that you still double-check with the businesses to confirm that the events are still happening.

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Foodie Events: Yum Yum Fun

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Tyler and Northeastern Texas is a food lover’s paradise with an elaborate selection of cuisine types to cooking classes to the wonderful Farmer’s Market. Check out these events going on:

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