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Tyler Paddleboarding: Fun in the Sun

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Summer Fun in Tyler

By Holli Fourniquet

Summer days in East Texas are best spent out on the lake. There’s no better place for a quiet afternoon of recreation than out at Tyler Paddle.

Tyler Paddle is a standup paddleboard rental company located at 15898 Eastside Rd., Tyler, right beside the Lake Tyler Petroleum Club. This is a beautiful part of the lake for standup paddle boarding.

Standup paddle boarding is not as hard as it looks. In fact, you can stand up or sit down if you get tired. There is some balanced involved, but it’s definitely a fun sport to try with the family.

Tyler Paddle offers events throughout the summer including standup paddle yoga, full moon paddles, and sunset paddles.

Paddleboards are rented individually for $25 per hour, or there is a large paddleboard that fits six people available for $75 hour.

Tyler Paddle also offers party rentals. If you are hosting an event on the water around the Tyler area, they will even come to you or you can go to them. Your family and friends could rent out all of the boards, pack a picnic lunch, and spend the afternoon on the water. Tyler paddle will customize any party package to fit your needs and budget.

Tyler Paddle’s regular hours are Fridays, 5-8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon-7pm or by appointment.

If you haven’t tried standup paddle boarding, this is the summer to try something new. Unwind after a busy week and paddle off into the sunset for an amazing adventure you’ll never forget.

For more info about Tyler Paddle go to tylerpaddle.com or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Ranch of Dreams, Fun, and Animals

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The Fund for Animals is the largest and most diverse network of animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers in the country. Now you have the opportunity to schedule a tour at the flagship sanctuary, the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, right here in east Texas. This facility is a world-renowned animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas that was founded in 1979 by Cleveland Amory, author and animal advocate. Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is located at 12526 CR 3806 Murchison, TX 75778. Tours this month are:

Regular tour individual adult tickets are $49, student/active military tickets are $39. Additional under 18 tickets are $20. Family package (two adults and four children) are $150. Children under 3 are free, as long as they can sit on your lap. All tours must be prepaid. Tickets are available at fundforanimals.org or call (903)469-3811.

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It’s Summertime at Tyler State Park

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At Tyler State Park you can boat, fish, swim in the lake, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, camp, birdwatch, and study nature.

Tyler State Park is located at 789 Park Road 16, Tyler. All events are free with a fee paid for admission into the park. Adults are $6 daily and children 12 years and under are free.

For more info go to tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/tyler, call (903)597-5338, or email boyd.sanders@tpwd.texas.gov. Dress for the weather.

June 1st

10-11:30am: Dutch Oven Cooking: History in a Black Pot – Learn the basics of the fine art of historic camp cooking with cast iron! Meet at the Blackjack Pavilion.

2-3pm: Wildfood Walk – Learn to identify edible wild plants and how to prepare them. Many edible plants may be seen during this short hike. Learn about plant safety too.

June 5th

10-11am: “Lost” in the Forest Hike – Explore the definitions of what it means to be “lost in the forest.” Learn how to keep from getting lost, what to do if you are lost and how not every kind of “lost” is a bad thing.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, and be prepared for about a mile hike through the forest. Meet at the Old Road Trailhead.

2-3pm: Kids’ Wilderness Survival – Create a survival guide with hidden messages! Learn how to keep from getting lost, what to do if you are lost and how to make a handy survival pack! Meet at the Silver Canoe Park Store Patio.

3-4pm: Knotty-time for Kids – Learn some basic knots that every camper needs to know. Knots have “tied” together civilizations throughout history and they are still important today. Learn knots important for camping and one that can be a lifesaver! Meet at the Silver Canoe Park Store Patio.

June 6th

10-11am: Savannah Saunter – Treat yourself and rediscover the outdoors at a slow pace. Our goal is not the end of the trail, but to explore the Post oak Savannah. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and be ready for a couple of hours of discovery. Meet at the Blackjack Nature Trail head.

2-3pm: Historic Games: Trap Ball – Play like your great-grandparents! Amazingly enough people used to play outdoors and with other people. Try out the games of trap ball, a precursor to baseball,  and discover they really did know how to have fun! Meet at the amphitheater.

June 7th

10-11am: Wildlife Walk – Come discover edible and useful plants and learn to identify edible wild plants and how to prepare them. Many edible and useful plants may be seen during this short hike. Learn about plant safety too. Meet at the Blackjack Nature Trail head.

2-3pm: Navigation Revelation and the Magnetic Race – It’s a compass race! Learn to use a compass and a map for your navigation needs. Then try your new skills at orienteering, a map and compass race. Meet at the Amphitheater.

June 8th

10-11am: Sylvan Saunter – Treat yourself and rediscover the outdoors at a slow pace. Our goal is not the end of the trail, but to explore the forest. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and be prepared for a couple of hours in the woods.

2-3pm: Wildflowers, Pollinators, and Predators – Bring your camera for this one! Discover the explosion of color in the Post oak savannah as prairie and woodland wildflowers bloom. We will also see colorful pollinators and the equally colorful predators that hunt them. Dress for the weather and be ready for a short walk. Meet at the Blackjack Nature Trail.

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