One Way Out: Tyler’s Escape the Room Epicenter

The building that houses Tyler's One Way Out, an escape-the-room spot, may look innocent enough with its calm yellow hue and porch swing. But behind its doors, pirates roam and a murderer finds his next victim. These are two of the fictional scenarios that set the stage for escapes at One Way Out.

Pirate Cove Plunder is a room with a buccaneer-themed narrative that requires kids (ages 9 and up) and adults to work together to solve riddles and master puzzles to escape. Meanwhile, the Murder on 155 room takes older players deep into the mind of a murderer to solve a brutal crime. Check out all the cool scenarios at One Way Out.

Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue: Live Music and Fresh Food

Fresh food and fresh music are both on the menu at Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue. This high-energy restaurant and music venue hosts local bands on a nightly basis. The performers run the gamut from hard rockers to soulful blues trios. Some bands even perform every week, so there's sure to be something you'll enjoy here.

While you enjoy the live music, sink your teeth into some of the freshly smoked food. Get here early if you want to order some red-skinned potato salad, fresh coleslaw, or cowboy beans on the side of your meal because the house-crafted extras tend to sell out by the end of the night. Any of them pairs well with one of the "famous plates" like the giant, smoked, brisket-stuffed potato or the giant Frito pie. Traditional dishes include the pulled pork sandwich, the massive slabs of ribs, and the brisket or sausage by the pound at Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue. Will you be stopping by soon?

Piada Italian Street Food: Inventive Italian Fare Debuts in Tyler

Street food is having a moment right now. Whether it's Korean street fare fresh from a food truck or French crepes served hot from the griddle, there's something about eating these simple, delicious snacks that is so enticing and enjoyable. At Piada Italian Street Food, you can taste the same cuisine that residents of Italy enjoy daily.

Piada just debuted a branch near Orion at the Cascades a few months ago, so you're ahead of the curve if you've already dined here. If not, it's time to come check out some of the signature items. The piadas, of course, are the main event. They're essentially wraps swathed in thin Italian dough that's baked to golden-brown on the grill and then hand-rolled around fresh ingredients. Try the Chef's Favorite piada, filled with romaine, sweet and spicy peppers, mozzarella, creamy Parmesan dressing, and spicy diavolo sauce for the quintessential Piada Italian Street Food experience.

Learn About the Stars at the Center for Earth and Space Science Education

Residents of Tyler are lucky enough to live just a few minutes away from the Center for Earth and Space Science Education, one of the area’s most impressive planetariums and also East Texas’s first planetarium. Today, the recently remodeled center is home to a 40-foot domed theater that promises immersive experiences to everyone who visits.

The movie theater schedule is available online and features films about ocean life, National Parks, and more. In addition to the theater, this science education center also promises interactive exhibits and displays. The science center isn't far from Orion at the Cascades, so don’t miss your opportunity to check it out! It's open Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is $12 for adults for an all-day pass and $7 for tickets to an individual show.

Test Your Intellect at Tyler’s Original Escape Room

At Tyler's Original Escape Room, guests work together to solve mysteries and master puzzles in order to "escape the room" before time runs out. Like other escape room businesses, Tyler's Original Escape Room requires visitors to use a mix of intellect and teamwork to win. What sets this place apart, however, is that it offers five different experiences with respective escape rates, so you can decide how much of a challenge you'd like.

"The List" puzzle has an 80% escape rate and features an all-ages plot, while a group of thrill-seeking adults, on the other hand, may want to try Murder on 155. True to its name, this escape room plunks you right in the middle of a murder-mystery. You must follow the clues to the murderer within 60 minutes in order to escape. Will you be testing your intellect this spring at Tyler's Original Escape Room?

Don’t Miss the Gourmet Pizzas at Roast Social Kitchen

Roast Social Kitchen recognizes that its patrons do the best they can to buy healthy food, often organic and locally cultivated. That's why the staff at Roast does they same. They source their ingredients from Tyler-area farmers whenever possible and opt for organic, seasonal food when it's available. This is all in an effort to create a space where customers can feel good about digging into dinner among friends and family.

It seems as though the kitchen team has done a good job given the abundance of praise for Roast Social Kitchen, especially for the pizzas. The Bee's Knees is a popular pie topped with a four-cheese blend plus roasted garlic, Italian sausage, soppressata, thyme, and surprisingly sweet accents like fresh orange. The Smoke Stack pizza also earns praise thanks to the Stanley's Famous pecan-smoked chopped brisket and barbecue sauce layered on top. If you want to sample one of these inventive pies, be sure to stop by Roast Social Kitchen!

Don’t Miss Mouse and the Traps at Liberty Hall

From screening classic movies to hosting live music, Liberty Hall infuses downtown Tyler with some fun. When renowned local band Mouse and the Traps comes to Liberty Hall on Saturday, April 22nd, you won't want to miss the show. It begins at 8 p.m., and tickets start at just $20 apiece.

The Mouse and the Traps band has been a part of local culture for more than 60 years, first coming onto the East Texas music scene in 1965. Led by guitarist, vocalist, and namesake Ronny Mouse Weiss, the group started out as a garage rock band that churned out a few hits, like Sometimes You Just Can't Win. They even went on to release a few singles and contribute to other artists' albums. Mouse and the Traps continues to delight crowds with its old school rock, so don't miss your chance to see the show right in Tyler at Liberty Hall.

Tyler Azalea 10K and 5K Run Benefiting Children’s Village: Lace Up Your Running Shoes for a Good Cause

The staff at Children's Village provides local children with all the food, shelter, and encouragement they need to truly thrive. If this is a mission that speaks to you, be part of the charity's outreach by participating in the Tyler Azalea 10K and 5K Run Benefiting Children's Village.

On April 8th at 8 a.m., Bergfield Park attracts about 1,000 runners, all of whom believe in contributing to the community in which they live. Register for the 5K ($28+) or 10K ($45+) online, and then lace up your running shoes and enjoy the beautiful race route. It meanders through fragrant azaleas, blooming dogwood trees, and colorful spring flowers. They're all so lavish that you might be tempted to stop and smell the roses, so to speak—and you're welcome to do so during this charity run!

Say Hello to a Season of Fresh Produce at the Rose City Farmers’ Market Spring Opening

When you shop at the Rose City Farmers' Market, you can rest assured that everything in your canvas bag was grown or raised within 75 miles of Tyler. And on Saturday, April 1st at 8 a.m., the beloved local market returns to 7212 Old Jacksonville Highway for the season.

That means it's time to start stocking up on the fresh foods and specialty items sold here. Only the producers themselves are allowed to man the booths at this market, so you'll have no trouble getting any of your questions answered when you shop here. Feel free to inquire about the pest prevention farmers enlist to raise fruits and vegetables or the ingredients that bakers use when they craft bread and pastries. Sustainably raised beef, lamb, chicken, and pork; eggs and goat cheese; honey, jellies, and jams are all on tap at Rose City Farmers' Market too. Will you be stopping by this spring?

Play and Learn at Discovery Science Place

Education, responsibility, integrity, and change. These are the four tenants that are integral to the mission of Discovery Science Place. Through interactive, engaging exhibits, the local museum seeks to create a young generation that's excited about going out into the world and making it a better place.

It all begins with a visit to the children's museum, which features hands-on exhibits like the Dino Dig. Kids can actually get their hands dirty and unearth fossils here. If they're more interested in the science of movement, youngsters can check out the colorful Buford Kinetics Gallery, or for a foray into news and media, they can mimic a broadcast at the CBS 19 Kids TV Station. Kids can even learn about the importance of food and nutrition at Brookshire's Grocery Store. There are many more exhibits to explore, so plan a visit to Discovery Science Place to see them all.

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