Things To Do

Things To Do in Palestine, Texas


  • Palestine Visitor’s Center825 Spring Street, Palestine, TX- Located in a restored railroad depot more than 120 years old, the Center offers travel literature which includes state and regional materials, maps of the city and surrounding area, a self-guided tour of Palestine and information on events and accommodations. Informational brochures and personal assistance for tourists are available during business hours. Tours and convention group assistants are available upon advanced request. For more information, call 903-723-3014.
  • Basket Kase–  Axe Throwing, Splatter Zone & Rage Room. hours and packages vary.
  • Self-Guided Historical Homes Tour  Large magnolia trees and white columns welcome you to this gateway of a bygone era. Over 1,800 historical sites grace Palestine, second only to Galveston. DOWNLOAD MAP HERE
  • Davey Dogwood Park – 900 N Link St, Palestine, TX.  This is a must see while in Palestine, especially during the spring dogwood blooming season (however, it is also gorgeous in the fall when the leaves change)! The park encompasses more than 200 acres with picturesque roads throughout the park. The park is open year round and is a featured area during the annual Dogwood Trails Celebration the last three weekends in March. Admission is free. Also home of the Palestine Rotary Club’s Pavillion! For more information, call 903-723-3014.
  • Craft Time at Over Yonder Crafts!
  • Art Tracks Sculpture Tour – take the self guided tour to see this year’s fun sculptures!
  • Howard House Museum – 1011 N Perry, Palestine, TX. Open for tours by appointment, the Howard House Museum is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture remaining in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historical Places, located at 1011 North Perry. For more information or tours, call Jack Calcote at 903-723-0268.
  • Shopping in Palestine’s Main Street District (Texas Main Street City) Downtown, Old Town Palestine and the Anderson County Square offer historic architecture, shopping, antiques, restaurants and more.
  • Texas State Railroad – Take a relaxing train ride through the pineywoods of East Texas, enjoy fun special events with your family, or experience an evening dinner train! This historic railroad offers steam train excursions that travel 25 miles through the scenic piney woods and hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas amidst a backdrop of rolling hills, nature and wildlife. Passengers board excursion trains at the beautiful Victorian-style depots in Palestine and Rusk, where southern hospitality is the norm. Perfect trip for friends, families, groups, schools, and more.
  • City Lights Dogwood 6 Movie Theater – located at 545 E. Palestine Ave., call 903-729-7291 or visit website for a list of movies and showtimes.
  • Gus Engeling WMA- Open except for drawn hunts in fall and winter. Please call ahead when planning to visit during hunting season. Daily On-site registration Required of all public users. General public access to the area is during daylight hours through designated legal entry points only and by APH or LPU Permits.

  • Grapeland Safari Drive-thru – fun for all ages! See a wide range of animals from all over the world. Drive through the 59 acre park in your own car. There are also pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo and a gift shop with unique souvenirs and refreshments.  The park features llama, zebras, aoudad sheep, camels, tibetan yaks, buffalo, elipsi waterbuck, sulcata turtles, wallabys, kangaroo, beefalo (yes, that’s a thing), fallow deer and more!
  • Museum For East Texas Culture – 400 Micheaux, Palestine, TX – 903-729-1914 – **NOTE: THIS HAS CLOSED DURING PANDEMIC–CALL TO SEE IF THEY HAVE REOPENED BEFORE GOING–NOT SURE IF THEY WILL REOPEN** Rooms in the 1915 schoolhouse display artifacts and special interest exhibits. Exhibits include an authentic vintage classroom, a railroad memorabilia room, a refurbished caboose and more. Rotating art exhibits are on display upstairs. The museum is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-4pm. Admission is $2.00. Located in Reagan Park, 400 Micheaux Ave.

    These are suggestions and are in no way, shape or form a paid advertisement or a promise of perfection. Be sure to check hours and schedules before traveling, as they are subject to change.