Things To Do

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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.
Museum For East Texas Culture – 400 Micheaux, Palestine, TX – 903-729-1914 – 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. For more information, call the Museum at 903-729-1914.
Self-Guided Historical Homes Tour (pick up booklet at Museum for East Texas Culture) 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. For a booklet of the Driving Tour contact the Museum for East Texas Culture, 903 723-1914, or go by 400 Micheaux Avenue to pick up.
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!
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! For information and reservations, call 1-888-987-2461 or 903-683-2561.
Dogwood Junction Arcade games, go-carts, miniature golf and more available for family fun. 555 E. Palestine Ave. in Palestine, 903-729-8900.
Schulman Theatres Dogwood 6 Movie Theater – located at 545 E. Palestine Ave., call 903-729-7291 or visit website for a list of movies and showtimes.
Texas Vineyard & Smokehaus This winery has a variety of twelve wines that are made from Texas produce. Often has live music on weekends and various food offerings, call for specials! Located at 2442 ACR 2133. For more information, call 903-538- 2950.
This list is brought to you courtesy of Lisa Priest, Real Estate Agent with Picket Fence Realty (903)-948-3343. These are suggestions based on Lisa’s personal preferences and suggestions are in no way, shape or form a paid advertisement or a promise of perfection. Be sure to check hours before traveling, as they are subject to change.