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12 Best Things To Do In Palestine, Texas - Updated 2020

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Palestine is a city in Anderson Country, Texas. It is known for its natural beauty and culture. The city offers yards and parks filled with magnolia and dogwood trees. It is also home to the spring time Dogwood Trails Festival usually lasting for three weekends, and the western terminus of the Texas State Railroad. With numerous pines, dogwood trees and quaint old streets, this romantic city attracts many visitors annually. If you ever pay a visit to this city there are numerous attractive places that you can go to or a number of things you can do:

1. Carnegie Library

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Located in Anderson County, this historic structure is one of the thirteen remaining Carnegie Library buildings in the state of Texas. The library provides access to a wealth of information. This beautiful old building is filled with lots of quick local train history and other interesting insights. This tiny museum is a quick visit destination; one hour is plenty of time to enjoy the place to its fullest.

Carnegie Library

Address: 502 N Queen St, Palestine, TX 75801, USA

Hours Open: 9am - 5pm

Phone: +1 9037233014

Website: Carnegie Library

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2. Museum for East Texas Culture

Palestine Museum for East Texas Culture
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Situated in Reagan Park, this wonderful museum spotlights the Anderson County area. The building was opened as a museum in 1982 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The best time to be around this place is during Palestine’s annual two weekend Dogwood Days festival. Around that time, the museum hosts an excellent dulcimer concert that provides music by fiddle, guitar, auto harp and other instruments. It is a wonderful way to spend a few hours; to see the history of this city. Exhibits include the black history room, fire department room, historical items, the railroad room and the school room.

Museum for East Texas Culture

Address: 400 S Micheaux St, Palestine, TX 75801, USA

Hours Open: 10am - 5pm

Phone: +1 9037231914

Website: Museum for East Texas Culture

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3. Old Town Palestine

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Tucked away in a shady park just two blocks west of the Courthouse on Crawford Street in an exceptional place called Old Town Palestine. This section of Palestine has always got something going on. Whether you are looking for food, entertainment, shopping or antiques, you can always find it here. Beside a sun-dappled creek in a park-like setting, discover the exciting shopping, eating and entertainment area of this exceptional place.

Old Town Palestine

Address: 302 E. Crawford, Palestine, TX, USA

Hours Open: 8am - 8pm

Website: Old Town Palestine

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4. Sacred Heart Church

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When St. Jospeh’s was destroyed by a fire in the year 1890, Sacred Heart Church was built on the same grounds on June 18th, 1893. This picturesque architectural delight has plastered interior walls, varnished oak, knotty pine and is of the Victorian Gothic style. The church seats a maximum of 1,000 and has stained glass windows from Italy and France. It was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Sacred Heart Church is one of five churches with this type of architecture remaining in the state of Texas.

Sacred Heart Church

Address: 503 N Queen St, Palestine, TX 75801, USA

Phone: +1 9037292463

Website: Sacred Heart Church

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5. The Polar Express Ride

Palestine August 2017 56 (Texas State Railroad caboose No. 129 and passenger car No. 50)
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With very well decorated interiors and a magical experience, this is a ride you have to take. The Polar Express Ride takes you on a magical round-trip journey from Palestine Depot to the North Pole. Perfect for family, read along with the story as this historic steam train makes its journey. In this well managed and organized ride, you really have a chance to meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat and a special gift for each child on the train.

The Polar Express Ride

Address: 789 E Park Ave # 70, Palestine, TX 75801-4539, USD

Phone : +1 8889872461

Website: The Polar Express Ride

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6. Davey Dogwood Park

Dogwood blossoms at Davey dogwoods park
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Home to more than 200 acres (81 hectare) of picturesque roads that meander throughout the park, Davey Dogwood Park is just a scenic drive-through area with no fee. In the spring, you can find the park dazzling with white blossoms of the Dogwood trees and many other native wildflowers. However in the fall, the beauty of this park changes to the autumn colors of the native trees and the rich red of the Dogwood trees. You can enjoy a family picnic at Manley Mountain (which is near the entrance of the park) or a spot near the center of the park. Enjoy the scenic beauty!

Davey Dogwood Park

Address: Palestine, TX 75803, USA

Hours Open: 8am - 8pm

Website: Davey Dogwood Park

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7. Upper City Lake

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This pleasant looking place is a great backdrop for family photos to memorialize your visit. If you are planning to picnic at the super popular spot, head out here early and reserve your space before it’s too late. The beauty of the lake is just mesmerizing and picturesque.

Upper City Lake

Address: Upper Lake Road, Palestine, TX 75803, USA

Phone: +1 9037318435

Hours Open: 8am - 8pm

Website: Upper City Lake

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8. Historic 1895 Antioch Baptist Church

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Antioch Baptist Church has a full, rich and spiritual history. The church history dates back to the 1800s, the time worship services were conducted in homes. Since then, this church has provided a deep, meaningful, powerful, musical Biblical experience. Being the first Black Church in the City of Palestine, you’ll not find a friendlier church than this. People who worshiped at Antioch during the early 1900s were the first generation of many who worked in Antioch through the years, and some of them work here today.

Historic 1895 Antioch Baptist Church

Address: 907 E Murchison St, Palestine, TX 75801, USA

Phone: +1 9037237261

Website: Historic 1895 Antioch Baptist Church

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9. Texas State Railroad

Texas State Railroad rounds a curve east of Palestine TX
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You haven’t tried a train excursion at Palestine? That can’t happen. It is a great activity and a must-try when staying at Palestine. Probably Palestine’s main attraction, the Texas State Railroad is a historic 25 mi (40 km) railroad between Rusk and Palestine, Texas. If you want to travel back in history, this is perfect for you. Traveling through the beautiful pine Texas forests and along with lovely rolling hills, this train will take you back in history. The excursions are normally about 2 hours in duration each way. Dinner Train and themed excursions are also offered.

Texas State Railroad

Address: 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, TX 75801, USA

Phone: +1 8556327729

Website: Texas State Railroad

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10. Anderson County Courthouse

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Located at 1 Public Square, The Anderson County Courthouse uses a Beaux-Arts bi-axial arrangement. The Anderson County Courthouse was built atop the highest hill in Palestine. Be sure to walk inside and see the interior!

Anderson County Courthouse

Address: 500 N Church St # 43, Palestine, TX 75801, USA

Phone: +1 9037237403

Website: Anderson County Courthouse

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11. Marvel at the eccentric sculptures and metal work at Art Tracks and Sclupture Tour

Palestine August 2017 46 (John H. Reagan Monument)
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Something a little more of a local yet low key attraction in Palestine, Texas is their annual sculpture tour. Opened to the public back in 2013, the local Art Tracks and Sculpture Tour is a project launched by Texas Area Fund Foundation’s subfund, the Palestine Main Street Department and Palestine Tomorrow. This coalition aimed to improve recreational parks and art spaces for local talent to have a space to thrive and be seen. When in Palestine, this local sculpture exhibit is a must to check out as it showcases some of the most authentic and well-conceptualized pieces by local and amateur artists and sculptors. Several themes include Sphericle Embodiment, Voodoo Jet, and Heptagon; all metal and brass sculptures displayed around the open space for guests to see and take pictures of for their Instagram travel feed.

Art Tracks and Sculpture Tour

Address: 825 W. Spring Street Palestine, TX 75801

Website: Art Tracks and Sculpture Tour

Opening hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Mondays to Fridays; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturdays

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12. Spend a weekend at the Grinch's Lair at the Texas Jail House

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Those traveling with kids can spend an interesting weekend at The Grinch’s Lair at the Texas Jail House. A unique and riveting experience for kids and kids at heart is what this local attraction boasts. From enchanting and tantalizing annecdotes from the famous Christmas tale, like Who’s Who of Whoville, to an in-depth tour with Mr. Grinch himself around his infamous Jail House Home. This exciting and unpredictable adventure is one not to miss when visiting Texas. This tour is best for families and children wanting to do something a little more different than the usual museum and gallery exhibits. Discover what lies beyond the Grinch’s Lair with the Grinch himself and make your Texas trip one you’ll never forget, especially during the Christmas season!

Grinch's Lair at the Texas Jail House

Address: Texas Jail House, 704 Ave A Palestine, TX 75801

Website: Grinch’s Lair at the Texas Jail House

Opening hours: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Fridays to Sundays

Price: 10 USD

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Plan the perfect day!

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Come and visit this city, in Anderson County, for great activities and numerous things to do. Explore the beauty, sights and flavors of the city with our guide. Leave with a wonderful experience and marvelous memories.

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