Anderson County Courthouse
This historic structure features neo-classical architecture with a double spiral staircase and a beautiful stained glass montage within the dome. Admission is free. Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 903-723-3014.
Built in 1914, the library is one of a series built across the country by the Carnegie Foundation. It is located in the historic Palestine Main Street District at 502 N. Queen St. The facility may be rented for special events. Call 903-729-2026 for information and rentals.
Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility
Operated by New Mexico State University for NASA, balloons as large as 300 feet in diameter are built to conduct studies of upper atmosphere and outer space. Tours operate Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, or to arrange a tour contact the public relations officer at 903-729-0271 or visit http://www.csbf.nasa.gov.
Davey Dogwood Park
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. For more information, call 903-723-3014.
Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area (GEWMA)
Located in Northwest Anderson County, this 10,958-acre area was purchased from 1950 to 1960 under the Pittman-Robertson Act using Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program funds. This area is open year round for public hunting, hiking, camping, bird watching and a host of other outdoor recreational opportunities, except when closed for Special Permit hunts. For more information, call 903-928-2251 or visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/wma.
Howard House Museum
Open for tours and special functions 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.
Museum For East Texas Culture
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 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $2.00. Located in Reagan Park, 400 Micheaux Ave. For more information, call the Museum at 903-729-1914 or visit www.museumpalestine.org
Palestine Community Forest/Upper & Lower Lakes
Contains 700 acres of pine and hardwood trees offering scenic drives leading to lakes with fishing, boating and picnicking. Sumac, yaupon, and sweetgum trees add accents of brilliant color during autumn. Take Texas 19/U.S. 287 a few miles northwest of Palestine, turn on Armory Rd.
Palestine Main Street District (Texas Main Street City)
Downtown, Old Town Palestine and the Anderson County Square offer historic architecture, shopping, antiques, restaurants and more. For more information, call 903-723-3014 or visit www.palestinemainstreet.org.
An authentic reconstruction of the original 1833 house of worship, said to be the first protestant church in Texas. Take 287 to Elkhart; right on 294 into Elkhart; cross the railroad tracks and turn left on 861, the church is on the left (the landmark is not shown on most maps). For more information, call 903-723-3014.
Texas State Railroad
Operated by Iowa Pacific Holidings, steam and diesel engines and cars take visitors through the East Texas woodlands, as well as, host special event and seasonal rides. For information and reservations, call 1-888-987-2461 or 903-683-2561 or visit www.TexasStateRR.com.
Visitor Information Center
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. The Palestine Visitors Center is located at 825 Spring St. For more information, call 903-723-3014.
ENETRTAINMENT & FESTIVALS
Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration
This long-time festival takes place the last two weekends in March and the first weekend in April. Visitors enjoy the delicate beauty of the dogwood trees in Davey Dogwood Park and the surrounding area. Activities are scheduled each weekend to compliment the Celebration, including the Dogwood Trails Festival the first weekend of the Celebration, Dulcimer Festival the second weekend, and live music and live theatre productions. For more information, call 903-729-6066 or visit www.TexasDogwoodTrails.com.
Annual Dogwood Classic Rodeo
The Palestine Rodeo and the Anderson County Youth Livestock Show take place in April at the Anderson County Youth Livestock Pavilion on Hwy 287 North. For more information, call 903-549-2466 or 903-723-3014.
Hot Pepper Festival
It’s unusually warm in Palestine during the “Hottest Little Festival in Texas.” Don’t miss out on this event held the last Saturday in October. Downtown and Old Town feature a BBQ and Chili cook-off, Kidz Zone, arts & crafts, pepper eating contest, live music, live theatre, Dogwood Jamboree Concert and more. For more information, call 903-723-2026 or visit www.cityofpalestinetx.com/hotpepper.php.
The holidays come early here in Palestine. We kick of the festivities with The Polar ExpressTM Train Ride starting in November and the activities continue all the way through the end of December. While visiting, be sure to admire the Christmas décor as you take a stroll and shop the beautiful historic Main Street district, see your children’s faces light up when they meet Santa at Santa’s Magical Workshop or at any one of the spectacular holiday events and enjoy the sights and sounds of Palestine’s Christmas Parade of Lights the first Saturday in December. Other events include Ice Fest with a synthetic ice skating rink, Ladies Day Out shopping event, Breakfast with Santa and more. For more information on all holiday events in Palestine, visit www.palestinetexas.net or call 903-729-3014.
The Palestine country music concerts take place five times a year. Join us for Branson-Style family entertainment featuring great country & western music and more. Call 903-729-7080 for information and tickets. Email: VisitorCenter@palestine-tx.org or view dates at www.dogwoodjamboree.com.
Classic Movies in Reagan Park
Classic Cinema is spotlighted the first Saturday of each month. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Reagan Park and enjoy classic movies under the stars. Admission is free to the public. Popcorn and sodas are available for purchase. (2013 Movie Schedule) For more information, call 903-723-3014.
Arcade games, go-carts, miniature golf and more available for family fun. 555 E. Palestine Ave., 903-729-8900 or visit www.mydogwoodjunction.com.
Palestine Bowling Center
Located at 1551 E. Palestine Ave., this bowling center had 24 lanes with a concession stand and bar inside. For more information, call 903-723-0888.
Palestine Community Theater Productions
Live entertainment at the historic Texas Theater in Main Street Palestine. Visit the website for dates: www.thetexastheatre.com or www.historictexastheatre.wordpress.com.
Schulman Theatres Dogwood 6 Movie Theater
A cash only theatre located at 545 E. Palestine Ave., call 903-729-7291 or visit www.schulmantheaters.com/showtimes.
Pine Dunes Golf Course
Listed number one in Texas on the 2012, 2011 and 2010 Golf Week’s “Best Courses You Can Play” list. Open year-round, Pine Dunes Resort and Golf Club is located at 159 Private Road 7019 in Frankston, 23 miles from Palestine on Hwy 155. For more information, call 903-876-4336 or visit www.PineDunes.com.
Elkhart Golf Course
An 18-hole golf course located about twelve miles south of Palestine at 1740 FM 1817 in Elkhart. For information, call 903-764-2461
Lakeview Conference Center (LMCC)
LMCC is a full-service conference and retreat center spanning 1,300 acres including three lakes, extensive hiking and nature trails and the David Barber Challenge/Ropes Course. This scenic environment features multiple meeting spaces for groups of various sizes and offers accommodations ranging from hotel rooms, apartment style housing and fully-equipped cabins. LMCC boasts its professionally prepared, customizable full menu for events. Public visits are welcome year-round, excluding the summer months for a $5 admission cost. For more information, call 903-538-2711 or visit www.lakeviewmcc.org.
Disc Golf Course in Greens Park
The course will open spring of 2013. The course will have nine baskets with three tees for each basket giving the course a total of 27 holes to play. Greens Park is located at the corner of N. Queen St. and W. Cherokee St. For more information, call 903-723-3014.
Splash Park in Reagan Park
The modern railroad themed sprayground features two state-of-the art spray pads with an elaborate series of sprinklers, fountains and water jets for children’s enjoyment. Reagan Park is located at the corner of Crockett Road and W. Park Ave. For more information, call 903-723-3014.
Granny Muffin Wines
This winery features a variety of red, white, blush, dessert and lite wines made in house by juices from all around the world. The winery is located at 301 W. Oak St. For more information call 903-729-1262 or visit www.GrannyMuffinWines.com.
Sweet Dreams Winery
This small country winery just outside of Palestine specializes in sweet old-fashioned wines made from Texas produce. Located at 2549 ACR 441. For more information, call 903-549-2027 or visit www.SweetDreamWinery.com.
Texas Vineyard & Smokehaus
This winery has a variety of twelve wines that are made from Texas produce. Located at 2442 ACR 2133. For more information, call 903-538-2950 or visit www.TexasVineyar.org