Find area attractions in Palestine, Texas. From historic architecture to the natural beauty of East Texas, you will never want to leave Palestine.
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. http://www.andersoncountytexas.us
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 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.
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.
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