Visit Palestine, Texas, in Anderson County, for great activities and numerous things to do. This marvelous city is home to the spring time Dogwood Trails Festival usually lasting for three weekends. With numerous pines and dogwood trees and quaint old streets, this romantic city attracts many visitors annually.
1. Davey Dogwood Park
900 N Link Street
Palestine, TX 75801-7620
The Davey Dogwood Park is a great place to kick off the shoes and relax for a while. With gentle flowing streams and blooming dogwood trees, this 200-acre park is a lovely area to stroll. Picnic areas are also available here, so guests from a nearby Palestine inn may want to pack a lunch to take along. Paved roads lead to fantastic lookout areas as well.
2. Texas State Railroad
Location: Park Road 70, US Hwy 84 East, Palestine
The Texas State Railroad is Palestine’s main attraction, and is a must-do if you visit Palestine. This 1896 train brings guests back in history traveling through beautiful pine Texas forests, along with lovely rolling hills. A train excursion is a great activity to try when staying at a Palestine bed and breakfast.
Train excursions are normally about 1.5 hours in duration each way, with 1.5 hours allowed for lunch. The total time for the trip is usually about 4.5 hours. Dinner train trips and themed excursions are also offered with events such as Peanuts™ - The Valentine Express, Peanuts™ - The Great Pumpkin Patch Express, The Little Engine That Could™ Event, The Lone Ranger® Event and The Polar Express™ Train Ride.
The Texas State Railroad Corn Maze is opened usually from September 11th until October 31st, and is loads of fun. A train shuttle takes guests to the corn maze.
Prices for excursions are free for children of 2 years of age and under. Children 3 to 11 years pay about $19 to $25 plus the extra cost for taxes, and the price for adults is about $36.50 to $43.50 plus taxes depending on whether the train ride is diesel or steam engine powered. Adult lunches are approximately $10 each, and children pay $6 each for their lunches.
3. Grapeland Drive-Thru Safari
13440 Us Highway 287 N
Grapeland, TX 75844
Cruising the 59-acre exotic wildlife drive-thru safari park is a must-do activity when you visit Palestine. Guests can observe wild animals such as zebras, camels, goats, kangaroos and buffalo in a natural fenced-in environment. Feed is available for the animals. A barrel train ride is offered for the cost of about $1 per person.
The park is opened 7 days a week, weather permitting, normally from about 9 a.m. until dusk. Admission to the drive-thru safari is about $7 per person. Guided tours are available, but a reservation must be made in advance.
4. The Museum for East Texas Culture
400 Micheaux Avenue
Palestine, TX 75801
The Museum for East Texas Culture is a wonderful way to spend a few hours when visiting Palestine. Exhibits include the black history room, fire department room, historical items and exhibits in main floor hallway, the railroad room and school room (all exhibits are as of January, 2011).