Area Attractions

Palestine has a pleasant climate and natural amenities like Lake Palestine (the second largest lake in Texas) and Davy Dogwood Park. Palestine is a charming and historic city.

As a former railroad town, Palestine has preserved its historic charm with classic brick buildings and walkways, gas lanterns illuminating the sidewalks, quant shops and intimate dining establishments. With a classic railroad and constant festivals and events, Palestine has become a top travel destination in Texas and the southern United States. Living here is even more fun because residents have access to these stunning views, world-class amenities and delightful entertainment all year long.

Those interested in visiting or moving to Palestine can learn more about the city, upcoming events and activities by visiting the City’s tourism site,

Palestine is a designated Texas Main Street City and features architecture from the early 1800s through the 1950s. It’s over 1,800 historic sites and respect for both tradition and a legacy of progress makes it the perfect destination for visitors, industrialists, and entrepreneurs motivated by the promise of an American Dream.

Key Attractions in Palestine:

  • Railroad Heritage Center
  • Museum for East Texas Culture
  • Anderson County Courthouse
  • Reagan Park
  • Sacred Heart Church Palestine Texas
  • Wildcat Golf Course
  • Palestine Disc Golf
  • Palestine Bowling Center
  • Municipal Athletic Complex
  • Palestine Texas City Pool
  • Veterans Memorial Park
  • Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area
  • Upper City Lake
  • Wolf Creek Lake
  • Take the Texas State Railroad tour while you are in Palestine

Large international firms like Walmart and Budweiser are located in Palestine, as have distribution companies like Ben E. Keith. Palestine is also home to STEM businesses like the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, an organization conducting atmospheric research for NASA, along with numerous healthcare companies, manufacturers and service-based businesses. Below are a few of the major employers who are realizing the many location, tax and workforce advantages of having a location in Palestine, Texas.

Major Palestine Area Employers:

  • Walmart Distribution Center
  • Sanderson Farms
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • The Results Company (Call Center)
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Westwood ISD