Palestine, TX

This town isn’t in the Middle East (it’s actually on the edge of East Texas) but that doesn’t make it any less exciting. Whether you’re eating a greasy burger at the local diner, searching for hidden falls at the park or hunting for wild hogs in the woods, there’s always something to do in Palestine, TX ( pronounced Pales-TEEN).

 CULTURE

Head to the old high school for a lesson on history at the Museum for East Texas Culture. Exhibits tell about early life in Palestine, when this small community was put on the map by the invention of the steam engine in the 1800s. There’s even a log cabin to explore in the gym!

In the woods of this East Texas town is the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility where giant 1000-foot-tall balloons are launched into space carrying important goods. Tour the facility to learn all about the awesome things these folks contribute to science!

FOOD

When you get hungry, head to the Hamburger Bar for a delicious meal at the same bar folks have been stepping up to since 1942. No need for those fancy toppings like kale, eggs and the like, these cheeseburgers are simple, old-fashioned and delicious — just as burgers were meant to be.

Hit up Pint and Barrel Drafthouse in Old Town Palestine for an extravagant meal served with craft beers and great conversation. From BBQ bacon cheese fries to a Sandwich with pulled pork, fried spam and bacon, there’s no shortage of artery-clogging, cheesy, greasy and oh-so-tasty pub grub at this local favorite.

OUTDOORS

Hidden deep in the trees surrounding Wolf Creek Lake at the Palestine Community Forest is a hidden grotto with a waterfall that’s mesmerizing when it’s flowing. But whether or not you’re lucky enough to see the falls, the land surrounding it is just as breathtaking, with multiple nature trails twisting through the tall pine trees. You’ll find the lake and forest southeast of the Palestine Municipal Airport off CR 420.

This area of Texas is a prime spot for hunting the wild hogs that roam the local farms, and nothing is more adrenaline-pumping than hunting for these giant beasts in the dark. Brian Bedre of Night Vision Hog Hunting will set you up with a rifle and thermal-imaging device, and take you out for one wild night of hunting that also benefits the local farmers by keeping their crops safe from the hogs.

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