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Palestine is located in east-central Texas in Anderson County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,712 residents. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is located in Palestine, which is the city's largest employer. It's also home to the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (renamed after the shuttle crash), which has flown 1,700 high-altitude balloons for universities and research agencies. Palestine is dubbed "Home of the Dogwood Trails," and is home to a variety of attractions. Davey Dogwood Park offers more than 200 acres with scenic trails throughout the park. The city is also host to the Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, and many of the lovely Victorian homes have yards filled with magnolia and dogwood trees. Other attractions include the Museum for East Texas Culture and Palestine Main Street District, which includes Old Town Palestine and the historic Anderson County Square's shops, restaurants and historic architecture. The Palestine Community Forest Upper and Lower Lakes contain 700 acres of woods leading to lakes that offer fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking and more.

Surrounding areas: Crockett, Texas (32.4 mi), Athens, Texas (33.3 mi), Lake Palestine, Texas (38.0 mi), Richland Chambers Reservoir, Texas (38.5 mi)

Palestine Vacation Rentals

Palestine Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Palestine Inn1601 W Palestine AvePalestine, TX (903) 723-4655
Holiday Inn Express1030 E Palestine AvePalestine, TX (903) 723-4884
Quality Inn & Suites1101 E Palestine AvePalestine, TX (903) 723-7300
Super 8 Motel2300 W Oak StPalestine, TX (903) 731-9495
Holiday Inn Express1848 S JacksonJacksonville, TX25.2 mi.(903) 589-8500
Ramada Inn1407 East Rusk StJacksonville, TX26.3 mi.(903) 586-9841

Palestine Weather & Climate

The Northeast Texas Piney Woods  lies in a humid subtropical climate zone. This region in eastern Texas receives more rainfall than any other region in the state - more than 60 inches annually. While coastal sections see the most cloudy days statewide, northern sections see the most sunny days. This area is prone to severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, generally in the springtime. The heat of summer is intensified by high humidity. During winter and spring along the immediate coast, temperatures are kept cool by relatively cool Gulf waters. In late winter and early spring, dense fog, called advection fog, can form when warm air moves over the cool shelf waters. The region is also vulnerable to hurricanes, although plenty of warning is generally given for these types of storms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 58°F 37°F 3.60 in. -
February 63°F 41°F 3.34 in. -
March 71°F 48°F 3.87 in. -
April 77°F 54°F 3.80 in. -
May 83°F 62°F 4.51 in. -
June 89°F 68°F 4.53 in. -
July 93°F 71°F 2.55 in. -
August 94°F 71°F 3.23 in. -
September 88°F 65°F 3.45 in. -
October 79°F 55°F 4.90 in. -
November 68°F 46°F 4.44 in. -
December 60°F 39°F 4.16 in. -

Palestine Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Palestine Municipal airport (PSN) located about 4 miles east of Palestine, the Cherokee County airport (JSO) located approximately 25 miles east of Palestine in Jacksonville, Texas, the Tyler Pounds Regional airport (TYR) located roughly 43 miles northeast of Palestine in Tyler, Texas, the A L Mangham Jr Regional airport (OCH) located around 55 miles east of Palestine in Nacogdoches, Texas, the Angelina County airport (LFK) located about 63 miles southeast of Palestine in Lufkin, Texas, the East Texas Regional airport (GGG) located approximately 68 miles northeast of Palestine in Longview, Texas, the Huntsville Municipal airport (UTS) located roughly 70 miles south of Palestine in Huntsville, Texas, and finally the Terrell Municipal airport (TRL) located around 75 miles northwest of Palestine in Terrell, Texas.

Palestine Attractions

Water Parks
Six Flags Hurricane HarborArlingtonTX109.4 mi.
SplashTown WaterparkSpringTX117.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Meadowbrook Country ClubPalestineTX 
Elkhart Golf ClubElkhartTX10.5 mi.
Pine Dunes Resort & Golf ClubFrankstonTX21.3 mi.
Birmingham Forest Lake & Golf ClubRuskTX28.3 mi.
State Parks
Mission Tejas State ParkTX28.1 mi. 
Mission Tejas State ParkTX28.1 mi. 
Jim Hogg State ParkTX30.1 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Caldwell ZooTylerTX45.0 mi.
Ellen Trout ZooLufkinTX60.7 mi.
Cameron Park ZooWacoTX90.3 mi.
Dallas Aquarium at Fair ParkDallasTX98.2 mi.
Dallas World AquariumDallasTX98.2 mi.
Dallas ZooDallasTX98.2 mi.
Fort Worth Zoological ParkFort WorthTX119.1 mi.

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