There are many activities to keep Lake Palestine residents, and visitors, busy around the lake and its environs! But sometimes we want to get away from the lake for an afternoon, or a weekend. We like to check out the restaurants in Tyler, do some shopping, and explore the back roads of East Texas.
Located in the rolling hills of East Texas in Smith County mid-way between Dallas and Shreveport, Tyler has a wide range of appeal, and things to do in the city, and on short trips.
Tyler has convenient access to area lakes that provide boating, fishing, skiing, swimming, and other recreational possibilities. Tyler State Park, a short drive north of the city, provides overnight camping venues, mountain biking, picnicking, hiking and more. In addition, Lake Palestine and Lake Tyler provide opportunities for boating, skiing and fishing.
Historical Marker about Neches Saline in Dogwood City ... "Now covered by the waters of Lake Palestine" ... click image to enlarge
From world-class golf courses, walking trails, cultural attractions, state parks, festivals, antique shopping, fall motoring and art museums, Tyler and the East Texas area has something
Interesting day trips in several directions from Lake Palestine make great side adventures:
Jacksonville - to the south of Tyler on U.S. 69
Love's Lookout - beautiful 30-mile vista to the East
Edom - festivals, potters, artists, garden centers
Canton - site of the famous First Monday Trade Days
Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas
Longview - historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
Marshall - Marshall Pottery, Railroad Museum, more
Kilgore - East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore College, more
Brenham - College Station - Blue Bell Creamery, Antique Rose Emporium, Bluebonnet Trails, Bed and Breakfasts, vineyards, George Bush Presidential Library, Texas A&M University, more
Lake Tyler - swimming, boating, fishing, skiing close-in to Tyler
Toledo Bend Reservoir - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, hiking, camping, golf, resorts, restaurants
Monday Trade Days (Canton)
East Texas Gators & Wildlife Park (Grand Saline)
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Tyler also offers a full range of hotels, motels, B&Bs and other lodging and accommodations.