Palatka Travel Guide

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Palatka Things to Do

  • Concert "A Grand Night for Singing"

    All Saints Anglican Church, 1250 Hwy 19S, Palatka, will host a concert to be held at the church on November 12, 2011 at 7:00pm: “A Grand Night” for Singing.” featuring nationally acclaimed artists: Karen Marshall, soprano and Edward Bryant, Tenor; accompanied by Ture Larson. Tickets are $15.00. For more information, call the church office at...


    An exciting two nights and two days of great, home grown blues is planned for Palatka during the 1st Annual, 2010St. Johns River Blues Festival; Friday, November 19th thru Sunday, November 21st.National recording artist and Jacksonville native, “Ben Robinson”, Kingsnake Records recording artist, from Savannah, “Eric Culberson”, Gainesville’s...

  • Putnam Historic Museum

    I like small local museums, and there are not many smaller than the museum in my home town. It is in what is said to be the oldest surviving building in Palatka. (Around 1837.) They say it is the only surviving building from Fort Shannon, a military outpost from the Seminole Indian Wars. It may have been the officer quarters but there is nothing to...

  • ravine gardens state park

    ravine gardens state park is the most visited natural attraction in the town of palatka. this beautiful garden was created in 1935 as a WPA project during the great depression. the revines in the park were created by small springs that flow into the st. johns river. in march of each year there are almost 100,000 azaleas in bloom in in the park. the...

  • south palatka historic district

    the south palatka historic district is located south of reid street (US 17) in downtown palatka. picturted is a historic home on river street in the south palatka historic district. the south palatka historic district is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in architecture and florida history the south palatka...

  • north palatka historic district

    pictured is the azalea inn in the north palatka historic district. the north palatka historic district has scores of antebellum and victorian homes. this neighborhood is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in architecture and florida history this neighborhood is worth a look when in palatka.

  • larimer memorial library

    the larimer memorial library is located on reid street (US 17) in downtown palatka. the larimer memorial library is listed on the national register of historic places. today the library building is home to the arts council of greater palatka. for those interested in architecture and florida history the larimer memorial library is worth a look when...

  • st. marks episcopal church

    the historic st. marks episcopal church is located on main street in the north palatka historic district. st. marks episcopal church was built in 1854 and is the oldest church in palatka. the church was forced to suspend services between 1862 and 1866 due to the civil war. in 1862 union troops took over the church and did extensive damage to it's...

  • browning rail road museum

    the browning rail road museum is located in the old palatka depot in the north palatka historic district. this museum has exhibits on early florida rail road history and a model train. the palatka depot is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in rail road history the browning rail road museum is worth a stop when...

  • maltby live oak

    the maltby live oak is located on the grounds of the putnam county courthouse in downtown palatka. this ancient oak is named after hubert maltby who was a putnam county agricultural agent.

  • confederate memorial

    pictured is the putnam county confederate civil war memorial on the grounds of the putnam county courthouse. this bronze statue of a solder is very unique memorial style.

  • judge isaac h. bronson grave

    pictured is the grave of judge isaac h. bronson (1802-1855). isaac bronson was a new york congressman and a federal judge for the north district of florida. bronson's grave is located on the grounds of the bronson-mullholland house.

  • bronson-mullholland house

    the bronson-mullholland house was built by judge isaac h. bronson in 1854. bronson was the judge for the u.s. district court of north florida prior to the civil war. the bronson-mullholland house is listed on the national register of historic places. today the bronson-mullholland house is a museum and is open to the public. for those interested in...

  • View the murals

    During the last few years that has been a lot of wall painting going on in Palatka. There are said to be about 30 murals in the city, most on the walls of old buildings. They depict various historical, cultural and natural riches of Palatka and Putnam County. The goal is apparently for the city one day to be designated as the official Mural City of...

  • don't try this at home

    Trainspotting seems to be a popular way to kill time in Palatka. In this photo, I caught a very shady delinquent in the act.


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Palatka Restaurants

  • My favorite resturant by far...

    by jhunley1 Written Oct 5, 2002

    My favorite resturant by far is Corkeybells. Just being able to sit right on the river makes it worth it.
    Being on the river is the best part.

    Favorite Dish: I like everything I've had there. The coleslaw is the best.

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Palatka Nightlife

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    steam boat willie's: local bar

    by doug48 Updated Mar 31, 2010

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    as for nightlife in palatka there is really not much to do. steamboat willie's is your best bet in downtown palatka. good beer selection and live entertainment in the evenings.

    Dress Code: casual.

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Palatka Transportation

  • The train stops in Palatka

    The AM Track trains going south to Miami and back north stop in Palatka at the old fashion - actually old - train station. I think the train originates in New York City but there are certainly lots of places to pick it up. I do not know if they have any of those tickets that allow you to get off for a day or two before continuing onward, but it...

  • catch a train

    Amtrak has a stop in Palatka. The train station is very old and seems nice inside, but it doesn't seem to be open to the public. Warning, call ahead to see if your train is delayed. Apparently Amtrak runs behind schedule very often.

  • The Palatka Amtrack station

    I was amazed when I picked up my friend at this train station. It is an old fashioned kind of train station, actually it is a museum as well as a train station.


Palatka Warnings and Dangers

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    crime stats.... warning

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 9, 2007

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    The crime stats for Palatka are not very encouraging. For the size of the population, Palatka ranks up in the top 5% of worst cities for crime in the U.S.
    Annually there are 2 murders, 10 rapes, 40 robberies, 150 assaults, 1100 thefts of various degree. The individual numbers don't look bad by themselves but when you compare them to other cities with similar population size, Palatka looks bad.
    These numbers along with the list of registered sex offenders makes Palatka a place to visit in broad daylight with both eyes open.

    For the size of the population in Palatka, there are a lot of registered sex offenders.
    Seventy-seven to be exact in 2006. That averages out to one sex offender for every 150 people in the town.
    to get more information about this, go to the website below.

    When we went there, we had no problem, but that may be because it was the middle of the day and we only hit a couple upscale places over a three-hour period.

    In any case, you owe it to yourself to use caution when you visit Palatka. Lock car doors; if you stay overnight, be sure to put the latch-chain on the motel door; don't go out alone at night or into unfamiliar places. Ask the desk staff at the motel, which areas should be avoided by tourists.

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Palatka Off The Beaten Path

  • "Our" School

    While the whole town is "off the beaten path" if you have an interest in innovative school construction or a dynamic charter school that is demonstrating that poor, struggling public school students can achieve success in the right environment using the same public money, then this might be a highlight of your trip to Florida.On the other hand, you...

  • Ravine Gardens Park

    This is a nice city park (actually owned by the state) set back along the marshes that form the western bank of the St. Johns River.There are two major hiking loops that also serve as decent birding areas when the foot-traffic is at a minimum.Most of the park is dedicated to family picnicking and clean, stone restrooms are provided at each end of...

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Palatka General

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    Is Palatka one of those WOW places to...

    by melosh Updated Jun 30, 2009

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    Favorite thing: > No way! There are probably thousands of poor towns like Palatka
    > although none exactly the same. It does have its history that is on an
    > American scale of hundreds of years. In fact it once was the second largest
    > city in Florida with some large tourist hotels, but evidence of this
    > 'grandeur' is minimal.
    > There is a sense of place, because it has not been engulfed by a large
    > urban center, and it has a nice location being within easy drive of a
    > number of northern Florida attractions (None of which are actually a
    > WOW.) The people are probably friendlier than average and I have always
    > been impressed by how much philanthropic generosity is evident.
    > Its culture is kind of "Southern USA light". A small town, but really
    > open and accepting of outsiders.
    > It has become my hometown. If you come this way I would be happy to
    > show you around.

    Fondest memory: My best memory of Palatka is when it awarded the "keys to the city" a couple weeks after the 9/11 attack to a Muslim physician of many years service. I felt that the fact that it was our Afro-American-Christian-Minister Mayor who presented the award at a time when there was a degree of national hysteria said something special about the place where I had chosen to live. Since then I have always been proud to say that Palatka is my hometown.

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