Featured Attractions

Palatka, FL, is home to many unique area offerings for entertainment, shopping, dining, and more. With historical and cultural offerings, as well as local landmarks and outdoor recreational choices, you will find something for everyone in your travel party to enjoy.

The Ravine Gardens State Park is a nearly 60 acre park that has been delighting visitors since 1934. Guests can walk through two steep ravines that serves as the home of many different species of native Florida wildlife, as well as numerous types of flowers and plants.
The Historic District of Palatka also serves as the downtown area, where many local businesses can be explored. Clothing boutiques, art shops, unique cafes, and more await your visit. St. Johns River Center welcomes guests who have come to enjoy St. Johns River, as well as educating the public on the native wildlife species that live here. Surrounding city parking is available, but not at the site of the center.

Ravine Gardens State Park

For the nature enthusiast, or if you enjoy outdoor recreation attractions, Ravine Gardens State Park is a unique destination that is lush, beautiful, and serene. Home of native Floridian birds, reptiles, and a variety of gorgeous flowers, this state park offers guests acres of nature to enjoy. A large covered pavilion space makes for an unforgettable picnic lunch out, and the 1.8 miles of winding, hilly walking and hiking trails is a great way to see the natural side of Florida.

Historic District

The historic district of Palatka’s downtown has been preserved and restored to offer you a unique glimpse into the past. This area is home to numerous local shops, eateries, art galleries, and much more. In addition to unique local shops and business, guests can see the World War I Dough Boy Statue, vibrant art murals, and river views. The historic district is also where the city hosts many social events and festivals, meaning that you can always find something fun and exciting happening here.

St. Johns River Center

St. Johns River Center acts as one part local museum, and one part welcome center. Before exploring everything that the St. Johns River has to offer, be sure to check out the River Center first. Here, you can find plenty of information regarding the diverse local ecosystem of the area, as well as some of the city’s rich history.  The River Center is dedicated to educating youth visitors, as well as adults, on the importance of conservation, as well as how important the river has been to the city’s development.

More Attractions

  • Ravine Gardens State Park 2.5 mi
  • Historic District 2.6 mi
  • St. Johns River Center 2.8 mi
  • Rice Creek Conservation Area 4.4 mi
  • The Historic Bronson-Mulholland House 7.6 mi
  • Putnam Historic Museum 7.6 mi
  • David Browning Railroad Museum 7.6 mi
  • Welaka National Fish Hatchery 23.8 mi
  • Ocala National Forest 25.0 mi
  • The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours 49.8mi

Dining

  • Golden Corral 0.2 mi
  • Sonny's Barbecue 0.2 mi
  • Caribbean 450 0.2 mi
  • Bradley's 0.3 mi
  • Italian Latin Grill 1.5 mi
  • Palatka Chinese Restaurant & Buffet 1.5 mi
  • Papa John's Pizza 1.5 mi
  • Leo's Fine Sushi 1.5 mi
  • Chili's Bar and Grill 1.8 mi
  • Beef O'Brady's 2.7 mi

Shopping

  • Palatka Mall 0.5 mi
  • Palatka Marketplace 1.5 mi
  • Walmart Supercenter 1.8 mi
  • Elsie Bell's Antique Mall 2.5 mi
  • Eastgate Square 4.5 mi