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Ravine Gardens State Park

Palatka is located on the banks of St. Johns River in Putnam County in Northeast Florida.

Understand[edit]

History[edit]

Climate[edit]

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Climate[edit]

Palatka has a humid subtropical climate, with mild weather during winters and hot weather during summers. High temperatures average 64 to 91 °F (18-33 °C) throughout the year. High heat indices are not uncommon for the summer months in the Palatka area. High temperatures can reach mid to high 90s with heat index ranges of 105-115 °F. The highest recorded temperature in Palatka was 105°F in 1950. It is common for daily thunderstorms to erupt during a standard summer afternoon. These are caused by the heating of the land and water, combined with extremely high humidity.

During winter, the area can experience hard freezes during the night. Such cold weather is usually short lived, as the city averages only 15 nights below freezing. The coldest temperature recorded in Palatka was 11 °F on January 21, 1985, a day that still holds the record cold for many locations in the eastern half of the US. Even rarer in Palatka than freezing temperatures is snow. When snow does fall, it usually melts before touching the ground, or upon making contact with the ground.

Palatka has suffered less damage from hurricanes than most other east coast cities. Palatka has experienced hurricane or near-hurricane conditions more than a dozen times due to storms passing through the state from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, or passing to the north or south in the Atlantic and brushing the area. Rainfall averages around 50 inches a year, with the wettest months being June through September.

Get in[edit]

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

In order to access the full amenities, services, and recreational areas offered by the region, vehicle accommodations are a must.

Car Rental Companies include:

  • Affordable Car Rentals, ‎(386) 325-5446
  • Advantage Auto Rental, ‎(386) 325-6477
  • Budget Rent A Car, Toll free: 1-800-527-0700, [1].
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Toll free: 1-800-261-7331, [2].

Taxi services:

  • Hedrick's Taxi Services, (386) 328-6553‎

Bus Services[edit]

  • Greyhound Bus Lines, (386) 328-8617, [3] 222 North 11th Street

Local bus service:

  • Ride Solutions, (386) 325-9999, 220 North 11th Street,

Train Depots[edit]

  • Palatka Amtrak Station , 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245), [4] 220 North 11th Street.

Airports[edit]

  • Palatka Municipal Airport, (386) 329-0148, [5] (FAA LID: 28J), also known as Lt. Kay Larkin Field, public-use airport
  • Jacksonville International Airport, (904) 741-4902, [6] (FAA LID: JAX) about 69 miles North

Marinas[edit]

  • The Boathouse Marina, (386) 328-2944, [7]
  • Crystal Cove Marina, (386)325-1055, [8]

Cruise lines[edit]

  • American Cruise Lines, Toll Free.: 1-800-460-4518, [9]

See[edit][add listing]

Larimer Arts Center

Downtown[edit]

Historic Neighborhoods[edit]

  • North Historic District, [10] The district is bounded by the St. Johns River, Bronson, North 1st, North 5th, and Main Streets. It contains 76 historic buildings, including the Bronson-Mulholland House and St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
  • South Historic District, [11] The district is bounded by the St. Johns River, Oak, South 9th, and Morris Streets. It contains 243 historic buildings.

Art[edit]

  • Larimer Arts Center, [12] Housed in a 1920's architectural treasure, the center serves as an art and cultural resource for the community. Gallery showcases are held year round.
  • Florida School of the Arts [13]

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Festivals[edit]

  • Florida Azalea Festival, Palatka is greeted every year with bright busts of pink and purple Azaleas. The bush, quite common looking most of the year, comes alive in early March. This is also when the Azalea Festival takes place. Arts and crafts, music, food, and beautiful scenery makes this a great weekend getaway. Don't forget to make a trip to The Ravine State Gardens to see the Azaleas in there full glory.
  • Blue Crab Festival, [14] The Blue Crab Festival kicks off every year during Memorial Day Weekend. Located Downtown on the riverfront, the festival features live music, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and of course blue crabs.

Sports and Outdoors[edit]

  • Palatka Municipal Golf Course, (386) 329-0141, [15] Try your swing out at a world class golf course. Designed by Donald J. Ross, ASGCA, [16] the course, situated alongside the Ravine Gardens State Park, is a wonderful mix of beautiful scenery coupled with challenging game play. Ross was considered one of the most influential golf course designers in the history of the sport and It is easy to tell why by this unique course.
  • River Adventures, Toll free: 1-866-OUR-BOAT, [17] Taking a trip down the scenic St. Johns River? Whether you are looking for a day cruise or a 7 day excursion River Adventures offers houseboat rentals to meet your needs.
  • Ocklawaha Canoe Outpost and Resort, Toll free: 1-866-236-4606 [18] With a unique variety of lakes, rivers, creeks, springs and wetlands the Palatka area is a canoeing and kayaking paradise. Ocklawaha Canoe Outpost and Resort offers cabin, canoe, and kayak rentals. Lake Ocklawaha is located southwest of the city off of SR 19.
  • Skydive Palatka, Toll free: 1-800-243-6481 [19]
  • Ravine Gardens State Park [20]

Buy[edit][add listing]

Downtown Palatka
  • Downtown Palatka, Downtown and Historic Lemon Street offer a variety of specialty shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Accentuated by parks and public spaces this pedestrian friendly area is a perfect place to spend an afternoon.
  • Lemon Street Market, EVERY SATURDAY 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • SR 19 commercial corridor, State Road 19 is the big box retail corridor. Here you will find Publix, Winn Dixie, Wal-mart, and Kmart. The Palatka Mall and movie theater are also located in this area.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Dairy Queen Store, 822 Saint Johns Ave. Tel.: +1 386 325-2677
  • Little Caesars Pizza, 901 S State Road 19. Tel.: +1 386 328-6200
  • Subway Sandwiches & Salads, 151 Town and Country Dr. Tel.: +1 386 328-0008
  • Subway Sandwiches & Salads, 201 Reid St. Tel.: +1 386 325-5154
  • Quiznos Subs, 111 S State Road 19. Tel.: +1 386 329-9003

Mid-range[edit]

  • Beef O'Brady's Family Sportspub, 161 Town and Country Dr. Tel.: +1 386 325-2525
  • Big Belly Burgers, 2502 Reid St. Tel.: +1 386 326-4300
  • Big D's Smoke House, 637 N Highway 17. Tel.: +1 386 328-6881
  • Chili's Grill & Bar, 1004 S State Road 19. Tel.: +1 386 328-4646
  • China 1, 624 S State Road 19. Tel.: +1 386 312-0886
  • China Buffet Restaurant, 1701 Reid St. Tel.: +1 386 325-6388
  • China Wok, 2509 Crill Ave. Suite 500. Tel.: +1 386 325-7001
  • CP Deli & Sub Shop, 3707 Crill Ave. Tel.: +1 386 328-1199
  • Cypress Point Store, 904 Saint Johns Ave. Tel.: +1 386 326-3842
  • Golden Corral Restaurant, 501 N State Road 19. Tel.: +1 386 328-4040
  • House of Chung Chinese Restaurant, Highway 17. Tel.: +1 386 649-4935
  • Huddle House, 3909 Crill Ave. Tel.: +1 386 325-2558
  • Hunan Chinese Restaurant, 164 S Highway 17 E. Tel.: +1 386 328-0222
  • JB Wings & Things, 816 Saint Johns Ave. Tel.: +1 386 325-0044
  • Jerry's Drive-In, 2318 Crill Ave. Tel.: +1 386 325-5912
  • Kemps Bar B Que, 1318 Reid St. Tel.: +1 386 325-3339
  • King Buffet, 321 N State Road 19. Tel.: +1 386 325-5555
  • La Hacienda III Mexican Restaurant, 2508 Crill Ave. Tel.: +1 386 325-1855
  • Lemon Street Station, 309 Saint Johns Ave. Tel.: +1 386 325-8624
  • Lori's, 2401 Crill Ave. Tel.: +1 386 328-9769
  • Master Wok, 850 S Moody Rd. Tel.: +1 386 328-9191
  • Port Cove Restaurant & Lounge, Highway 309. Tel.: +1 386 467-9848
  • Sam's Sandwich Shop, 882 Westriver Rd. Tel.: +1 386 326-1164
  • Sonny's Real Pit Bar-BQ, 425 N State Road 19. Tel.: +1 386 328-4655
  • Steamboat Landing, 201 N 1st St. Tel.: +1 386 328-5500
  • Tex Mex Express, 409 Saint Johns Ave. Tel.: +1 386 312-1030

Local Favorites[edit]

  • Angel's Dining Car, 209 Reid St. Tel.: +1 386 325-3927
  • Niko's Pizza, 804 S State Road 19. Tel.: +1 386 328-8559
  • Corky Bell's Seafood at Gator Landing, 185 South Highway 17. Tel.: +1 386 329-9300
  • San Mateo Seafood ,480 S Highway 17. Tel.: +1 386 325-1871
  • City Cafe, 318 Saint Johns Ave. Tel.: +1 386 329-8400
  • Pizzaboyz, 919 St Johns Ave. Tel.: +1 386 325-9977

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Corky Bell's Seafood at Gator Landing, 185 South Highway 17. Tel.: +1 386 329-9300
  • Steamboat Landing, 201 N 1st St. Tel.: +1 386 328-5500
  • High Level Lounge & Package,‎ 3821 Reid Street. Tel.: +1 386 328-7131
  • Spurs Bar & Grill‎, 111 South 10th Street, Tel.: +1 386 329-9919‎
  • Downtown Blues, 714 Saint Johns Avenue, Tel.: +1 386 325-5454‎

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hotels[edit]

  • William Penn Motel, 100 Federal St. Tel.: +1 386 328-1587
  • Telestar Motel, 299 N Highway 17. Tel.: +1 386 328-1936
  • River Crest Motel, 295 S US Highway 17. Tel.: +1 386 328-1551
  • St Johns Motel, 329 S US Highway 17. Tel.: +1 386 325-2278
  • Siesta Motel, 283 S US Highway 17. Tel.: +1 386 325-3235
  • Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront, 201 North 1st Street. Tel.: +1 386 328-3481.
  • Best Western Inn of Palatka, 119 S Highway 17 E. Tel.: +1 386 325-7800
  • Moorings At Crystal Cove, 133 Crystal Cove Dr. Tel.: +1 386 325-1055
  • Sleep Inn & Suites, 3805 Reid Street. Tel.: +1 386 325-8889
  • Budget Inn, 100 Moseley Ave. Tel.: +1 386 328-1533
  • Holiday inn Express and Suites, 3813 Reid St, +1-386-325-2500.  edit

Bed and Breakfast[edit]

  • Azalea House Bed and Breakfast, 220 Madison St. Tel.: +1 386 325-4547

Campgrounds and RV Parks[edit]

  • Economy Inn & RV Park, 257 N Highway 17. Tel.: +1 386 325-2455
  • St Johns Campgrounds‎, 436 S US Highway 17. Tel.: +1 386 328-4470

Get out[edit]

  • Florida Trail, [21] is a National Scenic Trail more than 1,500 miles across the state of Florida. The Palatka area portion of the trail is renown for its wetland and forest environments.
  • Etoniah Creek State Forest, [22] The forest is home to a variety of wildlife and is part of a wildlife corridor that offers the black bear a vast roaming area, a necessity for their existence. Other types of wildlife which are commonly found on the forest include: white-tailed deer, bobcat, fox squirrel, wild turkey, eastern diamondback rattlesnake and great horned owl
  • Welaka State Forest, [23] is located along the east bank of the beautiful and historic St. Johns River. The Division of Forestry maintains the integrity of the natural systems while allowing limited outdoor recreation use and environmental education, especially in the areas of forestry, botany, soils and wildlife ecology. In 1935, under the Federal Resettlement Administration, the United States government started the Welaka Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Project. The Welaka property was later transferred to the University of Florida as a Florida Conservation Reserve for the study of forestry and outdoor wildlife, projects started in the 1940's are still being managed today. Welaka State Forest was acquired for management by the Florida Division of Forestry in 1992 through a transfer of lease from the University of Florida.
  • Rice Creek Conservation Area, [24] Rice Creek Swamp covers approximately 70 percent of the property. Together with Palmetto Branch, Oldtown Branch and Hickory Branch — which are all just west of the conservation area — the swamp forms the headwaters of Rice Creek, a large tributary of the St. Johns River. The area was an indigo and rice plantation during the 18th century, and most of the uplands were managed as commercial pine plantations before District ownership. The site has a variety of natural communities, including floodplain swamp, flatwoods, dome swamp, floodplain forest and upland mixed forest. The area is also a key parcel for connecting Etoniah State Forest to the Cross Florida Greenway.
  • Ocala National Forest, [25] is located in North Central Florida between the Ocklawaha and St. Johns Rivers. Encompassing approximately 383,000 acres, it is the southernmost forest in the continental United States and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest. Despite its high, dry, central scrub ridges, the Ocala National Forest is rich in water resources with more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs


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