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Palatka Municipal Airport

Lt. Jasper Kennedy "Kay" Larkin Field (28J)

Less than 20 miles from the beaches!

Nestled on the immediate horizon of the beautiful and famous American Heritage St. Johns River, sits your next destination!

Points of Interest

Why Palatka and Putnam County?

Looking to the East

Explore the REAL Florida. See our natural and undisturbed beauty AND visit the historical points of interest for yourself!

Putnam County is home to an American Heritage River; one of the few rivers that flow north: The Beautiful and Historic St. Johns River! We are proud to be known as the "Bass Capital of the World."

Bridge

Palatka Memorial Bridge
& Riverfront


Fishing

Bassin' in Putnam County,
"The River City"


Fishing

Fishing

Cross Florida

The B.A.S.S. and Bass Masters and ESPN organizations run tournaments here as well as the River City Tournament Trail and the annual Wolfson Childrens Hospital Bass Tournament, and the NFL sanctioned Super Bowl Bass Tournament.

Ocklawaha River

The Ocklawaha River


Rodman Resevoir

Rodman Resevoir


Kirpatrick Dam

Kirpatrick Dam


Canal

Buckman Locks
& the Cross
Florida Barge
Canal


The riverbanks of Putnam County are peppered with camps, resorts, marinas and guides to help you catch the "big one". And we do grow em big around here. Be it a trophy wall-hangin 10 pound large mouth bass, or a 3 pound "speck", or our famous monster cats, your "big one" is lurking just around the next river bend.

Visit the spring fed Ocklawaha River and canoe its basins. Visit our famous Rodman Reservoir and Kirpatrick Dam. Visit the Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Buckman Locks. Just across the Locks marks the head of the equestrian and hiking Cross Florida St. Johns Loop Trail. Stroll through Mud Springs Trail which transverses several ecosystems to a natural clear artesian spring. The Great Florida Birding Trail. And, of course, the Great Florida National Trail winding its way through our beautiful forests and woodlands.

Speaking of forests you must visit the Ocala National Forest, the Etoniah Creek State Forest, the Welaka State Forest, the Welaka National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, the Dunns Creek State Park and Wildlife Management Area, the Murphy Creek State Park, the Ravine State Gardens in full bloom is a plethora of beauty to behold, the Lake George Wildlife Management Area, the Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area, and the Cracker Swamp Preserve.

All in Putnam County

We would be remiss if we failed to mention that our woodlands, swamplands, forests, rivers, and wildlife management areas are home to the Florida Alligator, Florida's White Tail Deer, the Osceola Wild Turkey, Florida's native Black Bear, our native Black Piney Wood Rootin Wild Hog, the Russian Red Wild Hog, numerous migratory and resident game birds, and non-game birds, including our National Bald Eagle, a variety of water fowl, our coyotes and bobcats, other fur bearers and small game, and of course the West Indian Manatee, and of course the Florida Panther.

The wilds and waterways of Putnam County will provide the ultimate Florida outdoor experience.

Bronson House

The Historical Bronson House


Country Club

The Country Club


Mug Race

Mug Race

The Mug Race


Mug Race

Blue Crab Festival

The Blue Crab Festival

Historical District

South Side Historical District


Houseboat

Rent me and ride the river!




Stadium in Jacksonville

Take a tour of our riverfront Historical Homes built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Visit our historical Train and Bus Depot from the same period. Visit the Bronson- Mulholland House & Historical Museum.

Rent a houseboat or cruiser and run the river. Take a ride on Palatkas RiverBoat. Or cross the river on the Fort Gates Ferry.

Visit Putnam County's sacred Indian Burial Mounds.

Relax in our Country Club or play 18 holes, par 70 on Palatka Municipal Golf Course, one of Florida;s oldest design courses, an original by Donald Ross.

Expand your horizons by pursuing a higher education at one of Florida's top accredited collegiate schools: the St. John's River Community College, the Florida School of the Arts, St. Leos College, and the First Coast Technical Institute.

If you are a race fan, Putnam County Speedway is where the big boys "do it in the dirt."

But race fans, dont stop there - be a spectator of our annual Mug Race. This spectacular 38.5 nautical miles river race of yachts and sail boats begins at the Palatka Memorial Bridge and ends in Jacksonville, drawing participants and spectators nationwide. And no visit to Palatka would be complete without taking in our string of festivals. We throw a party for just about everything but are particularly known for our Azalea Festival and Catfish Festival, both in the spring; and the huge Blue Crab Festival always on Memorial Weekend. Keep in mind we are just an hour or less away from the beaches of Florida, the University of Florida Gators, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the home of the 2005 Super Bowl, and the Daytona Beach International Super Speedway.

We have a little bit of everything!

For more information visit the following points of contact:

Putnam County Chamber of Commerce & Tourist Development Council

(386) 328-1503 or www.putnamcountychamber.org

City of Palatka

(386) 329-0100 or www.palatka-fl.gov

Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission

www.floridaconservation.org

Florida Division of Forestry

www.fl-dof.org

Cracker Swamp Game Preserve

 

Georgetown Marina Fish Camp, Lodge, Charters & Guide Service

www.georgetownmarina.com

Georgia Boys Fish Camp

www.georgiaboysfishcamp.com

River Adventures & Boat Rentals

www.riveradventuresinc.com

Putnam County Speedway

www.putnamcountywpeedway.com

Putnam County Blue Crab Festival

www.bluecrabfestival.com

The Mug Race on the St. John's River

www.rudderclub.com

Ravine State Gardens

www.floridastateparks.org/ravinegardens

The Beautiful and Historic American Heritage St. John's River

 

American Heritage Rivers

 

Putnam County Accommodations and Camping

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

www.jaguars.com

DAYTONA International Super Speedway

www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Visit Florida U.S.A. Today!

www.myflorida.com or www.visitflorida.com

Accommodations

Let it be known we are also famous for our hospitality!

The Moorings at Crystal Cove

A beautiful riverfront hotel possessing a fabulous restaurant. Diners will enjoy the view of Florida's sun setting over the St. Johns river, and take in the view of the many boats moored at the marina and the trickle of traffic on the river itself as boaters head back to their points of origin.

247 Crystal Cove Dr. in Palatka, FL
(386) 325-1055

Quality Inn & Suites of Palatka
(formally the Holiday Inn River Front)

Enjoy the traditions of a riverfront inn experience in downtown Palatka at the foot of our Memorial Bridge. Enter the LAVA LOUNGE with live entertainment and the outback river deck. Guests will enjoy the fine restaurant and coming soon - Popis Seafood Grille.

201 North 1st St. in Palatka, FL
(386) 328-3481

Best Western Inn of Palatka

The latest addition to local accommodations located at the foot of the bridge in East Palatka. Guests will get a breath taking look at the St. Johns river as they travel across the Palatka Memorial Bridge to enjoy their stay at this east bank location.

119 US Highway 17 South in East Palatka, FL
(386) 325-7800
www.bestwestern.com

Try Our Palatka Restaurants

Angels Dining Car
Florida's Oldest Diner!

Tasty food of an old-fashioned diner. The locals would recommend the one-pound cheeseburger all the way with fried mushrooms on the side and an old-fashioned chocolate ice cream shake.

Downtown Palatka, FL
(386) 325-3927

Mussel Whites Seafood and Grill

Homestyle fixins of steaks, chicken, & chops; plus veggies and seafood any way you want it. Well worth the trip just over the bridge to east Palatka.

(386) 326-9111

Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub

You want wings? They guarantee a plate of hot wings that you can't eat or its free. Wall to wall TV screens for your sports viewing pleasure. We recommend the Brady Blue Cheese Burger and a beer - and don't dare leave without trying the jalapeno poppers. Just east of the Airport on our Rwy 27 approach.

(386) 325-2525

Chili's Grill & Bar

(386) 328-4646

Coming soon!

Need Transportation?

Beck Rental Cars
(Formerly Budget)

(386) 328-6435

Enterprise Rental Cars

(386) 329-8999

Beep Beep Taxi

(386) 336-7349

Yellow Cab

(386) 326-0900

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