Introduction to Palatka, Florida
Palatka has a very eventful history stretching back to the time when it was a Timucuan nation. The Timucuans perished due to war and disease. Then the area was taken over by the Seminole. In 1763, the control of Florida changed hands from Spain to England and in 1821 it was acquired by the United States. The infusion of Americans led to feelings of hostility among the Seminole, leading to the Second Seminole War in 1833. Eventually the Seminole were driven out of Palatka. The area progressed rapidly through 1847 and was incorporated in 1853.
Palatka and Nearby Attractions
- Bronson-Mulholland House.
- Angel's Dining Car.
- Putnam County Historical Society & Museum.
- Ravine Gardens State Park.
- Palatka Railroad Preservation Society.
Things To Do In Palatka
Palatka is known as "Bass Capital of the World." This is because the St. John’s River, which flows through it, is abundant with many different varieties of bass fish. This makes fishing one of the major activities. Apart from that, people also indulge in sailing, boating, water skiing and swimming. The Florida trail attracts nature lovers who love hiking. There are two excellent golf courses. The city also organizes annual festivals of Azalea and Blue Crab.
Jacksonville International Airport provides general air travel services.
Palatka Higher Education
The city is served by Saint John’s River Community College.