Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront
201 N. 1st Street
Palatka, FL 32177-3703
Phone: (386) 328-3481
Fax: (386) 329-9907
201 N. 1st Street, Palatka, FL, US, 32177-3703
- Phone: (386) 328-3481
- Fax: (386) 329-9907
Arts & Museums
Dedicated to preserving and interpreting Florida's agricultural past, this 300 acre outdoor living history educational park includes Native American settlements, Spanish era missions of the 1600s, British plantations, open range cracker cattle ranching of the 1800s, and more modern agricultural farming displays.
This offbeat gallery, housed, as the name implies, in a former garage contains many works of art, predominantly from local artists, that range from the pop-y to the classical. Much of the work is in a tropical or desert kind of meme, with dominant bright colors and earth tones to provide balance. However, something can be found here to suit any taste and style, and it's definitely wort a visit for any collector on a jaunt to St Augustine.
The Rembrandtz Art Gallery has become something of a catch-all for art, souvenirs, and gifts in downtown St. Augustine. Consistently voted one of the best businesses in the city for gifts and artwork, Rembrandtz occupies a unique niche between showcase venue for local artists, offbeat souvenir shop and the kind of gift shop guaranteed to put a memorable spin on any occasion.
In keeping with the Spanish-Moorish theme of much of old Saint Augustine, Villa Zorayda is a sumptuously decorated mock-Arabian palace in the middle of a sleepy Florida college town. Inside, the Villa is no less spectacular, and features the geometric decor and vaulted arches typical of the Alhambra or the palaces of old Cordoba. The Villa is now a museum, and features guided tours and a modest gift shop. The building can also be rented for parties and private functions.
The Leitner Museum and the administrative offices of the city of St Augustine are both housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, built in 1887 by railroad magnate and giant of Florida history Henry Flagler as he developed the area for tourism and expansion. The building itself is incredible; built in the style of a moorish palace, its like is rare anywhere in America or the old world. It is a unique warren of towers, arches and long galleries and rewards any stroll through its grounds. The Lightner Museum, housed in the former health club of the hotel, contains numerous artifacts pertaining to local history, like archaeological finds and artworks depicting the city's patron saint, and oddities deemed worthy of interest like taxidermied beasts and shrunken heads. The museum also houses a gift shop and numerous other stores and galleries can be found on the buildings grounds.
Everything is authentic and educational at this museum that features a collection of historical items from the 1500s to the 1900s including unusual guns and swords, shipwreck artifacts, the piano of the tenth President of the United States, John Tyler, and an array of items from the Colonial days, the Indian period, and the Civil War. A large museum store is also on site.
You will be entertained and educated at Early American Weapons & History museum that features an authentic collection of weaponry, spanning centuries and the globe. You will see all types of unusual guns, rifles, pistols, muskets and swords, along with various artifacts dating from the 15th to 19th centuries. There are also 18th century shipwreck artifacts, English colonial and Spanish artifacts, Civil War relics, a large Confederate Army weaponry display and much more.
An entire block of history awaits you at this village museum which contains nine historic houses spanning the period from 1790 to 1910. There are also five exhibit galleries located among the courtyards and grounds, which also includes the site of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation reading, which freed all slaves in Florida.
Inside the coquina shell-and-limestone walls of this old Spanish house, the decor portrays three centuries and three cultures—Spanish,British and American—that have left their mark on the home. On a narrated tour, you'll get a look at the vast differences between present and past. If you are a reader of Eugenia Price's novels, you may find Maria's Room particularly interesting—it was described in her historical novel Maria. The house is easy to find in downtown St Augustine.
Step back to the 19th century at the Lightner Museum in downtown St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, just 30 minutes south of Jacksonville. Beautiful exhibits include fine and decorative arts, unusual home furnishings and Tiffany stained glass. The collections also include Victorian collectibles, costumes and even mechanical musical demonstrations. The museum is in what was once the Alcazar Hotel, an historic landmark dating back to 1887, and features a restaurant, the Café Alcazar, situated in the massive old swimming pool!
The local historical society's research library contains a wealth of information on St Augustine's incredibly rich past. Staffed by friendly and engaged locals, you'll find information to complement and surpass anything provided on standard tours, and perhaps enough to create your own off-the-beaten-path trek. The enthusiasm and attention to detail you'll find here is incomparable, as is the opportunity to glean free information most visitors never get.
The Dow Museum of Historic Houses is a wonderful display and collection of historic houses. What started out as a collection by Kenneth W. Dow grew into an interesting and detailed collection of historic houses from 1790 to 1910. There are nine period houses that take you through 400 years of the city’s life and culture. Originally known as the Old St. Augustine Village, the museum also hosts a number of events like the Festival of Trees and the Halifax Art Festival. Do check the website for the details. In the museum complex there a children’s museum and a planetarium as well, and the museum also organizes activities and classes for architecture and other interests. The museum also has a number of art exhibitions including photography and sculpture. The houses are also available for events like wedding celebrations, anniversaries and more.