Discover Palm Coast – Find Your Florida
Community: One of Florida’s newest cities (incorporated 1999), Palm Coast is a Florida paradise – situated on 70 miles of saltwater and freshwater canals and the Intracoastal Waterway and just minutes from pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches. Vibrant lifestyle and the natural environment go hand-in-hand here. The City offers a dozen beautiful parks, 125+ miles of connecting trails and paths for walking/bicycling, abundant fishing and boating, a year-round Running Series, and world-class tennis and golf. Lined with historic oaks, towering pines and indigenous vegetation, Palm Coast’s parks and trails showcase the splendid elegance of the native Florida landscape. Bird-watching is popular at St. Joe Walkway and Linear Park, which are designated as Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trails, and visitors can spot dolphins and seabirds as they stroll along the Intracoastal at Waterfront Park. We invite you to Find Your Florida in Palm Coast! Visit www.palmcoastgov.com.
Why Go: Palm Coast is a well-designed, planned community in Northeast Florida offering a variety of attractions, activities and amenities that give visitors and newcomers an “authentic Florida” experience. Palm Coast is the closest I-95 exit to Florida’s beaches, and the area’s gorgeous wide beaches are not overly crowded or developed. The City’s central location makes it perfect for side trips to nearby Marineland, historic St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, Orlando and Jacksonville.
A Little History: Palm Coast is in eastern Flagler County, with a population of about 76,450 and covering an area of approximately 60 square miles. Developed by ITT Corporation, beginning in 1969, the original development included thousands of home sites, paved street and central water and sewer, and an extensive water management system designed to replenish the area’s water table. In 1975, the Flagler County Commission established the Palm Coast Service District, which included almost 40,000 acres. In September 1999, the citizens of Palm Coast voted two-to-one to incorporate with a council/manager form of government, and the City of Palm Coast was officially incorporated December 31, 1999. The five-member City Council is elected at large and serves staggered four-year terms, with one member elected as Mayor.
Insider’s Tip: You can literally bicycle or hike across Palm Coast on the Lehigh Trail. Located on eight miles of abandoned railroad corridor, this trail parallels the Lehigh Canal for much of its length and extends from U.S. north of Bunnell through the Town Center of Palm Coast, through Graham Swamp and ends at Colbert Lane. Ralph Carter Park serves as a trail head on the west end, and Flagler County is currently constructing of a trail head on the east end, on Colbert Lane.
Where to Shop: Shopping is plentiful in Palm Coast, with a Town Center featuring dozens of retail establishments along State Road 100 and many other local and national businesses along several major roadways. Many unique stores can be found at European Village on Palm Harbor Parkway near the Intracoastal Waterway. Department stores include Kohl’s, Belk, Bealls, Target, T.J.Maxx and Ross. Just moments from Central Park in Town Center is the state-of-the-art EPIC Theater.
Where to Eat: Palm Coast is a culturally diverse community, and the large number of fine ethnic restaurants reflects the population. Several unique restaurants, including an Irish pub, two Italian restaurants, sushi restaurant, French restaurant, burrito shop and English tea room, are among the favorites at European Village on Palm Harbor Parkway near the Intracoastal Waterway. Palm Coast has a popular Asian grocery. In addition, both Interstate 95 exits in Palm Coast offer convenient access to popular chain and local restaurants.
Must see/Attractions: We invited visitors and newcomers to “Discover Palm Coast and Find Your Florida” – there’s plenty to do here! Experience the state’s rural past at the Florida Agricultural Museum, where you can tour the farm on a wagon ride and imagine a bygone era at the museum’s pioneer homestead. Enjoy performing arts at the Flagler Auditorium, Flagler Playhouse and City Repertory Theatre, and take in the art at Hollingsworth Gallery and the Flagler County Art League. The big “wows” among the City’s parks include the Bird of Paradise nature preserve, Waterfront Park and its canopy walk along the Intracoastal, and Linear Park, a 57-acre jewel nestled the eastbound and westbound lanes of Palm Coast Parkway. A guide to the parks and trail system can be found at the Chamber of Commerce, City Offices or online at www.palmcoastgov.com/city/trek. Special events include a Seafood Festival (November), Rock N Rib music and BBQ festival (April), a Starlight holiday parade (December), Arbor Day event (May), and an International Food & Wine Festival (Labor Day weekend) that celebrates Palm Coast’s cultural diversity. Regional soccer and lacrosse tournaments are held throughout the year at the Indian Trails Sports Complex. Monthly outdoor movie nights are offered free at Central Park, and European Village is the site of concerts throughout the year.