A popular stop for travelers coming to the junction of SR 29 and US 27, Palmdale is the home of Fisheating Creek Resort and of Gatorama, one of Florida’s oldest roadside attractions. Palmdale sits equidistant between Moore Haven, Lake Placid, and LaBelle.
Settled in 1901 by the Florida Fruit Farm, Palmdale had a general store and post office along the railroad, which was extended south from Sebring in 1917 to serve local agricultural interests – citrus growers and ranchers. The general store had been restored to its former glory and was opened for business in 2015 but, unfortunately, is no longer in existence as it was tragically destroyed by fire in October 2016.
In Palmdale, you’ll find the popular Fisheating Creek Resort, set in the center of 18,272 acres of wildlife management area on the banks of the 52-mile-long pristine Fisheating Creek. Fisheating Creek Resort offers RV sites and tent camping for those wishing to stay at the site. Activities include hiking, hunting and canoeing. A store for basic needs is on site. Another campground in Palmdale is the Sabal Palm RV Resort and Campground, where campers can enjoy the comfort of a full-service campground with a spacious bathhouse, laundry facilities and a paddock for horses while being nestled amidst beautiful wooded acres.
Opened in 1957, Gatorama is a must-stop for travelers headed through Palmdale. Step back into time to when roadside attractions were king in Florida and visit one of the largest collections of large alligators and crocodiles in the United States.
Palmdale was also once famously known as the location of Tom Gaskin’s Cypress Knee Museum, another classic roadside attraction which shuttered its doors more than a decade ago.