The nearest major city is Jyväskylä. Petäjävesi is on the Haapamäki-Jyväskylä railway line, and also accessible by Matkahuolto buses.
Public transport is limited to a twice-daily bus, so it's best to bring your own wheels.
- Old Church of Petäjävesi (Petäjäveden vanha kirkko) . Open June-August only, unless prior reservations are made at least two days earlier (tel. 040-582 2461).
- Karikkoselkä. A meteor impact crater, now a perfectly spherical lake.
There are several holiday cottages and farms offering lodging in the vicinity.