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ByMike Miller Updated November 19, 2022
Jupiter, Florida things to do, lodging, dining, & real estate at end of article.
Jupiter, Florida is one of the most beautiful towns on Florida's east coast. It has a population of about 62,000 and is situated on an inlet to the Atlantic Ocean.
Jupiter Lighthouse Vintage Postcard
Most people who live in Jupiter would rather not live anyplace else. It's usually voted by travel authorities as one of the best beach towns in Florida.
It is the northernmost town in Palm Beach County and many travelers think of Jupiter as the line of demarcation between heavily urbanized south Florida and the quieter places to the north.
Those Floridians have been known to say "I'll live anywhere in Florida as long as it's north of Jupiter Inlet.
Jupiter Looking East To Inlet and Atlantic Ocean
HISTORY OF JUPITER FLORIDA
The area was first settled by the Hobe tribe of Native Americans whose village was at the mouth of the Loxahatchee River. This river flows into the ocean at Jupiter Inlet.
The tribes's name is memorialized in Hobe Sound, the brackish lagoon that separates the barrier island from the mainland.
Somewhere along the line of history somebody thought the word "Hobe" was spelled "Jobe" and it became further corrupted as "Jove".
Then someone else thought that Jove was the Latin name for Jupiter, one of the ancient gods.
Jupiter was known by the name of Zeus in ancient Greece, but at least that error wasn't made and early settlers stuck with the name Jupiter.
The name is appropriate, because the ancient Romans believed Jupiter to be the god of weather, light, and the sky. The weather in Jupiter is superb.
Just to cap off this story, a nearby town south of the inlet was named Juno after Jupiter's consort.
Jupiter, Juno, and Mars were connected by what became known as Florida'sCelestial Railroad.
Jupiter Island Looking North From Jupiter Inlet
JUPITER FLORIDA TODAY
One of the most memorable things along this coast is the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. It was built in 1860 and is made of brick.
The lighthouse and adjacent museum are open to the public. The view of Jupiter Inlet and Jupiter Island is magnificent.
Some of the wealthiest families in the United States live on Jupiter Island. This barrier island stretches north from Jupiter inlet.
A road along the ocean offers some views of the ocean, but most homesites are heavily landscaped and extremely private.
The community on the north side of the inlet is known asJupiter Inlet Colony. For many years one of it's best known and best loved residents was the singerPerry Como.
He regularly attended church in the nearby town of Tequesta, and died in 2001 at the age of 87.
The mainland around Jupiter is also beautiful, with many upscale golfing and boating communities. There are many fine shops and restaurants to keep you busy for a long time.
Home on Jupiter Island, Florida
More About Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
1500 Captain Armour's Way
Jupiter, Fl 33469
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum has been open to the public since 1972.
Jupiter Inlet Light
The tower was first lit in 1860 and has a wonderful view of Jupiter Inlet, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.
In World War Two the lighthouse property served as a U.S. Navy radio detection station.
The station is credited with providing information that led to the sinking of more than 60 German submarines that had been torpedoing Allied ships along the Atlantic coast in 1943.
WHAT TO DO:
Tours of the lighthouse grounds and museum, including tower climbs, are available to the public.
The lighthouse is on a large property that also includes nature walks and various scenic events such as lighthouse sunset and moonrise tours.
The lighthouse property also serves as a park and community center for the area and has a busy event schedule.
The museum is also open to the public and features many exhibits of Native American and early pioneer culture.
ADMISSION FEES AND HOURS:
Access to the lighthouse is by paid guided tour only and tickets are purchased in the museum.
The lighthouse and museum are open to the public on the following schedule:
May-December.Open Tuesday - Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.
Closed Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
January-April. Open 7 days a week 10 am to 5 pm.
Closed New Year's Day and Easter
Admission Fees: Adults $12.00 (Veterans and Seniors $10), Children (6-18) $6.00
Admission is freefor children 5 and under and for active U.S. Military and their families (with I.D.)
More information about the lighthouse and its various events is atJupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.
Palm Trees Along Jupiter Beach
There are many other interesting things to do in Jupiter. It is well known for fishing as there are many lakes and waterways perfect for anglers of all levels.
Celebrities are also fond of the Jupiter area, too, such asMichael JordanandCeline Dion, who both have mansions nestled along the Intracoastal on Jupiter Island.
Passport to Jupiter
Because of how popular Jupiter is, you might come into some higher prices and gas prices. To help save money on your travel, theJupiter Passportis available to visitors.
Similar to a City Pass in larger cities, you can grab this at the Jupiter Community Center or Town Hall lobbies, and visit all the listed locations on the list!
THINGS TO DO IN JUPITER FOR KIDS
The Palm Beach Zoois a great place to visit with your family, as well asLion Country Safari. If you have kids who love trains, then make a stop at theJupiter Train Stationfor a ride on the scenic train!
Kids at Palm Beach Zoo
For a day out on the water, take your family to venture onto theIndian River Lagoonfor kayaking, paddle boarding or fishing. You can also find boat and jet ski rentals here!
If you're looking for things to do with the family, check outCarlin Park.
This park offers a little bit of everything, including a playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, and a skate park. The beach is also located here if you're looking for some sand and sun.
Biker at Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Jupiter is also nearJonathan Dickinson State Parkwith hiking and biking trails, campsites, and camping cabins. There are many beautiful nature trails and wildlife viewing areas.
Families can also visit theCarouselat downtownAbacoa Town Center, where kids can ride on brightly colored horses and elephants.
There's also a playground, splash pad, and miniature golf course for visitors to enjoy.
This shopping and dining complex offers something for everyone, including the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, ice cream shops, and several restaurants.
Head over to theJupiter Riverwalkwith the kids, where they can play in the interactive fountain or explore the nature trails.
The Riverwalk also has a playground, a dog park, and plenty of places to sit and relax under the shady oak trees.
One of the oldest homes in Palm Beach County is theDuBois Pioneer Home, located inDuBois Park. The home is open and available fortours free of charge.
It’s also worth noting that Jupiter has severaldog-friendly beach areas. View all the beach areas for your dog.
If you're looking for things to do in Jupiter that are a little more low-key, there's always the option of taking a walk or bike ride throughRiverbend Park.
It winds through downtownJupiter and is perfect for visitors to enjoy the playgrounds, fishing pier, kayaking, canoeing, and boat ramps.
If you're looking to get out on the open water, head over toJupiter Beach Marinawhere you can rent kayaks, areas to paddle board, pontoon boats, and more.
The marina also has a fishing pier, a tiki bar, and several restaurants.
Loggerhead Marine Life Centeris a great place to learn about sea turtles and other marine life, like the Florida Marlins. The center has interactive exhibits, touch tanks, and more.
It's open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 5:30pm and Sunday from noon to 5:30pm.
If you plan your trip between March 1 - October 31, you'll be visiting during thesea turtle nesting season.
You may see many nests along the beaches, but take care not to bother them!
In fact, it's thoughtful for the sea turtles to knock over any sandcastles you made before leaving the beach.
You can take a day trip over toJuno Beachor explore some of the wildlife refuges and nature preserves in the area.
TheLoxahatchee National Wildlife Refugeis a great place to see alligators, deer, and bald eagles in their natural habitats.
Busch Wildlife Sanctuaryis a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned wild animals, and they offer guided tours throughout the day.
If you're really lucky, you may even see a manatee swimming in one of the waterways!
You'll find a number of places to stay in Jupiter. One of the places worth mentioning is theWyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place.
This waterfront resort offers luxurious rooms and suites, as well as a spa, several restaurants, and a private beach club.
If you're looking for something more affordable, theHampton Inn Jupiter-I-95is a great option. It's located close to all the things to do in Jupiter and offers comfortable rooms and free breakfast.
TheBest Western Intracoastal Innis also a good option, with rooms overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.
And for those who want a little bit of everything, theJupiter Beach Resort & Spaoffers guests access to its private beach, three swimming pools, two hot tubs, a fitness center, and more. There's also a golf course on-site for those who want to hit the links.
ALL ABOUT JUPITER, FLORIDA
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