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Labor day weekend events activities in jupiter florida palm beach county

Labor Day Weekend

With Labor Day Weekend around the corner, many may be looking for some fun activities to celebrate their hard work!! Here are some of the local ways you can spend your holiday weekend:

Friday, September 1st-

  • Parents Night Out at the South Florida Science Center: From 6 to 10 p.m., children ages 4 to 12 are invited to the center for a visit to the reptile lab where they will learn all about alligators and other reptiles, participate in a turtle shell craft, and explore the center and its popular current exhbit, “Eww! What’s Eating You?”. Cost is $30 per child, and each additional child is $15. For information, call 561-832-2026. The museum is at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach.
  • Kids Free Labor Day Weekend at The Palm Beach Zoo: (Sep. 1st-4th, 2017) To celebrate all of South Florida’s hard-working parents, Palm Beach Zoo brings back the hugely popular Kids Free Labor Day Weekend!  Kids under 13 years of age get free admission with a paid, regular-price, adult admission. Under 3 admission is always free.
  • LightSUP Paddle Tour at Singer Island Outdoor Center: From 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., SIOC invites you to join us for an experience unlike any other.  Outfitted with special Nocqua light systems, you will spend this 60-90 minute guided tour paddling at the surface while peering into the illuminated, crystal clear water below. Cost is $40 per person. For more information, call 561-460-3048. The center is located at 900 E Blue Heron Blvd, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
  • Friends of the Loxahatchee River Lecture Series:  Join the River Center Friday at 12:00 p.m in welcoming Dr. Angela Tringali from the Archbold Biological Station for her presentation. Her topic will cover a discussion of Scrub Jay personality and their unique social behaviors. Prior to the lecture a light lunch will be served. For more information or to RSVP, call (561) 743-7123.

Saturday, September 2nd-

  • Super Hero Night: Come join us dressed in your favorite Super Hero attire and spend some time with your favorite Hero while the Palm Beach Cardinals play the St. Lucie Mets. Game Time: 5:30pm. The first 500 kids will recieve a FREE super hero cape!
  • Live Music: Jahzilla at Das Biergarten: at 8:00 p.m., Jahzilla will be performing at the Das Biergarten in Abacoa at 203 Town Center Dr, Ste 116, Jupiter, FL.
  • Riverbend Park Naturalist Walk: Join us for a guided trail walk to explore the park. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and learn about the plant and animal communities and the history of Riverbend. Bring your sun block and water. Good walking shoes recommended. Meet at the Parks and Recreation trailer at 8:00 AM.
  • Hike Through History at The Jupiter Lighthouse: The hike departs at 8:30 a.m from the flag pole at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum and ends around 10:30. Program is open to adults and children-minimum age 5, ages 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult that is at least 18 years old. Hiker’s footwear, active wear, a hat, and a full water bottle or canteen should be carried. Admission is free but space is limited-RSVP required.

Sunday, September 3rd-

  • Jupiter Carlin Park Seabreeze Amphitheater:  “UV” in Concert ( A “U2” Tribute band) what many critics are referring to as U2 fans choice band.  Authentic sound and look to one of the best bands on the planet.  Begins at 8:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and or blanket. Picnic baskets welcome.  Pets on leashes welcome.  FREE ADMISSION!  
  • Green & Artisan Market: Begining at 10:00 a.m. , stroll along the waterfront at Harborside Place on Sunday Sept. 3rd. Free Admission.
  • Best Boat Bar Tour: Hang out with the KVJ Show crew, Kevin and Virginia, as they will be leading the Best Boat Bar Tour of north county waterfront bars. The tour will start at Tommy Bahamas in Harbourside Place in Jupiter, Florida and head to Guanabana’s around 2:00 p.m. and then wraps up at Waterway Café in Palm Beach Gardens around 4:00 p.m. For more information about WMRF’s KVJ Boat Tour for Labor Day Weekend, visit www.WMRF.com.
  • Brunch with a Brush!: For just $30, you can join Uptown Art for painting and brunch catered by Too Jays! Brunch will begin being served at 11:30 am and we will begin painting at 12:00pm. This class will be held in our new studio at 1695 Indiantown Road Suite 12-14, Jupiter FL 33458.

Monday, September 4th LABOR DAY!!-

  • Uptown Art $10 Wine Glass Painting at Seasons 52: Once you are given initial instructions, the instructors will walk around to help you create your own glass. You are welcome to bring your own ideas, and we will help you create a beautiful glass! Don’t worry though, we will show you plenty of ideas. Each guest will receive one glass that can be baked at home and used. Please sign up for the number of glasses you would like to paint. You must register online at uptownart.com/west-palm-beach-fl http://www.seasons52.com/
  • Sea Turtles & Manatees Labor Day Eco Tour: Our daily, 90 minute, Sea Turtles & Manatees Eco Tour seeks out sea turtle and manatee sightings, and explores the local mangrove-lined waterways of the lower Loxahatchee River and Indian River Lagoon. Our guides will show you to the best places in town for viewing sea turtles and manatees in their natural habitat. To book, visit us at http://www.jupiteroutdoorcenter.com/tours-classes/our-tours/mangroves-and-manatees-tour/ or call 561-747-0063.
  • Turtle Time: Choose between 3, 1 hour time slots and our staff will show you over to the popular Turtle Cove just seconds away from the Love st. Beach. This is a self guided tour but our staff will point you in the right direction. Turtle Times are at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 a.m http://www.jupiteroutdoorcenter.com/turtle-time/
  • Twilight Yoga at the Light: Experience the serenity of Yoga with Mary Veal, Kula Yoga Shala, on the Lighthouse Deck at Sunset!  Bring a yoga mat and a flashlight. Meet at the Museum 10 minutes prior to start time, class is weather dependent-please check website for updates and future start times. Offered by donation. For more info, visit http://www.jupiterlighthouse.org/ 
Turtle Time at Jupiter Outdoor Center

The Time of My Life

High tide is when the moon pushes water from the ocean in towards shore. This influx of water rushes into jetty’s and channels along the coasts, causing many fish and other wildlife to come in towards the shore. High tide is the best time to fish, snorkel, and kayak for the most clarity and sightings. This is why at Jupiter Outdoor Center, Turtle Time focuses on directing guests to the best local spot for viewing turtles in the wild. Right near our location is the cove where the Turtles swim up for air and graze on the sea grass beds below. Before we began our adventure, JOC showed us the basics of “turtle etiquette” to ensure that we knew not to touch or approach any wild sea creatures. My first time going was the absolute best time of my life as i had never swam so close to a Sea Turtle before. We paddled against the current first which was quite a workout, but when we arrived, it was well worth it. We were able to clearly see below the surface in our new Crystal Kayaks. These transparent bottom kayaks provide up to 20 feet of visibility for a combination of kayaking and snorkeling. Fish and a Spotted Eagle Ray swam right under us and we were able to see them with full clarity. As we drifted up towards the cove, at least 4 sea turtles poked their heads out of the water. We parked the boats up near shore and got our snorkel masks out for a closer look.  As we were putting drops on our lenses, a juvenile sea turtle rushed by our feet and disappeared into the distance. I had never seen a turtle move so quickly in my life! The water was very warm and crystal clear as we began our snorkel around the cove. For the first 20 minutes, we didn’t see any more turtles and started to get a bit discouraged. Then, out of no where, two huge adult sea turtles swam in my direction together. I turned on my GoPro and waited quietly so they were not frightened. They swam up almost within arms reach and began drifting slowly along my path. After they disappeared, I set my camera up on the sea floor to see if we could get a close up of the next one feeding. Sure enough, another beautiful turtle came right up to me and swam right in front of my camera, grazing on the grass in front of it. After that, the Turtles were too abundant to count and we swam with them continuously for about an hour and took as many photos and videos as possible. We only had two masks, so I gave my snorkel gear to my cousin to try and started towards the shore. When the water reached my waist, i came up on what looked like a large cloud of sand in the water floating towards me. I didn’t think anything of it until all of a sudden, a little gray face popped its head up for air! At that moment i realized that i was standing next to a giant manatee the size of my Kayak! It startled me so much that i jumped, but when i realized what i was seeing, the moment became magical. I had never seen animals in the wild that close up and for a manatee to swim right up to me, was something i could have never imagined. He swam around us for about 20 minutes until he made his way out into the channel. After that we saw at least 10 more sea turtles swimming under and around us hanging out, waiting to go up on the beach. Dusk was setting in and on our way back to shore, we looked back how our experience was way more than we expected. Many people will never see a turtle in their lifetime and who would have thought we would see over 15 in one day. It is truly a blessing to live in such an amazing place with such a vast array of ecosystems and wildlife to explore. Turtle Time will be the time of your life as it was for my friends and I.

JOC is also pleased to announce a collaboration  with Dr. Larry Woods of The  National Save the Sea Turtles Foundation to assist in collecting research on these beautiful creatures.

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Fullerton Island Jupiter Florida

Fullerton Island: Jupiter’s Hidden Gem

Once proposed for luxury properties, Fullerton Island was 12 acres of prime Jupiter real estate ready to be sold to the highest bidder. Fullerton Island is a piece of land right off Jupiter’s Sawfish Bay Park that remained vacant for many years over legal disputes. Before 2013, the island was infested with invasive species and required a major make over to dispose of the non-native plants like Australian Pines and Brazilian Pepper Trees. Fullerton Islands history begins in the 1920’s when the School District of Palm Beach County gave a selection of unsurveyed land to local attorney, B.F Hampton. In that selection, 2 spoil islands would be available to him, one of them being Fullerton Island. In lieu of legal fees, Hampton would choose Fullerton as his compensation. In the 1950’s, Hampton gifted the island to his grandson, Richard Fullerton as inheritance. The Island was named after Hampton’s grandson and until the 1990’s, it would remain practically untouched. As Jupiter began inhabiting more and more people between the 80’s and 90’s, Fullerton Island was noticed by local real estate as being a prime location for luxury homes on the water. Michelle Alexander, a Jupiter developer, proposed to buy the property for 2.2 million dollars but was intercepted by the Town of Jupiter stating that the land was designated for conservation and not for residential development. Alexander then filed a suit with the Town of Jupiter for refusing the permit which would last over a decade until the court favored the town and her contract with the Fullerton family was voided. In 2003, the island was bought by engineer Herb Kahlert and Ed Oliver for 2.6 million dollars and once again proposed for luxury residential homes, going against the islands conservation zoning designation. After much backlash from residents and the town, the two withdrew the plan for development. In 2008, the island was finally purchased by the Town of Jupiter for 2.9 million dollars in an effort to turn the island into a conservation land and increase eco-tourism in the area. Clearing of land, dredging, removing exotic plants, building docks and planting mangroves and other native plants would begin in 2013 with a hefty price tag of 3 million dollars. Backhoes were used to dig 3 foot deep channels meandering through the island, only deep enough for kayaks, paddle boards, and maybe a small skiff. This would make the island fully accessible from both sides by small watercraft. The 55,000 cubic yards of sand collected from the island would be hauled down to Lake Worth near Bryant Park to be reused for the construction of the Snook Islands preserve project. Mangroves and other native species were added to the island to create a flourishing environment for local sea and land creatures. The added foliage would create a perfect habitat for many different species of native birds, making it the perfect place for any ornithologist. Fish and other species to see at Fullerton Island include Florida manatees, Rays, Porpoise, Snook, Snapper, Sheepshead, and Mullet as well as birds like Blue Heron and Spoonbills. The island is now a thriving estuary promoting conservation as well as eco-friendly tourism in the Jupiter and has influenced locals, visitors, and businesses to utilize the hidden jewel. Jupiter Outdoor Center is proud to be the committed adoptive parents of Fullerton Island through Palm Beach County’s Adopt a Park Program.

http://discover.pbcgov.org/parks/General/Adopt-A-Park.aspx

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The Manatees Return to Jupiter – Daily Manatee Tours Offer a Unique Experience

Jupiter, FL–The Jupiter Outdoor Center, 1116 Love Street, Jupiter, FL 33477, hosts guided tours of the Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve, where visitors can explore the ecology of the mangrove lined waterways, and search for the magnificent manatees that abound in our waters during this time of year.

“Early sailors and explorers thought that these creatures were mermaids upon first encountering them, but giving our guests a chance to paddle with them up close can really give us all an idea how much rum those early sailors must have been drinking! Although they are majestic animals, they are a far cry from a beautiful swimming goddess of the sea. They are an important part of our local ecology, an endangered species, and a close encounter with a manatee is something not soon forgotten.” – Ryan Sullivan, Director of Operations for the Jupiter Outdoor Center

Did you know? The “sea cow” is a common term for manatees and other dugongs. This name likely comes from the fact that manatees are herbivores (plant-eaters), as are cows, and often graze on sea grasses and other plants found in the shallow warm waters, usually 3 to 7 feet deep. Manatees are found in both salt and fresh water. Along the coast, manatees tend to travel in water that is 10-16 feet deep, and they are rarely seen in areas over 20 feet deep.

Much like their beloved snowbird human counterparts, November through March, manatees are concentrated primarily in Florida. Manatees don’t thrive in very cold water, and being warm blooded mammals, gather near warm water sources such as natural springs and shallow mangrove estuaries. Individual manatees often return to the same wintering areas year after year. In the summer months when warmer waters extend further north, manatees are much more widely distributed and can be found as far west as Alabama and Louisiana and as far north as Virginia and the Carolinas.

You can be an eye witness to this migration by registering for one of the Jupiter Outdoor Center’s daily Mangroves and Manatees Eco Tours that depart right from their private launch beach at 1116 Love Street directly across the inlet from the Jupiter Lighthouse. Upon entering the crystal blue waterways, the only thing separating you from the manatees is your kayak or paddleboard. The Jupiter Outdoor Center guides will take you throughout the mangrove-laden estuaries and aquatic preserves in search of these gentle giants, giving tips and pointers on good paddling technique along the way. The tours are good for all ages, and kids truly light up when they catch a glimpse of a manatee in the wild, so get the whole family involved and go explore! You can contact the Jupiter Outdoor Center at 561-747-0063 or visit www.jupiteroutdoorcenter.com to book your reservation.

About the Jupiter Outdoor Center:
Founded in 1997, the Jupiter Outdoor Center provides quality outdoor adventures and a place to rent kayaks, paddleboards, and embark on guided eco-tours. Located at 1116 Love Street, Jupiter FL 33477, with its beach located directly across the waterway from the Jupiter Lighthouse, the Jupiter Outdoor Center is the perfect spot to launch a kayak, take a Stand Up Paddleboarding Lesson, enjoy a guided tour and even send your kids to adventure camp.