GREAT FIRST DATES IN JUPITER
5 Things To Do on a First Date at Jupiter Outdoor Center
Full Moon on Jupiter Inlet waterways.
Part the moonbeams glittering on Jupiter Inlet waters as you paddle past the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, alongside spindly-fingered mangrove trees and under Cato’s Bridge.
Jupiter Outdoor Center guides will time the tour so that the moon rises while we are floating on the sparkling clear waters.
The highlight of the trip is when everybody claps when the moon peeks over the horizon.
Paddle the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River.
Conversation comes easy when you take your new friend for a paddling adventure on the Loxahatchee River.
Birds, manatees, ‘gators, turtles, otters, turkeys, butterflies, peacocks, deer – there’s all kinds of conversation starters.
Towering cypress trees make for a shady ride on the Loxahatchee River, red from the tannic acid from the branches that reach 50 feet tall.
And bring a picnic lunch – there’s lots of scenic spots to stop and enjoy the tropical paradise.
Rather pedal than paddle?
Serenity surrounds as you ride a bicycle through miles of wide, crushed-stone paths and over wooden bridges.
You’ll wander through open meadows, cypress swamps and oak hammocks. Tall pine, live oak and banyan trees provide natural shade – and a home for birds, frogs, butterflies and other residents of the river as it meanders to the Atlantic Ocean.
Make your date a double.
Pedal & Paddle is a popular twosome to enjoy both the natural beauty of the wet and dry parts of Riverbend Park.
JOC guides will shove off with you on a kayak or canoe of your choosing. Then, they’ll take you on a tour of the nooks and crannies of the Loxahatchee River.
Next, hop on one of our shiny bicycles – we have singles, tandem and electric – and JOC guides will show you the historic and enticing elegance of the Riverbend Park.
Ask a JOC tour guide for a time and duration of a tour to fit your needs.
We’ll make it happen.
Get your fill of Fullerton Island.
“Jupiter’s little jewel” is a tranquil island where tropical fish, manatees, turtles, birds and more are constantly coming and going. The 12-acre island – no power boats are allowed beyond the entrance — is just a short paddle from Sawfish Bay Park.
Paddle over the seagrass or past the sea oats growing on the banks. Or beach your watercraft and hike through the shady hammocks and under the tall oak trees. There’s a shaded picnic table to sit back and watch nature’s show.
Tongue-tied on your First Date?
Here’s some talking points if you are stuck for words:
* The Loxahatchee River is one of Florida’s two nationally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. The other the Wekiva River in Central Florida.
* The “wild and scenic” part of the Loxahatchee River is the 7.6-mile stretch from Riverbend Park in Jupiter downstream to Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
* Loxahatchee is a a Seminole Indian word meaning “River of Turtles.”
* Fullerton Island was proposed to be a private island with mansions. Instead, the town of Jupiter bought it in 2008 for $2.9 million. The town and county spent $3 million dredging, removing exotic plants, building docks and planting mangroves and other native plants.