LOXAHATCHEE KAYAKING – GET YOUR STUDENT OUT THERE BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS!
Aug. 10 is the first day back to school, so get out there and enjoy a bicycle, boating or paddling adventure with your student before they hit the books.
JUPITER OUTDOOR CENTER offers pedaling and paddling adventures at Riverbend Park. And we are open 365 days a year. Online reservations are recommended. Make them anytime for Loxahatchee kayaking and other outdoor fun.
See you soon!
(Photos/Video: Bill DiPaolo)
Before your student heads back into the classroom, take them out for a floating adventure under the shade of glistening green cypress trees. Listen to the music of tropical birds, smell the sweet water lillies, feel the cool water — it’s only a few paddles away while you are Loxahatchee kayaking.
Rent a canoe, kayak or bicycle and spend a few hours nurturing with nature in Riverbend Park.
The 10-mile ride brings you past drop-dead gorgeous homes with vegetation that looks like the landscaper used tweezers for upkeep. Some of the about 300 houses have names like “Paradise Found” and “Tranquility” written on the mailboxes.
When you get to Hobe Sound Martin County Beach Park, you’re in for a treat: Here comes the air-conditioned part of the ride.
Luscious and overgrown and cool, dozens of thick banyan trees lean over and link arms to shade Bridge Road as it heads west. Cross over the glittering Intracoastal Waterway, and there’s several great restaurants on the left hand side.
Get your student away from those video games and check out the hiking, bicycling, kayaking Loxahatchee, canoeing, camping and stargazing on and around Riverbend Park.
Your student won’t have any problems if the teacher asks for an essay on summer activities. Not only is Riverbend a fountain of outdoor Loxahatchee kayaking fun, the park is the spoke of the wheel to connect with other parks.
Riverbend Park connects to the Ocean to Trail system, which is inside the footprint of the Northeast Everglades Natural Area program. NENA is about 165,000 protected acres — about 260 square miles — in northern Palm Beach and southern Martin counties.
The trails connect to the Loxahatchee Slough, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hungryland Slough, J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area and into the DuPuis Management Area, ending with the connection of Lake Okeechobee.
There are 22 miles of hiking trails, including a segment of the Ocean to Lake Trail, and an equestrian campground with access to 40 miles of horseback riding trails. Other Loxahatchee kayaking activities include fishing from the partially covered pier, hiking along the Cypress boardwalk, picnicking and family camping.
Who is “that Trapper Nelson guy?”
Give your student hands-on knowledge when you take a tour to Nelson’s former zoo and refuge. Experience the solitude and majesty of the river and discover how the Wild Man of the Loxahatchee lived and thrived for over 3 decades.
Paddling just past Trapper Nelson’s interpretive site you will meet up with our mother ship and motor back to The Jupiter Inlet while experiencing the unique transition from the wilderness of a freshwater cypress swamp with alligators to an urban saltwater coastal estuary with manatees.
Filled with exotic and wild animals, Trapper Nelson’s zoo was a popular tourist spot in the 1940s and 1950s, visited by local and national celebrities. Because of this, he became known locally as “Tarzan of the Loxahatchee.”
Bring water and yourselves for a wonderful sunset tour where there is almost a body on the water and when the temperature is finally cooling down. More bugs may be expected, but we do offer free bug spray.