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THINGS TO DO IN JUPITER – 7 OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

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Photo

Everybody’s a great photographer when you are in the vibrant, colorful Riverbend Park.

Bright white swamp lillies, radiant butterflies, wild turkeys, playful otters, graceful herons and big-eyed deer are a few of the fun subjects out there.

And don’t forget the sunsets and sunrises — those Pepto Bismol skies are a knockout!

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Hiking

Expert, novice or just plain curious — There are trails for everyone inside and connecting to Riverbend Park.

There’s about 10 miles of interconnected broad walkways of compacted limestone.

Signage and kiosks make it nearly impossible to get lost.

 

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Kayaking/canoeing/bicycling

Just off Indiantown Road in Jupiter is beautiful Riverbend Park, a shady respite of wilderness along the Wild & Scenic Loxahatchee River.

Paddle out onto the Lox, and you’ll quickly understand why the Seminoles called it the “River of Turtles,” as you’ll see many of the reptiles warming themselves on the cypress logs and along the shore.

Gravel, shady trails make for easy bicycle riding along the miles of scenic pathways for riders.

Ask the expert guides at JUPITER OUTDOOR CENTER about guided tours such as Pedal & Paddle. JOC is open 365 days a year.

 

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Snorkeling

Under bridges, off shore reefs, mangrove islands — there’s all kinds of easy-access places to seek out underwater sealife.

Just a short paddle from Sawfish Bay Park in Jupiter is Cato’s bridge, a favorite for Jupiter locals to spot tropical fish. The kiddie pool at DuBois Park is fun for kids. Launch your stand-up paddle board from Coral Cove Park.

Keep your eyes peeled for manatees and sea turtles in the ice-clear waters of Jupiter Inlet waterways, and pelicans, egrets and herons in the sky.

 

Camping

Camping

Sleeping under the stars, birds playing background music, campfire glowing — it’s hard to believe you are still near Jupiter!

There’s lots of campgrounds in the Northeast Everglades Natural Area connecting to Riverbend Park — whether you in a recreational vehicle, seeking a cabin or are roughing it in a tent.

Preparation is the key to have fun camping. Here’s some tips for safe camping.

 

Birding

 

Birding

Binoculars or not, birding is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors at Riverbend Park.

Herons, egrets and nesting anhingas are common along the Wild & Scenic Loxahatchee River. In winter, so are many waterfowl and shorebirds.

You might have to plug your ears if you bump into a couple sand hill cranes doing their mating dance. Peacocks, turkeys, eagles, hawks, pelicans — they are all out there.

 

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Horseback riding

Saddlin’ up may not be your first thought when you think of north Palm Beach County — but equestrian activities here are BIG!

Long and short distance trails at Riverbend Park connect community parks, trails and equine public arenas.  Trails open every day at sunrise and guests must be off all trails one hour prior to sunset.  There’s plenty of equestrian vehicle and trailer parking.

A thank you goes out to Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management and Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation, who maintain these magnificent trails.

Call the local leader in Outdoor Adventure — CALL 561-747-0063 or go to Jupiter Outdoor Center at jupiteroutdoorcenter.com
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