THINGS TO DO IN JUPITER – 5 WAYS TO DOUBLE UP YOUR OUTDOOR FUN
Sea turtles, deep diving, elegant reptiles that waddle to shore to lay their eggs, have a home at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach.
Known world-wide, Loggerhead’s veterinarians provide care for turtles injured by fish hooks, nets and boats. The sea turtles recuperate in salt-water tanks. The release of recovered sea turtles on the beach is a popular event where hundreds of locals cheer as the recovered sea turtle swims back home.
Sea turtle fact: Most sea turtles nest at night—Kemp’s ridleys turtles are the only sea turtles that routinely nest during the day.
After your turtle lesson, take a paddle on the clear waters of the Jupiter Inlet Waterways. You’re likely to see many turtles like the ones at Loggerhead.
Begin your twin adventure with a walk in the Jupiter Ridge Natural Area, a 271-acre area of protected land at 1800 South U.S. Highway 1.
Habitats include Florida scrub, depression marsh, tidal swamp, and flatwoods.
Next, check out the watery part of north Palm Beach County.
You have lots of choices along the Wild & Scenic Loxahatchee River and the waterways of the Jupiter Inlet. Kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board — take your pick at JUPITER OUTDOOR CENTER.
JOC offers guided tours, as well as moonlight and mangrove tours.
Got your own ideas for a tour, like a birthday or and team-building? Just ask, JOC will make it happen.
Your twin adventure begins with a climb to the top of the 1860-built Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse on beautiful Jupiter Inlet. Once at the top, you have an amazing 360-degree view of the Florida Everglades, Atlantic Ocean, Jupiter Island and the winding Loxahatchee River that feeds into the Jupiter Inlet.
Don’t forget to take a walk around the 120-acre park. Check out the Lighthouse Keepers Museum, Tyndall House and other historic buildings.
Did you know on a clear night you can see the Jupiter Lighthouse light from about 25 miles out at sea?
Your adventure continues with a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddle board trip along those ice-clear Jupiter Inlet waters you were just looking down on.
Expect to see sea turtles, tropical fish, birds, manatees and more as you cruise along the mangrove islands and under Cato’s Bridge, a favorite spot for locals to snorkel.
JUPITER OUTDOOR CENTER will provide your watercraft and meet you at a specific location. Sawfish Bay is a local favorite.
Enjoy a taste of Jupiter history at the DuBois House, built on the Jupiter Inlet by the Carlin family in 1898 before Henry Flagler’s railroad brought civilization to Jupiter.
The DuBois House, closed for the past year, plans to reopen April 6.
Living in a virtual wilderness, all family members worked. They fished for themselves and commercially, raised their own food, had a cow, chickens, and ducks, sold bananas, vegetables, guava jelly, shot intrusive animals for dinner, and more. The children also went to school in Jupiter via a school boat through grade 10. They raised bees, and had up to 600 hives.
Then take off your history hat and grab a paddle. JUPITER OUTDOOR CENTER can meet you with a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board at DuBois Park.
From there you can shove off for an adventure on Jupiter Inlet waterways.
Your twin adventure begins with a bicycle ride through the shady trails of Riverbend Park.
Early mornings are the best time to see deer, wild turkeys, great blue herons and all kinds of wildlife as you pedal along the miles of crushed-shell pathways. There’s lots of shaded gazebos to rest, and easy-to-read maps will show you around.
Next, hop aboard a canoe or kayak or stand-up paddle board for a watery adventure along the Wild & Scenic Loxahatchee River. Skimming under the towering cypress trees — they get up to 50 feet tall — keep your eyes peeled for otters, turtles, ‘gators and more.
Stand-up paddle boarding more your style?
There’s nothing like paddling along the ice-clear waterways of the Jupiter Inlet.
You’ll drift by the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, lush mangrove islands along the Indian River Lagoon, one the most bio-diverse estuary in the United States. All skill levels and ages welcome, your guide will give you basic paddle and safety instruction.
For information, go to JUPITER OUTDOOR CENTER.
Contact the local leader in Outdoor Adventure — Call 561-747-0063 or go to Jupiter Outdoor Center at jupiteroutdoorcenter.com