THINGS TO DO IN JUPITER – A 6-PACK OF WATER ADVENTURE TOURS
Birds, butterflies, deer, otters, native flowers and an occasional ‘gator are part of your pedaling adventure along the Loxahatchee River at Riverbend Park.
Beach cruisers with fat tires almost five inches wide are for rent from Jupiter Outdoor Center on the more than a dozen miles on the crushed stone trails. Shade trees provide cool for much of the ride.
Then trade in your bike for a kayak and prepare for a watery tour featuring wildlife, history and more with JOC’s expert tour guides.
Don’t forget your backpack with a hat, bug spray, binoculars, sun protection and sun glasses. Covered pavilions are along the trails if you want to bring your lunch.
Kids bikes, three-wheelers, kids bikes, bikes with baby baskets — JOC has them all.
STAND-UP PADDLING ON WITH MANATEES AND SEA TURTLES ON JUPITER INLET WATERWAYS
Have watery blast on JOC’s kayaks, paddle boards, tours & more with our mobile service.
We deliver kayaks or stand up paddle boards to Sawfish Bay Park and other locations around the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
Take a tour or a lesson. Find a manatee or your own beach. Enjoy the best of Jupiter!
Reservation required. Minimum group of 2.
Our daily 90-minute tour seeks out sea turtle and manatee sightings and explores the local mangrove-lined waterways of the lower Loxahatchee River and Indian River Lagoon. One-person kayak, two-person-kayak, or paddle board – the choice is yours.
We float on ice-clear Jupiter Inlet waters by the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, to Sawfish Bay which holds two beautiful mangrove islands perfect for bird watching.
Or take our adventure to the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most bio-diverse estuaries in the United States.
All skill levels and ages welcome, your guide will give you basic paddle and safety instruction!
Join us on a two-hour tour and paddle the Intracoastal Waterway and Jupiter Inlet as the sun sets and the end of the day is marked with a kaleidoscope of colors and wildlife.
Paddle and spot wildlife as the sunsets with spectacular views!
Catch a glimpse of the Jupiter Lighthouse turning its light on, and test your amateur astronomy skills with some naked-eye stargazing as the stars emerge and welcome the night.
Meandering downstream along from Riverbend Park toward the Atlantic Ocean is how we start.
A few minutes later, you and your group won’t believe you are still in Jupiter.
The round-trip paddle lasts approximately two hours.
Expert JOC guides will point out dozens of native plants, birds and animals as you float under the shade of beautiful cypress tree canopies.
Anyone adventurous enough to take the Trapper Nelson Challenge with JUPITER OUTDOOR CENTER guides is following – make that paddling – in the path of one of Jupiter’s most famous and mysterious residents.
Your six-hour voyage on the Loxahatchee River at Riverbend Park to Jonathan Dickinson State Park with JOC guides relives the weekly trip for supplies taken by the Legend of the Loxahatchee in the early 1930s. You’ll nose through ribbon-like channels, some just six feet wide. Snook, deer, great blue herons and ‘gators are regular visitors.
You’ll pass orchids, cypress knees and Spanish Moss as you paddle to the swamp-surrounded homestead Trapper set up when he was just 23. Skinning ‘gators, selling furs, trapping animals, running a zoo and growing citrus kept the blue-eyed New Jersey native busy for 35 years.
They marveled at Trapper’s Tarzan-like physique. They brought their friends to gawk at how Trapper hunted wildlife. They went home and told their friends how Trapper cooked his bounty on an outdoor fire to survive.
“I can still see Trapper at the boathouse where they sold bait. After all that rowing, he’d polish off a box of Hershey bars and wash it all down with a quart of milk,” remembers Jupiter pioneer Roy Rood.
The dream lived by Trapper – his real name was Vince Natuliewicz — ended in July, 1968.
A friend found the body of the Legend of Loxahatchee outdoors in a picnic pavilion. There was a shotgun wound in his left chest. Trapper was 59.
What happened, and who did it, remains a Jupiter mystery.
Contact the local leader in Outdoor Adventure — Call 561-747-0063 or go to Jupiter Outdoor Center at jupiteroutdoorcenter.com