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THINGS TO DO IN JUPITER — KAYAK & ECO-TOURISM

7/21/2022

Things To Do in Jupiter

Kayaking, bicycling, diving, exploring history, tropical birds, manatees and sea turtles — here’s a fun bucket list of eco-tourism things to do in Jupiter adventures.

 

SNORKELING

At Cato’s Bridge — a favorite snorkeling spot for locals  — spotting manatees, stingrays, seahorse families, and schools of squid, snook and dozens of other sea life is easy in the clear water.

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At Carlin Park, divers don’t have to go far offshore to find a reef full of blue angels, butterfly fish, rays and grunts. Don’t be surprised if you see a pod of dolphin.

Children will enjoy snorkeling at the children’s swimming area at DuBois Park. The small lagoon — we call it “The Kiddie Lagoon” — overlooking Jupiter Inlet is only a couple feet deep, great for kids to grab a net and hunt for fish. There are grills and picnic tables, if you want to spend the day. Lifeguards are on patrol.

Calm waters and lots of tropical fish make Coral Cove Park a local things to do in Jupiter favorite. The 15-acre beach, just south of Jupiter Island, is lifeguard protected and has a large picnic area with grills and tables.

 

HISTORY

The beam from the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse began to sweep the horizon in 1860. Climb the 105 steps and your reward is a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and Loxahatchee River on your things to do in Jupiter adventure.

Walk the trails and enjoy the historical buildings, such as the Tindall Pioneer Homestead, the oldest house in Jupiter.

Check out the Lighthouse Keeper’s Museum and learn what it was like to be a family living in the wilderness with no direct communication to the outside world — except from passing ships.

Artifacts from the earliest residents along the Jupiter Inlet dating back 5,000 years have been unearthed by archeologists in the mounds and middens around the lighthouse.

 

HIKING

Wildness, beauty, history and adventure await visitors at Riverbend Park. Walk along the miles of hiking trails along the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River, visit the Farmstead, and picnic in the shade under a Seminole chickee.

It’s a wetland wonderland at the nearby Pine Glades Natural Area.  Colorful wading birds including roseate spoonbill, great blue heron and white ibis are common visitors. The 6,600-acre park is a favorite for nature photographers.

Look for gopher tortoise, American redstart, little blue heron, yellow-crowned night-heron, osprey, and bald eagle at the Limestone Creek Natural Area. Enjoy the 150-foot fishing pier, an observation platform, a hiking trail from the fishing pier on your things to do in Jupiter tour.

 

 

BICYCLING

a bicycle parked on the side of the road

Up close and personal views of deer, otters, birds, butterflies and more are the highlights when you pedal on the wide-open trails along the Loxahatchee River at Riverbend Park.

Jupiter Outdoor Center offers single, tandem, kids and more bicycles for rent. The trails are mostly shaded the crushed-shell surface makes easy pedaling. Ask about guided things to do in Jupiter tours.

LOVE STREET OUTDOOR CENTER offers 90-minute bicycle tours along the historic, beautiful Jupiter waterfront. Find out about shipwrecks, pioneer families, the Celestial Railroad and the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse as you pedal on wide-bicycle paths along the turquoise Atlantic Ocean.

How about a little all-terrain biking?

Club Scrub has regular bicycling activities at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

 

GET ON THE WATER

a small boat in a body of water

After five minutes paddling your kayak on the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River, you’ll forget you are in Jupiter at Jupiter Outdoor Center. There’s lots of shade under the towering cypress trees, and several places to stop along your adventure.

Stand-up paddle boarding more your style?

Float your way on the sparkling clear waters around the Jupiter Inlet. Wide-winged blue herons, graceful sea turtles and maybe a meandering manatee could be your companions as you cruise past the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and under Cato’s Bridge.

Guided tours, full moon tours, mangrove tours – just ask. All are available at JUPITER OUTDOOR CENTER.

JUPITER OUTDOOR CENTER is open 365 days a year at Riverbend Park for things to do in Jupiter tours.

a bird that is standing in the grass next to a body of water

 

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