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Jupiter, Florida is a small town located on the south Atlantic coast of Florida. The town is a wonderful beachside destination known for its beautiful outdoor spaces, beaches, and nature. Jupiter, one of the smallest towns in Palm Beach County, often gets overlooked. But I can assure you there are many things to do in Jupiter, Florida. If you are planning to visit South Florida, don’t forget this hidden gem! Below are our top ten things to do in Jupiter.
1: Get face-to-face with a shark with Jupiter Scuba Diving
If you know me, you know that I love just about any ocean activity. One of my favorite activities is scuba diving. There is something so calming about effortlessly floating in silence with beautiful sea life swimming around you. If you didn’t know, Jupiter is the closest town in the United States to the Gulf Stream. This is important because it maintains the water temperature at ~78°F year-round, ensuring that you have crystal-clear visibility, and also providing some of the most abundant sea life in the world.
One of my favorite dive spots is the Aeolus located in Morehead City, North Carolina. The wreck is covered with Sand Tiger Sharks, and there is absolutely no better thrill than shark diving. Due to this, I had to get down to Jupiter for Lemon Shark season. I had the opportunity to do a few dives with Jupiter Scuba Diving aboard the Kyalami, and it was a great experience. We only saw a few sharks, but our drift dives were full of sea life and a great way to check out the underwater world of Jupiter!
Numerous aquatic animals migrate to and through Jupiter each year. From sea turtles in the spring to Goliath Grouper in the summer and Lemon Sharks in the winter, every season is dive season.
If you are a diver or interested in becoming one, definitely check out Jupiter Scuba Diving, they are a class act!
2: Wander the Blowing Rocks Preserve
Blowing Rocks Preserve is a quick ten minute drive away from “downtown” Jupiter. Blowing Rocks will blow your mind (sorry, I had to). In all seriousness though, the preserve is beautiful!. Back in 1969, 73 acres was donated to the Nature Conservancy. Due to conservation efforts, life on the barrier island is flourishing!
The small fee is more than worth it. The preserve boasts numerous activities from walking trails, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, photography, and educational exhibits. One of the most popular things to do, during high tide and big swells, is watching the waves crash on the limestone cliffs. It is not uncommon for water to shoot over 20 feet high with estimates of water going as high as 50 feet on the gnarly days.
The preserve is also a great place to check out during low-tide. You can wander below the limestone cliffs and in and out of sea caves. The aquamarine color of the water mixed with the Anastasia limestone leaves Blowing Rocks Preserve as one of the most beautiful places in South Florida. For additional information and FAQ’s, check out the Nature Conservancy website.
3: Climb to the top of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse was built in 1860 for a whopping $60,000. That doesn’t sound like much, but that is approximately $1,853,450 today! The lighthouse sits atop a sand dune in the Jupiter Inlet, and the light can be seen from 25 nautical miles away (that’s 29 normal miles and 46 kilometers)! If you’ve spent any time at all in Jupiter, you’ve seen the beautiful coral colored lighthouse. But did you know you could climb to the top of it?
I highly suggest climbing the winding 105 steps to the top of the oldest structure in Palm Beach County. The views of the inlet and surrounding area are more than worth the fee. FYI, if you don’t like heights or tight spaces, this might not be the excursion for you. Click here for additional information and FAQ’s before you visit.
4: Watch a stunning sunset in Dubois Park
Dubois Park has just about anything you need to have a great outdoor day with your family! The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. You can snorkel and swim from the protected beaches, float around in the protected lagoon, play on the playground, launch your kayak, canoe, or paddleboard from the boat ramp, grill and have a picnic, and make some incredible memories.
One of my favorite memories at Dubois Park is watching the sunset. The park has numerous good sunset locations but my favorite is near the lagoon. From there, you can watch the sun sink down behind the palm trees lighting up the water, while watching the light of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse begin to swirl around.
5: Enjoy the nightlife and live music at Rosemary Square
After checking out the sunset at Dubois Park, enjoy the nightlife at Rosemary Square. Alright, so Rosemary Square isn’t technically in Jupiter, but it is close enough. Located about 20 miles from Jupiter, Rosemary Square is the go-to entertainment and lifestyle center in West Palm Beach. Rosemary Square, formerly called CityPlace, is home to over 60 shops and restaurants.
What I love so much about Rosemary Square is that its outdoor space perfectly blends shopping, dining and entertainment. The location has an emphasis on pedestrians, and it is nice to be able to walk around and admire the landscaping and beautiful Mediterranean buildings without cars zipping by you. Also, in the outdoor amphitheater, I have heard some very impressive live music. A guy covered Justin Bieber so well I thought it was J-Biebs himself.
The square is also home to the Water Pavilion! The Water Pavilion was designed by Berlin-based Jeppe Hein and is basically a water maze. Check it out for yourself, and find yourself in a room with walls of water.
If you find yourself craving some fine dining, shopping, or entertainment, Rosemary Square can’t be missed!
6: Get up close and personal with animals at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
If you didn’t get your animal fix while scuba diving and are begging for more encounters, then you would be remiss if you didn’t visit the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary! The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is the #1 thing to do in Jupiter, Florida according to TripAdvisor!
“The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is a location dedicated to the protection and conservation of Florida’s wildlife and natural resources.”
This is done in two ways; through medical treatment and rehabilitation of injured animals at their wildlife hospital and sanctuary, and through educational community outreach programs.
The sanctuary does everything they can to rehab and release the animals. Some, however, are injured too badly or unable to be reintroduced to the wild. These animals are kept on property. They have a great number of animals from bald eagles and bears, to alligators and snakes, bobcats and panthers. While wandering along the nature trails and admiring the animals, they have many volunteers eager to answer your questions. They may even let you or your little ones get up close and personal with various animals during wildlife encounters.
The sanctuary has a pretty awesome gift shop with some incredibly creative gift ideas. They have “Paintings for a Cause”, with artwork painted by the animals themselves. Also, whoever designs their t-shirts is hilarious! All of the proceeds go towards the sanctuary. Check out the shop here!
7: Go deep sea fishing with Black Dog Fishing Charters
As mentioned above, Jupiter is one of the closest cities to the Gulf Stream. This is beneficial for scuba diving, but also beneficial for deep sea fishing. You can expect some great action all year long! Catch anything from Mahi Mahi, Snapper, Amberjack, Kingfish, King Mackerel, Cobia and more! When it comes to deep sea fishing in Jupiter, look no further than Black Dog Fishing Charters!
Black Dog Fishing Charters has been one of the premiere fishing charters in Jupiter for over 10 years! Black Dog is owned and operated by Bill Taylor, a marine biologist that has spent over 20 years above and below the water. He is incredibly knowledgeable and will ensure that you have a safe and informative experience out on the water. Nothing is better than spending a morning out at sea and coming back home with fresh fish!
8: Explore Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Jonathan Dickinson State Park is the largest state park in Southeast Florida, and its 11,500 acres are just waiting to be explored! The park consists of 16 distinct natural communities making it a very unique destination. The “Wild and Scenic” Loxahatchee River also winds its way through the park. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you will absolutely love the park. It offers a variety of activities including kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing, biking, hiking, horseback riding, educational activities, tours and more!
If you don’t have your own, or don’t feel like bringing your own mode of exploration, the park’s concession offers various rentals. See below!
The park’s nature isn’t the only thing to be enjoyed, it is also home to some interesting Florida history! Take a tour of Trapper Nelson’s 1930’s homestead, learn about a top-secret military installation, and hear the story about the shipwrecked Jonathan Dickinson, for whom the park was named after.
If you feel overwhelmed and don’t think you can explore the whole park in one day, that’s fine because the park offers campsites! It is recommended that you book in advance. If you are interested in booking a campsite, click here.
9: Learn about turtles at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
If you have read our post about Jekyll Island, you know that I love turtles and you should too! If you are visiting Jupiter, a trip to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is one of the best things to do. The center is located in neighboring Juno Beach just a few miles from Jupiter.
“The Loggerhead Marinelife Center is one of Florida’s most visited nonprofit scientific destinations focused on ocean and sea turtle conservation.”
As you wander through the center, you will learn all about the rehabilitation of these adorable creatures. Each “turtle tank” has the turtle’s name, its complete story, and its on-going care listed. It’s hard not to fall in love! Like the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, there are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable volunteers that can answer any questions you may have and ensure you leave a turtle expert.
If you have children that love animals and nature, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a must visit! Also, if you are lucky, you could witness turtle history if the staff releases a patient back into the wild. What a remarkable experience!
10: Surf some waves at the Jupiter Inlet or the Juno Beach Pier
You know me. If there are surfable waves nearby, it would be a sin if I didn’t mention them! If you are a shredder interested in visiting Jupiter, know that there are rideable waves *almost* all year long. Your best bets are either the Jupiter Inlet or the Juno Beach Pier. The Jupiter Inlet: when it’s on, it’s on, and offers one of the best “big waves” around. But, the Juno Beach Pier offers a more consistent rideable experience.
If you are new to surfing or interested in taking a lesson, check out the Aloha Surfing School! If you are looking to just snag a rental and paddle out yourself, check out Blueline Surf and Paddle Co.
Alright, there you have it, our top ten things to do in Jupiter, Florida! Jupiter is an absolutely beautiful year-round destination just waiting for you to visit. I hope you found this post helpful, and you enjoy your time in sunny Jupiter. Keep us posted in the comments.