This small coastal city ranked #2 on the list for the best South Florida Town as voted upon by WPBF’s Viewers. (Delray Beach came in #1 – There is always next year, Jupiter!). So, what makes this quaint seaside town such a popular area for the locals? Because there is so much to do!
Loggerhead Marine Life Center
Have you ever seen a loggerhead turtle up close and personal? It’s truly a majestic experience and, at the Loggerhead Marine Life Center, there are variety of loggerhead turtles on display. Most of the turtles are being rehabilitated and then released, so there are new turtles added frequently and they range in age from hatch-lings to full grown adults. While visiting the center, you can also take a stroll through the aquariums, gift shop, and peek into the hospital where they do all the magic. This is a great place to bring the kids and a fun place to learn about marine life. As an added bonus, the facility is located along the beach. So, simply walk across to finish the day under the sun. Maybe you’ll see a loggerhead turtle in it’s natural environment or, if you’re lucky, you’ll come across a hatching sea turtle nest!
This is a great spectacle! If you catch this preserve at the right tide time, you’ll be able to view an amazing natural presentation of Jupiter’s ocean. In addition to the limestone rocks along the beach, the preserve also features nature trails, tide pools, and a lovely tour through mangroves.
The park is usually open from 9:00am to 4:30pm every day, except major holidays. If you plan to visit, be sure to visit their website or call ahead (561) 744-6668 to check their operating hours.
Daily beach access: $2 adults, $1 members, children 12 and under are free. Annual beach pass $35. Group pass (up to 6) $65.
If you’re up for some Kayaking, Paddleboarding, or a personal tour on the water – Jupiter Outdoor Center is your place. Known for its colorful Tiki located along Love St in Jupiter, FL, this center is one of the major locations for all your water activities. From “Yoga boarding” to Manatee tours to Sunset/Stargazing Tour – you’re covered at Jupiter Outdoor Center! Book a tour now!
Fish, view, or relax at the Jupiter Inlet. Many locals come here to watch the big sports fishing boats head out in to the Atlantic to their deep sea adventure. Others cast some bait over the jetty and hope to hook a big one! Then, there are those that lay out their beach towel and soak up the Florida sun. Either way, the Jupiter Inlet is the perfect place to enjoy all of what Florida is about – boats, sun, and fishing! As an added bonus, across the intracoastal from standing at the inlet, you’ll see Jupiter Inlet Colony. This residential neighborhood is home to Kid Rock and is also where Olivia Newton-John just listed her home!
This is listed after Jupiter Inlet because it’s right next door! This lagoon style beach area is an awesome place to bring the little ones. There are no wakes and the water is crystal clear. At low tide, you can walk all the way back in the mangroves and try to find some sea creatures. At high tide, it’s a great place to paddle board! In addition, you can also set up at one of the picnic tables for barbecues, parties, or birthdays!
You can’t visit Jupiter and miss out on climbing up Jupiter Lighthouse! Not only is the view from the top priceless, but you will learn a lot about the history of Jupiter Lighthouse and even some information about our natural vegetation along the trail to the Lighthouse.
The lighthouse also hosts a fully packed calendar of events from children’s book readings to yoga classes to concerts. Be sure to check our their calendar of events to see what’s coming up!
Okay, so we cheated on this last one. Guanabanas isn’t necessarily an “attraction” per see, but it definitely a restaurant you don’t want to skip when you’re visiting Jupiter, Florida. This place captures the relaxing, easy going, tropical essence that South Florida is known for. Plus, it has great food, concerts, and a set up to die for. Don’t take our word for it, check it out in the pictures below. If this doesn’t make you want to book the next fight to Florida, we don’t know what will!