Jupiter is a town of Florida’s southeastern coast. On a hilltop overlooking the Loxahatchee River, the red 1860 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse gives panoramic views. The site also has a saved pioneer-era homestead and a museum devoted to local history, housed in a WWII U.S. Navy building. Nearby Jupiter Beach meets the Atlantic Ocean. Running on the beachfront, Carlin Park has playgrounds and tennis courts. When it gets to family-friendly holiday destinations, Florida tops of the list. Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Cape Canaveral the Florida Keys. All popular selections. There’s a much more to the state than those top traveler destinations. Florida’s filled with magic gems— sleepy beach and fishing towns that are broadly undiscovered. Jupiter, the northernmost town in Palm Beach County, is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. Here are my eight typical things to do in Jupiter FL.
Best things to do in Jupiter
Jupiter’s iconic red lighthouse has overseen boaters since 1860! For a birds-eye look of the area, kids 48” and higher can climb the 105 steps. Daily guided trips have given at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There lots of information in the waterfront History Museum discovered in the adjacent and restored WWII Naval housing quarters building.
Curious about the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Excited to learn further about Florida’s wildlife and eco-system? This refuge and nature center for Florida wildlife has kid-friendly trails in woods & wetlands. Most importantly, call or review their website to make sure and schedule your visit around one of their daily free “Animal Encounters.” Your children can have a wild adventure learning about and petting skunks, snakes, petting skunks, and more.
Another more fun thing to do in Jupiter? Stop by this baseball stadium in nearby Abacoa, called after Roger Houston Dean, an aquatic officer in World War II, and one of first Ford mega-car sellers in the USA. Catching a game here with a sports-loving child is sure to be a home run. The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals play here during spring practice. The remainder of the year, it’s the only arena in the country home to four minor league baseball teams.
Allow Go Florida Shuttle to take you to and from Jupiter. One of the best affordable ground transportation services in Florida state.
Jupiter Beach Resort and Spa is the single oceanfront hotel in Jupiter. It makes it the excellent option for families. Besides lovely beaches, the resort has lots of fabulous things to do. There’s a fun pool where fountains spray water and a lofty waterfall hot tub overlooking the ocean. Their oceanfront eatery, Sinclairs, specializes in seafood, with an excellent selection of locally caught fish. A pool table and tv lounge are nearby to Sinclair’s Lounge. You can easily keep an eye on your children while having a date night cocktail, drinking in the ocean scenes. If you are watching for more things to do? There are basketball and tennis court with complimentary facilities. Families with tweens and teens will also enjoy the brand new complimentary adult size beach boats. When Mom requires a timeout, there’s a world-class spa or take a nap in one of their hammocks.
Finally, Jupiter visit is incomplete without eating on one of the waterways. The Jupiter Inlet is a heart for waterfront dining. Many restaurants line the watercourse with scenes of the lighthouse. While there are lots of options, we went with the latest addition to Jupiter’s dining scene, 1000 North. Especially suitable for sports-loving children, it partially owned by basketball legend Michael Jordan, who has a home in Jupiter. A new steak and fish restaurant with aspects of the marina and lighthouse, it’s an attractive spot for a date night or Sunday brunch with the entire family. The chef provides a Florida twist to classics like lobster tail and crab cake benedicts, and shrimp & grits. Since children might not be as adventurous, they can enjoy the regular eggs and bacon or yogurt and fruit. For a real Florida experience, eat on the outdoor patio.