Visitors flock to Florida for the warm weather, sunny beaches, tropical breezes and great attractions. And to the delight of those same visitors, they find that and more in Jupiter. Graced with the county’s oldest landmark situated at the junctions of the Indian and Loxahatchee Rivers, aqua blue, ocean tides backdrop the dusty red hue of the 1860 Lighthouse. The colors alone are breathtaking. But if you think it looks great from the ground, just climb the 105 steps to the top to discover the best view in Palm Beach County!
Countless people from around the globe have come to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse to climb its steps and witness its beauty in person. It doesn’t take long to realize there’s more here than meets the eye. Exhibits spanning the grounds tell the tale of an unbelievably rich maritime history. A human hot-spot for thousands of years, the Jupiter Inlet has been a lot of things down through the centuries: ceremonial meeting place for ancient Native Americans, landing for famous Spaniards, site of shipwrecks, early military installations, trading place for Seminoles, a beacon in the wilderness, vacation spot to Presidents and tycoons, and a secret WWII radio station.
Today, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum offers a variety of Lighthouse climbs and tours of the historic grounds including the Tindall Pioneer Homestead, the Oil House and Keeper’s Workshop, Seminole Chickee & Gardens and History Museum.
First lit July 10, 1860, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse with its rare first-order Fresnel lens has become one of the best preserved Lighthouses on the East Coast. Still an active aid-to-navigation, the Lighthouse is open to visitors who wish to climb to the top for an unforgettable view. A window punctuates 4 main compass points on the Lighthouse giving visitors a chance to rest and gaze while climbing up and down.
Visitors who wish to remain below can enjoy the view from the Lighthouse Deck overlooking the inlet underneath an enormous “Florida Banyan” tree or visit the new Keeper’s Workshop exhibit. Tucked inside one of the last remaining buildings from the early Keeper’s period, it features an interactive timeline and a video story told by a young Charlie Pierce.
The Tindall Pioneer Homestead interprets early pioneer life along the Loxahatchee River with the original Tindall House and replica kitchen off a connecting breezeway. Flanked with early crops from the area and a replica fernery, the Homestead gives visitors insight into life on the Southeast Florida Frontier.
A restored historic building, formerly housing US Navy personnel during World War II, now holds the History Museum, admissions & gift shop. The Museum currently exhibits Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee, and includes a video room and glimpses into the areas multi-faceted history from Florida’s early peoples thru World War II.
Newly offered in 2018, Tour Your Way options! Visitors can choose how they will explore the site, either self-guided with a smartphone tour at their own pace or join one of our docent guided tours for a more immersive experience.
President Franklin Pierce signed the order to set aside a 61½ acre site for a Lighthouse in 1854. In May of 2008, President George W. Bush, signed legislation giving the Lighthouse and surrounding 120-acres the national designation of Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) within the National Conservation Lands. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ONA is one of only 3 ONAs in the entire country! The protected lands are celebrated for their sensitive natural habitat, historical, scientific, recreational and archeological importance. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is operated by the nonprofit and managing partner, Loxahatchee River Historical Society.
More To Enjoy
The Lighthouse & Museum also offers regular programs including Sunset and Moonrise Tours, Twilight Yoga at the Light, Story Time & Craft for Kids and Hike Through History. Marine life and boating watching are popular activities for those just wanting to spend some time along the waterfront relaxing in the sun behind the Museum and hiking the nature trails on the site is a favorite with outdoor enthusiasts.
Bring your family to experience this scenic National treasure that is uniquely Jupiter. For more information, visit www.jupiterlighthouse.org.
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