The Town of Jupiter, Florida is an enchanting beachfront village evoking feelings of nostalgia from an era I wasn’t even alive for.
It’s an odd thing. But yet, the 19th century lighthouse, the wildlife trails, the crystal blue water flowing through the town, and the sightings of untouched nature make it hard not to feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you arrive. And the best part? There’s plenty of things to do in Jupiter to soak it all in.
After living in nearby Fort Lauderdale for the past four years, I made plenty of day trips up to Jupiter. Days spent hiking, scuba diving, kayaking, beaching, exploring history, and indulging in some food and drink.
It’s one of my favorite places in Florida, and after doing the things on my list of favorite activities, I hope you’ll feel the same!
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21 Best Things to Do in Jupiter, FL
Visit Sea Turtles at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
One of the most family friendly attractions in Jupiter, Florida is visiting the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Kids and adults alike will find fun things to do as they meet sea turtles currently rehabbing from injury and illness, discover Florida’s coastal ecology, and explore the interactive aquarium.
After spending an hour or two in the center, head to the picnic tables out back for a BBQ while the kids play on the playground before spending the rest of your day on the beautiful stretches of Jupiter Beach.
🐢 Jupiter Beach and Sea Turtles: The beaches surrounding Jupiter happen to be the busiest loggerhead sea turtle nesting sites in the world. As such, Palm Beach County makes a concerted effort to protect the endangered species as they visit the town to lay their eggs.
Climb the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
📍 Address: 500 Captain Armours Way, Jupiter, FL 33469 | Phone: 561-747-8380 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 4 pm Wed – Fri, 10 am – 3 pm Sat – Sun, Closed Mon and Tues | Entrance: $12 adults, $6 under 12 – 6, free 5 and under
History buffs will find solace with the wide array of historic sites in Jupiter, Florida. The most gleaming of them is the famous Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.
Built in 1860, the Jupiter lighthouse has been guiding sailors home for over a century while still shining bright today. Down below, visitors will find attractions in the museum highlighting indigenous history, Spanish exploration, and natural Jupiter.
🌴 Looking for more nature? The 120 acres surrounding the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse was designated in 2008 as an Outstanding Natural Area. Visitors can trek along the mangroves near the Loxahatchee River as it meets the open ocean.
Catch a Ball Game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium
The MLB’s spring training season comes around once a year with baseball fans from all over the country flocking to the Sunshine State.
Jupiter’s ballpark, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, is home to the Miami Marlins and St Louis Cardinals during the spring season. Whether you’re a fan of the team or not, catching a game at Roger Dean Stadium is a perfect way to spend time on your spring break vacation!
⚾ Want More Baseball? Check the schedule at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches just down the road. The park is equally as gorgeous and more centrally located in Palm Beach County.
Dive or Snorkel With Sharks
This one is for the truly adventurous but I HAD to include it on my list as it’s one of my favorite things to do in Jupiter, FL. The best part? Anyone can take the plunge!
Sharks tend to stop in the waters off the Jupiter coast as they pass by in the Gulf Stream, a major ocean current. It’s one of the few places in the world where they arrive in such numbers and swimming with them is one of the most adrenaline-inducing activities to do.
Florida Shark Diving has a boat leaving three times a day and is the perfect tour for snorkelers. For advanced scuba divers and thrill seekers, Emerald Charters runs the most intense boat charter in Florida.
🦈 Is it safe to dive with sharks? I blame Steven Spielberg and Jaws for the misconception about sharks. Contrary to popular belief, they are not man eating killers. My favorite stat? You’re more likely to be bitten by a human in NYC than a shark in the entire world.
Visit the Animals at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary has a mission to “Rescue, Rehab, Release, Educate” animals brought into their care. Essentially, the place is a hospital for sick, wild animals and a great spot for kids to explore and learn about different creatures found in the nearby wild.
🏰 Seeking more family fun? Check out our list of best things to do in Orlando for more family-oriented activities in Florida (Disney World included)!
Deep Sea Fishing in the Gulf Stream
The Gulf Stream is the major ocean current running directly past Jupiter, Florida bringing sharks, sea turtles, and plenty of pelagic fish. Mahi, tuna, and kingfish, just to name a few, are often caught during deep sea fishing excursions in Jupiter. Book a private boat or hop aboard a group fishing charter for a chance to reel in the big one!
⛵ Have your own boat? You can launch near the inlet at Burt Reynolds Park located right off the A1A and US1. The park is named in honor of Jupiter native, Burt Reynolds.
Admire the Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve
Jetting from the sandy shores of Jupiter Island is a feature known as anastasia limestone. It’s the only of its kind and it creates a pretty neat feature: blow holes.
As waves crash along the shore, the porous limestone funnels the wave’s energy through a small opening, thus “blowing” the water upwards from the rocks. It’s an awesome place to visit, hike, and spend a few hours learning about Florida’s natural history.
Paddle the Loxahatchee River in Jonathan Dickinson State Park
The largest State Park in Southeast Florida is the best place to do some paddling in Jupiter. Winding through the park is the mighty Loxahatchee River where you’ll spot everything from alligators, river otters, and manatees. Look out above where ospreys and bald eagles swoop into the water to grasp their prey before nesting into the surrounding cypress trees.
🛶 Get a local guide: Paddling with a guide is the best way to enjoy your day along the Loxahatchee River. This highly rated tour pairs you with a local naturalist to make you feel at ease during your outdoor adventure!
Surf a Wave at Jupiter Beach Park
When the weather’s just right, near Jupiter Inlet, you’ll witness a rare sight in South Florida: surfing. Typically, you need to go to beaches in North Florida for that, but not if you’re visiting Jupiter. Most of the surf action occurs at Jupiter Beach Park where locals and visitors alike gather to ride the next swell rolling in!
Hike the Trails Around Hobe Sound
The best hiking trails found in South Florida are in Hobe Sound, just north of Jupiter. The natural scenery is the last of its kind along Florida’s southeastern coast and each trail you hike represents a lost ecosystem.
At the very least, you’ll want to visit one of the three state parks, each with their own style of hiking trail: Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Seabranch Preserve State Park, and Atlantic Ridge Preserve State Park.
Hit the Links at a World Class Golf Course
There’s a reason pro golfers like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Rickie Fowler call Jupiter, FL home – the golfing here is world class.
In total, you can find 16 golf courses in and around Jupiter (and even more if you travel slightly south towards Palm Beach). The best of the bunch include Abacoa Golf Club and Admiral’s Cove but extend to almost any in the area.
Food & Drink
Taste the Tropics at Guanabanas Restaurant
It’s hard to distinguish whether you’re dining on a Caribbean Island or in Jupiter, Florida at Guanabanas Restaurant. With island-inspired cuisine, fresh seafood, and delectable rum drinks surrounded by thick tropical canopy, few places can compare in atmosphere and deliciousness.
Pull up a Chair at the Center Street Nook
For a home-cooked menu, consider pulling up a chair at this all-American diner right in the heart of Jupiter, Florida. The friendly, neighborhood vibe will make you feel at home as you scarf down their delicious breakfast before setting out on a fun beach day.
Grab an Ale at Civil Society Brewing Co.
With two locations, West Palm Beach and Jupiter, Civil Society Brewing Co. is conjuring up Palm Beach County’s best beer. The laid back taphouse specializes in a variety of IPAs but has a wide selection of tastes for everyone’s liking.
Beaches in Jupiter, Florida
Coral Cove Park
Coral Cove Park on Jupiter Island is the perfect hideaway from the busy beach crowds to the south. The park is a continuation of Blowing Rocks Preserve (mentioned earlier) with limestone formations splaying out into the ocean.
Near the parking lot are picnic areas, playgrounds, and bathroom facilities. Overall, the park is excellent for sunbathing, shell collecting, fishing, snorkeling, and swimming.
Resting in the shadow of Jupiter Lighthouse is Dubois Park, one of the most popular parks on Jupiter Beach. Dubois Park is essentially an enclosed lagoon, providing the best swim and snorkel site for kids.
The whole family will enjoy their time splashing around before sitting down for a picnic at one of the many BBQ spots covered by the natural palm tree shade.
Jupiter, FL Dog Beach
If you’re looking for a beach spot to bring your furry best friend, Jupiter Dog Beach is it. Parking is free within Ocean Cay Park where you’ll wander towards the shore for an off-leash experience your good boy/girl will surely enjoy.
Carlin Park is the center of beach activity in Jupiter, Florida with fun things for everyone in the family. Basketball and volleyball courts, gazebos and grills for picnics, a cafe for delicious food, and even an outdoor amphitheater for large events are all located within Carlin Park.
☀️ Looking for more beaches? Consider making the trip south to Fort Lauderdale for the day. The beaches are completely different, yet equally as beautiful. Plus, there’s plenty of things to do in Fort Lauderdale that might pique your interest!
Near West Palm Beach
Snorkel at Blue Heron Bridge
You can’t come to South Florida and not snorkel Blue Heron Bridge. At this point, it’s almost a right of passage for visitors. The snorkeling here is incredible with the most biodiversity of any snorkel site I’ve witnessed. Manta rays, nurse sharks, spotted eagle rays, seahorses, lionfish, and most Caribbean reef fish all make an appearance along the clearly defined snorkel trail.
🤿 Take a self-guided snorkel tour: All you need is your own snorkel gear! I always recommend Cressi’s Palau snorkel set for travelers and beginners – it’s lightweight and works great. If you’re looking for a guided tour, contact Pura Vida Divers – they’re the most reputable dive shop near the snorkel site.
Norton Museum of Art
If you’ve had enough nature and beach visits, the Norton Museum of Art provides a change of pace. Located just down the road in Palm Beach, the gallery features artists hailing from America, China, and Europe with historically relevant and contemporary pieces. Additionally, exhibitions are continually rotating so check their website to find out what’s currently on display!
Downtown West Palm Beach
For a little more hustle and bustle than Jupiter, you can head into downtown West Palm Beach for the evening. The restaurants, boutiques, bars, and clubs are seemingly endless while emitting a completely different vibe than Jupiter. Oh, and the food is incredible with the menu consisting of treats from across the globe.
👉 Read Next: Don’t miss my EPIC list of what to do in South Florida for more fun activity ideas!
Which of these things to do in Jupiter, FL are you most excited about? What have you done that we didn’t include on our list? What was your favorite thing to do on our list? The nature? Lighthouse? How about a museum?
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