Jupiter, Florida, an affluent beach town just north of West Palm Beach, offers some of the most desirable schools and neighborhoods in the area, and a variety of family activities. If you are visiting Jupiter with children, bring plenty of sunblock and keep water on hand because you'll be running from one outdoor adventure to another, taking in the bountiful, educational nature scene.
Learn About Sea Turtles
Loggerhead Park, an expanse running from U.S. Highway 1 to the beach, hosts the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, an organization that rehabilitates injured sea turtles and releases them back into the ocean. It boasts its own sea turtle hospital and visitor center. After you check out its indoor aquarium and interactive educational activities, go outside to see the turtles. There, you can read about each turtle's history and current condition. If you're lucky, you might even be in Jupiter for a release. Seeing one of these majestic creatures return to its ocean home is something your kids will never forget.
Climb a Historic Lighthouse
The Jupiter Lighthouse is one of the town's most prominent historical features. Built in 1860, the 108-foot red lighthouse was darkened throughout the Civil War, but relit again in 1866. Inside, you can visit the museum and learn about the history of Jupiter. Then climb the spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse, from which you can enjoy views of the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. Although all ages are welcome to take the tour, children must be at least 48 inches tall to climb to the top of the lighthouse.
Visit Blowing Rocks Preserve
On Jupiter Island, home to an array of celebrities and billionaires, the Nature Conservancy has restored a 77-acre plot of oceanfront land, Blowing Rocks Preserve, to show visitors what the barrier islands looked like a century ago. At high tide, the waves break behind the rocks, sending magnificent plumes of water 50 feet into the air. Although this is not a safe swimming area, it is an exciting sight to enjoy. Check tide charts to ensure you go to Blowing Rocks at the best time of the day.
See Rescued Wildlife
Aside from its marine life, the Jupiter area is home to a variety of land animals. When one of them is injured or abandoned, the people from the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary take it in and rehabilitate it, if possible. Walk through the mangrove woods to see panthers, pelicans, deer, owls, bobcats, skunks and eagles, among many others. In the amphitheater, wildlife experts give lively educational presentations about the animals and allow spectators to pet some of them.