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“Neat OLD lighthouse”

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Ranked #2 of 61 things to do in Jupiter
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Owner description: Located in Lighthouse Park, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum offers guided climbing tours of the landmark 1860 lighthouse. The Museum (restored WWII building) exhibits Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee and outdoor exhibits include the Oil House & Keepers Workshop Exhibit, Tindall Pioneer Homestead, and Seminole Chickee. Enjoy shopping our nautical Museum gift shop and check online for our adult and children’s programs, sunset & moonrise tours, weddings & proposals, and special events. Waterfront venue is perfect for nature and boat watching and a picnic lunch! Hiking trail and observation tower are located on the north side of Beach Road. Beaches, restaurants, shopping, playground & watersports are located nearby. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the 120-acre federally designated, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area. Hours: Open Tues-Sun, (7 days a week Jan-Apr), 10 am – 5 pm, last lighthouse tour.
Reviewed August 7, 2012

Worth the walk up the staircase to the top. The view is spectacular, so bring a camera too. Take a pic of your partner as you walk up the staircase...pretty neat! The amount of glass or crystal in the light amazed me....lots of windex to keep it clean...enjoy!

Thank Dave33478
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

The National Park Service blundered big time when passing over the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) in favor of a lighthouse farther north that was built almost two decades later. The policy that only one lighthouse in Florida could be designated a NHL was silly to begin with; there are already more than 2,500 NHL's so why would it hurt to have two lighthouses? On the beach near the site of the Jupiter Light Quaker merchant Jonathan Dickinson was shipwrecked in 1696, ultimately leaving us a valuable early description of the Native Americans here. Archaeological digs in the immediate vicinity of the lighthouse reveal a very long occupancy of this site. The lighthouse itself was built before the Civil War by George Meade, who became the Union commander at Gettysburg. How much history do you need to become a national landmark?

The light itself continues to be run by the U.S. Coast Guard but the lighthouse is maintained by the local historical society, which conducts informative tours and has a museum nestled in a former CG building near the lighthouse. Call ahead or check the website for tour times, fees, and minimize height of children allowed to climb the lighthouse. Views from the top are terrific!

1  Thank Jack H
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

To really appreciate this site, you need to take a tour. The guides give an excellent tour. You will learn about the history of the lighthouse and the role the complex played during World War II.

1  Thank CarolTwo
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

This is a great outing any time of day. The museum is inside AC and is very nicely organized. It also includes a video about the history. You can wander around in the museum and the tour guide will come find you for the walk over to the lighthouse. Along the way he describes some of the facilities and details about how life was when the lighthouse was built. He also provided a lot of the history of the lighthouse and all kinds of little details about its construction. The lighthouse is 130 or so steps straight up a spiral staircase and there's a fenced in walk around at the top with a superb view. Our tour guide was a young man named Kevin and he perfectly matched the tour to the wide range of ages in our group. Kids have to be at least 4' to climb the tower. Our grandson is 9 years old and this was a perfect outing for him or older kids. The tour of the lighthouse and the area around it was concluded with a walk through the restored period house. It took about 30 minutes total and was easy to do even in the heat of the afternoon because of the nice sea breeze and many shaded stopping areas.

There's also a small beach below the museum but careful about the current!

Many thanks for the great tour Kevin, we'll be back!

Thank Sailright
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Lots of great restaurants and beaches nearby make this a perfect destination as part of a fun day. As you wait for the tour to begin, take some time in the interesting and interactive museum focused on the local history. There is a tour of the grounds and a lovely spot for weddings, pictures or a rest at the bottom of the lighthouse. Not a bad climb for those in generally good health. The tour also includes an historic home. The admission, the sweet shop and the gift shop were all very reasonably priced. Our hotel had also included a coupon at our check in. All employees/volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable. If you like history and great scenery stop here!

Thank Megan W
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