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“Take the Climb”

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Ranked #6 of 63 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 January 21, 2013

There is something about sunsets in a tropical locale; they can be dreamy or vicerally stunning, but unless you are able to get to a rooftop somewhere, it can be hard to really get the full effect. The lighthouse at Jupiter offers a "Sunset and Moonrise" tour a couple of times a month, and it is definitely worth the climb.

The only way to go to the top of the lighthouse is with a tour (day or at sunset), so be sure to make a reservation before you arrive. We chose the last tour of the day so that we could get the full experience of both the sunset on the west side of the lighthouse and the moonrise over the ocean in the east.

There is a guided tour as you traverse the path up to the lighthouse, including a short stop at the base, where an enormous ficus tree sits and also where the foundation of the first house settled there is preserved. The climb to the top is via a metal spiral staircase and while it is steep, the climb did not seem too challenging. If needed, there are platforms where one can stand and catch a breath along the way.

It was a spectacular 'red sky at night' sunset, with wisps of clouds accenting a melon and deep blue sky. The sky to the east was clear and when the moon made its entrance it cast a golden shadow across the ocean's surface. Since it was a clear night we had visability for many miles, and the guide was knowledgeable about just what we were seeing, both near and far.

Obviously, you cannot predict the weather, but snce you are in the center of paradise, there are probably lots of opportunities to catch the perfect sunset/moonrise from the lighthouse. Go - take the climb!

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

The Jupiter Lighthouse and Museum is a wonderful place to visit and to photograph. With a small admission for the tour you will see the beauty and learn about the lighthouse history and about the ground it sits on. The museum is nicely done with artifacts and an audio and video presentation of the history. The guide will assist you to the top of the lighthouse. Make sure you have on comfortable shoes for the climb to the top of the lighthouse. The view is breathtaking. Oh, and make sure you stop in the store to shop around and get your paper saying that you made it to the top of the lighthouse.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Cute museum and interesting tour. You have to climb to the top of the lighthouse but it is worth it for the view.

Thank esusse
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

An interesting way to spend a couple hours and learn a bit about the area. The view atop the lighthouse was really great.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

The place looks lovely but we did not know that one cannot go close to the lighthouse after 5pm. Had to be content with views from a distance.

Thank Nerikmalti
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