The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is a must-visit for anyone in South Florida!
It’s time to stop texting, and start driving! We’ve partnered with Steinger, Iscoe, & Greene to encourage you to put the phone down, focus on the road ahead, and drive somewhere amazing in South Florida. This month, we’re checking out the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum in Jupiter, Florida.
“We’re up here at the top of the 1860 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse,” said Josh Liller, the historian at the lighthouse. “We’re a major seacoast light, guiding ships along the coast of Florida, once described by lighthouse service as the most important lighthouse on the whole coast of Florida.”
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is hard to miss. It’s located in Lighthouse Park — along the Loxahatchee River and the junction of the Jupiter Inlet. It not only directs ship traffic between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico — but also serves as a symbol of the Jupiter community.
“The lighthouse turns on every single night, it’s still registered as an active aid to navigation,” said Amanda Dixon, the program director at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. “Nowadays we have GPS and other technology, but we still have many guests who say even when they’re out diving or fishing, coming back in day or night, they look for the lighthouse to know they’re in the Jupiter Inlet.”
The lighthouse sits on a 48 foot natural sand hill. The lighthouse itself is 108 feet tall so if you’re on the gallery deck — you’re about 156 feet up in the sky.
“Anyone can do it,” said Dixon when talking about the climb to the top of the lighthouse. “It can be strenuous especially in the hot summer months, there are 34 steps to get to the front door and then another 105 all the way to the top.”
The view is definitely worth the climb, in our opinion.
“Once you get to the top and you see that view, it’s breathtaking,” she said. “We have a problem getting people to want to go down once they’re up there.“
Also on the grounds is the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Museum and gift shop, which is housed in the last remaining naval building from World War II.
“We cover 5,000 years of history,” said Dixon. “Starting with Florida’s first Floridians all the way thru World War II. Not many people are familiar with German U-boats were sailing off the coast of Jupiter later through the Civil War presence here and the Seminole wars. It’s so important to our community, here at the lighthouse we are all about education.”
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum also hosts many events throughout the year. You can take a look at their full programming guide at this link.
*This post is sponsored by Steinger, Iscoe & Greene.
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