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Exploring the Jupiter Florida Lighthouse

Take a trip back in time as you visit the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum’s historical grounds, packed with opportunities to explore wildlife, culture, and innovation. 

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Perfect for visitors of all ages, the lighthouse grounds feature a museum and collection of historical attractions to offer a glimpse into the lives of early pioneers and Native Americans.

Experience the thrill of climbing the lighthouse tower, getting in touch with local nature, and exploring the area’s roots as you bask in the warm sunlight shrouding the attraction.

A Rich, Storied History

Soon after entering, visitors can stop by the Tindall Pioneer Homestead, the earliest house still existing in Jupiter. The home is furnished with pieces from the museum’s collection. Take a peek into the daily lives of European settlers learning to live off the land while exploring time-appropriate art and architecture. 

Also available is the Seminole Chickee, constructed in May 2009 by James Billie, Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This gorgeous structure stands as a tribute to the history of the Seminoles people in the area. 

Native Americans near Jupiter farmed, fished, and boated in the areas surrounding the lighthouse for centuries, shaping the area’s culture and helping early Lighthouse Keepers navigate their responsibilities. 

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The lighthouse itself was not constructed until 1853, when Congress authorized its building and designated a 61.5-acre space for it. Jupiter was one of several lighthouse projects assigned to Lieutenant George Gordon Meade, who would go on to defeat Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg just ten years later. 

Meade was responsible for selecting the site and creating its original design. Following the Civil War, local Confederate sympathizers turned the lighthouse off until 1866, when it was relighted once more. 

Jupiter Florida Lighthouse Location & Address

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is located in Jupiter, FL, just north of the Inlet District along the Loxahatchee River. Specific directions can be found on the lighthouse’s website.

Lighthouse Address: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, FL 33469

Interesting Facts

● The lighthouse’s museum is housed in the last remaining building from a critical World War II naval radio station known as “Station J.”

● Over 70 different lighthouse keepers served the lighthouse from 1860 to 1939. Three keepers served at a time to keep the lighthouse and site functional.

● Surrounding the museum and historical attractions is the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area, which was federally designated by Congress in May 2008. The area is protected as a historic, natural, and cultural landmark. It features walking paths, access to acres of beautiful scenery, and chances to get a glimpse at local wildlife. 

● The lighthouse offers unique and exciting tours year-round, including Twilight Yoga, guided tours, trolley tours, and sunrise or sunset tours.

Cost for Entry

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is a cost-effective entertainment and education option for families of all sizes. Current admission prices are listed below.

●      Adults: $12

●      Seniors (60+) and US Veterans*: $10

●      Children (6-18): $6

●      Children (5 & under): Free

●      Active US Military and their families: Free

*US Veterans are admitted to the lighthouse for free during the month of November.

Jupiter Lighthouse Business Hours

Hours are subject to change due to inclement weather, construction, and other safety concerns. However, standard hours are as follows:


●      Admission: 10 AM – 4 PM, Tuesday – Sunday

●      Gift Shop: 10 AM – 5 PM, Tuesday – Sunday

Closed On:

● Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

● New Year’s Day

● Easter Sunday

● Memorial Day

● July 4th

● Labor Day

● Thanksgiving Day

Jupiter Florida Lighthouse Tips

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When visiting the lighthouse, make sure to avoid bringing items that are prohibited. The following items will not be allowed onto the grounds:

● Tripods, drones, camera or video equipment, and selfie sticks

● Weapons of any kind

● Pets

● Alcohol, smoking, and tobacco products

● Backpacks or large bags (over 11” x 11”)

● Spike heels and sports cleats 

Food and drink are allowed, but only in the areas behind the museum. Some areas may be inaccessible due to construction on the nearby US 1 Bridge.

Bring comfortable walking shoes to navigate the area’s trails, and be prepared to walk! Handicap parking is available, and most of the grounds are wheelchair accessible. The tower tour, which allows visitors to climb the lighthouse tower, is strenuous and should only be attempted by those physically able to lift themselves up.

Overall, though, the biggest tip to keep in mind is simple: have fun! The Jupiter Florida lighthouse is brimming with opportunities to learn, explore, and experience the beauty Jupiter has to offer.

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