Jupiter was originally the name for the Hobe Indian tribe which lived at the mouth of the Loxahatchee River and over the years with various misunderstandings by map makers, Hobe became Jove and was translated in to Latin and became Jupier. This small town is best know for its beaches and is the spring training camps for The Florida Marlins and the St Louis Cardinals baseball teams and is also home for actor Burt Reynolds.
The Jupiter Inlet lighthouse and museum, located just off the A1A on the north side of the the River Loxahatchee River, was built in 1860. You can enjoy the history by touring the 5,000 Years on the Loxahatchee exhibit and then climb the 150 year-old Lighthouse and take a guided tour of the Historic Tindall House.
Dubois Pioneer Home, 19075 Dubois Road, has recently been renovated, it dates back to 1898 and features exhibits from the early life of Florida pioneers.
Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum is located at 100 N-US1. The museum displays Burt's movie memorabilia such as gifts and autographed pictures. Also on offer is the chance to take part in acting and filmmaking classes.
River Centre 805 N US-1 provides a well presented explaination of the ecology of the Loxahatchee River, with static displays and interactive exhibits.
Bowling Rocks Preserve, Jupiter Island, is on Beach Road. Jupiter Island is just north of Jupiter and is an affluent barrier island. Here you can see the limestone outcrops which cover much ofthe beach and the powerful tides drive through the rocks' hollows and becomes spray. If you visit at low tide you can, with care, walk out around the outcrops and see the cavities for yourself. Across the road from the Preserve you can also visit the Hawley Education Centre which displays examples of local habitat. There is also the trail into the mangroves on the Indian River Lagoon.
Hobe Sound Beach Park is just beyond Bowling Rocks Preserve on Beach Road, approximately 6.5 miles. This is 300 foot strecth of beach covered in shells and can be found where the 707 bears left and heads west back to Hobe Sound. Much of this area has exclusive residences which block public access and views of the coast. If you drive another two miles further north you will reach Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge - over 1,000 acre park. Further north again and you will reach St Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park but this is only accessible by boat. Visitors can take a stroll onthe boardwalk across the mangrove forests and live oak hammocks. A great place to come to swim, sunbathe, picnic at the pavilion on the quiet beach or enjoy the surf fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving.
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