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Journey to the Top

One of the most historic lighthouses on the east coast resides in Jupiter, Florida. The Jupiter Lighthouse and Museum offers you the best view in the 561 – if you can make it to the top! While there you can explore the maritime museum and enjoy a relaxing afternoon overlooking the Jupiter Inlet. You will definitely want to check out the gift shop to pick up some memorable gifts, tokens and souvenirs.

On our journey we experienced a little bit of rain so we had to wait until it cleared before we were able to climb to the top. The climb to the top is not for the faint of heart. You go up a small landing of stairs then enter the lighthouse where you begin the 105 step climb to the top up a narrow spiral staircase. There are two places to stop and catch your breath or let others pass by. Once you reach the top, you must duck your head to get through the 5 ft. opening and step out on the balcony which is maybe 3 ft deep. The balcony expands around the top of the lighthouse. Once on top you have the most spectacular views of Palm Beach County and the Atlantic Ocean. Even though it was a little cloudy, we still were able to get decent photos. Be sure to hold on to your hats because the wind can gust out of nowhere. After enjoying the views for a bit you will head back down.

Remember, it’s a 105 steps! Going down is much more awkward and just as tiring than going up. You sill most definitely need to be hydrated and have extra water; high temperatures and humidity is something to consider before planning your adventure. As a souvenir you are presented with a certificate for “making the climb” to the top.

The lighthouse also offers several events and moon light tours. However, you must be over 48″ to go up into the lighthouse. There is an admission fee to enter the lighthouse and the immediate grounds, but there is no fee to sit under the beautiful trees by the inlet. Make sure to call (561)747-8380 for the latest updates and admission information.

Image courtesy of Dawn Brown

Experience the best views of Palm Beach County from the top of the Jupiter Lighthouse.

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