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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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It’s Not to Late to Donate

This year, more than ever, students are in need of school supplies. We all know why! Let’s face it, as a kid, going back to school is a big deal and in a Childs mind their clothes and school supplies are weighing heavy on the mind. Especially for the older kids.

You can help us support The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County by participating in their Red Apple Supplies Drive. You can drop your donations off at the Greater Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at 401 N. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. On Thursday, August 12th the Women in Business Committee will be meeting to assemble the supplies into backpacks from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

Any amount of donation is greatly appreciated. Just for $10 you can shop at Wal-Mart and get 6 bottles of glue, 6 packs of crayons, 6 packs of note cards and 6 composition books. If you cannot spare $10 then for $5 get those items in quantities of 3.

To give you an idea of how badly school supplies are needed, a fellow blogger This Florida Mom who is also a teacher, only typically receives half of what is needed. Therefore, she has to go and purchase the additional supplies herself. She just recently purchased 60 notebooks. She needs 160 but the kids just don’t show up with what they need.

If we all pitch in, we can get the teachers what they need and make all of the kids HAPPY to have a new set of crayons or even better a backpack. If you are able, send in extra supplies with your children to give to the teacher – one pack of paper – anything will help.

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Play it Safe at the Beach this Summer

South Florida beaches can be a fun way to spend the day and Summer is quickly approaching; with that in mind, it probably has been a year since going to the beach. This year we are all eager to get out, explore and return to some normalcy of living. Whether you go to the beach with small children, adults or alone here are a the top safety tips and things to remember to stay safe at the beach.

  1. VERY IMPORTANT: Swim at a patrolled beach.
  2. Read all posted safety signs and warnings
  3. Know where the lifegaurd stations are located
  4. Avoid swimming alone
  5. Do not swim after consuming alcohol
  6. Stay hydrated with plenty of water
  7. Wear watersheds to protect yourself from glass or sharp objects
  8. Make sure to reapply sunscreen frequently and after swimming.
  9. Always keep children in sight.
  10. Do not swim at night.

We will continue to inform you about local beach clean ups throughout the summer. The next beach clean up is on June 8th, World Oceans Day at Coral Cove Park, South Jupiter Island from 1-4pm. Sponsored by Visit Palm Beach. Be ready to snap some selfies and take pictures – Coral Cove is one of the most beautiful beaches in the 561.

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Beach Clean Upby Visit Palm Beach
1:00-4:00pm Coral Cove, Jupiter Island

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Have More Fun in the 561

The Wave Silent Disco – West Palm

Have you heard of a Silent Disco? A traditional gathering where attendees wear headphones to listen to different channels of music and socialize. The theory is to hold a party but maintain a low noise level. People dance, hang-out and talk while wearing headphones. The Wave Silent Disco – West Palm is a version of a traditional silent disco but better! It is a guided dance journey for all ages.

The Wave Silent Disco – West Palm combines music and movement for a mindful experience like no other. The Wave Silent Disco is about movement; not yoga or a “class” but, more of a personal experience. During the event the group is facilitated by a leader who guides you through a series of stretching and movement which is coordinated to music streamed into your headphones. You can do as little or as much as you choose. The experience is designed to foster connection and wellness, reduce stress, reflect and reconnect with nature, your body and community.

The events are usually held on the beach, however; as the events continue to grow, they are held in various parks and locations throughout South Florida. The WAVE also offers full-service productions with a DJ, headset set up with optional add-ons. A WAVE staff member will remain on site to ensure the event runs smoothly. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the FUN.

The WAVE also donates a portion of the proceeds from every event to ALMA, a non-profit organization devoted to addressing loneliness and enhancing quality of life for seniors through movement and music programming. The Wave Silent Disco was founded by Julia Grace Vishnwpolsky, MA, LPCC, R-DMT a licensed psychotherapist, registered Dance Movement Therapist, and founder of The Wave Movement.

Follow The Wave Silent Disco – West Palm on Instagram and Facebook @thewavesilentdisco.westpalm, tickets available on eventbrite.

by Dawn Brown

This is an unsponsored post. No exchange or compensation has been made to Fun In the 561

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Supercar Week 2021 on the Waterfront

The downtown waterfront in West Palm Beach served as the home to Supercar Week 2021. Typically the event is a week-long but we all know what happened in 2020; this year they split it into two weekends. One in January and the other this past weekend in April. The weather was beautiful and the exotic cars breathtaking. This show is a far cry from the Detroit Auto Show which I used to frequent as a child. Supercar Week did not fall short of anything; another amazing event held on the waterfront in West Palm Beah. Check out some favorites from the past weekend.

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Have tons of Fun at the Boca Raton Seafood Festival



BOCA RATON, FLORIDA (February 3, 2020) – The 3rd Annual Boca Raton Seafood & Music Festival brings delicious seafood and great music, with a marketplace of arts and crafts on Friday, February 7 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, February 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. 

General admission is $5 per person.  Children under 12 years old are free.  No pets are permitted.

All food (available at additional cost) is cooked on-site by local restaurants and food vendors using only the freshest ingredients.  Seafood ingredients being local, sustainable ocean resources from Florida’s coastal waters.  A variety of vegetarian and rice dishes also are offered. Alcoholic (beer, wine and mixed-drinks) and non-alcoholic drinks (water, sodas and blended fruit drinks) are available along with a side dishes and desserts.

You will have fun while sitting back and relax to live musicon stage performances by talented musicians from both the local and regional circuit. Performers on Friday include Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty Tribute Band) and Jose Fajardo, Jr. (salsa).  On, Saturday listen to the sounds of Carly Jo Jackson (Indie, pop, rock), RJ Howson (R&B, blues, rock), JP Soars & The Red Hots (soul, blues) and the Aretha Franklin Tribute Band (blues, soul, roots). On Sunday, come relax to live performances by JUke (post-blues, bottomless soul), Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (blues, soul, rock) and the Melody Trucks Band (rock, blues, jazz, country).

For more information and full schedule of events, visit or call 941-487-8061.

Photograph provided by The Boca Seafood Festival.