If you’re new to the area and looking for things to do in Jupiter, Florida, what could be better than visiting Jupiter’s most historic and symbolic site: the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. For more than 150 years, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse has served as a beacon for those sailing on the Indian River or coming into the Jupiter Inlet from the Atlantic. If you’re looking for more information on the history and current events of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, you’ve come to the right place!
The land around the Lighthouse, specifically the junction of the Jupiter Inlet and Indian River, has been a meeting place for ancient Indian tribes for thousands of years. In the 1850s, the military noticed the grounds as a potential strategic military defense site. Initially designed by Lieutenant George Gordon Meade, the unique double wall structure was completed in May 1860 and first lit on July 10, 1860.
During the 1970s, the Loxahatchee River Historical Society was established to maintain and preserve the historic sites on and around the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. The Oil House Museum opened in 1973 shortly before the Lighthouse was entered as a National Register of Historic Places. As of 2008, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area (JILONA) Act protects the Lighthouse and 120 surrounding acres of the area, giving it a National Monument status.
Now, the Loxahatchee River Historical Society continues to operate the Lighthouse and museum on a daily basis with the cooperation of the U.S. Coast Guard. Visitors to the Lighthouse can enjoy programs like Coffee and Book Clubs, Sunset and Moonrise tours, and Story Time & Crafts for Kids. Guests can also explore the grounds, participate in climbing tours of the lighthouse, or go on a 2 mile hike through the Outstanding Natural Area. For more information on visiting the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, check out their website here.