The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum offers climbing tours of the landmark 1860 lighthouse. The waterfront Museum in the restored WWII building exhibits Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee, which explores Native American, Seminole, Florida Maritime, Lighthouse, Pioneer and WWII Secret “Station J” history. Showcasing the amazing past of the Loxahatchee River region, the heritage site also features the Tindall Pioneer Homestead, Pennock Plantation Bell and Lighthouse Keepers Workshop. Also available are the museum gift shop, Sweet Shop, LENS (Lighthouse Education & Natural Science) programs for children and adults, sunset tours, moonrise tours, weddings & proposals, and special events. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the 120 acre federally designated, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area (JILONA.) Hiking trail and observation tower located on the north side of JILONA.
Located in beautiful Jupiter Florida, the Jupiter Inlet lighthouse sits on land that was secured by the U.S. Military after the 2nd Seminole Indian War. It is constructed on top of a 48 foot natural parabolic dune. With the actual lighthouse tower measuring 108 feet, it sits at 156 feet above sea level.
In 1853, Jupiter Inlet was named by Congress as one of 6 authorized lighthouse projects in South Florida. Construction was completed in 1860 and the tower was officially lit on July 10, 1860. Then, in 1861, the light was put out during the Civil War when the lighting apparatus was removed by a band of unlawful individuals who were visiting the Inlet. It remained out until the war ended and the Lighthouse resumed operating in 1866 after the recovery of the stolen parts in Lake Worth Creek.
In the time since, the Lighthouse has been a fixture to the city growing around it. From the first large employer in Jupiter, Pennock Plantation, to the thriving businesses around it today, Jupiter Lighthouse has always been a symbol in the community.
Tours of the Lighthouse began in 1994 and the buildings around the Lighthouse have been converted into a museum, gift shop and meeting place for the tours. The tower was renovated in 1999-2000, making the nearly 150 year old structure look almost new again.
Below you will find a list of events that take place at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum:
- Lighthouse Sunset Tour
- Lighthouse Moonrise Tour
- Hike Through History
- Lighthouse Chickee Chats – Story Time for Kids
- Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Lectures
- Florida Lighthouse Day
- International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend