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The River Center - Burt Reynold Park - Jupiter, FL

Canoe and Kayak Rentals at Riverbend Park, Jupiter, FL

Whether you live here year-round or are just visiting for the season, there are many fun-filled family activities just waiting for you to explore... Most of the adventures that we will be mentioning center around our areas rich history, nature, parks, recreation areas, and water-sports. Here's a list of some of our favorites:


Jupiter Lighthouse & Museum: Climb 105 steps to the top of the lighthouse which was originally built in 1860.  See a pioneer home, and the Jupiter Inlet Natural Area. Located: 500 Captain Armour's Way, Jupiter, FL


Busch Wildlife Sanctuary: Get up close and personal with all of our native wildlife, in this animal rehabilitation & rescue facility.


Loggerhead Marine life Center (Juno Beach): Ocean conservation and sea turtle rescue facility. See and learn about our sea turtles, and other marine life.


Loxahatchee Queen: Take this tour boat down the "Wild & Scenic" Loxahatchee River to Trapper Nelson's. See & learn about our local "Tarzan".


Trapper Nelson's (by canoe): Rent a canoe at Jonathan Dickinson State Park and paddle through mangroves and a century old sub-tropical cypress hammock to the docks at Trapper Nelson's. Learn about our local "wild man of the Loxahatchee River".

Jonathan Dickinson State Park Brochure (PDF)


Jonathan Dickinson State Park: Located at 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, in Hobe Sound, Florida; this park is a 5 - 6 minute drive north of the Jupiter Lighthouse.  Jonathan Dickinson State Park is close to 11,500 acres in size, offers camping and cabin rentals, equestrian trails, fishing, hiking, and biking trails, canoe, kayak, and motor boat rentals, a boat ramp, a lookout tower, and much more.  The park has an interactive / educational nature center and small store located along the NW fork of the Loxahatchee River, along with a swimming area, playground, and tours of the Wild and Scenic portion of the river.  Enjoy many diverse ecosystems, and a chance to have a close encounter with our wildlife.

Jonathan Dickinson Park Dock and River Boat

Gopher Tortoise

Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center

(Photos taken at Jonathan Dickinson State Park)


Riverbend Park: Located in the "Wild and Scenic" portion of the Loxahatchee River, this 680 acre park (and still growing) contains approximately 15 miles of graded, hard-packed trails perfect for family hiking and biking trips through the woods, along waterways, creeks, and various diverse ecosystems. See and enjoy nature while hiking, biking or paddling. All trails and exits are well-marked, a ranger station, bathrooms, and brochures are available.


Canoe Outfitters (Riverbend Park):  For those of you who are more experienced paddlers, and don't mind 5-6 hours of paddling (~8 miles), you can rent kayaks or canoes at Canoe Outfitters where you can do the day-trip from Riverbend Park, stop by Trapper Nelson's for a tour, and then end up at the boat ramp in Jonathan Dickinson State Park where you (and your boat) will be loaded up and driven back to your car.  They also offer bike rentals and shorter paddling trips into Riverbend Park; or a two-hour paddle to second dam and back.


The River Center: Located on the east side of U.S. Hwy-1 in Burt Reynolds Park, this interactive / educational facility traces the Loxahatchee River from its headwaters in Palm Beach County, through the cypress dominated floodplain in the Wild & Scenic segment, into the central embayment, and finally out through Jupiter Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream.  A great place to bring the kids.


Blowing Rocks Preserve: Located on Jupiter Island, Florida; this 73 acre preserve is located in between the Atlantic Ocean and the ICW-Indian River Lagoon.  One of the unique features of this preserve is its rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline, which is the largest on the Atlantic coast.  During extreme high tides and after winter storms, seas break against the rocks and force plumes of saltwater up to 50 feet skyward!  This preserve also provides several habitats including beach dune, coastal strand, mangrove wetlands, tropical hammock and oak hammock.  There is also an onsite visitors center called the Hawley Education Center.  The preserve is located at 574 South Beach Road, Hobe Sound, FL 33455; a 5-6 minute drive northeast of the Jupiter Lighthouse.


Juno Beach Pier: The Juno Beach fishing pier is located at 14775 S.R. A1A, in Juno Beach.  The pier is a 990-foot long structure with a "T" shaped end.  The pier is a popular fishing spot and surfing location.  There is a life-guarded area on the beach adjacent to the pier, as well as a park across the street complete with picnic pavilions, restrooms and outdoor showers.  The pier has an onsite bait shop and food concession located at the pier entrance.  The operating hours November - February are 24 hours a day, seven days a week; during the months of March - October, the pier opens half an hour before sunrise and closes half an hour before sunset (due to sea turtle nesting season).  The phone number is (561) 799-0185.


Dubois Park: Entrance is located at 19075 Dubois Road, Jupiter, Florida. This beautiful 18.69 acre beach front park offers a guarded beach, fishing along the Jupiter Inlet, a swimming lagoon, snorkeling, picnic areas, grills, and play structures. Recent improvements to the park include 17 public "day use" boat docks, sandy beach, and an enhanced snorkeling area with rock & reef-like structures offering a protected area for swimmers (new features map). This site is also home to the Dubois Pioneer Home, which is on the National Register of Historical Places. The Dubois Home is operated by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society; which also operates the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and the Loxahatchee River Historical Museum, along with the Indian mound historical/archaeological site.

Completed: There was a recent redevelopment project in Dubois Park; this project includes a new seawall, swimming area, protected snorkeling area, and 17 public day-docks for access to the park and facilities -- click the following link for details: 


Manatee Queen Intracoastal Waterway Tours: The Manatee Queen is a large pontoon-style tour boat that currently docks at the Crab House restaurant across the water from the Jupiter Lighthouse.  See homes of the "rich and famous" along Jupiter Island.  Located at 1065 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A) in Jupiter, or call (561) 744-2191.


Blue Heron Fishing Fleet: Since 1955, the Blue Heron Fleet has been in the charter fishing business.  They offer two fishing trips (most) days and the price includes everything you need for a fun-filled day of fishing.  Catches may consist of Kingfish, Snapper, Grouper, Mahi-Mahi, Sailfish, Cobia, Barracuda, Sharks, False Albacore and Wahoo. Located at 1075 North A1A (Behind Jetty's restaurant); call (561) 747-1200.


Jupiter Riverwalk - Points of Interest:
(Visit the Town of Jupiter web site for the latest updates)

Jupiter Riverwalk Information


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