15 Jupiter Lighthouse Fun Facts

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse has illuminated the Jupiter skyline and has served as a maritime Atlantic Ocean beacon since the 1860s. Most of us like to have the lighthouse as a backdrop as we take selfies with our friends while dining at the Love Street restaurants; never thinking about its origins.

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is operated by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated in 1972. We opened our first Lighthouse Museum just one year later in 1973. Through a long-term lease with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Society has served as the Lighthouse Operations Manager since 1994.

  • It sits atop of a 120-acre Natural Area
  • 4 bodies of water can be seen from the lighthouse (Atlantic Ocean, Indian River, Loxahatchee River, and the Jupiter Inlet)
  • It was first lit on July 10, 1860s
  • The tower is 108 feet tall
  • It sits on a 48 foot natural dune for a total of 156 feet
  • There are 105 cast iron stairs
  • There are 3 landings
  • The lens is reputed to be the oldest existing first order Fresnel lens in Florida
  • There is a smaller than expected bulb that posers the lighthouse and a second bulb rotates into position as a backup
  • The lighthouse is the oldest building in Palm Beach County
  • You can hike the nature trails around the lighthouse
  • Tours are available year round and the schedule changes during the busy season
  • You can launch your kayak or paddle board from the shore
  • Great viewing area to see manatees, dolphins, and fish
  • The lighthouse’s historians are in charge of keeping track of history for Jupiter and Tequesta

$12 – Adults | $6 – Children

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