Jupiter and Hobe Sound
Check out our list of Jupiter free things to do! The area of Jupiter and Hobe sound sits on the east coast by the Atlantic Ocean, just south of the center of Florida. While the area is well populated, there are certainly a huge amount of preserved lands and nature sanctuaries to be found. In fact, if you look at a map, all you will see is green between Jupiter and Hobe Sound! So, when you look at my list, you will notice most of the free and low cost opportunities involve being outside! Enjoy 🙂
1. Loggerhead marine life center – Donation Based
One of the top Jupiter free things to do is to visit The Loggerhead Marine Life Center. It is a turtle rehabilitation center and sea turtle tracking center. This is an excellent opportunity to view some beautiful turtles!! It is open 10-5 daily to the public. At the center you can sign up to take a tour or to listen to one of their educational talks. They also have fish feedings on Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 3pm.
Additional information from the center: Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a nonprofit sea turtle research, rehabilitation and educational institution that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The Center features an on-site hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums, and also operates the Juno Beach Pier, which hosts world-class angling and sightseeing. Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is open daily and hosts over 350,000 guests free-of-charge each year. The Center’s conservation team works with 90 local and international organizations across six continents to form partnerships and share conservation initiatives and best practices that are core to its mission of ocean conservation. The Center is expanding and has launched its Waves of Progress capital expansion campaign, designed to accelerate and amplify LMC’s conservation and education impact. When complete, the facility will offer one of the world’s most advanced and unique experiences for guests and scientific partners. For more information, visit www.marinelife.org or call (561) 627-8280
2. Juno Beach Pier – $1-$4
In addition to the center listed above, the Loggerhead Marine Center works to provide a conservation friendly pier in the area, Juno Beach Pier. The center works with first responders in the area to ensure the safety of sea turtles at the pier. The Juno Beach Pier offers an excellent spot for saltwater fishing or just viewing the Atlantic Ocean. It is a huge 990 ft pier. The pier is $1 a person for spectators and photographers, $4 for adults to fish and $2 for kids 2-12 to fist. The pier also has bait and rod rentals available to purchase, as well as food and beverages.
Bonus Tip: If you are looking for a fido-friendly place while in the area, there is an off-leash dog beach just north of the pier at Marcinski Road
3. Blowing Rocks Preserve -Donation Based
Visit the blowing rocks preserve to see the largest Anastasia Limestone shoreline on the Atlantic coast! This area is a beautiful and non-developed 1 mile stretch of the beach. It also extends through towards the Indian River Lagoon, with three hiking trails available. The area is known for snorkeling, swimming, hiking, and bird watching. It is open daily from 9:00am to 4:30pm.
4. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary – Donation Based
This is the place in Jupiter that people come to bring their families who are visiting from out of town. You do not want to miss stopping here! They offer educational programs and information about animals that they are rehabilitating at the sanctuary. The animals that are deemed too injured to return to the wild live in habitats all along the trails. The Sanctuary is open Monday- Saturday 10-4:30.
5. Riverwalk Jupiter– FREE unless dining or shopping
The riverwalk is a 2.5 mile path along the inter coastal waterway and the Jupiter inlet. The path is designed for walking, biking, and is also ADA accessible. You can stop along the route to take photos of local wildlife, or stop to eat or grab a cup of coffee. Also along this route is the Plaza Down Under, which hosts many events during the year, most of which are free as well.
6. The River Center – Donation Based
Another stop on our list of Jupiter free things to do, is the River Center. Located adjacent to the beautiful Loxahatchee river, this nature and education center is a place to stop by and spend an hour or so walking around their different exhibits! Each one presents a different habitat local to the area. There is also a touch tank! The center is located on an island area in Jupiter, right next to Burt Reynolds Park and boat ramp. After visiting the center, you could stop over at the park to visit the playground or have a picnic lunch.
7. Carlin Park – FREE
If you are in town and looking for a beach to visit with family or pets, Carlin park and beach is a stellar choice! The beach is beautiful and has plenty of pavilions, free parking, a playground, civic center, and is open to dogs. The park even hosts occasional events for dogs!
8. Johnathan Dickinson state park – $6 entrance fee
This park is another great spot if you are looking for a place to ride your bike, whether on pavement or on trails. The park has both a 7 mile and an 8 mile trail. You can find information and maps of the trails here or at the Kimbell Education and Visitors Center at the park.
There are also opportunities at the park for hiking, camping, fishing, and taking out your boat. You can also bring a canoe or a kayak to go out on the water!
Bonus if you want a paid attraction… Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. $12 adults $6 kids age 6-12. You can climb the steps into the lighthouse!
While you’re in the area, don’t miss our page on Ft. Piece and Stuart budget friendly things to do!