Public Access and Recreation

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area is visited annually by thousands of people from the local community, as well as from across the U.S. and abroad.  In fact, recreational values and education were key components of the legislation designating the site an Outstanding Natural Area (ONA).  Although the site is small – just 120 acres - there’s plenty to see and do! 

Due to ongoing US Coast Guard operations and differing management jurisdictions, the entire Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ONA is not always available for general public access. The ONA is divided into “Lots” each with its unique opportunities; a map of these lots is located here.  There are however, opportunities across the ONA for a variety of recreational and educational experiences.

North of Beach Road

Hardened Trail on Lot 15 North of Beach RoadThe area north of Beach Road (Lot 15) is open daily from dawn till dusk for walking and wildlife viewing. This portion of the ONA contains a small parking lot, informational kiosk, hardened trail and boardwalk, and a scenic observation deck. A small area within Lot 15 (Lot 16) is closed to all public access due to ongoing U.S. Coast Guard Operations.

South of Beach Road 

The natural areas south of Beach Road (Lots 17 and 19) are currently not recommended for public access due to ongoing U.S. Coast Guard Operations and natural area restoration and invasive species removal projects.  If you’re curious about these areas, guided tours provided by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society, are available the first Saturday of every month.  More information can be found on the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum website.

The shoreline is particularly sensitive and dangerous at this time and the public is asked not to access this area above the median high water mark for their own safety and to prevent unnecessary erosion to the exposed faced for the dunes.

Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park (Lot 20) was patented to the Town of Jupiter by the Secretary of the Interior in October 2004 after six years under a Recreation and Public Purpose Act lease, and has been completely renovated with new ball fields and parking facilities and continues to host active athletic programs.  Lighthouse Park also includes four tennis courts which are open to the public from dawn to dusk daily. More information can be found on the Town of Jupiter website.

Group Touring LighthouseJupiter Inlet Lighthouse

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse itself, its ancillary facilities and associated buildings (Lot 18) are currently under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Coast Guard.  The area, including the shoreline, is closed to general public access.  Through a long running partnership however, guided tours are provided daily between January and April, and every day but Monday from May through December. More information on these tours can be found on the  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum website.