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.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Fun Facts

  1. It sits atop of a 120-acre Natural Area
  2. 4 bodies of water can be seen from the lighthouse (Atlantic Ocean, Indian River, Loxahatchee River, and the Jupiter Inlet)
  3. It was first lit on July 10, 1860s
  4. The tower is 108 feet tall
  5. It sits on a 48 foot natural dune for a total of 156 feet
  6. There are 105 cast iron stairs
  7. There are 3 landings
  8. The lens is reputed to be the oldest existing first order Fresnel lens in Florida
  9. There is a smaller than expected bulb that posers the lighthouse and a second bulb rotates into position as a backup
  10. The lighthouse is the oldest building in Palm Beach County
  11. You can hike the nature trails around the lighthouse
  12. Tours are available year round and the schedule changes during the busy season
  13. You can launch your kayak or paddle board from the shore
  14. Great viewing area to see manatees, dolphins, and fish
  15. The lighthouse’s historians are in charge of keeping track of history for Jupiter and Tequesta