The town of Jupiter is located in Palm Beach County, Florida, and is known as a family friendly beach vacation destination. Home to Florida Atlantic University's MacArthur campus and Palm Beach International Raceway, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is often used as the town's symbol. Many year-round residents are "snowbirds," transplanted from Northern states.
Loggerhead Marine Life Center
Let your kids explore the wonders of the ocean at the Loggerhead Marine Life Center (marinelife.org) in Juno Beach, located five miles from the town of Jupiter. The center features a veterinary hospital, research laboratory and outdoor classroom. Visitors can view aquariums, learn science skills in the experimental lab and see rehab patients up close in the sea turtle yard. After a stroll on the private beach and nature trail, guests can peruse the gift shop for educational materials, gifts and craft items.
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary (buschwildlife.com) offers families the opportunity to experience Florida wildlife up close. The sanctuary hosts nature trails, a nature center and wildlife hospital, and treats approximately 5,000 sick, injured and orphaned wild animals each year. Visitors have the chance to see creatures native to the area, such as panthers, eagles and snakes. Sanctuary educational programs are enjoyable for guests of all ages.
Observing Sea Turtles
Make an early reservation to go on a turtle walk to see the majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Tours book up quickly, and spots are limited. Walks take place at night along the Canaveral National Seashore, Melbourne Beach, Juno Beach and Hutchinson Island. Remember to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and bug spray.
Consider heading out to the ballpark with your kids for some old-fashioned family entertainment. Roger Dean Stadium (rogerdeanstadium.com) is home to spring training for the Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Jupiter Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals minor-league teams also play at Roger Dean Stadium. Sundays are family days, when kids get in free when adults purchase tickets at the box office. Kids are selected to play catch on the field before the game and have the chance to run bases and get autographs afterward.
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