Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is one of six original lighthouse projects dating back to the mid-1800s. Many of us see the lighthouse in our day to day, but we don’t often think about the steps involved in the lighthouse standing where it is today, or the historical significance that it encompasses. If you have a chance, take part in one of the lighthouse’s public events, or stop in for a tour with the family.
Ten years before General Meade defeated General Lee’s Confederates in the Battle of Gettysburg, he was tasked with overseeing all six of Florida’s lighthouse projects. He created the original design and chose the site for each, before his successor made improvements to the building before construction was completed in 1860. Since its creation, more than 70 keepers have served to keep the light on, and it is still serviced today with the merging of the civilian lighthouse service and the Coast Guard.
In a continued effort to keep Florida’s rich history in the minds of both citizens and visitors, the Inlet Lighthouse offers both lighthouse and museum tours Tuesday through Sunday during the second half of the 2019 year. Regular hours of operation are 10:00am to 5:00pm, aside from holidays and special events that require early closure.
Come tour the lighthouse grounds and visit the different exhibits showcasing the unique history of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, as well as the dedicated lighthouse museum. Adults and children taller than 48” also have the option to climb the 105 steps to the top of the lighthouse, and the tours are available both in a guided group and an at-your-own-pace smartphone-capable tour. If you’re planning a family trip to the Inlet Lighthouse, check out the admission information to ensure availability.
On occasion, the Inlet Lighthouse will also host public events, such as Autism Family Night at the Light that passed in April of this year. Upcoming events include the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on April 10th and 11th of 2020, Family Adventure Days on January 18th of 2020, and Rendezvous at the Light on November 19th of this year. These events sell out quickly, so if you’re interested, visit the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse website to book your tickets as soon as possible.
Our lighthouse is just one of many pieces of history that make our state and the Jupiter area a fascinating place, both to visit and to live. Florida is proud to uphold its past and present, as well as the beautiful habitats that house our state’s rich array of wildlife and make our entire state rife with marvelous natural resources.
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