Manatees glide under the silent shade of mangrove trees. Tropical fish flock together in clear island waters. Out in the wilderness, silence abounds, interrupted only by the jovial voices of tour guides as they point out special landmarks, including the historic Jupiter Inlet lighthouse. At Jupiter Outdoor Center, visitors immerse themselves in local ecosystems through watery sports such as kayaking and standup paddleboarding, embarking on guided tours, or heading out to explore on their own.
Group tours take paddlers out to explore local waterways and stargaze or search for marine wildlife. Guides expound on local history as they pass sights such as the Jupiter lighthouse and Dubois Park. On various trips, they can traverse calm waters in protected waterways through Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve and St. Lucie Inlet Preserve, navigating open streams and mangrove-sheltered estuaries. Staffers also supplement their sport-based excursions in classes, during which they lead night or early morning wildlife-photography safaris or teach yoga workouts aboard standup paddleboards.
Sculpted on a 28-acre estuary between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, Jupiter Dunes Golf Club presents a short par 3 course that features prominent water hazards that come into play on 12 holes. Coastal trade winds routinely knock approach shots off course on their way onto small paspalum greens, a challenge only mitigated by careful shot selection or digging wind-free fairway tunnels. Even with these obstacles, the course's truncated length lets beginners make an enjoyable foray into the game, and more experienced players can work on short game acumen.
Jupiter Dunes’ resident golf pro Jeff Leishman strives to make golf a pleasant pursuit for all players, including juniors. Jeff creates an instructional regimen that best fits each player, helping adults to lower their handicaps during lessons and showing juniors how to make a golf-cart booby trap at summer camps for kids aged 6–14.
Course at a Glance:
The five-star, PADI-certified staff at Jupiter Dive Center, a waterside school, mentors divers of all experience levels in progressive PADI courses. In the multiday courses, instructors teach to general open-water certifications and specialized styles, such as wreck diving and night diving. Guides also lead certified divers on guided day or night charters into the artificial shipwrecks and coral reefs blanketing the local sea floor. Though specific sites vary according to daily conditions, excursions drift past herds of sea life, including colorful schools of fish, peaceful anemones, and sea turtles out-swimming hares arrogantly napping in their own scuba helmets. Dive-shop staff outfits divers' bodies with high-end scuba gear, such as Scubapro suits and instruments.
Nature Speaks escorts novice riders and experienced centaurs alike through the bucolic fields of Jupiter Farms, with experienced guides leading groups of no more than six. As prospective saddle-straddlers scope out the barn's 20 friendly horses, an expert staff that includes a registered nurse and a sheriff's mounted volunteer delivers a briefing on basic animal-control skills and advanced yodeling skills. Riders then hop aboard a steed and venture out into the natural beauty of Palm Beach County, where they might spot wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, and other wildlife along the way. The horses are trained to walk at a leisurely pace, which makes for safer fun than most cobra petting zoos.
A trio of Inside Out Studios inspires balance and tones muscles with gentle, dance-inspired, and weighted workouts overseen by a ladies’ only staff in open, air-conditioned spaces. Pilates practitioners unite quick, rigorous movements with deep, controlled breathing to fortify the core and lengthen the frame. Similarly, barre fitness wields a traditional ballet mainstay as a crutch for moves that challenge both the inexperienced dancer and the retired jewelry-box performer. In TRX suspension training, students employ dangling straps to build strength with body-resistance exercises, boost flexibility, and chisel the core. High-intensity kettlebell classes coalesce cardio, balance, and toning with handled weights that exercisers hold during squats, spins, and triple-axel jumps. Each class style’s page lists its schedule, with classes available from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The USCG-licensed-and-insured captain of Jupiter Fly Fishing launches instructional fishing trips for aspiring piscators of all ages and experience levels. Guests can board a USCG-safety-inspected Pathfinder 22 for a four-hour tour through Palm Beach and Fort Pierce waters, pursuing snook, trout, tarpon, redfish, and other species of tasty sushi stuffers. Spend a morning exploring fly- and light-tackle fishing techniques, or board the vessel at dusk to bait snook fish who, like vampires and recipients of bad haircuts, usually only come out at night.