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.
Pon Tiki's cabana-boat tours drift along the Loxahatchee River while endowing voyagers with a view of the Jupiter Lighthouse, a grandiose tower of red brick that was built in 1859. Equipped with a custom bar and a wide-reaching sunbrella shade-top, each floating bamboo-cabana provides passengers with tasty drinks and allows river-faring picnickers to bring their own food aboard. From the Pon Tiki boat's own golf driving tee, swing cultivators can fuel their secret passion for water hazards with dead-on accuracy, and the built-in stereo system allows smooth sailors to glide down the river to the soothing sounds of Bill Cosby humming Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less
Pro Tip: Be ready to enjoy the outdoors, tons of fun. Pony rides, Petting Zoo, Bounce House Farmers Mkt + BBQ
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Petting Zoo & Pony Rides
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Heather grew up in the relatively tight confines of New York. She and her family never had any pets, and she has, in some ways, chosen to compensate for that fact by starting her business. She owns and operates Pet-N-Parties, a mobile petting zoo that brings pigs, sheep, rabbits, and ponies to liven up events. She lives on a farm with more than 40 animals, and she says each one has a different personality. One of her favorite parts of her job is overhearing her staff explain the personality of each animal to eager crowds of kids who are looking forward to petting a pig, riding a pony, or discussing the nature of existence with a rabbit.
Heather also invites people over to meet all of the animals at once. She happily hosts events and parties at her five-and-a-half-acre ranch in Jupiter, where entire families can experience feeding, petting, and riding farm animals together.
Minutes from the inlet’s mouth, Jupiter Inlet Boat Rental’s location offers speedy access to both the ocean and the intracoastal area. Patrons can take to these glittering waterways in their pick from a fleet of cruising boats, deck boats, and offshore fishing boats, which let them cast fishing lines far from the shore’s judgmental sunbathing salmon. Crafted by makers such as Aquasport, Sea Pro and Hurricane, the boats' Yamaha engines putter as they cruise south to waterfront restaurants and mansions, or north to a wildlife preserve where bald eagles, blue herons, and other rare species frolic. Rather than renting a boat, patrons can prepare for future voyages with boating lessons, during which a US Coast Guard–certified captain share tips for anchoring, docking, and following waterway etiquette. Boat tours—which follow the company’s routes or ones custom-designed by the client—and chartered fishing trips both place steering responsibility in the captain’s hands, letting passengers sit back and enjoy the ride.
Mike Johnson knows how to do a lot more than just navigate a boat; with more than a quarter century as a Coast Guard-certified captain and a longtime Palm Beach resident, he has learned where to find the best fishing spots and the most secluded Bahamian islands. In fact, he has taken more than 200 private charters to the Bahamas in the past 25 years, and has a crew that can help clean and bag catches after an offshore or inshore fishing excursion. Clients can also use Mike's charters to host a sunset dinner with friends or to learn how to pilot a trawler themselves.
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.