South & Central Florida Points of Interest

South & Central Florida Points of InterestNestled on the sandy shores of northern Palm Beach County, Jupiter is the gem of South Florida and ranked by Coastal Living Magazine as one of America’s happiest seaside towns.  A picturesque community, the city is a destination for those seeking a high quality of life and high quality health care.  

Jupiter Medical Center’s Global Medicine team is committed to providing personalized assistance and taking care of all the details so patients can focus their energy on getting well. Meanwhile, family members who join their loved ones on the journey may want to explore and enjoy our one-of-a-kind community. 

There is something for everyone in sunny Palm Beach, from some of the world’s most beautiful beaches to celebrity-owned restaurants and a lively nightlife to world-class golf courses and more. We invite you to experience Florida the best way possible with some of the best family-friendly activities:

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ADVENTURE

GATOR BAIT AIRBOAT ADVENTURES, Vero Beach (71.31 miles) $$.... 772-766-2629           

Experience the excitement when you take an airboat ride and glide over the marsh in Indian River County’s premier airboat tour company and marvel at the stunning landscapes and close up encounters with alligators and other wildlife.  Talk to your friends and family aboard with communication headsets and listen to your Florida native guide as he narrates and points out wildlife, including countless birds and alligators. www.gatorbaitairboatadventures.com
 

POLO CLUB PALM BEACH, Wellington (32.99 miles) $$$......................... 561-282-5334

International Polo Club is located in the heart of South Florida’s legendary horse country.  The Club is a world-class polo club designed to showcase the finest the sport has to offer.  The season runs from January to mid-April and features a series of renowned tournaments attracting the world’s finest players.  Sunday brunch begins at 2:00pm with the polo match beginning at 3:00pm.  Variety of Brunch & Polo Options. www.internationalpoloclub.com
 

South & Central Florida Points of InterestRAPIDS WATERPARK, West Palm Beach (12.82 miles)
$$........................... 561-848-6272

Fun for the whole family. Open March-September. Water slides, miniature golf, waterfalls, rain forest and jacuzzi area.  March-May; Open/Close times vary based on monthly weekday/weekend schedule. www.rapidswaterpark.com
 

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO, Orlando (162.90 miles) $$$$................................. 407-224-7840

(Includes Islands of Adventure & Universal Studios) Opens 9am; Closing times vary. www.universalorlando.com
 

WALT DISNEY WORLD THEME PARKS, Orlando (158.76 miles) $$$$.. 407-939-5277

Opens 9am; Closing times vary. www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

 

GOLF COURSES

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ABACOA GOLF CLUB, Jupiter (3.31 miles).................................................... 561-622-0036 

18 holes, 72 par - 7200 yards; lush, rolling fairways weave throughout undulated landscape, which is surrounded by serene lakes and native vegetation. www.abacoagolfclub.com
 

GOLF CLUB OF JUPITER, Jupiter (1.40 miles).............................................. 561-747-6262

18 holes, 71 par – 6275 yards; a short layout features four sets of tee boxes for the enjoyment of golfers of all skill levels.  www.golfclubofjupiter.com
 

JUPITER DUNES GOLF CLUB, Jupiter (4.08 miles)..................................... 561-746-6654

18 holes, 54 par – 1962 yards; Par 3 course, picturesque and beautifully manicured, the course is well treed and bunkered – with natural and water hazards coming into play on 12 holes.  www.jupiterdunesgolf.com
 

NORTH PALM BEACH COUNTRY CLUB, North Palm Beach (11.09 miles) 561-691-3433

18 holes, 71 par – 7071 yards. This links-style course is 1 of only 2 Nicklaus Signature Municipals courses in the United States. www.npbcc.org
 

PALM BEACH GARDENS GOLF CLUB (13.18 miles).................................. 561-626-7888

18 holes, 72 par – 6504 yards. This course is a challenging test of golf carved out of the beautiful Loxahatchee Nature Preserve. www.pbgfl.com/golf
 

NATURE

BUSCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, Jupiter (1.14 miles)................................. 561-575-3399

The Sanctuary offers visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about Florida’s wildlife and natural environments.  This unique refuge combines a nature center with a wildlife hospital that provides comprehensive medical care to over 5,000 sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals each year. Nature trails lead visitors through pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, and cypress wetlands.  Along the trails are wildlife habitats exhibiting a variety of native animals from eagles to panthers, crocodiles, foxes, snakes, bears, and more. Bring the whole family for a real wild experience. On-site tours and educational programs. More than just a place to see animals, it's a real wildlife adventure!  No entrance fee. Closed Sunday and Monday.  www.buschwildlife.org
 

BUTTERFLY WORLD, Coconut Creek (53.21 miles) $$.............................. 954-977-4400

The largest butterfly house in the world today.  Butterfly and Bird Park, live bug zoo, tropical rain forest, exotic birds, botanical gardens. Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm / Sunday 11am-5pm. Butterfly Flight area and the Lorikeet Encounter close at 4:30pm daily.  Closed for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. www.butterflyworld.com
 

LION COUNTRY SAFARI AMUSEMENT PARK, Loxahatchee (35.38 miles) $$ 561-793-1084

Florida’s only drive through safari and walk-through amusement park invites you to spend the say on safari with over 900 animals.  America’s first drive-through cageless zoo on 300 acres provides a habitat in which many endangered or threatened species live or reproduce.  Animal feeding experiences, petting zoo, paddle boats, mini-golf, 9 rides, and water sprayground. Open 7 days/week 9:30am-5:30pm. www.lioncountrysafari.com
 

LOGGERHEAD PARK MARINE LIFE CENTER, Juno Beach (7.04 miles) 561-627-8280

The Center houses a variety of exhibits, live sea turtles and other coastal creatures. Exhibits include a massive prehistoric Archelon sea turtle replica, salt water aquaria and displays of local wildlife, as well as educational displays about South Florida's marine environment. More than 200,000 visitors come to the Center each year to see the exhibits and the sea turtle hospital – the only sea turtle hospital between Orlando and the Florida Keys!  The facility includes a state-of-the-art full service veterinary hospital, exhibit hall, outdoor classroom, research lab, and resource center. Park amenities include a guarded beach, nature trail, playground and picnic pavilions. Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a non-profit education and ocean conservation facility located on the Atlantic Ocean. Admission is free.  www.marinelife.org
 

MUSEUMS

FLAGER MUSEUM, Palm Beach (22.31 miles) $........................................... 561-655-2833 South & Central Florida Points of Interest

Whitehall, the home of the Flagler Museum, was built in 1902 for Henry Flagler, cofounder of Standard Oil, and his third wife Mary Lily Kenan. Spanning 55,000 square feet, Whitehall is decorated in a wide range of styles, from Louis XIV to Swiss chalet. Louis Comfort Tiffany, better known for his brilliance in glass artistry, is among the featured painters. The mansion is built around a large open-air central courtyard and is modeled after palaces in Spain and Italy. Three stories tall with several wings, the mansion has fifty-five fully restored rooms furnished with period pieces. Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and the Flagler Museum has been featured in many television programs and magazine articles nationwide, as one of America's great Gilded Age Estates. In addition, Henry Flagler's private Railcar #91 is exhibited on the Flagler Museum's South Lawn. Built in 1886 for Flagler's personal use, the railcar was acquired by the Museum in 1959 as an artifact of Florida history and an important part of Flagler's story.  Hours: Sunday - Noon to 5pm / Tues - Sat 10am to 5pmwww.flaglermuseum.us
 

JUPITER INLET LIGHTHOUSE & MUSEUM, Jupiter (4.44 miles) $.......... 561-747-6639

The Lighthouse and Museum offers climbing tours of the landmark 1860 lighthouse.  The waterfront Museum in the restored WWII Naval housing building offers its local history exhibit, Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee.  Outdoor exhibits include the Keeper’s Workshop, Tindall Pioneer Homestead, Pennock Plantation Bell and Seminole Chickee.  The Lighthouse is located on a UC CoastGuard base.  Visitors are permitted access to the Lighthouse and Lighthouse grounds only on a guided registered tour through the Lighthouse and Museum.  See the moon in the evening from the top of the Lighthouse.  Children must be at least 48" tall to climb the Lighthouse and must climb under their own power. Carrying a child is not permitted in the tower. Children under that height may still go on tour but will have to stay with an adult at the deck area of the lighthouse. Moonrise Tours available by reservation only.   Tours are available 10am-4pm; Allow 2 hours to visit the site.  Hours are subject to change due to on-site events. January-April: Open 7 days; May-December: Open Tuesday-Sunday; Closed Mondays. www.jupiterlighthouse.org
 

MORIKAMI MUSEAUM & JAPANESE GARDENS, Delray Beach (43.16 miles) $ 561-495-0233

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida's heritage and its connection with Japan, and explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and season events, bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive museum store.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. www.morikami.org
 

NORTON MUSEUM OF ART, West Palm Beach (19.80 miles) $................ 561-832-5196

The Norton Museum of Art was founded in 1941 by the late Ralph Hubbard Norton and his wife, Elizabeth Calhoun Norton. The Nortons were actively interested in fine arts and developed a sizable collection of paintings and sculpture. The Museum Collection consists of 7,000 works of art concentrated in the following departments: European, American, Chinese, Contemporary and Photography.   Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm / Thursday 10am-9pm / Sunday 11am-5pm / Closed Mondayswww.norton.org
 

SOUTH FLORIDA SCIENCE MUSEUM, West Palm Beach (22.06 miles) $.... 561-832-1988

Located next to Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park.  The Museum and Planetarium serves as a learning environment specific to natural science and natural history and as an educational and cultural resource for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Laser concerts available on the 2nd Saturday evening. Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm / Saturday: 10am-6pm / Sunday 10:00pm-6pm.  www.sfsciencecenter.org
 

PARKS & BEACHES

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CARLIN BEACH PARK, Jupiter (3.9 miles)..................................................... 561-966-6600

Beach, baseball field, tennis courts, playgrounds, exercise court, family picnic shelters, restroom facilities.

Free Admission. www.pbcgov.com/parks
 

DUBOIS PARK, Jupiter (4.73 miles).................................................................. 561-747-6639

Sandbar creates a shallow play area during low tide.  The Park is ideal for families looking to spend the day together.  There is plenty of parking and, along the Jupiter Inlet, you can relax with a picnic as lifeguards keep everyone safe.  Views of Jupiter Inlet, man-made Beach, picnic facilities.  Free Admission. www.pbcgov.com/parks
 

JOHN D. MACARTHUR BEACH STATE PARK, Singer Island (12.10 miles) $ …561-624-6952

Fishing, swimming, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, nature center, and guided tours.  A unique mixture of coastal and tropical hammock and mangrove forest, this barrier island provides a haven for several rare or endangered native tropical and coastal plant species. The park's Nature Center shows visitors why the park is a biological treasure. Birdwatchers can see herons, brown pelicans, terns, sandpipers, and gulls. Anglers can fish in the lagoon by wading, kayaking, or canoeing. They can also fish from non-swimming areas of the beach.  Nature Center is a great way to begin or end your day at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.  Equipment rentals (canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, bicycles available.  www.macarthurbeach.org
 

JONATHAN DICKINSON STATE PARK, Hobe Sound (8.59 miles) $....... 561-746-1466

This State Park teems with wildlife in 13 national communities, including sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, mangroves, and river swamps.  The Loxahatchee River, Florida’s first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park.  Ranger-guided tours of the 1930s pioneer homestead of Trapper Nelson are available year round.  Visitors can enjoy paved and off-road bilking, equestrian, and hiking trails.  Boating, Canoeing, and kayaking along the river are also great ways to see the park.  Narrated boat tours aboard the 25 passenger, Coast Guard-certified Loxahatchee Queen II or the River Queen are available.  Various bird and animal life as well as a variety of other species are frequently seen.  Departs Dock Daily at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.; 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.  A beautiful sandy swimming beach is available on the shores of the Loxahatchee River.  No lifeguards are present so all swimmers need to exercise due caution! www.jdstatepark.com
 

PALM BEACH ZOO AT DREHER PARK, West Palm Beach (20.9 miles) $... 561-547-9453

Over 23 acres of lush tropical landscaped habitats that are home to over 1,400 animals from Florida, Central and South America, Asia and Australia. Interactive fountain, Tropics Café.  Hours 9am-5pmwww.palmbeachzoo.org
 

ROGER DEAN STADIUM, Jupiter (3.82 miles) $........................................... 561-630-1848

The spring training home to the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter’s Abacoa is a great day trip for young and old.  During the summer, the Palm Beach Cardinals and the Jupiter Hammerheads keep the action going.  Prices include Field Box or Loge Box seating. www.rogerdeanstadium.com
 

SHOPPING

CITY PLACE, West Palm Beach (20.82 miles)................................................ 561-366-1000

This family friendly, 55 acre dining, shopping, and entertainment complex in the center of Downtown West Palm Beach offers a mix of over 80 national stores, specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, a 20 screen movie theater, the Harriet Himmel Gilman Theater, and a spectacular show fountain featuring a dancing water and light show.  Dramatic Mediterranean architecture and an open-air plaza add to the atmosphere reminiscent of a European town center.  Restaurant and store hours vary. www.cityplace.com
 

DOWNTOWN AT THE GARDENS, Palm Beach Gardens........................... 561-340-1600

Restaurants, movie theatre, specialty foods and retailers, and a centre court hosting pre-scheduled events.  Kids can enjoy a ride on a 32-foot wide wooden carousel.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-7pm / Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm / Sunday 12pm-6pm. www.downtownatthegardens.com
 

GARDENS MALL, Palm Beach Gardens (8.81 miles).................................... 561-622-2115

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South Florida's premier shopping destination anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, and Sears plus over 150 fine specialty shops and restaurants.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm / Sunday 12pm-6pm. www.thegardensmall.com


HARBOURSIDE PLACE, Jupiter (5.3 miles).................................... 561-935-9533

Shopping, dining and live entertainment. Visit the Shops at Harbourside Place for an array of options from apparel for him and her to jewelry, swimwear and more, while savoring the taste in one of the 9 dining options at Harbourside Place. Live music performances take place 3 days a week in the center's amphitheater. Restaurant and store hours vary. www.harboursideplace.com

 

PALM BEACH OUTLETS, West Palm Beach (15.6 miles)........................... 561-515-4400

South Florida's newest premier outlet shopping destination features over 100 stores.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am–9pm / Sunday 11am-7pm. www.palmbeachoutlets.com
 

WORTH AVE, Palm Beach (19.4 miles)........................... 561-659-6909

An enchanting resort destination in Palm Beach, Florida with European sophistication and inimitable style and grace, Worth Avenue is one of the most beautiful shopping venues in the country. Restaurant and store hours vary. www.worthavenue.com

THEATERS

CINEPOLIS THEATER, Jupiter, Movie Theater (3.44 miles) $..................... 561-747-7333

This trendsetting cinema offers upscale traditional offerings, luxury dine-in theater options, at your seat waiter service, and luxury reclining seats. www.cinepolisusa.com/jupiter
 

COBB DOWNTOWN 16, Palm Beach Gardens, Movie Theater (7.54 miles) $ 561-253-0819

www.cobbtheatres.com/downtown16
 

MALTZ JUPITER THEATER, Jupiter (3.76 miles) $$.................................... 561-743-2666

Florida’s largest professional award-winning premiere regional theater offering Broadway inspired musicals and plays, jazz artists, and orchestras.  Students from the Conservatory of Performing Arts also have scheduled performances.  A variety of seating options and a flexible show schedule with matinee and evening performances are available.  Ticket prices vary. www.jupitertheatre.org
 

KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, West Palm Beach (20.94 miles) $$$         561-832-7469

As one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast, with a growing national and international reputation, the Center was created to provide communities worldwide with an example of a thriving performing arts center and a major community and economic catalyst. Set on 10.6 acres of property at the highest point in the city, the Kravis Center includes four  venues -- the 2,195-seat Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall, the flexible 289-seat Rinker Playhouse, the 170-seat Helen K. Persson Hall,  the outdoor Michael and Andrew Gosman Amphitheatre with a capacity for 1,400 patrons, along with a five-level parking garage.  Many regionally based arts organizations call the Kravis Center their home including Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Opera, and the Palm Beach Pops. Each season, the Kravis Center will present more than 350 performances featuring acclaimed artists from every discipline. Ticket prices vary based on performance and seat location.  Box Office opened Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Box Office hours are extended until curtain time for evening performances. Closed Sunday. If there is a Sunday performance, the Box Office will open two hours prior to curtain. www.kravis.org
 

NOTE:  All mileage is calculated starting from Jupiter Medical Center. 

SEE ALSO: “Discover the Palm Beaches” - http://www.palmbeachfl.com/things-to-do/