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Regional Attractions

Regional Attractions - from two nationally recognized zoos to Jai Alai, Palm Beach Kennel's dog racing, the Palm Beach Polo Club [home of the $100,000 World Cup/International Gold Cup], Lion County Safari, and Jupiter's spring training baseball facilities at Roger Dean Stadium, Palm Beach and Martin counties offer over 30 unique attractions within a 10 to 45 minute drive of Ocean Parks.

Performing Arts Centers

Performing Arts - from classical orchestras and dazzling galleries and art exhibition centers to spacious theaters and amphitheaters, Martin County has 12 Performing Arts facilities. Highlighted by the fabulous 2,200 seat, $55 million Kravis Center For The Performing Arts and the recently renovated Maltz Jupiter Theatre adjacent to Ocean Parks, Palm Beach County offers another 33 cultural attractions.

Art Galleries & Museums

From the classics and traditional home-spun exhibits, to museums covering the formative period of the Treasure Coast, Martin County offers seven galleries and museums and Palm Beach is home to another twelve, including the internationally recognized Norton Museum of Art and Morikami Museum.

Galleries

Lighthouse Gallery and School of Art, at Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, now in its 35th year, offers a schedule of classes covering a variety of media for children through adults. Many of the classes are now being held in the recently opened Studios on 395 Seabrook Road, once the home of North County Ambulance.

The 8,500 square foot, not-for-profit gallery is leasing the building from Jupiter Medical Center at $1 per year for 10 years. The hospital bought the building from North County Ambulance in 1992.

Monthly exhibitions continue at the main gallery on Tequesta Drive. Exhibitions, classes, lectures and workshops by artists are given year-round. Normal operating hours of the gallery are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., October through July, Monday-Saturday. Call 746-3101 for registration and fees.

The towns of Jupiter and Juno Beach and the City of Palm Beach Gardens all sponsor separate art shows in their respective municipal halls.

The Town of Jupiter set up its art gallery throughout the second floor of the Municipal Complex, at 210 Military Trail. Exhibits, which sometimes run just over a month, are put together by a 12-member board and begin with preview parties. For more information, call Bernie Schattner, Jupiter director of engineering and public works.

The Town of Juno Beach hosts regular, month-long exhibits, also begun with preview parties, at the Town Center council chambers, 340 Ocean Drive. The works are selected by the Friends of the Arts, a committee put together by Mayor Frank Harris. For more information, call the Town Center at 626-1122.

GardensArt, a program sponsored by the Palm Beach Gardens Parks and Recreation Department, sets up exhibits at the Burns Road Community Center, at 4404 Burns Road; the lobby and council chambers of the Municipal Complex, at 10500 N. Military Trail; and the Riverside Drive Community Center. For more information, call (561) 630-1116.

Museums

The Loxahatchee River Historical Society, which was formed in 1971,  maintains the three oldest structures in Palm Beach County: the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, built in 1859; the DuBois Home built in 1898 by Harry DuBois; and the Tindall House built in 1892. The Society operates these three along with the Florida History Center and Museum.

The Florida History Center and Museum
This museum is located in Burt Reynolds Park at 805 North US Highway 1, Jupiter, and was formerly known as the Loxahatchee Historical Museum.

The museum hosts traveling exhibits supplied by the state and a permanent walk-through display called History Shaped By Nature, depicting how people who came to this area as early settlers learned to cope with the environment. Exhibits currently on display are A History of Golf, extended from its September closing, and sculptures by Brad Cooley and his son, Brad Jr., wildlife paintings by Robert Butler of Okeechobee and oil paintings by Guy LaBree of Dania.

In September 1995, Seminole Indians built two chikees - open-air houses made of cypress trees, with thatched roofs of palm fronds. A third was built more than seven years ago and the five-member crew also re-roofed it with palm fronds. The cost for setting up the permanent exhibit was $15,000, financed by the Junior League of the Palm Beaches for the museum's Florida History Village permanent exhibit.

Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 6-18 and free for those under 6. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the museum at (561) 747- 8380 or visit the website.

DuBois Home Museum
The two-story house, sitting on a Jeaga Indian mound in DuBois Park, is owned by the county and was built as a one-story structure in 1898 by Harry DuBois for his wife, Susan, and their family. Some artifacts from the mound, such as pottery, date to 500 B.C. The home was bought by Palm Beach County from the Leo Vickers family, to whom the DuBois had sold the house in 1972. In 1977, the DuBois home was opened as a museum. It currently is operated in conjunction with the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.

The home is open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Call (561) 747- 8380 or visit the website.

Jupiter Lighthouse and Historical Museum
The Jupiter Lighthouse was completed in 1859. There is an old kerosene house on the grounds, and inside is the museum, which preserves a small number of items from the lighthouse's history.

In June 1994, the Loxahatchee River Historical Society signed a lease to operate the lighthouse with the U.S. Coast Guard. The Town of Jupiter took over the lease in July, 1994, and the town managed the $770,000 lighthouse restoration. The Jupiter will be responsible for the lighthouse's maintenance for the next 20 years.

The beacon itself is an active navigational aid and its nightly operations will continue to be the U.S. Coast Guard's responsibility. Restoration work was completed in April 2000. Included in the refurbishment is restoration of the circular stairwell, the outdoor metal platform and railing, repainting the 105-foot-tall structure and making repairs to the oil house that has been used as a mini-museum at the base of the lighthouse.

The visitors center at Lighthouse Park offers guided tours Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last tour starting at 4 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 6-18, and free for those under 6, and climbers must be at least 4 feet tall and not wear flip-flops or spike heeled shoes. Call (561) 747- 8380 or visit the website for further information.

Tindall House
Palm Beach County's oldest known home was moved in 1997 from its previous location on Palm Point off Center Street in Jupiter to the grounds of the Florida History Center and Museum, as part of its permanent exhibit.

The Tindall House was built in 1892 by George Tindall, the son of a British preacher and an Indian Chieftain's daughter. The cracker-style, one-room frame house was built in two sections - a main living section that is now owned by the Florida History Center and a kitchen house.

The main house was later sectioned off into a main living room, three bedrooms and stairs to the attic. Outside was a chicken coop, orange grove, well-pump bathroom facilities. The house was sold to Lloyd Minear in the 1920s and donated to the museum in 1995.

The Town of Jupiter's History Web site has pictures and additional information about this historic structure.

For visitor information, call the museum at (561) 747- 8380 or visit the website.

Marinelife Center of Juno Beach
Located in Loggerhead Park at 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach, this museum, with Larry Wood as executive director, is between U.S. 1 and County Road A1A, within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean, where turtles emerge to annually lay their eggs on the beach. Specimens undergoing rehabilitation are kept in huge tanks, available to be viewed by visitors, though not handled. Turtle walks, where people can go on organized tours at the beach to await female turtles coming ashore and depositing their eggs, are sponsored regularly each year, during June and July. Eleanor Fletcher, an environmentalist who makes her home in Juno Beach, was its founder.

She envisioned the museum as a center for children's education, emphasizing marine life in the Atlantic Ocean. Known as the Turtle Lady, Fletcher began to draw attention and crowds more than a decade ago in her campaign to save sea turtles from extinction. She learned much and taught others about the sea giants' temperaments and nesting habits. From that came the idea for the children's center. The museum is operated with a volunteer group, which fits into two categories.

In the summertime, volunteers helping with turtle watches augment those who assist in the museum year-round. As of Sept. 15, the count of nests in the 5 1/2-mile range, from Jupiter Reef Club south to MacArthur Beach Park, was 37 leatherbacks, 5,686 loggerheads and 357 greens. Now 12 years old, the museum depends largely on private donations, and visitors may come free. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 627-8280 or visit the Marinelife website.

Theaters

Palm Beach Community College

Eissey Campus Theatre, opened in March 1994, is home for Palm Beach Community College's Northstage theater productions and offers the stage to other organizations in the county. For more information, call 207-5900 or visit the PBCC website.

The Blowing Rocks Music Festival
The festival, in formal existence since 1988, was put on by Help The Hungry at Home. It is a classical and semi-classical concert series normally held annually on the last three Sundays in March at the Jupiter High School auditorium. Help the Hungry provides monthly food to the needy in this area. Call 747-2022.

Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
The cultural center in
West Palm Beach offers a ongoing roster of concerts, opera productions, Broadway shows, ballet performances and more. For a listing of upcoming events, call the box office at 832-7469 or visit the Kravis Center website.

Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Located immediately adjacent to Ocean Parks and formerly known as the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre has just undergone a complete renovation and again offers an exciting roster of cultural events starting on February 29, 2004. For information on upcoming events, call the box office at 575-2223 or visit the Maltz Jupiter Theater website.

Dining

The Jupiter area offers a variety of dining experiences from elegant waterfront dining to casual American grills. Dock your boat at The Riverhouse Restaurant and enjoy the 5-star dining and salad bar as you watch the boats go by or relax at the Crab House at Jupiter Inlet and watch the sunset as you feast on Stone Crab. This is just a taste of the finest dining in the Palm Beaches.

Shopping

Shopping - in addition to the 6 regional malls and shopping centers located in northern Palm Beach and Martin counties, the internationally recognized discovery shops and boutiques of Palm Beach's legendary Worth Avenue are just 30 minutes from Ocean Parks, with the 1.3 million sq. ft. Gardens Mall of the Palm Beaches [currently featuring over 180 stores including Saks 5th Avenue, Bloomingdales, Sears and Macy's] within a 10 minute drive and the 1.4 million sq. ft. Palm Beach Mall [currently featuring over 125 stores including Lord & Taylor, Dillards and Sears] within a 25 minute drive of  Ocean Parks.