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Climbing to the top of any lighthouse in Florida, or along the East Coast of the US, will usually reward you with a nice view of the surrounding area. However, sitting just off US 1 in Jupiter, lies a lighthouse with a short climb to a spectacular view of one of Palm Beach County’s crown jewels, Jupiter Inlet. History buffs will enjoy the museum where you can hear and read about the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse’s historical significance, particularly to the Civil War. Completed in 1860, and celebrating its 150th birthday this year, the 105 foot tower played an important role in the transport of supplies through the inlet. The light was disabled during the war by Confederate sympathizers for fear that it was an aid to Union Navy ships offshore, and was not put back into service until after the war had ended. For this reason, and many others, the Lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Like any other lighthouse, it’s certainly nice to look at from the outside, but the real excitement is in climbing the circular steps to the top. An interesting fact as you walk along the path from the museum to the Lighthouse, is that the many small homes that dot the area within the grounds of the Lighthouse, are actually inhabited by Coast Guard families stationed in Jupiter, who enter a lottery system to see who wins the chance to live along the inlet. As you finish your short walk to the Lighthouse a massive banyan tree greets you at the base of the steps. Planted there in 1931 by the head keeper, Captain Charles Seabrook, the thriving tree has grown so large it is frequently trimmed back in many areas to keep it contained. Once you make the climb to the top, you emerge onto the deck to an amazing view of the Jupiter Inlet. The crystal clear turquoise water can be seen for miles, up and down the Inlet, and out into the Atlantic. With the Inlet buzzing with activity on a sunny summer day, it’s only a shame the tour guide doesn’t let you pull up a chair, relax and spend the whole afternoon drinking in the view!!