Dubois Park - Janet Bellacera




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     On a recent trip into the Miami area, I researched a few placed to go visit and this little gem came up.  Welcome to Dubois Park on Jupiter Inlet.  This park is a wonderful stop if you are looking for a place to picnic, boat, swim, fish, or pretty much anything that involves the sun, getting outdoors and enjoying the water.  My family and I decided to visit this park right after we visited the Jupiter Lighthouse (check out that blog right here).  With my SUV filled to the top with family, kids, Grandma and Grandpa we decided to keep things simple, and we headed to the supermarket first to stocked up on our picnic supplies.  The first thing you will notice when entering the park is the  Dubois Pioneer Home sitting perched on a hill.  Huh...that's odd, right?  So I had to check it out.  Turns out that this home was built in 1898 by one of Jupiter's more notable families The Dubois Family, and this "hill" is actually a Native American shell rock midden.                            


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     Of course...very little research goes into planning my trips.  I like to fly by the seat of my pants and just wing it.  Sometimes that's a great thing and other times, not so much.  I was very upset to find out that the home was not open, and you should probably be sure to check that if you're planning on coming to visit.  So I decided to just check out the rest of the park.  At the time that I was visiting the park was undergoing a renovation, new walkways, trees, railings all sort of really nice things.  So while on my walk we passed 2 swimming lagoons both with large sandy  beaches, places to kayak, fish, tons of picnic benches and BBQ grills and along the jetty as you walk out to the ocean the county was in the process of building a large walk way, great for bikes, rollerblades or just a stroll.  Once you reach the end of the walk way you are beach side, the area around the jetty is very rough for swimming so I would not suggest that, but further down you will find your typical gorgeous white sandy beach and turquois and green Florida waters.  


     If you're looking for a park to spend a day with the family, and something that offers a few different things than to do, than Dubois Park is going to be great option.  Especially the swimming lagoons.  They offer the chance to cool off in the FL heat without having to do the beach, waves or jelly fish, and the best thing about the lagoons is that the water is pretty shallow  so it is a popular spot for kids and parents.  The park is a great place to just chill and relax especially near the inlet side, palm trees overlooking the inlet are perfect for hanging a hammock on, and the view is to die for.  Across the inlet you will see the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse keeping watch over the inlet.  On your next trip into the area you have to place this park on your list of places to visit.  I will deifnatley be back in the Spring to see what renovations were completed.  

Let me know what you think of this park, or suggest a park you'd like for me to visit.

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