Enjoying Florida Outdoors: Blowing Rocks Preserve
Enjoying the sunshine and being one with nature provides countless mental and physical health benefits. Our beautiful state features dozens of State, National and local parks with options to enjoy the great outdoors no matter your physical ability or fitness level. During these changing times it's more important than ever to get out, enjoy the fresh air and experience nature.
From handicap accessible beaches and marinas to adventures for those seeking more intrepid experiences, Florida has it all and most facilities allow for proper social distancing. Our state boasts dozens of opportunities to get outdoors and in these days of limited travel, take the opportunity to enjoy a staycation and explore an unknown part of our state.
One of our favorite natural treasures is Blowing Rocks Preserve, located in northern Palm Beach County, in the quaint town of Jupiter.
Established in 1969, this restored habitat is home to dozens of endangered or threatened species. The preserve was named for its stunning Anastasia Limestone shoreline, the largest on the U.S.’ Atlantic Coast.
At Blowing Rocks it is not uncommon for visitors to spot endangered sea turtles, brown pelicans, ospreys and countless small marine creatures foraging the sea grass rake and intertidal zones.
Fishing, kayaking and walking the beach trails are all popular activities, which can be enjoyed by guests of all ages and fitness levels. The Preserve also features an intricate mangrove environment, which can be experienced by foot on their elevated boardwalk. An afternoon spent at Blowing Rocks Preserve is like walking into a time capsule and witnessing life in Old Florida, we’ve often caught ourselves daydreaming under the sunshine on one of the Preserve’s numerous shaded benches or beach overlooks.
The Preserve also features a wonderful visitors center with installations and educational materials on our Florida reef environments, nesting sea turtles and the history of the Jupiter Island natives who protected this very special place for future generations to enjoy.
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Marilu is a veteran of the entertainment industry, her career in entertainment spans over thirteen years having worked with some of the most prominent creative media houses known, including, Warner Brothers, MTV and Universal Pictures. In 2014, she shifted gears to begin working as a digital marketing professional. Prior to her work at Florida Blue, she worked for Keurig in Waterbury, Vermont. Marilu is incredibly passionate about our oceans, wildlife, and conservation, and has been featured as a guest speaker at conferences nationwide for her knowledge and expertise on Marine environments and the issues affecting our oceans. A Miami native, she holds a degree in Tropical Coastal Ecosystem Resource Management from the University of Queensland and sits on several Marine Science and Conservation nonprofit boards.