After-Dark Adventures

The Sunshine State may be lionized for its dawn-to-dusk water activities, but the fun doesn’t have to end at nightfall. Enjoy these aquatic experiences when the sun goes to sleep.

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Photo by Danielle Cicchese Photography

Cruise Patrol

Sit back, relax, and take in the sights on a Conch Cruise around Jupiter Island that leaves from the inlet marina (right behind U-Tiki) just before sunset. Captains will shuttle you past the estate-riddled shoreline and point out where many of the island’s most prestigious residents call home, including legendary athletes, award-winning entertainers, and the reclusively rich. Sip your favorite cocktail (BYOB; bottled water provided) as you drift past the Jupiter Lighthouse, Dubois Park, and other places of interest and encounter native fauna such as blue heron, snowy egrets, and sea cows from the comfort of your cruiser. If you’re short on time, opt for a quick jaunt around the Jupiter Inlet—perfect for an evening cruise before dinner. $120/one-hour private sunset cruise; $10/person for 30-minute inlet tour; 561.797.9979

Image courtesy of Get Up and Go Kayaking

Natural Glow

Ever hear of comb jellies? While often mistaken for jellyfish, these gelatinous fish radiate a green-blue luminance when the water is stirred. You will find plenty of them on one of Get Up and Go Kayaking’s glow-in-the-dark tours. Departing from the Jupiter Pointe Club & Marina in a clear kayak, take a southerly sojourn down the Intracoastal Waterway, where you will likely spy the jellies, plus other marine life such as wild sea turtles, manatees, starfish, and stingrays. The tour includes a stop at the Tequesta Sandbar, where you can stretch your legs, take a dip in the water, and snap some photos before taking in a spectacular sunset. Tuesday-Thursday; $50/adult, $40/child; 561.203.9477

Dolphin Daze

If swimming with dolphins is still on your bucket list, sample the next best thing at Salty’s Water Sports in Fort Pierce. During a one-hour evening Jet Ski (or two-hour pontoon boat) tour along the Indian River Lagoon, you can get up close and personal with the friendly mammals. Every year, the 156-mile estuary welcomes hundreds of wild bottlenose dolphins that come to breed and raise their young during the fall and winter months. Set against a tapestry of purple-red hues, the excursions follow various dolphin pods (from a safe distance so as not to disturb them). Close encounters with the mammals are common, as many recognize the tour leaders’ vocal cadences and may demonstrate their excitement by clicking, whistling, and even leaping out of the water. Have a camera handy so you’re ready to snap should one decide to swim up and say hello! These memorable outings are customizable and can include side trips to Dynamite Point or Wesley’s Island, where you’ll have time to swim or relax on the beach. $160/one-hour Jet Ski tour, $267.50/two-hour pontoon boat; 772.448.4516  

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