There are plenty of things to do and places to see on St. Croix. You can visit a rum distillery, tour a plantation, take a snorkeling tour to Buck Island, explore a museum, attend an event and watch the sun come up at the eastern most point in the U.S.
Fort Frederik, St. Croix, USVIFort Frederik Museum - construction started in the 1700's. Governor General Peter Von Scholten read the proclamations abolishing slavery in 1848 at the fort. There a museum and art gallery on-site. There is an admission fee of $3.00 for adults, however, for those under the age of 16, admission to the museum is free. The fort is open on Saturdays only and when cruise ship are in port. Hours of operation are 8:00AM until 4:00PM.
The Market Place - this an area of Frederiksted that has narrow streets and alleyways. It is a great place to see and appreciate the city's historic architecture.
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts - serves and promotes the art and the artists of the Caribbean region. Museum Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Located at 10 Strand St & # 62 King St. - telephone: 340-772-2622
LAWAETZ MUSEUM - take a walk through history. Wander through the lush gardens and authentically furnished and historic home of the prominent Danish-Crucian family, Lawaetz. You can take a guided tour of the house and grounds where you will learn about how these people lived and what their values were, during the first half of the twentieth century. Admission fee for Adults: $10.00, Children (6-12 years old): $4.00 Children under 6 years: free, Groups of 10 or more: $5.00 (Reservations Required) The museum is open to the public from November to April on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10-4pm; From May - October, the museum is open on Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday from 10-3pm. For more information (or for tours in Danish, Spanish or French) please call (340) 772-0598. more info...
Other buildings of interest in Frederiksted include the Old Customs House and Victorian House. Click here for more Frederiksted information and photos.
Jump Up - held in Christiansted four times a year, this fun evening is filled with steel drum bands, lots of live music, and Mocko Jumbies (stilt walkers) dancing in the streets. You will find many local artisans selling their crafts and jewelry, along with plenty of island food and drink along the streets and waterfront boardwalk of this quaint and historic town! Click here for more Jump Up information.
The Wharf - an area of about seven acres that forms the Christiansted National Historic Site.
Fort Christiansvaern - the best-preserved fort in the entire Virgin Islands. Originally built using yellow bricks brought from Denmark as ballast in sailing ships, the fort includes dungeons, galleys, cannons, and awesome views of Christiansted harbor and Hotel on the Cay. Click here for more Fort Christiansvaern information.
Apothecary Hall - this is the only historic Danish pharmacy that has been made into a museum in the Western Hemisphere. The museum can be found in its original location which dates back 150 years! The museum is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 4 p.m. - admission is free.
Hamilton House - This is the home where Alexander Hamilton spent part of his boyhood. Hamilton was a Founding Father of the United States. He was one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the Constitution and was instrumental in the founding of the nation's financial system. He was the Secretary of the Treasury and his portrait is currently on the U.S. ten dollar bill ($10.00).
Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church - built circa 1740, It is St. Croix's oldest extant church. Its Neo-Classical tower, which was built in 1834, was designed by Albert Lovmand. Albert was the official architect for the Danish colonies at the time.
Steeple Building - This building was originally constructed in 1734 as a church by the Danish West India and Guinea Company. It was later used for many different purposes including a hospital, community hall, a warehouse, bakery, school and hospital. Click here for a photo of the Steeple Building.
Other historic buildings located in Christiansted include the Scale House, The Old Danish Customs House, and the West India & Guinea Company Warehouse. Many of these structures are still in use today.
Point Udall Millennium MonumentNational Parks - Monuments - Wildlife Refuge
There are several National parks, a National Monument (Buck Island) and wildlife refuges on St. Croix. Click here for more information.
St. Croix Heritage Tours offers weekly walking tours or Christiansted and Frederiksted. Each walk lasts about 1-1/2 hours. 340-778-6997.
The Christiansted tour starts at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the gazebo on the grounds of Fort Christianvaern. The US$12 fee covers all admission charges and a cold drink, half price for children 10 and under.
The Frederiksted tour begins at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, and starts at the end of the cruise dock. The cost is US$8.
They also offer tours of Estate Mount Washington, the St. Croix LEAP woodcarving operation, and Estate Little Princess, which is owned by The Nature Conservancy. The groups range from 10-25 people, additional guides are hired on for groups larger than 25.
For more information, call 340-778-6997.
St Croix Heritage Trail - Take a driving tour of this Caribbean island's historic sites and attractions which includes many significant natural areas. A 72-mile driving tour, it is complete with historic marker road signs that have the trail's brown and white sugar mill symbol which guides visitors along the route between Frederiksted and Christiansted. The route is primarily along Centerline Road (route 70), extending from Hamm's Bay in the west to Point Udall in the East. http://www.stcroixheritagetrail.com
Caribbean Adventure Tours - Toll-Free 1-800-532-3483 · St. Croix 340-778-1522
Visit the historical sites, Attractions, beaches, and shopping with a knowledgeable guide. 3-6 hours of personalized tours by taxi, van bus, or safari bus. Tours normally cost about $30 for one or two passengers for 2 hours, and $40 for 3 hours
St. Croix Safari Tours - Open air safari bus offering historical island tours, 800-524-2026,
Tan Tan Tours - Off-the-beaten-path jeep tours, Phone: 340-773-7041
Air Venture in Paradise - Phone: 340-719-5529, Phone: 340-277-1433
Equus Horseback Riding - Call Stephen O'Dea at 340-778-0933 to reserve a ride.
For more information about tours offered on St Croix click here.
St. Croix Plantations
The Whim Plantation Museum - a wonderfully restored plantation that includes an 18th century neo-classical great house that is made of rock and coral bonded together with a mortar of sugar molasses and seashells. The site includes slave quarters, an intact windmill, and factory. Guided tours and exhibits tell visitors the story of life on a sugar plantation during the 17th century. Once a year the museum hosts a "starving artists" day for local painters and craftspeople to display and sell their creations. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturdays, 10a.m. - 4 p.m. - Call 340-772-0598 for more information. Admission $5 adults, $1 children. Click here for Whim Plantation photos.
Lawaetz Family Museum - Little La Grange - Adjacent to the rainforest, this old plantation dwelling and its gardens depicts Danish West Indian life of the early 20th century. Guided tours 10am to 3pm Thursday through Saturday and the last Sunday of every month. Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment (772-0555). Admission $5.00, group rates available 340-772-1539.
Visit the St. Croix Landmarks Society website for more information, www.stcroixlandmarks.com
Sprat Hall Plantation, St. Croix, USVISprat Hall Plantation - 1-800-843-3584 - Located on route 63, 1 mile north of central Frederiksted, overlooking Sprat Hall Beach. Sprat Hall is the oldest plantation on St. Croix, It was built when the French occupied the island back in 1650 through 1690. The current owner of the property, Joyce Hurd, was born in the great house in 1927. She has lived there her whole life. When Joyce was just 20 years old, in 1947, she decided that her remarkable family home and all the treasures to be found there should be shared with the rest of the world. In 1947, Joyce began operating a Bed & Breakfast out of the great house, she has been ever since!
Butler Bay Great House, St. CroixButler Bay - Estate Butler's Bay magnificent Great house was built during the Golden Age of sugar and rum production on the island. The mansion has one of the most beautiful arched galleries on the island, rivaled only by the handsome ones at Estate Little Princess. The great house is privately owned and is not open for tours.
Estate Little Princess, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin IslandsEstate Little Princess - a 24-acre/9.6 hectare plantation belonging to The Nature Conservancy that overlooks Christiansted harbor. It contains 18th and 19th century great houses, water-well towers, sugar mills, and walking trails through native plants. 1-340-773-5575 firstname.lastname@example.org
Estate Mount Washington Plantation, St. Croix, USVIEstate Mount Washington Plantation - Located on the western end of St Croix just to the North of Frederiksted. You'll find a sign directing you off route 63 and up the dirt road leading to the site...the plantation is about a mile inland from the coast. This plantation is considered to be one of St. Croix's most well preserved plantations. The plantation was in operation from about 1780 to 1820...a time when the island of St. Croix was one of the the largest producers of sugar in the West Indies...second only to Barbados. There is a private residence on the site which is closed to the public. You are, however, welcome to go on a self-guided tour of the 13 acre site. No admission charge, donations are welcomed. 340-772-1026
More Great Places of Interest and Things to do on St. Croix
The Captain Morgan Visitor Center and Rum Distillery - An exciting tour of the Captain Morgan Distillery awaits you at the Captain Morgan Visitor Center which was built as part of Diageo’s, Captain Morgan Rum Distillery on St. Croix. For more information about the Distillery and the Visitor Center click here.
The Cruzan Rum Factory - 340-692-2280
St. Croix Leap/Rainforest - A unique woodworking shop in the rainforest north of Frederiksted is well worth the visit. Observe island mahogany and other locally grown wood being transferred into utilitarian and decorative items by skilled woodworkers and apprentices in this educational project.
Beer Drinking Pig at the Domino Club, St. Croix, US Virgin IslandsWorld Famous Beer Drinking Pigs of Montpellier Domino Club- Well they would get too drunk and now they can only have non alcoholic beer, but it is still fun to see them drink it! They have been featured on Inside Edition and mentioned in Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine, among others. Located in the middle of the rainforest on Mahogany Road (route 63). It's on the right if your are coming from the east (Christiansted) or the left if coming from the west (Frederiksted). There is a $1 fee to see the 6 pigs, $3 to video them, and you buy their beer! You can eat there yourself (it offends the pigs if you eat pork there! Ha!) There is a full bar and local food for your enjoyment. Click here to go to Montpellier Domino Club's web page.
St. George Village Botanical Garden - a 16 acre botanical garden built over a pre-Columbian Indian settlement and the ruins of a 19th century sugar plantation displaying more than 1,500 native and exotic species and varieties on its grounds. A rainforest walk and a cactus garden are among the attractions. Museum Store and nursery. Open every day of the year except Christmas Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $8 for adults; $6 for seniors over 60; and $1 for children under 12; group rates also available. more info...
Point Udall - Experience the secluded eastern-most spot in the United States. On your way to Point Udall you will pass a huge radio telescope across from Cramer Park. more info...Tide Pools at Annaly Bay - St. Croix
Tide Pools at Annaly Bay - It is well worth the hike to get to Annaly Bay and the Tide Pools on St. Croix. After you make the difficult but scenic hike, you will be rewarded with a relaxing dip in the tide pools.
Salt River and Columbus Landing - Visit the only documented landing site under the US flag of the fleet of Christopher Columbus on his voyage in 1493. The Salt River area, a National and Territorial Park, holds many historic and ecological treasures. In season, the St. Croix environmental Association conducts tours of this area, call 340-773-3663 http://www.nps.gov/sari/
Country Day School Gallery - has changing exhibits featuring the work of Virgin Islands artists.