Things to Do on St. Croix
St. Croix Attractions -
There are plenty of things to do 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 - dates back to the 1700's and is
the site where then Governor General
Peter Von Scholten read the proclamations abolishing slavery in 1848. It holds a
museum and art gallery Fort Frederik Museum has an admission fee of $3.00
adults. Under age 16 admission is free. The museum is open on Saturdays only
during cruise ship visits. 8:00AM until 4:00PM.
The Market Place - an area of narrow streets and alleys which is
one of the best places to appreciate the city's architecture.
Many shops are located along this area.
Caribbean Museum Center for the
Arts - serving and promoting the art and artists of the Caribbean.
Museum Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
10 Strand St & # 62 King St., Frederiksted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands -
LAWAETZ MUSEUM - lovely museum preserving the
lush gardens and authentically furnished, historic home of a prominent Danish-Crucian
family. Through expertly guided tours, visitors learn about rural life ways and
values during the first half of the twentieth century. The admission fee is
$10.00 for adults, $4.00 for children between 6 and 12 years, free for children
under 6 years, $5.00 for groups of 10 or more (Reservation Required), seniors
with ID. The museum is open November - April, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
10-4pm; May - October, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday 10-3pm. Group rates
available. For more information (or to arrange for tours in Danish, Spanish or
French) please contact us (340) 772-0598.
Other interesting buildings include the Old Customs House and
Click here for more Frederiksted
information and photos.
Jump Up (also known as Harbor Night) - For a
great "island" time, try to go
to "Jump Up" in Christiansted which is held about four times a year. This is a "carnival-like" evening filled
with steel bands, Mocko Jumbies (stilt walkers) dancing, local arts and crafts, island food,
and fun in and along the streets and waterfront of this historic town!
Click here for more Jump Up information.
The Wharf - a seven acre area that forms the
National Historic Site.
Fort Christiansvaern - the best-preserved fortress in the Virgin
Islands. Built from yellow bricks brought from Denmark, the
fortress has dungeons, galleys, cannons, and fantastic views of Christiansted
harbor. Click here for more
Fort Christiansvaern information.
Apothecary Hall - the only museum of a historic Danish pharmacy
in the Western Hemisphere. Located in its original location dating back 150
years. Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 4
p.m. - free
Hamilton House - Where Alexander Hamilton spent part of his
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 - originally built in 1734 as a church, but
later used as a warehouse, bakery, and hospital. It now houses a museum. Click
here for a
photo of the Steeple Building.
Other historic buildings such as the Scale House, The Old Danish
Customs House, and the West India & Guinea Company Warehouse
- many are still in use.
There are National parks, a National Monument 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.
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
- This 72-mile driving tour connects our Caribbean island's historic sites and
attractions and includes many significant natural areas. Historic marker road
signs with the trail's brown and white sugar mill symbol guide visitors along
the route which runs between Frederiksted and Christiansted, primarily along
Centerline Road, extending north to Hamm's Bay in the west and Point Udall in
Adventure Tours - Toll-Free 1-800-532-3483 · St. Croix 340-778-1522
Visit the historical sites, Attractions, beaches, and
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
* Federations of St. Croix Taxi Association Inc (Taxi, Vans,
* Paradise Tours (Bus) 800-772-0359, local (340) 772-0359, fax
* St. Croix Safari Tours (Safari Van) - 340-773-6700
* Travelers Tours (Safari Van) - (340)778-1636, fax 778-7522
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,
Sprat 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!
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 - 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.
Other Favorite Places of Interest and Things to do on St.
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. Tours are Mon. - Fri. 9:00 am to
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.
World 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
Click here to go to
Montpellier Domino Club's
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.
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.
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
Country Day School Gallery - has changing exhibits featuring the
work of Virgin Islands artists.