Places of Interest
- dates back to the 1700's and is Governor General Peter Von Scholten
read the site where the proclamations abolishing slavery in 1848.
It holds a museum and art gallery and is open weekends from 8:30 am
to 4 p.m. Admission free, but a $1 donation from adults is welcomed
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.
Other interesting buildings include the Old Customs House and Victorian
Jump Up (also
known as Harbor Night)- For a good time, try to go To "Jump Up" in Christiansted
which is held several times a year. This is a "carnival-like" evening
filled with steel bands, dancing, local arts and crafts, island food,
and fun in the streets and waterfront of historic Christiansted!
The Wharf - a seven acre area that forms the Christiansted National
Fort Christiansvaern - the best-preserved fortress in the Virgin
Islands. Built from yellow bricks brought from Denmark, the fortress
has dungeons, galleys, cannons, and magnificent harbor views.
Apothecary Hall - the only museum of a historic Danish pharmacy
in the Western Hemisphere. Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 4 p.m.
Hamilton House - Where Alexander Hamilton spent part of his boyhood
Lutheran Church - circa 1740
Steeple Building - originally built in 1734 as a church, but
later used as a warehouse, bakery, and hospital. It now houses a museum.
Other historic buildings such as the Scale House, The Old Danish Customs
House, and the West India & Guinea Company Warehouse - many are still
St. Croix Heritage Tours
offers weekly walking
tours or Christiansted and Frederiksted. Each walk lasts about 1-1/2
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 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 the East.
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
* Federations of St. Croix Taxi Association Inc (Taxi, Vans, Safaris)-
* Paradise Tours (Bus) 800-772-0359, local (340) 772-0359, fax 772-4413
* St. Croix Safari Tours (Safari Van) - (340)773-6700, fax 73-3206
* Travelers Tours (Safari Van) - (340)778-1636, fax 778-7522
The Whim Plantation Museum - a 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, slave
quarters, windmill, and factory. Guided tours and exhibits inform visitors
about life on a sugar plantation during the 17th century. Occasionally
they host "starving artists" sales for local painters and craftspeople.
Museum is open Tuesday through Saturdays, 10a.m. - 4 p.m. May be open
on Wednesdays - Call 772-0598 for more information. Admission $5 adults,
$1 children. more info...
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. Call 773-5575 or 7747633 for
Other Favorite Places of Interest
Captain Morgan Rum Distillery
Tour and Tavern - The Visitors Center is located just off Melvin
Evans Highway, on the south shore of the island. The Captain Morgan
Distillery offers daily tours to learn about this fascinating craft.
Come see how the globe's top selling rum is made and learn about the
man behind the Legendary Captain Morgan Rum.
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
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
76). It's on the right if your are coming from the east (Christiansted)
or the left if coming from the west (Frederiksted). From Villa Dawn
it will be on the left. 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.
Lawaetz Family Museum - 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 772-1539.
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. The road was recently paved, but may not yet be open
to vehicles. While in the area, look at the huge radio telescope across
from Cramer Park. This is a 15 minute drive from Caribbean Dream.
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 773-3663
Estate La Grange - a unique attraction and marketplace in the
historic buildings of a former sugar and rum factory. Home of Santa
Cruz Beer and Don Santa Cruz Wines, tastings for visitors. Also art
and crafts displays, gift shops, a rum museum, and a Pirate show featuring
the infamous Don Santa Cruz. Open on cruise ship days, Small admission
charge. Call 772-3663.
Country Day School Gallery - has changing exhibits featuring
the work of Virgin Islands artists.