Places of Interest
Fort Frederik - 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
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
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
The Wharf - a seven acre area that forms the Christiansted
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 magnificent harbor
Apothecary Hall - the only museum of a historic Danish pharmacy
in the Western Hemisphere. Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 4
p.m. - free
Hamilton House - Where Alexander Hamilton spent part of his
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 in use.
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 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
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,
* Paradise Tours (Bus) 800-772-0359, local (340) 772-0359, fax
* 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 opening times.
Other Favorite Places of Interest
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
see how the globe's top selling rum is made and learn about the man behind the
Legendary Captain Morgan Rum.
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 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
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.