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St. Croix   Things To Do

  • Christiansted Walking Tour
  • St. Croix Hiking Association
  • St. George Botanical Garden
  • Whim Plantation Museum

Christiansted Walking Tour

Follow the Christiansted map for this historic tour.

fort-christian.JPGBegin a tour of historic Christiansted at Fort Christian, which was built by the Danish in 1749 and is complete with dungeons and cannons (although it never saw battle). Across D. Hamilton Jackson Park is the Old Danish Customs House and Post Office, built in 1751 and converted to the Christiansted Library in 1926.

Around the corner on Company Street is the current U.S. Post Office and Customs House, originally the West Indies & Guinea Company Warehouse. Slave auctions used to be held in the courtyard here. The Steeple Building is across the street. Formerly the Lutheran Church, it is now the National Park Service Museum with displays of St. Croix's history from the time of the Indians. A short distance up Company Street is Apothecary Hall, an 18th century pharmacy now housing offices and shops. Just off Company, on Queen Cross Street, is the Visitors Bureau, a source of helpful information. Continue along Company to Market Place, especially colorful on Saturday mornings.

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St. Croix Hiking Association

You can visit the St. Croix Hiking Association for more information about hiking the rugged, beautiful island.

The St. Croix Hiking Association is a non-profit organization of the U.S. Virgin Islands dedicated to educating the local community and visitors about the Territory’s areas of natural, cultural, and historical significance. Through the efforts of its members, the Association tries to facilitate the preservation of these areas by enforcement of legislation and by other appropriate means. Of course, our real passion is hiking and “going bush”, and we have extensively explored St. Croix and neighboring Virgin Islands. Once a year, members take special pleasure in traveling to another Caribbean country to experience new terrain and cultures.

St. George Botanical Garden

greathall.jpgThe St. George Village Botanical Garden of St. Croix is located on a sixteen acre site just off the Queen Mary Highway. The botanical collections, including over 1,500 native and exotic species and varieties, are established in and around the restored buildings and stabilized ruins of a 19th century Danish sugar cane plantation.

St. George offers island visitors and residents a unique blend of St. Croix's botanical, historical, and cultural heritage. The Museum Store is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and offers a variety of tropical whimsies. The retail nursery is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and for special sales.

This is beautiful spot to spend a couple of hours relaxing and exploring and suitable for children.

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Whim Plantation Museum

History comes alive as you walk among the original early 18th century plantation buildings on the 12 acres of Whim Museum. The stately greathouse - a unique architectural example built with rounded ends and using stone, brick, and coral - welcomes you with gracious guides waiting to tell you the stories of the house and plantation life. The fully restored windmill and sugar factory ruins are open for you to explore. You can see sugar cane growing nearby in one of the plantation gardens. The grounds are graced with tropical flowers, plants and trees.

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