Coral World Ocean Park (St. Thomas)#15 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
One of St. Thomas' most visited tourist attractions is an indoor-outdoor aquarium filled with baby sharks, stingrays and touch starfish. Located on the northeast coast of St. Thomas, Coral World also has as walk-through aviary and an offshore underwater observatory with an 80,000-gallon coral reef exhibit.
Despite its popularity, previous visitors voice mixed impressions of the site. "The highlight of the visit was definitely seeing the sharks fed, the reef encounter, the sea turtles, and the sea lions," one TripAdvisor user said. "Without the feedings, it would have been less interesting." Maximize your time at the park by following the feeding and show schedule. If you're only on St. Thomas for the day, consider skipping this attraction in favor of sunbathing on one of the beautiful beaches (like Coki Beach, which is right next door) or perusing duty-free deals along Main Street.
Coral World welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission costs $20 for adults and $11 for kids, but Combination Tickets, which include unique activities, start around $41 and go up from there. For more information, check out Coral World's website.
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#1 Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)
You don't have to make a special effort to visit the Virgin Islands National Park; if you're on St. John, you're probably standing right on the edge of it. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City's top attractions — Annaberg Plantation, Caneel Bay and Trunk Bay — are within its confines. There are numerous ways to enjoy this tropical paradise. Adventurous travelers should hike at least one of the 22 trails, while families will enjoy camping overnight on the beach.
There is no fee to enter the park, but you'll have to fork over $4 per adult to enjoy Trunk Bay beach. One TripAdvisor user raves that a visit to Trunk Bay is well worth the price: "Trunk Bay is absolutely gorgeous and has all the amenities — sheltered picnic tables, restrooms and a good snack stand. If you want to sit, read and/or watch the world go by this is the very best beach!"
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