Coral World Ocean Park (St. Thomas)#8 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
One of St. Thomas' most visited tourist attractions is this indoor-outdoor aquarium filled with small sharks, stingrays and starfish. Located on the northeast coast of St. Thomas, next to Coki Beach, Coral World also has a walk-through aviary and an offshore underwater observatory that lets you view ocean life 15 feet below the water's surface.
Despite its popularity, previous visitors voiced mixed impressions of the site. Many said that it's a fun stop for families and praised the facility for the care it gives its animals. Others felt the park left something to be desired and noted that parts of the facility still need repair from the hurricanes.
Coral World welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. General admission costs $23.50 for adults and $13 for kids, but special experiences like swimming with dolphins or sea lions carry an additional fee, usually more than $100 per person. For more information, check out Coral World's website.
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#1 Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)
If you're on St. John during your Virgin Islands vacation, you're likely right on the edge of Virgin Islands National Park. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City's top attractions, such as Annaberg Plantation and Trunk Bay Beach, are within its confines. There are numerous ways to enjoy this tropical paradise. Adventurous travelers and families alike have their choice of more than 20 trails to hike.
Some sections of the park, such as popular Cinnamon Bay Resort and its campgrounds, are still undergoing repair and revitalization following the 2017 hurricanes. But travelers agreed that there's still plenty to do at the park, enjoying the different beaches and hiking trails it offers, not to mention the water activities, such as boating and snorkeling.
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