Estate Whim Plantation Museum (St. Croix)#4 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
The Estate Whim Plantation Museum chronicles the 18th century life of Cruzans, especially those involved in the production of sugar cane. You can tour the great house of this Frederiksted museum and stroll through the windmill and bath house.
St. Croix also has an Estate Mount Washington Plantation (a private residence that once was a sugar cane plantation), but of the two, travelers say the Whim is a richer, more enjoyable tour. You'll have to see yourself around Mount Washington, whereas the Whim has great tour guides on site who are full of facts concerning the island's sugar cane production and the lives of Cruzan slaves. In the winter you can visit the Estate Whim for its Candlelight Concert Series, an outdoor concert held on the grounds of the former plantation. The site also hosts wine tastings periodically.
You can visit the Estate Whim Plantation Museum Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 7 to 12. For more information, check out the museum'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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