Estate Whim Plantation Museum (St. Croix)#6 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
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The Estate Whim Plantation Museum chronicles the lives of the people who lived and worked on the 18th-century Estate Whim plantation. It is the only sugar plantation museum in the Virgin Islands. Buildings on-site include the sugar mill, a cookhouse and the quarters of the plantation's enslaved people. Exhibits offer insights into how sugar was cultivated and processed by the enslaved workers and the economics of the plantation. Some sites on the complex, such as the great house and the oft-lauded windmill, are currently closed for construction following the hurricanes in 2017.
Despite the closed attractions, travelers found the museum to be a worthwhile visit. Reviewers said they gained a greater appreciation for the rich and varied history of the Virgin Islands.
You can visit the Estate Whim Plantation Museum Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as on days cruise ships are in port. Admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 7 to 12.
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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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