Fort Christiansvaern (St. Croix)

#12 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
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Key Info

2100 Church St. #100

Price & Hours

$3 for adults
Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. | Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-4:45...

Details

Museums, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.5

scorecard

  • 4.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 3.0Atmosphere

Lemon-colored Fort Christiansvaern is a well-preserved stronghold on the waterfront overlooking a northern edge of St. Croix. The building is located on the grounds of the Christiansted National Historic Site, and previous visitors say the best way to experience Christiansvaern is with a walking or driving tour. Exploring the fort's exterior and perimeter should only take 30 minutes tops, but as long as you're here, you should also stop by the Danish Custom House, the Scale House and the Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse, where former St. Croix resident and founding father Alexander Hamilton worked as a young man. One TripAdvisor user conisders it a must-see: "The fort is very worth a visit when in Christiansted. It provides a concentrated insight to the history of the island — its settlement, slavery, emancipation, and eventual turnover to [the] U.S."

You can tour the fort Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for a $3 entry fee. For more information, check out Fort Christiansted's website.

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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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