Fort Frederik (St. Croix)#11 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
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Originally built to protect the Virgin Islands from piracy, Fort Frederik (also called Frederiksfort) is best known as a site of a landmark event. In 1848, some 8,000 enslaved people marched through the streets of Frederiksted to this fort to demand their freedom. During your visit to this historical site, you can learn more about the emancipation rally and the "triangular trade," a ship route that ferried enslaved people between Europe, Africa and the New World.
Travelers overwhelmingly praised the fort for its in-depth overview of the history of slavery. Others noted that the grounds and building are not as well kept as those of Fort Christiansvaern.
You can tour Fort Frederik for an admission fee of $5 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays (when cruise ships are in port) from 1 to 4 p.m.
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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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