Natural Attractions in Charlotte Amalie

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It is obvious to anyone that steps foot on the shores of St. Thomas that Charlotte Amalie is thing of beauty.  What you may not know is that there are plenty of designated natural attractions that will bring you a little bit closer to the great outdoors.  In addition to the zoo and several botanical gardens, there are several waterways and lookout points to consider as destinations to visit during your stay.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you want to spend part of your vacation out in the fresh air? You may be happy to learn the area has two interesting nature preserves nearby.

Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge is a nature preserve located within Capella Island, 5.2 mi. Southeast of central Charlotte Amalie. You will need to find a boat charter of private ferry to take you over to Buck Island.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Charlotte Amalie
Name Type Location Island
Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Capella Island, 5.2 mi. Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie Capella Island

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Garden

Travelers can experience one of the many parks, as well as 5 botanical gardens in Charlotte Amalie.

Hassel Island Historic Park is found within southwestern Charlotte Amalie. Once connected to St. Thomas at the edge of the harbor, this island was separated and turned into a completely new island by the Dutch who hoped to create better water circulation. Today it is privately owned, but an important natural and historical landmark.

A second popular choice in this category is Butterfly Garden. Guests visiting the -Butterfly Garden will be enchanted and appreciate these very important insects as they encounter hundreds of butterflies. As you walk through the garden, you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide that will give you interesting, fun facts about butterflies and answer any questions that you may have.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are summarized below.

Parks and Gardens In Charlotte Amalie
Name Type Location Island
Butterfly Garden Botanical Garden 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Educators Park Park Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Emanicipation Garden Park Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
FDR Park Park 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Hassel Island Historic Park Park 0.8 mi. South of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Roosevelt Park Park 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Villa Botanica At Plantation Crown and Hawk Botanical Garden Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Zoos and Aquariums

Coral World Ocean Park

If the idea of spending part of a day with interesting sea life tickles your fancy, you should visit Coral World Ocean Park. Get up close to all the sea animals in this fully immersive and interactive aquarium-water park. Swim with sea lions, or put on high-tech diving equipment and walk beneath the surface of the water, with all the world above you.

Take some time to look through the table just below for more information.

Zoos and Aquariums In and Around Charlotte Amalie
Name Type Location
Coral World Ocean Park Aquarium Coki Point, 4.2 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie
Solberg Farm Zoo Downtown Charlotte Amalie

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these in Charlotte Amalie are listed here:

Land Formations In Charlotte Amalie
Name Type Location Island
Banana Point Point 1.1 mi. South West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Water Island
Careening Cove Bay 0.6 mi. South of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Carolina Point Point 1.4 mi. South West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Water Island
Long Bay Bay 0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Ruyter Bay Bay 1.3 mi. South West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Water Island
St. Thomas Harbor Harbour 0.4 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie None

Bear in mind that you'll find a nice selection of types of attractions. To learn about more other attractions for Charlotte Amalie, go to this article.

 

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