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 enjoy part of your vacation under the open sky? You may be happy to find out that the area has two different nature preserves nearby.

Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge is a nature preserve located on Capella Island, 5.2 mi. Southeast of central Charlotte Amalie. Visitors who come to Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge will find very few amenities, and activities that are largely limited to rustic hiking, bird-watching, and perhaps diving off the coast of the island. The Coast Guard maintains a lighthouse on the refuge, but it is not open to the public.

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

Visitors can experience one of the many parks, as well as 4 botanical gardens in Charlotte Amalie.

Attractions Map

Hassel Island Historic Park is located in southwestern Charlotte Amalie. The island is 135 acres and the National Park service works diligently to keep it pristine. There is much to be seen with a visit to the island including rail road tracks and the ruins of a hospital, a cemetery, a signal station, and several military sites.

Another attraction in this category is Villa Botanica At Plantation Crown and Hawk. The grounds at Villa Botanica At Plantation Crown and Hawk feature a historic sugar mill, waterfall, and tropical gardens, and your guests have full reign to explore them all.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are provided in the following table.

Parks and Gardens In Charlotte Amalie
Name Type Location Island
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 concept of spending some time with interesting sea life sounds like fun, you should visit Coral World Ocean Park. Coral World is the ultimate interactive aquarium where you are immersed in the water world of marine life. You will be able to explore and have fun while still learning a thing or two.

Be sure to look at this table if you want 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 area land formations. Other options like these in Charlotte Amalie are provided directly below.

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 can find other types of attractions. Those interested can learn more concerning other attractions by following this link.

 

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