Landmarks on St. Croix

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A great getaway is made better as you come to understand the culture and history of your destination.  Sure, you can read up on the island of St. Croix before you arrive, but to really know what it's like to be a Crucian, make plans to tour landmarks that really tell a story.

Museums

Steeple Building

If you like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation on St. Croix. To get more information regarding each museum, try clicking on the name.

Many travelers choose to visit Steeple Building. It is located in downtown Christiansted. What began as a Lutheran Church is now a museum called the Steeple Building detailing, among other important topics, the history of the slave trade on St. Croix.

Attractions Map

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is St. Croix Archaeological Museum. It is located within downtown Christiansted. As a guest, you will be able to explore the museum and look at some of the artifacts, each with a placard that will tell you more about each piece. While it may not be the most exciting for small children, anyone interested in the past, especially the often overlooked history of the pre-Columbus Caribbean, is sure to enjoy their time here.

Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts: Museum hours are Thursday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm and by appointment.

The chart just below summarizes some key facts regarding museums you might enjoy on St. Croix.

Museums On St. Croix
Name Phone Location
Apothecary Hall (340) 772-0598 Downtown Christiansted
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (340) 772-2622 0.1 mi. West of Central Frederiksted
Estate Whim Museum (340) 772-0598 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted
Lawaetz Family Museum (340) 772-0598 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted
St. Croix Archaeological Museum (340) 277-4072 Downtown Christiansted
Steeple Building (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted

Historical Sites

Fort Frederik

In case you enjoy exploring the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical sites while on vacation on St. Croix.

A landmark worth visiting is Scale House. It is found within downtown Christiansted. While there are not many exhibits are attractions at the Scale House, visitors can ask some of the staff all the questions you have about the history of the city and island.

Another popular destination is Fort Sale Ruins. It is found within St. Croix. Visitors to the ruins will be able to explore the area and read informational signs to learn more about the fort that once stood here.

Customs House: Although the Customs House is closed to the public, it is popular amongst tourists who can't seem to get over the architectural beauty. This spot is often filled with visitors snapping pictures on the sweeping staircase that leads to the entrance.

Glance through this table to learn more about historical sites on the island.

Historic Sites On St. Croix
Name Phone Location
Cane Garden Sugarmill Ruins -- 2.9 mi. South of Central downtown Christiansted
Coakley Bay Ruins -- 1.4 mi. West of Central Cotton Valley
Columbus Landing Site -- 3.4 mi. East of Central Cane Bay
Customs House (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted
Estate Mount Washington Plantation (340) 772-1026 2.2 mi. North of Central Frederiksted
Fort Christiansted -- 0.2 mi. East of Downtown Christiansted
Fort Frederik (340) 772-2021 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Frederiksted
Fort Sale Ruins (340) 773-1460 3.4 mi. East of Central Cane Bay
Good Hope Plantation Ruins -- 1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Frederiksted Southeast
Government House (340) 773-1404 Downtown Christiansted
Longford Sugarmill Ruins -- 2.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central downtown Christiansted
Scale House (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted
The Lutheran Church (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors may enjoy some other worthwhile sites worth visiting on St. Croix.

If you'd like to observe the distillery process, you might enjoy visiting Cruzan Rum Factory. One of the most well known brands of rum in the world has its home in the Virgin Islands -- Cruzan. Visitors are welcome to tour the factory and learn how rum is made now and how it has been made in eras long passed.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Point Udall Monument. It is East End, in eastern St. Croix. Built in the year 2000 for the new millennium, the monument at Point Udall is a sundial, marking the first place the sun touches in the United States everyday.

Hams Bluff Lighthouse: Hams Bluff Light is less a tourist attractions and more an active lighthouse located on the side of a forested hill.

Other kinds of landmarks on St. Croix are listed below.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On St. Croix
Name Type Location
Christiansted Boardwalk Scenic Trail Downtown Christiansted
Cruzan Rum Factory Distillery 1.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Frederiksted Southeast
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.3 mi. West of Central Cane Bay
Point Udall Monument Monument 1.7 mi. East of Central Knight

If you would prefer having more attractions beyond just these, you should look at other locations. To reach our detailed page about other attractions, go to this page.

 

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