A tour of the important landmarks of the Virgin Islands offers vacationers a glimpse into life on the islands since European settlement began – and in some cases even earlier than that.
Visiting these sites can provide a welcome break from relaxing on the beach for those vacationers who have the urge to get up and go, on top off offering a chance to add a little educational value to your trip.
In case you like to become more aware of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your time in the USVI. Try clicking on the name of each museum to obtain full details.
An interesting landmark worth visiting is Caribbean World Amber Museum. It is found within The Inn at Blackbeard's Castle and Charlotte Amalie, in northern the USVI. A unique exhibit at Caribbean World Amber Museum offers a replication of a Dominican Rainforest, filled with amber that has been formed with insects, leaves, and other debris within them. Also on display is a collection of amber jewelry, Baltic Sea amber, and Ukrainian amber.
Another common landmark for vacationers is Steeple Building. It is located within 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.
St. Thomas Historical Trust: The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The chart directly below enables you to learn a few details regarding some museums to consider in the area.
|Apothecary Hall||(340) 772-0598||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts||(340) 772-2622||0.1 mi. West of Central Frederiksted||St. Croix|
|Caribbean World Amber Museum||(340) 776-1234||0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Estate Whim Museum||(340) 772-0598||1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted||St. Croix|
|Haagensen House||(340) 776-1234||Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Ivan Jadan Museum||(340) 776-6423||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Lawaetz Family Museum||(340) 772-0598||1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted||St. Croix|
|Seven Arches Museum||(340) 774-9295||Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|St. Croix Archaeological Museum||(340) 277-4072||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|St. Thomas Historical Trust||(340) 774-5541||Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Steeple Building||(340) 773-1460||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
Like learning some of the history of the places you visit? If so, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical attractions during your vacation.
An interesting landmark worth visiting is Blackbeard's Castle. It is situated at The Inn at Blackbeard's Castle and Charlotte Amalie, in northern the USVI. Blackbeard's Castle serves as one of five National Historic Landmarks in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Another common landmark for vacationers is Bluebeard's Castle. It is Charlotte Amalie, in northern the USVI. Named for an infamous pirate, Bluebeard's Castle was built in 1689 by the Danes as a fortress. Now, the castle stands on the property of a time share resort of the same name, as a landmark with little use outside of its historic beauty and majesty.
Fort Shipley Ruins: Built during the British Occupation, Fort Shirley was meant to fortify the harbour and secure British Naval Supremacy. However, in time the fort would find itself slowly crumbling and forgotten.
Be sure to look through the following table for information concerning historic sites in the USVI.
|(340) 774-0217||0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|America Hill Ruins||--||3.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Annaberg Plantation||(340) 776-6201 ext. 238||1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Coral Bay||St. John|
|Blackbeard's Castle||(340) 776-1234||0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Bluebeard's Castle||(340) 774-1600||0.2 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|--||2.9 mi. South of Central downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul||(340) 774-0201||0.6 mi. West of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Catherineberg Ruins||--||2.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins||(340) 776-6201||3.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Coakley Bay Ruins||--||1.4 mi. West of Central Cotton Valley||St. Croix|
|Columbus Landing Site||--||3.4 mi. East of Central Cane Bay||St. Croix|
|Creque Marine Slipway Ruins||--||0.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Charlotte Amalie||Hassel Island|
|Crowell's Battery||--||1.1 mi. South of Central Charlotte Amalie||Hassel Island|
|Cruz Bay Battery||--||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Customs House||(340) 773-1460||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Denis Bay Ruins||--||1.9 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Dutch Reformed Church||(340) 776-8255||Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Emmaus Moravian Church||(340) 776-6713||0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Coral Bay||St. John|
|Estate Mount Washington Plantation||(340) 772-1026||2.2 mi. North of Central Frederiksted||St. Croix|
|Fort Christian||(340) 776-4566||Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Fort Christiansted||--||0.2 mi. East of Central downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Fort Frederik||(340) 772-2021||0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Frederiksted||St. Croix|
|Fort Sale Ruins||(340) 773-1460||3.4 mi. East of Central Cane Bay||St. Croix|
|Fort Segarra||--||3.0 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie||Water Island|
|Fort Shipley Ruins||--||0.7 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie||Hassel Island|
|Fort Willoughy Ruins||--||1.0 mi. South of Central Charlotte Amalie||Hassel Island|
|--||0.6 mi. East of Central Coral Bay||St. John|
|Frederick Lutheran Church||(340) 776-1315||Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins||--||3.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Caneel Bay||St. John|
|Fredriksdal Ruins||--||1.6 mi. Northwest of Central Coral Bay||St. John|
|Garrison House||--||1.0 mi. South of Central Charlotte Amalie||Hassel Island|
|--||1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Frederiksted Southeast||St. Croix|
|Government House||(340) 773-1404||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|--||2.7 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie||Water Island|
|--||2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Coral Bay||St. John|
|Legislature Building||(340) 774-0880||Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Liberty Bell||--||Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|--||2.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Market Square||--||Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Memorial Moravian Church||(340) 776-0066||0.1 mi. North of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Ninety-Nine Steps||--||Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Par Force Estate Ruins||--||1.9 mi. South West of Central Coral Bay||St. John|
|Petroglyphs||(340) 776-6201 ext. 238||3.3 mi. East of Central downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|--||1.9 mi. East of Central downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins||--||3.5 mi. East of Central downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Scale House||(340) 773-1460||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Synagogue of Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim||(340) 774-4312||Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|The Lutheran Church||(340) 773-1460||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Windberg Ruins||--||1.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Coral Bay||St. John|
Guests can discover some other worthwhile local landmarks in the USVI.
If you'd like to learn more about the distillery process, you might enjoy visiting Cruzan Rum Factory. Tours are offered between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Additionally, if the more functional aspects of living by the sea interest you, you might enjoy seeing Hams Bluff Lighthouse. First lit in 1915 under the Danish Government, Hams Bluff Light is still in service, lighting the night sky for sailors approaching the island in the dark.
Paradise Point Sky-Tram: The Paradise Point Sky-Tram will save you aches and time as you effortlessly climb up the mountain to Paradise Point. While the peak mainly has only gift shops and other tourist oriented services, the view is alone worth the trip.
Some of the other types of landmarks in the USVI are provided in the table below.
|Lighthouse||4.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie||Buck Island|
|Scenic Trail||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Cruzan Rum Factory||Distillery||1.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Frederiksted Southeast||St. Croix|
|Lighthouse||0.9 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Hams Bluff Lighthouse||Lighthouse||4.3 mi. West of Central Cane Bay||St. Croix|
|Paradise Point Sky-Tram||Cable Car||Charlotte Amalie, Northern part of the USVI||St. Thomas|
|Point Udall Monument||Monument||1.7 mi. East of Central Knight||St. Croix|
Needless to say, The USVI includes other attraction types. To see our complete page about other attractions, go to this article.
After slavery was abolished in the Virgin Islands in 1848, the(St. Thomas, USVI) was erected in celebration. Not only is the church an important landmark due to its age, but also because each stone that went into creating the structure came from rock quarried on the island, and bricks left on the island by merchants of the time who used the yellow stone as ballast. The church is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The center of Catholicism in the Virgin Islands is theon St. Thomas, USVI. The cathedral was built in 1848, and is famed for the murals that cover the walls and ceiling. They were painted in 1899 by Father Leo Servais and Brother Ildephonsus, two Belgian artists.
Standing as a symbol of faith's resilience is the Dutch Reformed Church on St. Thomas, USVI. The church was originally built in 1744, but has been twice rebuilt after a fire and a hurricane destroyed the structure's stability. The church is open to the public between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, however, the doors are sometimes kept locked, so you would be smart to call ahead at 340-776-8255 to let them know you are coming.
Other historic churches on St. Thomas, USVI worth visiting are the Frederick Lutheran Church, Memorial Moravian Church, andSynagogue of Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim. Each has its own unique history, but are especially enjoyable for those who appreciate architecture.
With so much to see and do in the Virgin Islands, you can keep your vacation schedule packed full of attractions to see. Create a list and check them off as you go to ensure you make the most of your island vacation.
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