Fort Christiansted, St. Croix when visiting the US Virgin Islands with kids.

The 411 on the US Virgin Islands with Kids – St. Croix

This feature is the second of two covering the US Virgin Islands with Kids. Click here for part one: The 411 on St. Thomas and St. John.

In 1750, Owen Lloyd escaped to St. Croix hauling 55 chests filled with Spanish silver coins—some of which stayed on the island. His story inspired Robert Louis Steven’s Treasure Island, and continues to fuel dreams of finding buried riches. Now pirate gold may remain elusive, but the quieter, agricultural US Virgin Island holds many gems. Here are four fun things to do on St. Croix, plus one outstandingly family-friendly resort and one great place to eat while visiting St. Croix with kids.

Activity 1: Explore a Sugar Plantation at Estate Whim Museum

Estate Whim Great House
The only sugar plantation museum in the Virgin Islands, a visit to Estate Whim Great House includes a look at the mill and factory complex.

Estate Whim Great House is set on a 12-acre site that is interesting to explore just for itself, but it’s also important as the only sugar plantation museum in the Virgin Islands. The museum which also includes the mill and factory complex offers insight into the relationship between the European plantation owners and the African slaves who provided the muscle.

Activity 2: See the Dungeons and Cannons of Christiansted National Historic Site

Fort Christiansvaem, St. CroixChristiansted National Historic Site focuses on Danish history in the Virgin Islands, which includes the island’s role in the slave trade.

Built with the labor of hundreds of slaves, Fort Christiansvaem was finished in 1738 when Denmark and the Danish West India Company owned St. Croix. Christiansted National Historic Site focuses on Danish history in the Virgin Islands, which includes the island’s role in the slave trade. Pick up a free self-guided tour brochure or check the park calendar for ranger programs.

Activity 3: Snorkel in Buck Island Reef National Monument

Buck Island is a great day trip for those visitning US Virgin Islands with kids
Catch a boat to one of the one of the largest coral collections in the Caribbean.

Snorkeling Buck Island Reef is one of those bucket list items—the reef is extraordinary with one of the largest coral collections in the Caribbean—that is not to be missed. But the water can be choppy and may not be suitable for young children. However, the boat ride to Buck Island is a lot of fun and even the youngest kids will enjoy exploring the deserted island.

Activity 4: Catch the First Sun Rays to Light the US at Point Udall

Point Udall, St. Croix
The earliest early birds in the US catch sunrise from this point.

Meriting a quick photo opp, if only for bragging rights, Point Udall is the easternmost point in the United States, and the first place American soil sees sunrise.

1 Great Place to Stay on St. Croix: The Buccaneer Resort

Buccaneer Hotel, St. Croix
Kids camp year round, complimentary breakfast, three beaches… The Buccaneer is a great option for those visiting the US Virgin Island with kids.

Family-run for generations, The Buccaneer is one of the longest-running resorts in the Caribbean and quite possibly one of the best for families anywhere. Kids Camp is free and available daily, year round. The complimentary breakfast is diverse and outstanding, prepared in the same kitchens that serve the hotel’s top-rated restaurants. Resort amenities include spa, golf, tennis, pools, and three beaches. Best of all, families with children ages 14 and under can opt to stay in Family Cottage Suites—one room with king bed, the other with twin beds—plus patio fronting lawn and bay view.

1 Great Place to Eat on St. Croix: Rum Runners Restaurant

Rum Runners, St. Croix
Food and fun on the waterfront, Rum Runners was voted St. Croix’s People’s Choice Best Restaurant.

Voted St. Croix’s People’s Choice Best Restaurant, Rum Runners on the waterfront has kids covered with chicken fingers and cheese quesadillas. More adventurous eater should try the conch fritters, and parents, don’t miss the rum cake liberally doused with local Cruzan Rum.

Ready to start planning your trip to the US Virgin Islands with kids?

Don’t miss the Google map with my recommendations below, and click here for part one of these features: The 411 on St. Thomas and St. John.

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Sandra Foyt

Storyteller + Photographer at Getaway Mavens & Albany Kid
Sandra Foyt is a storyteller and photographer. She is the founding editor of Albany Kid, a blog about enriching family travel, and co-founder of Getaway Mavens, a turnkey destination guide to the Northeast. A former education advocate and enrichment coach, she lived in Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Southern California before settling in Northeast New York. Nowadays, she stars in her own version of “Where’s Waldo?” on serendipitous trips in the US, Caribbean, and wherever adventure beckons. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraFoyt, Instagram: Getaway Mavens, and on Facebook: Getaway Mavens.
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7 thoughts on “The 411 on the US Virgin Islands with Kids – St. Croix”

  1. Ok, I am in! I’d love to see my daughter’s expression the first time she goes snorkeling! –and the Buck Island Reef would be perfect!

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