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St. Thomas

32 square miles of fun.

St. Thomas attractions and activities offer an opportunity to experience a Caribbean island paradise.

Whether indulging in some of the world’s prettiest beaches, re-discovering history at museums, forts or historic houses, admiring stunning panoramic views via a hike, bike or sky tram, playing a round of golf, making a splash in the invigorating turquoise blue waters, or visiting duty-free shops, St. Thomas has much to enjoy! Attractions in St. Thomas appeal to both those seeking adventure and those looking for peaceful relaxation. It’s your experience; customize it to your preferences!

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99 Steps

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These steps were built by the Danes in the mid-1700s who found “step-streets” to be the easiest way to climb up and down the steep hills of Charlotte Amalie. The bricks used to construct the steps were originally brought from Denmark as ballast in the holds of trading ships. There are actually 103 steps.

Blackbeard’s Castle

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This watchtower, originally named Skytsborg (Sky Tower) by the Danes, was built in 1679. According to legend, the infamous pirate Edward Teach, nicknamed Blackbeard, used the tower to watch for ships entering the harbor.

Bluebeard’s Castle

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A Danish fortress built in 1689, Bluebeard’s Castle is named after the fictitious pirate, Bluebeard, who was said to have built the castle to lock away his beautiful wife.

Camille Pissarro Gallery

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The father of French Impressionism, Camille Pissarro was born and raised in Charlotte Amalie. His childhood home is now an art gallery featuring artwork from dozens of artists including Camille Pissarro himself.

Drake’s Seat

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One of the island's best lookouts, Drake's Seat offers a panoramic view of Magens Bay and the U. S. and British Virgin Islands to the east. Explorer Sir Francis Drake is said to have kept watch on his fleet from this vantage point, marked by a seat across the road from the parking area.

Fort Christian & Museum

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Constructed in 1680, Fort Christian was built to defend the Danish settlement. This National Historic Landmark is the oldest building in continuous use on St. Thomas and also served as the governor’s residence, a place of worship, a police station and now a museum.

Phone: 340-776-4566

Frederick Lutheran Church

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Home to the oldest Lutheran congregation in the Virgin Islands, this revivalist style structure was completed in 1844.

French Heritage Museum

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This small museum, located in Frenchtown, chronicles the influence of the French in the Caribbean. Residents have donated some 275 artifacts to help demonstrate this lasting French presence. The museum also has a computer that stores the genealogies of local families.

Government House

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Constructed in 1867 as the meeting place for the Danish Colonial Council, Government House is used today as the Governor’s Office. Visitors are welcome.

Haagensen House

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Built in 1827 in the grand Charlotte Amalie town residence style, it was the original home of Danish banker Hans Haagensen and his wife Sarah Julia Magens (related to the Magens that had their plantation on the now-famous Magens Bay Beach). Hans and Sarah raised their nine children in this house.