School’s out for summer! It’s time to relax, unwind and enjoy quality family time during a family getaway. If you are looking for a family-friendly vacation destination, look no further than the US Virgin Islands! This blog post will discuss some of the best kid-friendly activities in the USVI. So pack your bags and get ready for some fun in the sun!
Best things to do in the USVI with Kids
You’ll never run out of things to do in the USVI. The three islands in the region, St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas, offer a wide array of activities for families with kids. So, if you are at a loss about what to do in the USVI with kids, you can refer to this collection of best kid-friendly activities in the USVI we’ve put together.
Go Ziplining in a Tropical Jungle
One of the most popular kid-friendly activities in the USVI is ziplining, and it’s one of the top ways to see stunning views of the island of St. Thomas. One to try is Tree Limin’ Extreme in St. Thomas. They offer zip lining excursions for families, and it’s been voted Best Tourist Activity in the Virgin Islands year after year.
Hike to Stunning Waterfalls
If your family enjoys hiking, St. Thomas and St. John boast stunning waterfalls. One example in St. Thomas can be found along the trail near Skytsborg Tower. At the end of this trail, you’ll discover Hotel 1829, a 19th-century home, and an amber-hued 20-feet waterfall.* At the hiking trails at Reef Bay in St. John, you can spy a 40-feet waterfall with a freshwater pond at its base after heavy rains. If you don’t get a chance to see this waterfall, there are still plenty of amazing things to see along the trail, including the ruins of an old sugar plantation and petroglyphs.
*Keep in mind that this hike would be for older children since the path is steep, uneven, and stepped in parts.
Go to the Marine Park in St. Thomas
The marine park in St. Thomas is an aquatic wonderland. The park is home to a variety of marine life, including sharks, stingrays, and turtles. Younger children will enjoy touch tanks where they can pet stingrays and hold sea urchins. Children over eight that can swim can enjoy snorkeling in the park’s clear waters with assorted marine life.
Explore the Pirate’s Treasure Museum
Arrrgh, matey! The Pirate’s Treasure Museum in St. Thomas is an excellent place for kids to learn about the history of piracy in the Caribbean. The museum features a variety of interactive exhibits, including a treasure hunt.
Visit Fort Christian
Fort Christian is a historic fort in St. Thomas that was built in 1672 by Denmark and Norway. It is also the oldest standing structure in all of the Virgin Islands. Today, the fort houses the Virgin Islands Museum, which has a variety of exhibits on the history and culture of the USVI. The museum also offers educational programs for children.
Have a Family Night at Skinny Legs
Adults will love this famed restaurant’s laid-back vibe and outdoor seating, where they can enjoy the views and lapping sounds of the surrounding Caribbean sea. And kids will love their award-winning burgers, hot dogs and chips. Be sure to save room for fresh key lime pie!
Enjoy the Water with Arawak Expeditions
Arawak Expeditions has been in business since 1993, so they know a thing or two about watersports. They offer a variety of kid-friendly activities, including swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. This is a great way to explore the USVI from the water.
The USVI is a great place to do some tax-free shopping. St. Thomas is known for its duty-free jewelry, and you’ll find various stores on the island selling everything from watches to diamonds. For kids, be sure to check out the Small Wonders in Christiansted, which offers a wide selection of clothing (including beachwear and accessories), dollhouses and educational toys.
St. Thomas is also home to many streetside vendors selling everything from jewelry to handcrafted wooden marionettes to rum cakes. This is a great place to find souvenirs for your friends and family back home. And be sure to haggle! It’s expected (and part of the fun).
Take a Walking Tour
There is almost no better way to find out about the food and culture of the USVI than by walking tours. Tours are available on all three islands and are led by knowledgeable guides who will share the history and culture of the USVI with you. One to think about is the Flavors of St. Thomas Walking Food Tour, which starts at Fort Christian and ends at Charlotte Amalie.
Visit Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
Sandy Point is a beautiful stretch of beach located on the southwest coast of St. Croix. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the incredible views. The beach is also a nesting ground for endangered sea turtles, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them!
Find a Beach and Veg Out
The USVI has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. One of the best things to do is find one where the kids can relax and build sandcastles. Maho Bay in St. John is one to visit for its gorgeous scenery, gentle waters and shallow depths near the shoreline. So kick back, soak up the sun and enjoy quality family time.
Take Advantage of a Luxury Stay
When planning your trip to the USVI, be sure to book a stay at one of Vacation VI’s luxurious villas. Our villas are family-friendly and spacious, offering everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation. From private pools to concierge service, we have everything you need to make your trip perfect.
Rent a Jeep for Sightseeing
A jeep is the best way to get around the USVI. There are a variety of jeep rental companies on all three islands. And with a jeep, you can easily explore the beaches, hiking trails, and other attractions that the USVI has to offer. You may also run into the wild donkeys of St. John, which is always fun.
Island Hopping is Easy
One of the best things about the USVI is that you can easily island hop. St. Thomas and St. John are close together, so it’s easy to explore both of them. And with a variety of kid-friendly activities on both of them, your family is sure to have a great time.
The Best Time to Visit the USVI with Kids
The best time to visit St. John with kids is during the summer months. The weather is warm and there’s a variety of activities to keep your family entertained. Plus, our accommodations in St. John are located close to some of the best beaches on the island.
Meanwhile, keep in mind that during the latter part of August, establishments start to close for the season, with almost everything being closed halfway into September. If you come to the USVI from October to November, you’ll need to book accommodations at villas that have a kitchen where you can prepare your meals.
When you book villas at Vacation VI, they come with a gourmet kitchen that has top appliances, giving you plenty of room to prepare dinner for the whole family with all of the comforts of home.
Book a Stay in St. John at Vacation VI
So there you have it! These are just a few of the many kid-friendly activities in the USVI. We hope this blog post has inspired you to start planning your family vacation to the US Virgin Islands! There are so many things to do and see, and the weather is always beautiful. Contact us today at +1-800-727-6610 to book one of our luxury villas. We would be happy to help you plan the perfect trip for your family.