The first time I visited St. Thomas I stayed with my sister. She happened to live near the bottom of Flag Hill. She made me walk up it. I hated her for that. On this last trip, I got to go up the hill on the Skyride, a tram that takes you up to the top of the hill to Paradise Point, a popular tourist destination with the absolute scariest Ferris wheel in the history of Ferris wheels. More on that later, when I can bring myself to look at the pictures again without screaming.
The tram ride was a lot of fun for the kids, and a nice way to see the harbor below us.
Once at the top, we dove into some drinks and snacks. Fiona was thrilled with her virgin drink, which made her feel very grown-up.
An all-day pass for the activities is definitely the way to go, otherwise you will spend a fortune. I’ve shelled out as much as $8 per kid per ride for the sky jump in many a mall, so Jake couldn’t quite believe that he got to go on this one as many times as he wanted! And the kids took full advantage of that.
In between rides we took in the view. This is a fantastic way to see Charlotte Amalie, spread out below you. We went around dinner time because sunsets from Paradise Point are legendary. As luck would have it, this was the only cloudy day we had our whole vacation!
Fiona did some hamming for the camera.
Around this time the musicians started warming up.
The Ferris wheel was next, and I’m not going to lie to you: I was nervous. This simply wasn’t like me. I go on the tallest, fastest, craziest roller coasters! Why was I afraid of a Ferris wheel? Because this one is on the edge of a 700-foot hill, that’s why. When you come over the top there is no ground in front of you. It is absolutely terrifying. And the kids dragged me on six or seven times between them. And, since it wasn’t that busy, they were giving us really long rides.
The view was pretty though…
As the sun went down the music started, and the locals packed the place – it’s not just for tourists. Then, the hermit crab races started! This was insane. Honestly it was late at that point and we were trying to leave, but the kids wanted to know what was going on, so the crowd let them get to the front so that they could see. They each got to pick a crab and name it and we all cheered our heads off during the heats! There was a hilarious guy with a mic calling the races.
Fiona’s crab even made it into the finals! Sadly, it didn’t win. That’s him down there in last place, taking his sweet time – must have been tired out from totally kicking ass in his qualifying heat.
Finally we had to go, with one last look at the Ferris wheel.
A big thank you to Paradise Point for giving my family tram tickets and all-day ride passes for the Ferris wheel and Sky Jump, and to the USVI Department of Tourism.
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