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St. Peter Greathouse Estate & Gardens

Rte. 40 | P. O. Box 11711, 00801-4711, St. Thomas
340-774-4999
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Ranked #3 of 3 attractions in Magens Bay
Type: Gardens, Tours, Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset, Viewing foliage
Owner description: Follow a nature trail that leads you through nearly 200 varieties of tropical plants and an orchid jungle, wander through a gallery displaying local... more » Owner description: Follow a nature trail that leads you through nearly 200 varieties of tropical plants and an orchid jungle, wander through a gallery displaying local art, or take a sip of complimentary rum punch when you visit these scenic botanical gardens that are perched on a mountainside 1,000 feet above sea level. « less
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Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

The estate is average honestly, the tropical gardens are nice with a nice variety of flowers and trees but very small, the complimentary rum punch is refreshing but a bit watered-down, the parrots are fun for 2 min and annoying after that. But the real gem here is the observation deck with a jaw-dropping view over Magen's Bay and the... More

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White Plains, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Lovely botanical gardens with amazing views of plants that look ordinary from a distance but close up look enormous. Beautiful flowers like the lobster plant reminded me of flowers from Hawaii. Nice sweeping views of the harbor. Free cold water and rum punch drinks next to a small wading pool.

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Combined Locks, Wisconsin
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202 reviews 202 reviews
70 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Beautiful views of plants and the water. Easy for all to traverse. Only negative was that the rum punch was not the best.

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Festus, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

This is a very beautiful place. It has better views of Magens Bay than either Drakes Seat or the Mountain Top. The botanical garden area is absolutely beautiful. We were very disappointed with the size of the gardens. The garden area is about a 5 minute walk and there are very few explanations of what you are looking at. In... More

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Lagos
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109 reviews 109 reviews
53 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

We were made to briefly stop by at the Greathouse Gardens after we finished a course of tree zipping at Tree Limin Extreme. It is just opposite on the other side of the road. This place has truly gorgeous gardens and we enjoyed complementary drinks while we fed our eyes to the beauty of the orchid varieties. The views of... More

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St.Thomas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

St. Peter's Greathouse is a nice trip for the older folks. It's a well kept mansion on the top of a hill. The furniture is classic and the gardens are beautiful. Small gift shop on site. Great views of many smaller islands from the lookout balcony. Hosts private parties and events. Safari ride gives a little island tour on the... More

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Bradford, Massachusetts
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87 reviews 87 reviews
42 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The great house was nice but the "botanical garden" really just seemed like a fenced in section of the hill. I enjoyed the view from the top and it wasn't a bad deal to get entry for $5 and a free drink at the bar. We spent 20 minutes and really that is about all the time you need. If... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

St. Thomas can get really crowded when several cruise ships are in port. This is a great attraction to visit if you want tranquility and great views. We had the place to ourselves for quite awhile. They provide complimentary rum punch and water. I especially enjoyed the 360 degree observation deck.

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Apalachin, New York
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285 reviews 285 reviews
128 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is a garden site, there is a small restaurant on the grounds. Many of the local plants located on the grounds, but because of the size, your pretty much done with everything in less than 1/2 hour. The biggest plus is the views from this mountain side home are incredible. Many of the "postcard" type pictures of Magen Bay... More

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Walworth
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91 reviews 91 reviews
42 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

My wife and I enjoy visiting old homes and gardens. We have been to some of the nicest, largest, ad smallest. The Greathouse falls into the last category, it is small. The observation deck was very nice, large and a very nice view. There is a large, well stocked souvenir shop if you are interested in VI or botanical themed... More

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