Though St. Thomas is famous for its booze-soaked nightlife scene, there are actually quite a few things to do once the sun goes down that don't involve sitting on (and eventually falling off) a barstool, fun as that may be.
So for the teetotalers and others out there who want a break from the bar scene - or to avoid it all together - here are some ideas.
By day, Tillett Gardens is an arts and crafts center where local artisans sell pottery, candles, jewelry, and baskets, and some offer workshops. But by evening they frequently offer classical and contemporary musical concerts, performed by top musicians from all over the world (like Dick "the fiddler" Solberg and the Sun Mountain Band, an island favorite). You'll have to call or check their website for details.
[PHOTO_174633]Also inside the Tillett Gardens complex you'll find the Pistarckle Theater, St. Thomas's only full-fledged semi-professional theater. They have been presenting full-length plays and musicals since 1991. Past seasons have seen productions of Hair, Rent, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Granted, the productions are not Broadway quality, but what they lack in talent they make up for in enthusiasm and popularity. The air-conditioned 140-seat Tillett facility (which used to be a print shop) has been their home since 2000.
The Reichhold Center for the Arts at the University of the Virgin Islands offers a seasonal lineup of big-name acts in dance and music. Past headliners have included the Commodores, India Arie, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Shows start at 8pm. Call or check their website to see if there's anything going on during your stay.
[PHOTO_174620]And lastly, don't rule our some nighttime watersports. The Adventure Center at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef hotel offers nighttime kayak tours in clear boats equipped with LED lights, so you can marvel at the nocturnal sea creatures. And if you change your mind and decide you do want a drink after all, you can always head to the nearby Havana Blue for a mojito or two.