Visitors Guide to
Local Attractions
in Sainte Genevieve County Missouri
   
Sainte Genevieve has long been a destination for visitors who are looking to enjoy its quaint narrow streets, museums and homes of its National Historic Landmark District. The surrounding area offers nature lovers a variety of beautiful locations to enjoy the scenic outdoor beauty of Missouri including Hawn State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area. 
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Bauvais-Amoureux House
327 St. Mary Road
Sainte Genevieve, MO
573-883-7102
  This 1792 house was built in the poteaux en terre style where the walls are formed by hewn logs set upright in an earthen trench. A diorama of Sainte Genevieve in 1832 is displayed in the house. Open to the public on selected dates.
   
The Bolduc House
125 South Main Street
Sainte Genevieve, MO
573-883-3105
  Built in 1770, this house is regarded as the first, most authentically restored Creole house in the nation. Open to the public from April through October.
   
Crown Ridge Tiger Tours
19620 State Route B
Sainte Genevieve County, MO
573-883-9909
  Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is a non-profit USDA approved rescue facility. Its mission is to provide a permanent home for exotic big cats that have endured neglect, abuse, or other undesirable homes. A variety of tours are available and the facility offers specialized educational programs for teachers and students that teach the importance of wildlife preservation, natural history of tigers and lions, and show how one person can really make a difference.  Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary offers both on and off-site presentations, general tours for families, VIP tiger feeding tours, and up close views of its majestic big cats.
   
Felix Vallé State Historic Site
Corner of Merchant
and Second Streets
Sainte Genevieve, MO
573-883-7102
  Built in 1818, this Federal style limestone building was home to one of Sainte Genevieve's premier colonial families. The site features the authentically restocked mercantile store of the historic trading firm of Menard & Valle and a residential portion that is furnished with period pieces. In back of the home is a building which housed the kitchen and in the yard is a typical family garden. This Missouri Department of Natural Resources operates site that offers guided tours and is open to the public year round.
Hawn State Park
12096 Park Drive
Sainte Genevieve County, MO
573-883-3603
  With pine and oak forests, sandstone bluffs and canyons, and clear sand-bottom streams, this nearly 5,000 acre park is considered on of the most scenic in Missouri. The park has many nature trails, picnic areas, and a campground for those who wish to get out and enjoy nature.
   
La Maison de Guibourd
4th & Merchant Streets
Sainte Genevieve, MO
573-883-7544
  Built in 1806 by Jacques Jean-Rene Guibourd, this historic house retains much of its early Creole charm. The house and its beautiful gardens are opened year round to the public for tours and events. This historic house and gardens are owned and operated by the Foundation for Restoration of Sainte Genevieve, Inc., a non-profit organization.
   
Magnolia Hollow
Conservation Area

White Sand Road
 off Route V
Sainte Genevieve County, MO
573-290-5730
  Located 10 miles north of Sainte Genevieve, this 1,740-acre area features steep bluffs and scenic river views. Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area provides good woodland game hunting, fishing, a clay pigeon target range, and 2 hiking trails. Dispersed primitive camping is permitted year round.
Pickle Springs Natural Area
Dorlac Road
Sainte Genevieve County, MO
  Designated a National Natural Landmark, this area has geologic features and plants that occur in few other places.
  The Route de Vin of Sainte Genevieve County is a driving tour that begins in Ste. Genevieve and then travels in a loop through the forested hills and farmland southeast of this historic town. Driving time is about an hour not counting any stop over time at the 5 featured wineries.
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Ste. Genevieve County, MO
   
Sainte Genevieve Golf Club
17317 Golf Course Lane
573-883-2949
Sainte Genevieve, MO
  Considered the best kept secret in the region, the SGCC is a player-friendly 18 hole layout characterized by fairways lined with pine trees.
   
Sainte Genevieve-Modoc Ferry
N. Main Street
Sainte Genevieve, MO
  Follow N. Main Street about 1 1/2 miles from the Historic District of Sainte Genevieve to the Little Rock Landing on the Mississippi River. The Modoc Landing is accessible from Illinois Routes 3 and 155 on the Illinois side. The ferry runs during daylight hours approximately every fifteen minutes and a fee is charged.
Sainte Genevieve Museum
Merchant & DuBourg Streets
Sainte Genevieve, MO
573-883-3461
  This museum contains varied collections of local memorabilia, including prehistoric Indian relics, old documents and Spanish land grants.
   
The Visual Arts in
Sainte Genevieve

Sainte Genevieve, MO
  The visual arts and Sainte Genevieve have been connected since the early 19th century with the arrival of John James Audubon. The connection continued with the Sainte Genevieve Art Colony of the 1930s and Roscoe Misselhorn, the “Norman Rockwell of the Midwest.” The charm of the community continues to be a magnet to artists as Sainte Genevieve is home to a number of working studios, art galleries and shops, and special art events.
   
Sainte Genevieve
Welcome Center
66 S. Main Street
Sainte Genevieve, MO
1-800-373-7007
or 573-883-7097
  A good starting point for your visit to this historic town is this tourist information center. The Center has a walking tour video and area brochures. The Center also hosts the Roscoe Misselhorn Gallery with many of his original sketches of Ste. Genevieve. The main gallery changes its exhibits periodically.
   
Nearby Attractions
  Randolph County, Illinois
Located across the Mississippi River from Sainte Genevieve, Randolph County is where Illinois began. Attractions include Fort de Chartres, the Pierre Menard Home and the Fort Kaskaskia State Historic site.
  Saint Clair & Monroe Counties, Illinois
Discover French colonial life at Cahokia, a town as old as Williamsburg, Virginia or visit the city of Belleville that offers its visitors a wide variety of attractions that includes an art gallery, museums, and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.
  Jefferson County, Missouri
Visitors to Jefferson County can explore the prehistoric lifestyles of Native Americans at Mastodon State Historic Site and Washington State Park. Other attractions include one of the last remaining covered bridges in Missouri at Sandy Creek Bridge State Historical Site and the Anheuser Estate in Kimmswick.
For Travelers Heading Up River
  St. Louis Area
Metropolitan St. Louis has a lot to offer its visitors. The area's most prominent attraction is the Gateway Arch, which is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial complex that also includes the Museum of Westward Expansion. St. Louis has a number of outstanding public institutions that are free to visit including the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, and the Science Center. The St. Louis region has a number of green spaces for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Faust County Park, in St. Louis County, is home to many historical and cultural attractions including the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, a historical village, and the St. Louis Carousel. The county is also home to Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, the Powder Valley Conservation Area.
  Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway
The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area is one of America’s newer scenic byways. With over 20,000 acres of forest and wetlands at the heart of the Mississippi Flyway, it is a nature lovers paradise. Visitors will find spectacular colors in the fall and bald eagles in the winter. History abounds in the region ranging from the prehistoric Cahokia Mounds to sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
For Travelers Heading Up River
  The Mississippi Meets the Ohio River Region
After the Mississippi River passes St. Louis it begins to change character. When the Mississippi River meets the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois it is halfway on its journey to the sea. It is here that the brown muddy water of the Mississippi begins to mingle with the clearer water of the Ohio. Without the locks and dams the Mississippi begins to wind and curve so much so that the distance by water from Cape Girardeau to the Gulf of Mexico is twice the distance as a crow flies. The region where the Mississippi River meets the Ohio River is an area of transition in several respects both in terms of the flora and fauna but the culture begins to take on that of the Deep South. The Meeting the Ohio region of the Middle Mississippi River Valley offers it visitors a wide variety of options of activities to do and sites to see. Whether you’re looking for historical or cultural sites or a place to enjoy nature you’ll find it in this part of the country.
   

 
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