Family Fun

Stretch your legs on scenic hiking trails, discover amazing museums and architecture, get to know the rescue tigers at the Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, splash around at the River Rapids Waterpark and explore the nearby Challenger Playground, or take a ride across the mighty Mississippi River on the ferry! When you’re looking for fun that will appeal to all ages, bring your family to see the sights and attractions of Ste. Genevieve!

  • River Rapids Water Park

    1301 Progress Parkway
    Ste. Genevieve MO 63670
    573.883.5244
    RiverRapidsWaterPark.com
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    River Rapids Water Park has daily and seasonal memberships available. This amazing facility includes several tubular tall water slides. The lazy river offers a relaxing float around the park. A 6 lane lap pool features a zip line, climbing ropes, and a diving board. An exciting kids’ play area has 30 different activities to enjoy. Come for a splashing good time!

  • Harold’s Famous Bee Co

    150 Market Street
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    800-748-9810
    Harold’s Famous Bee Co.
    Open 10:00-5:00 Tuesday-Sunday
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    Harold’s Famous Bee Co. carries a line of honey for sampling and for purchase.  Different local honeys are also featured weekly.  They also carry several products using ingredients harvested from the honey bee. Their flagship product, Harold’s Famous Bee Cream, is the only

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    patent approved formulation that harnesses the healthy benefits of honey bee venom to effectively soothe joints, muscles, and dry, rough skin. Harold’s unique method of venom extraction causes no harm. Besides honeys and their signature cream, lip balm and facial creams are available.

  • Iggy’s Pop Shop

    233 Merchant Street
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-880-7075
    Iggy’s Pop Shop
    Monday, Wed, Thursday: 2:00-10:00
    Friday: 2:00-12:00
    Saturday: 12:00-12:00
    Sunday: 12:00-10:00
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    Comics, Gaming, Events, and Everything Pop Culture! Explore this gaming and comics center!

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    Ste. Genevieve-Modoc Ferry

    Ste.GenevieveModocFerry.com
    573-883-7097
    800-373-7007
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    Enjoy a ride across the Mississippi River to Modoc, IL, Fort de Charters, and access to Illinois Highway 3.  To reach the ferry go north on Main Street which ends at the ferry landing. Call ahead to make sure it is able to run. 

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    King’s Ball

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    When: 1st Saturday evening in February
    Where: VFW Hall, Memorial Drive
    800-373-7007
    573-883-7097

    The annual King’s Ball, originally held to celebrate twelfth-night, is just another of Ste Genevieve’s old French settlers’ traditions that has been celebrated annually for over 250 years.  Each year a king to represent Ste. Genevieve for the year is selected by finding

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    a secreted item hidden in the King’s Cake.  During Leap Years, ladies have the opportunity to be crowned queen.  Attendees are encouraged to dress in French Colonial attire and participate in the traditional music and dance. In addition, some guests dress their tables with a candelabrum, table clothes, wine glasses and buffets of food. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for the Restoration of Ste. Genevieve.
  • Rural Heritage Day

    When: October – Please see the Events Calendar for specifics
    Where: St. Mary’s Road and in the Historic District
    Admission: Donations appreciated
    800-373-7007
    573-883-7097

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    Rural Heritage Day is a celebration of history, reverie and reminiscence in dedication to the hard working forefathers and foremothers of Ste. Genevieve. Come see how it used to be done, whether it’s farming, cooking, spinning, lace making, leather working, soap making, wood carving, gardening, or good old-fashioned games.

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    In addition, watch demonstrations of handicrafts of yesteryear. Try the Lions Club’s vittles or bring a picnic. Stay the day and have a blast from the past!

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    Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary

    19620 State Route B
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-9909
    Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary
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    Enjoy a 45 minute guided walking tour of Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary. Learn where the animals were rescued from, their personalities and how you can help these amazing big cats as well as their wild relatives.

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    After the tour, head down to our Education Center and Gift Shop where you can view and even touch tiger artifacts such as teeth, claws, and a tiger pelt, just to name a few. Visitors receive a complimentary tasting of Fizzy Izzy Root Beer named after our very own, Izzy tiger. All of the pathways are paved and accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

    April – Nov | Thursday – Sunday | 11am, 1pm & 3pm
    Dec – MarchSaturday & Sunday | 11am, 1pm & 3pm

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    Hawn State Park

    Hawn State Park
    Hwy 144 off Highway 32
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-3603
    Hawn State Park
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    Just 25 minutes west of Ste. Genevieve, Hawn is one of the best wilderness experiences that nature has to offer. The nearly 5,000-acre park features beautifully manicured areas for day use and tent or RV camping.

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     The River Aux Vases and Pickle Creeks provide added fun for staying cool in the summer. Dogwood and redbud trees along with numerous types of wildflowers give the park a stunning backdrop for your experience in the spring. Fall is especially colorful with the trees in their full autumn attire. Maps are available to guide visitors for hiking the many trails ranging from 2 to 10 miles in length.

  • Sweet-Things-Shop

    Sweet Things Sweet Shop

    242 Market St.
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-7990
    Monday-Saturday Hours: 10:00-5:00
    Sunday Hours: 12:30-3:30
    Sweet Things Sweet Shop
    SweetThingsSweetShop.com
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    Sweet Things Sweet Shop is a candy and gift store, sure to have something for everyone! Whether you’re looking for sumptuous chocolates, sour cream and onion flavored crickets, lollipops as big as a Frisbee, or jawbreakers the size of a baseball, we have it all! Stop by today and see why people of all ages love coming to our store.

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    Interested in our store, but you can’t make it to Ste. Genevieve? Give us a call or e-mail us and we can put together a selection of products to be mailed to you or anywhere in the U.S.! Or maybe you want to surprise someone with a box of chocolate? We hand-deliver things up to five miles from our store– what’s better than a hand-delivered surprise box of chocolate?!? Just message us for more info!

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    Pickle Springs Natural Area

    Pickle Springs Natural Area, Highway AA
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-3603
    Pickle Springs Natural Area
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    Pickle Springs has been designated a Natural Landmark by the National Park Service for its biological and geological values as an undisturbed site. A two-mile trail named the ‘Trail Through Time’ winds through the park and guides the visitor through 500 million year old geologic wonders carved in sandstone. The trail features

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    clear streams, cool canyons, spectacular bluff views and ‘The Slot’, a crevice marked with holes, pockets and ridges. Visitors must climb through the ‘Keyhole’ to descend to the creek below. Twin foot bridges cross Bone Creek and pass Mossy Falls. The park is a primitive natural area and does not have services. Be sure to bring a camera and plenty of liquids before hiking the trail.

Events

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    Ste. Genevieve County Fair

    Mid weekend in July
    County Fairgrounds, North Main St.
    Ste. Genevieve, MO
    Ste. Genevieve County Fair
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    The Ste. Genevieve County Fair includes a parade, livestock shows, demolition derby, horse show, truck pulls, tractor pulls, queen contest, 4H and FFA exhibits and live entertainment most nights. There is a lot to see and do for adults and children all weekend with plenty of good food and entertainment.

  • Holiday Christmas Festival

    When: First full weekend in December
    Where: Historic District, Ste. Genevieve, MO
    Admission: FREE!

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    Experience a wonderland of Christmas festivities in Ste. Genevieve during the annual Holiday Christmas Festival. A cultural celebration of 500 years of holiday music, performed by renowned musicians from across the region, is featured at free performances in historic churches and other downtown venues throughout the weekend. A Christmas parade, caroling, colonial

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    decorations, free pictures with Santa for the little ones, and so much more make this a truly memorable event. In addition, Ste. Genevieve Art Guild hosts an Art Show & Sale, downtown shops offer refreshments, some historic site offer open houses, and you can delight in an old-fashioned Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Saturday evening at the Welcome Center – a truly marvelous event!

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    Le Reveillon
    French Christmas

    Felix Valle State Historic Site

    Merchant and 2nd Streets
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-7102
    FelixValleStateHistoricSite.com
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    This annual holiday celebration highlights the music, customs, and crafts of early French Colonial Christmas in Ste. Genevieve.  The celebration, known as Le Reveillon, features costumed guides who explain the early 19th century customs of Christmas.  Traditional foods and music of the period are featured on the first Saturday in December.

  • Muny Band Concerts

    8:00 Thurs Evenings, June and July
    Valle School Parking Lot
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-7097
    800-373-7007

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    Ste. Genevieve’s Municipal Band performs a variety of favorites each week polkas, marches, show tunes, kids’ tunes, and popular melodies.  Sit in your car or bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy one of the few municipal bands still around, a Ste. Genevieve tradition for over 70 years!

  • Spirit Reunion in Memorial Cemetery

    When: 5:00-8:00 pm
    4th Saturday in October
    Where: Memorial Cemetery
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    800-373-7007
    573-883-7097

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    The spirits will again emerge from the crypts and tombs of historic old Ste. Genevieve’s Memorial Cemetery as the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve hosts its annual Déjà vu Spirit Reunion.  Visitors will experience Missouri’s oldest town through the spirits of those buried in the town’s Memorial Cemetery. This cemetery,

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    established in 1787, includes the tombs and grave markers of the area’s earliest French pioneers as well as emigrants of German, Scottish and other heritages – slave, free and integrated spouses of black African and Native Americans.
    This living history program of stories, traditions and nostalgia highlights the lives and personalities of notables such as U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn, Felix and Odile Vallé, Marie LaPorte, Joseph Bogy, Ferdinand Rozier (a one-time business partner of John James Audubon). This provides the visitor with an intimate taste of lifestyles and happenings in Missouri’s oldest town during the late 18th and 19th centuries. So tour the cemetery via lantern light and chat “face-to-face” with over 20 spirits clad in traditional dress and enjoy a hauntingly good time.
    In addition, all proceeds help to benefit the Foundation for Restoration’s activities and restoration efforts. The FRSG is a non-profit community organization formed to promote the preservation and restoration of Ste. Genevieve’s historic structures and traditions. And in 2007 the FRSG was awarded the distinguished Governor’s Humanities Award for the Déjà vu Spirit Reunion program.

     

     

  • Jour de Fete Arts & Crafts Festival

    When: 2nd full weekend in August
    Where: Historic District, Ste. Genevieve, MO
    800-373-7007
    573-883-7097

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    The annual Jour de Fête is southeast Missouri’s largest outdoor Crafts Fair. Held in the heart of Ste. Genevieve’s Historic District, visitors can browse through arts and crafts booths. Shop till you drop and enjoy live music, foods, living history demonstrations and other activities at this family-friendly event.

  • French Veillee’

    Second Weekend in June
    Felix Valle State Historic Site
    Merchant and Second Streets
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-7102

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    Enjoy an evening in the garden of the Felix Valle House at this recreation of a La Veillee, a traditional French Colonial summer social gathering. Featured will be French folk dancing, folk tales, candlelight tours of the home, and refreshments.

     

  • French Heritage Festival

    Second Saturday in June
    Historic District
    Ste. Genevieve, MO
    800-373-7007
    573-883-7097

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    The French Festival is a living history event with live traditional music, folk dancing, French foods, wine tasting, re-enactors in period dress, historic home tours, street dancing, promenades (parades), children’s activities, walking tours, tea with ‘Marie Antoinette’ at the Guibourd and much more!

     

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