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Choose from Dinosaurs, Tigers, Water Park, Golf, State Parks, Tours, Festivals, Hiking, Cycling, Walking and More – playing BIG has never been more fun in Ste. Geneviève!

Outdoor Recreation

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Hawn State Park

Just 25 minutes west of Ste. Geneviève, Hawn State Park is one of the best wilderness experiences that nature has to offer.

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Hickory Canyons Natural Area

Lamotte sandstone formed box canyons here from the sandy beaches of a shallow ocean that existed 500 million years ago.

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Kaskaskia Island Birding

Kaskaskia Island’s sloughs and ponds are a Mecca for water birds. Birders flock to this area.

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Pere Marquette City Park

This scenic city park provides a perfect spot for that leisurely picnic or open space for the kids to play.

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Pickle Springs Natural Area

Pickle Springs has been designated a Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.

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River Rapids Waterpark

Hot summer days end in cool water fun. This amazing facility includes several tubular tall water slides.

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Ste. Geneviève – Modoc Ferry

Locally referred to as The French Connection, the Ste. Geneviève – Modoc Ferry is a quick connection between Ste. Geneviève, Missouri, and southern Illinois.

From Ste. Geneviève, the ferry offers a…

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Ste. Geneviève Golf Course

After playing a round of golf enjoy a sandwich or burger in the Clubhouse.

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Ste. Geneviève Levee Wildlife Refuge

Embark on a walk on top of the levee. Kiosks along the way tell of the history of the area.

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Hawn State Park

Just 25 minutes west of Ste. Geneviève, Hawn State Park is one of the best wilderness experiences that nature has to offer.

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Hickory Canyons Natural Area

Lamotte sandstone formed box canyons here from the sandy beaches of a shallow ocean that existed 500 million years ago.

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Kaskaskia Island Birding

Kaskaskia Island’s sloughs and ponds are a Mecca for water birds. Birders flock to this area.

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Pere Marquette City Park

This scenic city park provides a perfect spot for that leisurely picnic or open space for the kids to play.

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Pickle Springs Natural Area

Pickle Springs has been designated a Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.

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River Rapids Waterpark

Hot summer days end in cool water fun. This amazing facility includes several tubular tall water slides.

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Ste. Geneviève – Modoc Ferry

Locally referred to as The French Connection, the Ste. Geneviève – Modoc Ferry is a quick connection between Ste. Geneviève, Missouri, and southern Illinois.

From Ste. Geneviève, the ferry offers a…

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Ste. Geneviève Golf Course

After playing a round of golf enjoy a sandwich or burger in the Clubhouse.

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Ste. Geneviève Levee Wildlife Refuge

Embark on a walk on top of the levee. Kiosks along the way tell of the history of the area.

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The Perfume of Flowers…

The Perfume of Flowers…

“Flat-boatmen drifting down the river at night could know when they are passing Ste. Geneviève by the perfume of the flowers wafted across the river.” ~New York Times Aug 22, 1935 Page 14 Staying true to their past, the sweet smells of perfume still waft in Ste. Geneviève. Enjoy the colonial gardens at the Felix Valle, J. B. Valle, and the Bolduc houses, as well as several mini-gardens located around town. Also, the Master Gardeners of Ste. Geneviève hosts garden walks and tours each year. An enduring symbol of Ste. Geneviève’s French culture, the fleur de lis, is based on the lily, the official town flower. Fleur de Lis can be seen all over Ste. Geneviève.
John James Audubon…

John James Audubon…

Following Nature In Her Walks “During all these years there existed within me a tendency to follow Nature in her walks.”~ John James Audubon That “tendency” inspired the naturalist and ornithologist, John James Audubon to follow Nature when he came to Ste. Geneviève in 1812. After a brief stint as a storekeeper with his business partner Ferdinand Rozier, Audubon soon abandoned that venture for the work that would define his life. Visitors can learn more about this visionary in the lobby of the hotel named after him. Hikers can “follow Nature in her walks” in the same scenic areas Audubon did – Hawn State Park, Pickle Springs, Hickory Canyon, and Magnolia Hollow. And closer to town, visit the Ste. Geneviève Levee Wildlife Refuge and Lake Audubon in Ste. Geneviève.

Museums

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Centre for French Colonial Life

The Centre for French Colonial Life is the headquarters for the French Colonial America museum campus. This building houses temporary and long-term exhibits, the campus gift shop, and…

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Guibourd-Vallé House

The Guibourd-Vallé House was constructed for Jacques Guibourd in 1806 in the “poteaux-sur-sole” style with vertical, hand-hewn log walls and a double-pitched roof. This important National Register site is…

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Ste. Geneviève Art Center & Museum

The Ste. Geneviève Art Center features displays on the county’s rich art history and art by local artists. The center, home to the Ste. Geneviève Art Guild, offers…

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The Sainte Geneviève Museum Learning Center

The Sainte Geneviève Museum Learning Center has opened some of its galleries, including examples of Guy Darrough’s impressive dinosaur replicas. See the progress on the Missouri dinosaur currently…

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Centre for French Colonial Life

The Centre for French Colonial Life is the headquarters for the French Colonial America museum campus. This building houses temporary and long-term exhibits, the campus gift shop, and…

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Guibourd-Vallé House

The Guibourd-Vallé House was constructed for Jacques Guibourd in 1806 in the “poteaux-sur-sole” style with vertical, hand-hewn log walls and a double-pitched roof. This important National Register site is…

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Ste. Geneviève Art Center & Museum

The Ste. Geneviève Art Center features displays on the county’s rich art history and art by local artists. The center, home to the Ste. Geneviève Art Guild, offers…

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The Sainte Geneviève Museum Learning Center

The Sainte Geneviève Museum Learning Center has opened some of its galleries, including examples of Guy Darrough’s impressive dinosaur replicas. See the progress on the Missouri dinosaur currently…

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Fairs & Festivals

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French Heritage Festival

Celebrates 300 years of French culture and traditions! Experience living history, live traditional music and more!

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Holiday Christmas Festival

Experience a wonderland of festivities during the annual Holiday Christmas Festival.

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Jour de Fête

Southeast Missouri’s largest outdoor Crafts Fair.

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Rural Heritage Day

Experience a celebration of history, reverie, and reminiscence dedicated to the hard-working founders of Ste. Geneviève.

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Ste. Geneviève County Fair

There is a lot to see and do for adults and children all weekend with plenty of good food and entertainment.

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French Heritage Festival

Celebrates 300 years of French culture and traditions! Experience living history, live traditional music and more!

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Holiday Christmas Festival

Experience a wonderland of festivities during the annual Holiday Christmas Festival.

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Jour de Fête

Southeast Missouri’s largest outdoor Crafts Fair.

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Rural Heritage Day

Experience a celebration of history, reverie, and reminiscence dedicated to the hard-working founders of Ste. Geneviève.

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Ste. Geneviève County Fair

There is a lot to see and do for adults and children all weekend with plenty of good food and entertainment.

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Events

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4th Friday Art Walk (Feb thru Nov)

Bring your friends and enjoy a leisurely stroll among the shops, restaurants, and art galleries of downtown Ste. Geneviève.

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Allée Allumée

Learn more about the Christmas Traditions of the French settlers as you follow painted figures of colonial children as they bring gifts to a manger scene.

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Audubon’s Walk

Audubon’s Walk is a naturalist lead hike atop the Ste. Geneviève Urban Levee.

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Baetje Farms Events

A one-of-a-kind wine and cheese tasting experience.

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Civil War Interpretive Event

A family-friendly, living history event! Observe Civil War camp life and demonstrations of marching, musket fire, and cannon fire.

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Cookie Crumb Trail

Follow the Cookie Crumb Trail! Sample cookies and collect recipes to get started on your own Christmas baking!

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Ecole du Soldat

Curious about how people in the past lived in this area? Ecole du Soldat features artisans and craftspeople of the colonial era demonstrating their crafts.

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French Christmas – Felix Valle House

Cancelled for 2022.

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History Conference

Annual history conference at which presentations are made on the history of Ste. Geneviève and the surrounding area.

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La Guiannée (La Guignolèe)

Founded by French merchants and fur traders, Ste. Geneviève remained a French-speaking enclave for many years in the newly Americanized Midwest. Sadly, the last generations of native French speakers are..

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Moonlight Madness (July)

Christmas-in-July-themed shopping extravaganza on the second Wednesday in July

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Small Shop Saturday (Nov)

So shop local and support small business owners!

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Ste. Geneviève County Fair

There is a lot to see and do for adults and children all weekend with plenty of good food and entertainment.

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Ste. Genevieve Gravel Classic

Hit the cycling trail gravel style with the Ste. Genevieve Gravel Classic in April.

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Ste. Geneviève Militia Encampment

History comes alive in Ste. Genevieve with the annual Encampment, an 18th-century re-enactment event.

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Ste. Geneviève Muny Band Concerts

Ste. Geneviève’s Municipal Band performs a variety of favorites each week

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The King’s Ball

An evening of dancing, food, and celebration, French-style, at the annual King’s Ball, organized by the Foundation for Restoration.

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Valle Craft Fair

Stop by and do some Christmas shopping at the annual Valle Craft Fair at Valle school. Dozens of crafters are there with a variety of options so you can find…

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Cookie Crumb Trail

Follow the Cookie Crumb Trail! Sample cookies and collect recipes to get started on your own Christmas baking!

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Ecole du Soldat

Curious about how people in the past lived in this area? Ecole du Soldat features artisans and craftspeople of the colonial era demonstrating their crafts.

Read More

French Christmas – Felix Valle House

Cancelled for 2022.

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History Conference

Annual history conference at which presentations are made on the history of Ste. Geneviève and the surrounding area.

Read More

La Guiannée (La Guignolèe)

Founded by French merchants and fur traders, Ste. Geneviève remained a French-speaking enclave for many years in the newly Americanized Midwest. Sadly, the last generations of native French speakers are..

Read More