Farmington Travel Guide

  • St. Francois County Courthouse:  Farmington, MO
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Farmington Things to Do

  • Dr. F. R. Crouch Nature Sanctuary

    Right next to Engler City Park we noticed a sign for Dr. F. R. Crouch Nature Sanctuary. In fact, we parked it the Sanctuary parking lot!On the west side of Engler Park, it is quite WOODED. It contains a 35-acre Dr. F. R. Crouch Nature Sanctuary, and even though the land belongs to the City of Farmington, it is maintained by East Ozarks Audubon...

  • Engler Park

    While in search of a Wine Tasting spot, we accidentally discovered a perfect park in Farmington, Missouri. It is located in the Industrial Park and is connected to a Nature Observatory.This park is called Engler and is quite impressive with its angler's lakes [two lakes open for fishing], two outstanding playground areas, picnic shelters, a 3-mile...

  • Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center

    We would suggest that your first stop should be at the Great River Road Welcome Center to gather up the vast amount of brochures, maps, information that is available. In addition, it would be an excellent idea to take a few minutes to view the Video Tour. It is really well done and quite informative. Even though I had been in Ste. Genevieve,...

  • Fort Davidson State Historic Site

    Once we discovered a Civil War Battle Field and Fort nearby, we drove to Pilot Knob, Missouri, to visit Fort Davidson State Historic Site. It was quite extraordinary and worth the drive and the time.Fort Davidson State Historic Site preserves Fort Davidson and the Pilot Knob battlefield. This is the place where 1,450 Confederate men were lost....

  • Wine Tasting

    Please be sure to take a look at all five photographs to see inside and our and to meet the owner of Sand Creek Vineyard and WineryThis is wine country here near Farmington, Missouri, and so, one of our activities was to taste wine.We went on a Monday afternoon when it was cool and cloudy, and we discovered that there are not too many places open...

  • Elephant Rocks State Park

    The most dramatic of all the parks in Missouri [I think] is Elephant Rocks State Park in Belleview, Missouri. Here, there are GIANT granite rocks that stand end-to-end like a "train of circus elephants"; thus, the name of the park!Almost 1.5 billion years ago, hot magma cooled and formed coarsely crystalline red granite which later weathered into...

  • Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary

    Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary was established as a permanent home for exotic cats. They use presentations, tours, and youth programs to educate people about the dangers that these beautiful cats face in the wild and in captivity.At the sanctuary, there are 5 big cats:Parents, Mohan and Raja.1. Mohan is a blue-eyed White Siberian tiger He is quite the...

  • Hawn State Park

    We thought that Hawn State Park near Ste. Genevieve Mo. was lovely with its forest of Oak and Pine trees, with its sandstone bluffs and canyons, and with its clear sand-bottom streams.It has 4,953-acres of park and part of that is almost 3,000 acres called "Whispering Pine Wild Area". This is the area for backpacking, bird watching, and studying...

  • Pickle Springs Natural Area

    Be sure to view all the "hidden" photographs to see more of this Natural AreaAll the locals informed us about Pickle Springs Natural Area near Farmington, Missouri. After we finished "giggling" about the name, we inquired about directions and about what to expect once we arrived.First off, the National Park Service has named Pickle Springs "a...


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Farmington Restaurants

  • The Only Fast Food Restaurant That I...

    I'm not a big fan of fast food restaurants and have never been; however, I have always enjoyed eating at Steak and Shake restaurants. Less than a mile from our time share condominium in Farmington, Missouri, there was a Steak and Shake Restaurant. Needless to say, we just had to try it once while on vacation. It's great to go in the afternoon...

  • Catfish

    For days, we drove by The Catfish Kettle hoping that it would be open. It always seemed to be closed. Finally, we saw cars in the parking lot, lights on inside, and the "open" sign in the window. So, we stopped. We both love catfish and were looking forward to trying this restaurant.Too bad we did not ask around to find out if it was good or not....

  • For Excellent BBQ

    We were told by several locals that the place for BBQ in Farmington was The Branding Iron BBQ. There are two of them, and we visited the one on Maple Valley Drive.Their motto is "Where the Spice is Right!" The motto is a good one because their BBQ is outstanding. This is a casual place with lots of beautiful wood, high ceilings, and a "down home"...

  • Half Price Appetizers

    BE SURE TO SEE ALL THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DELICIOUS FOODAfter a long day of finding wineries, we wanted to treat ourselves to a good restaurant. We had been told at the last winery we visited that 12 West Bar & Grill was good; thus, we gave it a try.Fortunately for us, on the day that we were there, appetizers were 1/2 price. I am a small eater and...

  • Get a Crave Case

    We had never eaten at a White Castle, and actually I think I got it mixed up with the Little Tavern or the White Tower, both of which were old time local chains. The White Castle has a very distinctive architecture. They have Slyders which is a square hamburger - the Slyders are small which is why a Crave Case (where you get multiple Slyders) does...

  • Fried - Shrimp, Chicken or Fish

    This is a "family style" restaurant, which is open Tuesday through Saturday. The menu is limited, but the service is fast. I had the Senior chicken dinner with cole slaw, fries and hush puppies $6.75, and Bob had the shrimp dinner with the same. They gave us pickles and other condiments too. The cole slaw was really sweet and good, and the fried...


Farmington Shopping

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    The Factory: Great Use For One-Time Factory

    by deecat Updated May 8, 2011

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    One of the more interesting places we visited in the town of Farmington, Missouri, was The Factory in Farmington. A former garment industry building that is more than 75 years old and that was totally renovated and developed into a "visitor destination" in the historic section of downtown Farmington. There are about 45,000-square-feet that is air-conditioned within this indoor mall. There are between 60-70 specialty shops such as crafts, collectibles, art, antiques, a book shop, Ballet Studio, Art Studio, a restaurant, and a Thrift Shop on the Mall level. There are studio suites for professional offices on the main floor, and a "Great Hall at Alexander's" is on the upper level [a place for special evens such as receptions, meetings, proms, and parties.]

    *Farmington Historical Museum also resides in The Factory.

    We enjoyed walking around this vast area and reading about the history of Farmington, seeing the multitude of unique items, and relising the fact that an old factory could be turned into such a viable and useful space.

    What to buy: The Factory in Farmington is open from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

    This reminds me of an indoor flea market on a more upscale note. It offers antiques, collectibles, thrift store items, jewelry, hair clips and bows, children's clothing and toys, food, and an assortment of other items. It was truly amazing to walk this enormous area [spans one square block] with all its choices and varied price ranges.

    Be sure to see all the photographs:
    1. The Sign outside telling of the contents within.

    2. A View of one of the many LONG hallways within The Factory.

    3. A wooden cut-out character used as part of the Farmington History Museum.

    4. The brick exterior of the one-time garment factory.

    5. One of our most amusing photos of an area for fortune telling, palm reading, and tarot card reading.

    I was quite impressed that the community saw fit to use an abandoned building in such a constructive manner.

    The Factory in Farmington, Missouri Inside The Factory Part of History Museum Display at The Factory Outside Photo of The Factory in Farmington, MO Palm Reader and Tarot Card Dealer at the Factory
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Farmington Off The Beaten Path

  • Sainte Genevieve Caholic Church

    Be sure to see ALL THE PICTURESThe Catholic Church in Sainte Genevieve is called Church of Ste. Genevieve, and it is the third church on this site. The first was an old log church in "Le Grand Cham" [Big Field] located southeast of the present townsite. In the late 1700's, they dismantled it and moved it to its present site and enlarged it. A stone...

  • Take a short trip to Ste. Genevieve,...

    Although I had visited Sainte Genevieve before, my husband Allan had never been so we took a little road trip from Farmington to Sainte Genevieve. It is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Many of its first residents were French-Canadian who were farmers and produced salt and lead from the nearby creeks and mines. This French...

  • National Tiger Sanctuary

    The information we had on the area said there was a "National Tiger Sanctuary" with five tigers. I found this hard to believe. I took Bob out on all the alphabet roads - We went up D, crossing OO and K and C and several one lane bridges until we got to Y which we took through St. Francis until we got to the tiger sanctuary. But the gate was shut...


Farmington Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf at Crown Pointe Golf Club

    Crown Pointe Golf Club is located adjacent to Crown Pointe Links Lodge. Much of the literature quotes Golf Digest Magazine as saying, "A hidden Gem" that will "test every club in your bag...". Also this course is again rated 4 stars and Best Places to Play.It is a 18 hole course that is quite a challenge. Farmington, Missouri, had endured one of...

  • Free Lighted Tennis Court

    The Summers Bay Resort at Crown Pointe Lodge offered free tennis for the lodge residents and the condominium residents. Allan and I used the court once for about one and a half hours and really enjoyed the well maintained surface. Because the resort offered lighted courts, we could have played in the evenings if we wished. This court is located...

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