What to do and see in Washington, Missouri: The Best Places and Tips

Washington is a city on the Missouri River in Franklin County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,892 from the 2010 census. It is the corncob pipe capital of the world, with Missouri Meerschaum located on the riverfront.

1. Iron Spike Model Train Museum

1498 High St, Washington, MO 63090-4336 Museums, Children's Museums, Specialty Museums, History Museums More
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5 based on 23 reviews

Iron Spike Model Train Museum

Remember when you were a child and you put up a train at Christmas or saw a train display in a store window? It's like that every day here. The museum includes O-, HO-, N-, G- and TY-gauge layouts. Many of the layouts have been donated to the Museum for preservation and sharing with others. We use them, along with our original construction to tell the story of railroading in American history, especially the impact on westward expansion. The Children's Train Experience has been designed with the younger enthusiast in mind. In this room they can play with the wooden trains, watch train videos, read books about trains, draw on the chalkboard and color train pictures. We have a Railroad Research Center with a wide range of information on railroads, history and railroad modeling. Our Recycled Railroad allows us to sell donated model train materials at affordable prices to help support Museum programs.

Reviewed By RogerP49 - Saint Clair, MissouriSaint Clair, Missouri

So Much more than I expected.........The grandkids loved it!

We took our family to the museum which included 3 adults and 3 grandkids ages 3 to 5. Everybody had a fantastic time. This place has more model trains displays than anywhere we've been. Everyone there was so nice and informative. Special thanks to Karl wh

2. James W. Rennick Riverfront Park

1 Elbert Dr, Washington, MO 63090-2148 Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

James W. Rennick Riverfront Park

Reviewed By alzari - Saint Louis, MissouriSaint Louis, Missouri

You can feel the history as you stroll along the river

The park is a most pleasant feature of this beautiful river town. It has well maintained grounds and pavilions and several historic markers showing where landings for riverboats once were and Lewis and Clark's encampments and even a little known Civil War

3. Fort Charrette Historic Village

966 Charrette Ln, Washington, MO 63090-3828 Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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Fort Charrette Historic Village

1790s Historically restored and authentically antique-furnished French and Indian trading post with several associated historic buildings and period gardens. This historic property overlooks the Missouri River from a high south bluff of that river which is 30 miles west of St. Louis, MO. professional tours of 1 and 1/12 hours are given by appointment only throughout the year for a voluntary donation.

Reviewed By Tourist24600 - Steedman, MOSteedman, MO

Most enjoyable time was had by all!

Went with husband, son, and grandson last weekend. We really looked forward to going for several years, (had saved an article from Country Living Magazine for many years), and we were not disappointed when we finally did get around to making it happen. Wo

4. Washington Historical Society Museum

Corners of 4th and Market Streets, Washington, MO 63090, Washington, MO Museums, History Museums
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Reviewed By alzari - Saint Louis, MissouriSaint Louis, Missouri

An Interesting Tale of Washington's Little known History

My wife and I stopped into this unassuming building while on a day trip to Washington. As a history buff, the artifacts and displays (which cover both stories of the building) fascinated me. They had Native artifacts that are over 10,000 years old, weapon

5. Vintage Trader

204 Elm St, Washington, MO 63090-2337 Shopping, Antique Stores
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5 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By jane k

Great Vintage Shopping in this Town!

Visited Vintage Trader in historical Downtown Washington, MO. Such a cute shop with vintage and vintage inspired furniture and home decor. When you go in you are instantly greeted and welcomed in their shop. So many wonderful things to look at and purchas

6. Old Dutch Tavern

227 Elm St, Washington, MO 63090-2326 Nightlife, Bars & Clubs
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Reviewed By SusieQWashMo - Washington,Mo.Washington,Mo.

Nostolgic Dining

Renovated historical Restaurant / Hotel in 'old downtown' Washington, MO. Open for lunch and dinner.Full bar.with seating in the bar if desired. Window seating for 'people watching'. Located on a busy street of old town area with beautiful old mansions ne

7. John G's Bier Deck

107 W Main St, Washington, MO 63090-2120 Nightlife, Bars & Clubs
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John G's Bier Deck

Reviewed By Gwenna B

Great place to hang, relax, listen to music & enjoy the scenerie

This is an outdoor deck with great views of the river with local beer & wine. Nice and relaxing evening with a bottle of wine for me & my husband

8. Addi's

124 W Main St, Washington, MO 63090-2121 Shopping, Gift & Specialty Shops
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5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By BelltownBeast - Seattle, WashingtonSeattle, Washington

My Wife Loves this Place!

If you ask my wife what her favorite shop downtown is, Addi's is either near the top or is her favorite. They have an awesome selection of clothing and Vera Bradley bags.

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