Come for the Shopping, Stay for a Day Trip
Locals already know, but we often hear our out-of-town visitors remark about how amazing this community is. We have a bustling shopping district, places to explore, and dining options galore.
Below are just a few of our favorites, but we can always recommend something when you visit! For more, check out the Visit Washington Missouri page.
Restaurants for Whatever You Crave
Get whatever you crave in Washington, MO! Whether you want a sandwich, wings, casual or fine dining, Washington has it all. Here are just a few restaurants, but check out a more comprehensive list here.
Casually inspired gourmet food for the entire family.
Lots of options from wings and burgers to strip steaks and salmon.
American cuisine with fresh ingredients.
Where it’s always 5 o’clock! Many menu items and daily specials.
All-day breakfast, hot sandwiches and dinner options too.
An authentic Mexican family restaurant with all your favorites.
Places to See in Washington, MO
AKA “The Corn Cob Pipe Factory.” This is our claim to fame! Washington, MO has long been known as the “Corn Cob Pipe Capital of the World.” The Missouri Meerschaum Company is the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer of corn cob pipes and began the tradition for which Washington became famous.
Open by appointment, and it’s just a few blocks away from the museum. It features antique fire trucks and other vehicles that have an important place in Washington’s history. Call (636) 239-0280 for appointments.
The Washington Historical Society Museum, located at the corner of 4th and Market Streets, is open March 1 to Dec. 23. It offers a glimpse into the 19th and 20th-century heritage of the Washington area and features a large photographic collection, business papers, rare books relative to Missouri history, and other archival material. Check out this self-guided tour guide of Washington offered by the museum.
The Washington Historical Society also offers cemetery tours around Halloween, ghost tours, a Washington on Wheels (WOW) tour on an open-air tram, an evening at the museum, and more. For more information, call the museum, (636) 239-0280.
There’s so much to do in Washington that one trip probably won’t be enough! Check out some of our recreation activities from boating, to fishing, tennis, golf and more.
Enjoy a 1-mile paved walking trail around the lake, two swing sets, and a playground, adjacent to the All Abilities Park.
Equipment is perfect for children with and without special needs to play together.
This complex includes the pool, two playgrounds- including one geared toward children under age 4, and more.
Featuring a large pavilion with picnic tables and an asphalt surface trail.
The perfect place for a picnic, with a restroom and playground equipment.
Located in Optimist Park, which also has a playground and restroom facilities
The Washington Farmers’ Market is more than in-season produce. Open Saturdays in April through October, it offers handmade soaps, jewelry, crafts and other items. There’s even a kids club for children ages 3 to 10.
This free event is held at Rennick Riverfront Park and features live music. Held April through early September.
Live music, arts, home decor and more are all a part of this event held in September each year.
Held each April, this event is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society.
If you’re looking for more than a few hours of shopping outside of resale, Washington has a lot of great retailers.