Living in the Lou: Florissant Has All That and More!

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Why do I love Florissant? History. Culture. Diversity. Hidden back roads. Amazing river views. 20 parks. And, the best neighbors anyone could ask for.

 

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Florissant Valley Library, St. Louis County Library


195 N. New Florissant Road
This library is recently renovated and the basement level is just for kids! There’s a wonderful discovery center filled with activities for children of all ages to do. Our favorite events were the weekly Lap Time and the Bubble Bus! Make sure you participate in the Summer and Winter Reading Program to win lots of prizes.

 

Jamestown Bluffs Library, St. Louis County Library

4153 N. Hwy 67
This library has a children’s area, where we attended weekly Lap Time. Make sure you participate in the Summer and Winter Reading Program to win lots of prizes.

 

Little Creek Nature Area

2295 Dunn Road
An outdoor classroom, owned and operated by the Ferguson-Florissant School District. This nature area has a small barn with a chicken coop and vegetable garden, five trails, ponds, and a stream. Note- it is only open Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

 

Sullivan Farms

16704 New Halls Ferry Road
Whether you need pumpkins or Christmas trees- they have it! During the pumpkin season, enjoy bouncy houses, hay maze, and tractor rides. Plus, I love supporting a local family farm.

 

 

Did you know Florissant has 20 parks?! Holy moly! Make sure you add these parks to your summer bucket list.

 

Icee break at Bangert Pool

 

Bangert Park

275 S New Florissant Road– behind the Florissant Valley Library.
This park is the oldest park in Florissant with a swimming pool, pavilions, playground, 12 horseshoe courts, and sand volleyball.

 

Behlmann Park

Loekes Drive and Winsted Place
Playground available.

 

Blackfoot Park

Canisuis Lane and Gonzaga
Playground and tennis court available.


Blanche’s Spring Park

110 Aubuchon Street.
Creek available.


Champlain-Florval Park

1570 Queens Drive.
Small playground available.

 

Coldwater Commons Park

54 Saint Francois St
Walking park, next to the St. Ferdinand Shrine, beginning point for the Sunset Greenway (paved walking trail), Gazebo, and community garden.

 

Davison Park

Rue Saint Catherine and Saint Pierre
Pavilion and lighted Gazebo.

 

Duchesne Park

5 Bower Lane
Picnic area and fenced dog park.

 

Dunegant Park

Derhake Road and Pohlman
Several playground, fields of sporting events, tennis courts, 18 hole Disc Golf Course, and pavilions.

 

Florissant Valley Park

1 James J Eagan Drive– at the James J. Eagan Center
Playground, fields for sports, and a track.

 

Koch Splash Pad

 

Koch Park

Charbonier Road and Howdershell—at the JFK Center.
Several playgrounds including a new playground currently under construction, multiple fields for sporting events, pavilions, and home of the new splash pad.

Little Woods Park

1100 Parker Road
Playground available.

 

Loretto Manor Park

1605 Patterson Road
Playground available.

 

Manion Park

15 Manion Park Drive
Playground, courts, pavilion, and the soon-to-be home of a new inclusive playground—Angie’s Inclusive Playground. Great for children of all abilities!

 

Mullanphy Park

2496 Mullanphy Lane
Playground, tennis courts, pavilion.

 

St. Ferdinand Park

25 St. Ferdinand Park Drive
Multiple playgrounds—including our favorite Pirate playground, pavilions, multiple ball fields, sand volleyball, tennis courts, horseshoe courts, lake for fishing, and home of multiple summer concerts and events.

 

Sioux Passage Park

17930 Old Jamestown Road (great road for a drive with the windows down)
A St. Louis County Park with 2 playground, trails, horseback riding trails, tennis courts, fishing along the river, basketball courts, two disc golf courses, boat ramp to the river, camp sites, and pavilions.

 

Spanish Land Grant Park

St. Ferdinand Park Drive
Picnic area.

 

River view

Sunset Park

2300 Sunset Park Drive.
Over 100 acres, walking trail that runs to the Missouri River (views!), pavilions, and home of the Sunset Nature Lodge. The Sunset Nature Lodge is great for any event. It has two levels and great views of the river.


Tower Court Park

New Florissant Road and Washington Street
Tennis courts and gazebo.

 

 

You can even enjoy one of these community centers in Florissant!

 

James J. Eagan Community Center

1 James J. Eagan Drive
This facility has an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, game room, seated theater, covered outdoor ice rink, and rooms to rent for your next event.

 

John F. Kennedy Community Center

315 Howdershell Road
This facility has a gym/ basketball court, fitness center, game room, racquetball court, and rooms to rent for your next event.

 

 

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Valley of the Flowers

A three-day celebration at both the Duchesne Home Association Fairground and James J. Eagan Center. This event is held the first full weekend in May. Carnival rides, parade, vendor/craft fair, baby photo contest, performances, petting zoo, and other children activities.

 

 

Fiesta in Florissant

A two-day celebration at the Knights of Columbus. This event usually held in June and is filled with food trucks, non-stop music and performances, bouncy houses, petting zoo, and vendor/ craft fair.

 

Florissant Old Town Fall Festival

A three-day event throughout 11 blocks of Old Town Florissant (Rue St. Francis area). This event is usually held in October and has a chili cook-off, entertainment throughout the streets, children activities, food, vendor/ craft fair, cultural events, car show, and flea market.

 

City of Florissant Tree Lighting

Annual tree lighting, which includes music to kick off the Christmas season.

 

 

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One great thing about Florissant is the mom and pop restaurants throughout the area.

 

Hendels

599 Rue St. Denis
One word: wine. Enjoy American classics in this historic building. Make sure to check out their calendar for music on the patio.


Las Fuentes Mexican Restaurant

680 N Highway 67
Enjoy family-owned authentic Mexican food. Two words: queso dip. They have the best queso around. Hands down.

 

Ruiz

901 N Hwy 67
Come here to check out St. Louis’ oldest Mexican restaurant

Pop’s Grill, Fish, and Shrimp

 

Pop’s Grill, Fish, and Chicken

8141 N Lindbergh Blvd
This local family has the best chicken wings in the area! From party wings to catfish to shrimp to sandwiches, they have the best flavors to offer.

 

Cugino’s

1595 Hwy 67
Cugino’s partners with Narrow Gauge Brewery to create the best craft beers. Whether it’s stellar food or the craft beers, Cugino’s has the best of both worlds: dine-in family atmosphere, or the fun-loving ladies night out atmosphere.

 

Amore’s Pizza

450 St. Francois St.
Are you team mozzarella or team provel? Either way, they have the best stomach filling pizza around.

 

Pirrone’s Pizzeria

1775 Washington St
A local favorite for in St. Louis-style pizza. Give me all the provel cheese.

 

Spot House Bar and Restaurant

2 Mullanphy Gardens
The Spot House specializes in Vietnamese dishes, but also has an American flare. From pho to sweet crab rangoon to tacos to the best bacon grilled cheese sandwich to garlic green beans, it’s budget friendly!

 

Cannoli’s Bar and Restaurant

462 N Hwy 67
Come get a taste of Italy in Florissant!

 

Mann’s Meats

300 St. Ferdinand St
Mann’s Meats is well known for their school bus driving through town. Now the food, you can’t go wrong with any menu item. My personal favorite is the brisket.


Florissant City Diner

1060 St. Francois St
We talked about lunch and dinner, but what about breakfast? Enjoy the small diner vibes in the heart of Old Town.

 

Stix and Ice

35 Florissant Oaks Shopping Center
Stix and Ice offers flavorful kabobs and a wall of daiquiris!

 

Sweets + Treats

 

Pink’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice

Pink’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice

10411 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Ann, MO 63074

Choose from over 50 snow cone flavors specialty flavors.

 

Made. by Lia

610 Rue St Francois
New to Florissant and the winner of TLC’s Next Great Baker, Made by Liz has elegant cakes and specialty treats. Need gluten free or vegan free? They have the treat for you!

 

Old Town Donuts

508 New Florissant Rd
Once I went to Old Town Donuts, I haven’t found a donut place that compares! They have award winning donuts and open 24/7!

 

Old Town Donuts

 

Fritz Frozen Custard

1055 St Catherine St
After you get your Old Town Donuts, head across the street to Fritz’s to create your one of a kind treat to continue the sugar rush!

 

 

 

 

Goeke’s Produce Co Inc

449 St Ferdinand St
Visit this little farmers market for your fresh fruits and vegetables, spices and herbs, or seasonal plant needs.

 

Max’s Meats and Deli

432 Howdershell Rd
Every town needs a butcher and this is ours! Those fresh cuts are perfect for any grilling event.

Mommy’s DeSIGN Farm

 

Mommy’s DeSIGN Farm

1060 St Catherine St
Crafty? Choose from hundreds of signs to create and add to your wall. Not crafty? They teach you along the way! Or, there’s tons of pre-made items for purchase!

 

What is your favorite Florissant spot?

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