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Discovering Cape Girardeau
Cape Girardeau is conveniently located 120 miles south of St. Louis, and those traveling to this beautiful community will be sure to have a great time as there is a plethora of fun things to do here.
Old Town Cape is a great place to shop and enjoy the fun events that occur throughout the year. "Tunes at Twilight" is an award-winning concert series that takes place under the stars every Friday during the spring and fall. Other popular events include the Home & Garden Tour and Parade of Lights. Saturday mornings in May through October, vendors at the Cape Riverfront Market provide fresh produce and other goodies for purchase. Live musical performances can also be enjoyed here as well.
Those looking to take a relaxing walk are encouraged to visit the Mississippi River Tales Mural. This beautiful piece of art is 1,500 feet long and fills up 18,000 square feet of the floodwall located downtown. It tells the history of the city from the time that Native Americans started inhabiting it about 1,000 years ago. The beautiful Cape Girardeau Missouri River Front Park is situated behind the wall, and is a great place to relax and gaze at the Mississippi River and at the boats that traverse it.
Another place that is great to enjoy nature is the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. Visitors can hike its scenic trails and get close to the amazing wildlife that calls the area home.
Museum lovers have plenty to see in Cape Girardeau. The Cape River Heritage Museum provides an introduction to the culture, heritage and life of the area. If you're interested in life in the 1800's, consider the Fort D Historic Site, where four forts were built around the city in 1861, during the early months of the Civil War. The Red House Interpretive Center provides a step back in history as the early 1800s are recreated here in dress and style. The Glenn House also provides a look into the past as it is fashioned after the Victorian period of the late 1800s.
Southeast Missouri State University, one of the state’s premier universities, is located less than a mile from the Mississippi River in downtown Cape Girardeau. It is home to several places that attract locals and visitors alike. The Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall is home to a variety of music, dance and theatre performances that take place throughout the year. Also located on the River Campus is the Crisp Museum, a free art and history gallery. Looking for sporting action? The SEMO Redhawks play a variety of sports, including football and basketball, at the NCAA Division I level.
Of course, many of the people who travel to Cape Girardeau visit the beautiful Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, which is conveniently located downtown with a stunning view of the Mississippi River. The casino was opened in October 2012 and offers slots, table games, dining options and a variety of entertainment.
Don't forget to visit the popular dining establishments located throughout the city. Enjoy one of the five restaurants located at the Isle Casino, or some of the city's most acclaimed restaurants including Broussard's Cajun Cuisine, Celebrations Restaurant, Imo's Pizza, Muy Bueno Mexican Restaurant and Zoi's Gyros Corner.