Explore thriving locally owned stores packed with charm and treat yourself at a spa. Take the family along for buckets of fun at the water park or an interactive day at the children’s museum or nature center. Walk across a covered bridge next to a pre-Civil War ear mill, and step inside a gracious dining room set for dinner in a restored Victorian home. Hit the trail or stop by an overlook for sweeping views of the Mighty Mississippi river, or get your hands on the freshest locally grown produce around at a farmers market, all in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Perched on the Western banks of the Mississippi River, Cape Girardeau is a small city with a big heart and something for everyone. Families can have a blast at Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center, where you can race down the Mat Slide Racer, float on the Lazy River, enjoy the splash pad or watery playground with smaller kiddos and beat the heat. Discovery Playhouse is a children’s museum with hands-on fun for infants - age 12, with a mini Ninja Warrior obstacle course, a planetarium, an airplane and a Tinker shop where your kids can get creative. The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center offers free fun for everyone and features an exceptional system of hiking trails.
History lovers will appreciate one of the largest collections of unbroken Mississippian pottery at Crisp Museum, and the handsomely restored Glenn House, a Victorian mansion where you’ll truly feel that you stepped back in time. Locally owned boutiques and shops in the historic downtown area make for a lovely day ducking in and out of charming shops and unique restaurants.
The Mississippi River beckons from behind the floodwall, where you can walk along and read storyboards that bring to life Cape Girardeau’s history with the Mississippi River Tales Mural. Take in a concert under the stars, check out a bustling First Friday Art event, stroll through a lively farmers market and live like a local for a little bit in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.