- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- Cape man accused of secretly recording women, posting to porn site (11/22/17)
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
- Thankful People: Kirsten Strebe recovers from traumatic car accident, brain injury (11/23/17)
- Rep. Swan opposes effort to fire education commissioner (11/20/17)2
For many years -- and for good reasons -- much of Cape Girardeau's effort to lure tourists has relied on its significant historical roots. Existing attractions were given a boost a few years ago by the opening of the Red House Interpretive Center, a re-creation of founder Louis Lorimier's home and trading post.
But a quick rundown of other attractions show that many of them appeal to family fun and activities. The just-opened Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center is getting rave reviews. The Discovery Playhouse hands-on children's museum drew 3,000 visitors in its first month. The renovated Jaycees Municipal Golf Course will reopen in a few days. The Missouri Conservation Department's nature center continues to offer popular programs. Later this month nearby Lazy L Safari Park will offer walking tours featuring a number of exotic animals.
On the horizon is the possibility of a casino development for Cape Girardeau, which early studies indicate has a good chance of being selected for the state's only available license.
With all of these attractions -- new and old -- the Convention and Visitors Bureau plans to get a better handle on what attracts visitors and how to market what Cape Girardeau has to offer. The list keeps getting longer and longer.