- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
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.