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Editorial: Cape's attractions

Sunday, June 6, 2010

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.

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I was a 'naysayer' and voted against it but after talking to some that have gone, I hope it is extremely successful. Will I go? Probably not as it isn't my thing but there are family members that are talking about going. Was I wrong? I hope so but the reason for my being against it will take years to see. Will I spend that time looking for excuses to put it down? No, I hope I am wrong.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Sun, Jun 6, 2010, at 9:18 AM

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