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Best things to do in Cape Girardeau

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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Located within Cape Girardeau's North County Park, the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is a place where families... more » Owner description: Located within Cape Girardeau's North County Park, the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is a place where families can have fun while exploring the rich cultural history and wildlife of Southeast Missouri. Admission is always free at the Nature Center because the nature center is operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation, a state agency supported by fishing and hunting license revenues and the statewide 1/8-of-one percent "Design for Conservation" sales tax. Inside the Nature Center, visitors will find a 160-seat auditorium, three classrooms, and hands-on exhibits for all ages, a scientific research laboratory, freshwater aquariums, and an indoor wildlife viewing area. Exhibits begin with Paul Corbin's collection of Native American artifacts including primitive tools that were used to harvest plants and animals hundreds of years ago. Interactive exhibits encourage exploration of the forest, marsh, swamp, and big river habitats of Southeast Missouri. Visitors can learn where to go in the region to experience these unique natural features and gain insight into local opportunities for camping, hunting, and fishing. Outside, "White Oak Trace" features two miles of nature trails allowing visitors to traverse rolling river hills with sinkholes, deep hollows, and ravines covered with prominent stands of poplar and oak. Native plants featured in the Nature Center's landscape provide habitat for hummingbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife species. These examples of native landscapes make the Nature Center a great place to get ideas for your own landscaping plans. The nature center also has a gift shop, with a wide variety of educational books, videos, and nature-related items. Final sales must be made by 4:30 pm. « less
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks

Excellent artwork on the downtown river wall.  Beautifully done.  In the neighborhood of Cape's historic downtown district with several really good restaurants and a few art... more »

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Ranked #3 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
Category: Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Lazy L Safari Park is a walk-thru zoo featuring animals from around the world. Visitors can walk through the zoo grounds in... more » Owner description: Lazy L Safari Park is a walk-thru zoo featuring animals from around the world. Visitors can walk through the zoo grounds in their own time and at their own pace. Stroll along the creek to watch the zebras or antelope play. Don't miss our Petting Zoo, Animal Nursery, Gift Shop, or Snack Shack. Get up close & personal with our animal friends as you....Take a Walk on the Wild Side! « less
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
Category: Children's Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Discovery Playhouse, inspires the child in everyone and provides an entertaining family experience. Through the love of... more » Owner description: The Discovery Playhouse, inspires the child in everyone and provides an entertaining family experience. Through the love of play, the 7,500 square foot museum offers a world of opportunities to learn through hands-on exhibits.Shop at the grocery store, get play money from the bank's ATM, and drive a fire truck! The Discovery Playhouse also offers workshops, educational programs and events incorporating science, art, math and other focus areas. Birthday parties in the fun and spacious party room and private events can be arranged by contacting the museum. « less
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Ranked #5 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
Category: Casinos/Gaming
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Ranked #6 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
Category: Water Parks; Amusement Parks
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Ranked #7 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
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Ranked #8 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: This is a 21-acre city park on the north side of Cape Girardeau offering great overlooks of the Mississippi River. It has no... more » Owner description: This is a 21-acre city park on the north side of Cape Girardeau offering great overlooks of the Mississippi River. It has no website of its own, but can be found mentioned in the city's website that I listed. « less
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Ranked #9 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
Category: Libraries; Cultural
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Ranked #10 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
Category: Playgrounds; Outdoors
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Ranked #11 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
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Ranked #12 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
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Ranked #13 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #14 of 15 attractions in Cape Girardeau
Category: Parks; Cultural
This is a small city park unit that is the only Civil War defensive fort still remaining for the city of Cape Girardeau.
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