I was recently in downtown Cape Girardeau with guests for a meal at Port Cape (excellent restaurant in one of the oldest buildings in Cape). The restaurant sits on the riverfront and across from the floodwall murals. After dining, we got an ice cream cone to go (hand dipped!) and strolled along the murals. I think the murals are well done, and it was interesting to read the signs that go with each one. We also went on the other side of the wall to the river, where there are park benches and places to sit along the river. It was lovely to sit and watch the river boats and people who were out with their children and dogs for a walk. Everyone was friendly, with people visiting with one another, and it felt small town and like a step back in time, away from the busyness of life. The riverfront is all rock or stone, though, so not a grassy park like setting, but more just water and stone steps. There is current construction for more parking and a public restroom area, which will make the riverfront more tourist friendly. All in all, it's my favorite thing to do when we have guests in town, and I recommend it for a leisurely night time outing (especially if there is also music on the lawn of the courthouse) or as a good way to break up a trip on the interstate, with the opportunity to stretch your legs and have an ice cream cone.
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