Cape Girardeau has a rich and significant American history as one of the posts for Ulysses S. Grant—a commanding general for Union soldiers towards the end of the Civil War. The legendary man visited this city for a mere 5 days, but it was long enough for him to get his bearings and become a greater leader for Union armies.
There are several statues and monuments dedicated to Grant throughout Cape Girardeau, as well as museum exhibits and antique information libraries that detail his accomplishments and life.
Come explore fun attractions in Cape Girardeau!
A progressive, peaceful place, there are so many fun things to do in Cape Girardeau, especially for families. The Lazy L Safari Park is small and pleasant, with well-taken care of animals from all kinds of nature-made environments. The zebras, for instance, are some of the most popular animals to see here.
Or, stop by the parakeet habitat to feed and share whistles with the birds. The zoo is a walk-through but there are several handicap accessible sidewalks and trails that provide hours of fun for all kinds of guests. Family-owned and family-friendly, there is plenty of adventure to be had and kids love the small petting zoo at the front gates.
Isle Casino Cape Girardeau is another fun place to visit, especially if you love trying your luck in a classic casino game, like blackjack or poker. Open since 2012, the casino is a 24-hour resort that offers great food, amazing views, and lots of opportunities to win big. There are well-over 20 games tables and 900 slot machines, with 5 eateries and a small café.
The facilities are well-run and clean, with friendly staff and well-kept, safe security measures. You could even catch a show that features an impressive Elvis impersonator. Past guests to the Isle Casino have cited the seafood buffet as some of the most delicious food in Cape Girardeau.
There are near 120 restaurants in Cape Girardeau—each a little different than the last in terms of cuisine kind and famed dishes. Broussard’s Cajun Cuisine is top-ranked as the number one restaurant in Cape Girardeau. The atmosphere is casual, the seating is down-home and comfortable, and the food is scrumptious, homemade, and features a combo of old-southern and creole fare.
Some of the restaurant’s most notable meals, courtesy of past guests, include the red beans and rice, seafood gumbo, fried and well-seasoned frog legs, New Orleans-style fried alligator tails, and the Shrimp Po Boy. Tack on a glass or two of local port wine and you have an unforgettable dinner. Don’t forget to sample the homemade bread pudding with rum sauce, or the homemade Mississippi mud cake.
For beautiful views of the Mississippi River, head to Morgan Oak Street to Riverfront Bridge Park. The observation deck offers a panoramic perspective of both the bridge and the river, making it the perfect place to watch a Missouri sunset.
Alongside the lookout is a small nature trail with plenty of shaded rest benches. Of course, dogs are welcome if they are leashed and picked up after.
Planning to stay in Cape Girardeau a few nights?
Among the top rated hotels in Cape Girardeau, you'll find the Holiday Inn Express Cape Girardeau, Hampton Inn I-55 East, Pear Tree Inn, and Candlewood Suites.
The Holiday Inn Express Cape Girardeau
The Holiday Inn Express Cape Girardeau is a classic with an awarded Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The hotel has earned consistent 4 to 5 stars from past guests, earning them a positive, superb reputation as the best hotel in Cape Girardeau. Accommodations are homey and comfortable, especially with the help of knowledgeable, helpful, and courteous staff.
The front desk offers room service comforts, such as cookies and milk, while each room layout resembles more of a small apartment than a typical hotel room.
A few notable accommodations include a swimming pool, parking, high-speed wireless internet, and continental breakfasts — all free! Guests also have access to a fitness center, indoor hot tub, and small on-site restaurant alongside a spacious tennis court.
Entertainment-wise, take a drive to Water Street to see the Missouri Wall of Fame. The gigantic mural tells a story with paintings of 45 famed, historic Missourians.
Hampton Inn 1-55 East
Dubbed a little gem on South Mount Auburn Road, the Hampton Inn I-55 East is a Cape Girardeau favorite that provides guests with a plethora of cozy amenities.
For instance, the beds are super-comfortable and ginormous, the grounds are well-kept and clean, and the staff is both courteous and reliable. In other words, this hotel packs a punch of everything you could want and need for a weekend of fun and learning in Cape Girardeau.
When you have time, visit the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. The beautiful grounds offer a glimpse of Missouri wildlife with walking trails, nature paths, and fishing ponds.
Pear Tree Inn
Pear Tree Inn, is a nice hotel located near the Medical Center on William Street, and it's the place to stay for cozy comforts and courteous charms. Hospitality comes first at this hotel, so you can expect knowledgeable staff, awesome freebies, and quick acquiesce of reasonable requests. Accommodations include snacks like popcorn, bagels, and lemonade, high-speed internet, and hot breakfasts — all free. Plus, rooms are clean, well-kept, and well-appointed, and there is an outdoor swimming pool for warm days.
History buffs should take a drive to South Main to The Red House Interpretative Center. Learn about pioneers to the area, as well as Native American heritage, local legends, and frontier lifestyles.
The Candlewood Suites
Situated on South Mount Auburn Road, Candlewood Suites is ranked one of the best hotels in Cape Girardeau for its comforts and homey atmosphere. The beds are super-cozy and plump, the bathrooms are spacious with awesome shower pressure, and the kitchenettes are well-equipped for quick snacks and microwaved dinners.
If you are staying longer than a weekend, book a king suite to snag a full kitchen and a closet full of family-friendly board games. Other accommodations include free parking for guests, free high-speed internet, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, dry-cleaning services, and self-serve laundry facilities.
For dinner, there are four chain restaurants within walking distance of the hotel lobby, and they are: Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse, Outback Steakhouse, and Cracker Barrel.
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