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An Outdoor Adventure in Cape Girardeau

Celebrate the Great Outdoors in Cape Girardeau this Fall with this weekend full of Mother Nature's best! (Psst: Get all of the info below in this handy print-and-go itinerary here.) Need a place to camp? A full listing of lodging is here, from woodsy primitive tent sites to RV set ups with all kinds amenities - plus hotels and more.   Saturday morning, get your weekend rolling with a visit to the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.  The system of hiking trails behind the center is a hidden gem, and features varied terrain an... Read More

Explore the Great Outdoors in Cape Girardeau at the Nature Center

Rain or shine, discover nature at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center this Fall!   Kiddos can walk through a beaver dam, make rubbings of animal tracks and match the (fake) scat with the critter at the Nature Center, which also features a scientific research laboratory, freshwater aquariums, indoor wildlife viewing areas and more.  Hands-on exhibits for all ages ensure a fun day for everyone.   Head outside after checking out a free fishing rod and bait, where your little ones can cast a line in the kids-on... Read More

Explore the Great Outdoors in Cape Girardeau While Camping

Soak in crisp fall mornings, bright blue skies and the colorful leaves from one of Cape Girardeau's campgrounds! Rough it at one of Trail of Tear's basic tent campsites set among the trees on the ridge above Lake Boutin.  It's a quiet spot with easy proximity to the best hiking trails in Southeast Missouri.  Rugged Peewah Trail has a spot for backpackers to spend the night in one of the most remote areas of the park.   Roughing it not your style?  Bring your RV to the Mississippi River campground at Trail of Tears; the... Read More

10 Years of Learning & Fun at the Nature Center

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center turns 10 this year, and they have quite the celebration planned! The party kicks off with a free outdoor concert by Wildheart Friday, May 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. Celebrations will continue Saturday, May 2, with an event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., where the community can sample outdoor skills and activities such as archery, canoeing, nature art, native plant gardening and wildlife identification. “We wanted to keep our focus on the community and the whole reason we’re here,” Sara Tur... Read More

Cape Girardeau Springtime Bucket List

The snow has melted, it's lighter out past 6 p.m., and Spring officially begins today!  This is my favorite season, and here's what I am looking forward to crossing off my Springtime Bucket List in Cape Girardeau in the next couple of months: 1. Afternoons at the Winery  I want to kick back on a patio, listen to some live music and sample local wines while soaking up the sun.  Apple Creek Vineyard and Winery has gorgeous views of Apple Creek, and Hunter Valley is only 15 minutes away from downtown Cape Girardeau.  I love... Read More

4 Reasons to Brave the Cold & Hit the Trail this Winter

When you think "hiking in Southeast Missouri," you might think Fall foliage or Spring buds, or even lush summertime greenery, but hiking during the winter months has its own special appeal!  Angela Pierce, a Naturalist with the Cape Girardeau Conservation Center, took a hike with me on the White Oak Trace trail that surrounds the Nature Center and shared why winter hiking is worth braving the cold! Peace and quiet - trails are not crowded during the winter.  You might even have the joint all to yourself! Visibility.  ... Read More

The Month Ahead in Cape Girardeau: January 2015

Fresh off a festive holiday season, 2015 is raring to go with events that get your New Year's off on an active foot and much more!  Here's what's ahead in Cape Girardeau this January. Fit & Active in 2015 Enjoy free admission to the Health and Wellness Expo at the Osage Centre on Friday, January 9 from 1-6 p.m., where you can participate in free health screenings, view cooking demos, jump in to free group fitness classes and more.   Here Comes the Bride Engaged over the holidays?  Cape Girardeau in January is ... Read More

Great Outdoors in Cape Girardeau: Trail of Tears State Park

Fall foliage is in full swing in Cape Girardeau, and it's the perfect time of year to visit Trail of Tears State Park, only 11 miles north of downtown Cape Girardeau.  Courtney, Denise, Betty, Julie and Steve work at the park, and have shared with us their personal favorite spots and other ideas on how to enjoy this beautiful area.     What are your favorite things about Trail of Tears State Park? “The beautiful overlooks of the Mississippi River, which are accessible whether you want to drive or hike.” -Courtney... Read More

The Month Ahead in Cape Girardeau: October 2014

Fall has arrived, and there are so many ways to enjoy this season to the fullest in Cape Girardeau!  Gone Girl Gone Girl opens in theatres Thursday October 2, and there is a flurry of local events planned to celebrate Cape Girardeau's debut on the big screen!  Read all about them here.   Get Spooked Set off on a walking tour in the historic downtown area with "true" ghost stories on a Haunted Downtown Walking Tour!  Tours take place October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th at 7 p.m.   ... Read More

The Great Outdoors in Cape Girardeau: Cape LaCroix Trail

Along the river and through the woods, a myriad of trails wind through Cape Girardeau! Julia Thompson is the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Cape Girardeau, and she shared with us her favorite place for a stroll in Cape Girardeau - the Cape LaCroix Trail. What is your favorite thing about the Cape LaCroix Trail, Julia? This jewel of the City’s is 6 miles long and runs from the southern end of the City at the Shawnee Sports Complex off of West End Boulevard. It’s a paved recreational trail where you can bike, ... Read More
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