Here are 10 excellent events, places to see and things to do around Cape Girardeau this summer.
1. The 2013 Great Race – The Great Race is a time speed endurance rally for vintage cars. The race starts on June 22 in St. Paul, Minn. and weaves its way down 10 states, finishing in Mobile, Ala. on June 30. On June 25, Cape Girardeau will host an overnight stop. Cars will start arriving after 5 p.m. and will travel downtown. People may come and visit with participants and see the vintage cars. For more Information go to visitcape.com/greatrace.
2. Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival – On June 28-29, join us for the 2013 Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival. Featured performers include: Aerostar Aerobatic Team, Kent Pietsch and his Jelly Belly comedy act along with Randy Ball in his Mig-17F jet fighter will also be there for additional air festival fun! Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday, and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the gates will open at 10 a.m., and the show starts at 12 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person in advance, $7 at the gate and children 6 and under are FREE! Visit facebook.com/capeairfestival for your chance to win a prize pack for the Air Festival, including lodging, food, tickets and more.
3. Fourth at the Fort – On July 4 at Fort D, join the Turner Brigade for a re-enactment in celebration of our country’s birthday. Soldiers will celebrate the special holiday by firing rifles and cannons, eating a special meal with friends and civilians, and flags flying proudly. Come share a patriotic day! The event is absolutely free to the public.
4. Fourth of July Celebration at Arena Park – There’s no better way to celebrate the July 4 holiday like a dark sky full of colorful lights. The free fireworks display at Arena Park will start at 9 p.m., and all are invited. Check back soon with our City Blog for more July 4 happenings around Cape Girardeau.
5. Parks and Rec Day – On Friday, July 12, the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department will host Parks and Rec Day at the Osage Centre. This totally free day of fun for all ages begins at 11 a.m. and lasts through 3 p.m. Event activities include games, crafts, exhibits, prizes, water activities, and much more. and water activities. Check out the ad on page 9 of Play Cape! magazine or call 573-339-6340 for more information.
6. Tunes at Twilight – Tunes at Twilight is an award-winning, outside concert series that is held on Friday nights. Located at the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo, Tunes at Twilight holds a concert every week for six weeks in the late spring and late summer/early fall. The spring concert series for 2013 runs through June 21, and with the second segment of the series beginning again in August. Tunes at Twilight is a great opportunity to come enjoy the comfort of music while relaxing on a blanket or lawn chair on the courthouse lawn with your kids, pets, friends and family for free. Information on performances and dates
7. Lazy L Safari Park – Lazy L Safari Park is a walk-through zoo located in Cape Girardeau. Lazy L Safari is the home to over 20 different animals. Come join in the fun, explore and learn about all the animals with a small admissions fee of $7 per person (age 2 and up).
8. Trail of Tears State Park – Trail of Tears State Park is dedicated to telling the stories of nine of the 13 Cherokee Indian groups being relocated to Oklahoma during the 1830s. During harsh winter conditions, the groups crossed the Mississippi River near the area. Beyond learning about a tragic point in our history, the park also offers shaded picnic sites, hiking and horse trails, and opportunities to fish in both the Mississippi River and Lake Boutin.
9. Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center – Every city has to have that one place to cool down, have an adventure and have some summer fun. In Cape Girardeau, Cape Splash is just the place! Cape Splash features include a 700-foot lazy river, flume slides, swirl and leisure pools, a spray pad for the kids, bath house, changing facilities and lots of places to rest in the shade. Family season passes are offered, and a daily admission pass is available for $5-$6 based on the entrant’s age.
10. Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center – The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is an extraordinary exhibit to see for all ages. It features a 160-seat auditorium, three classrooms, hands-on exhibits for all ages, a scientific research laboratory, freshwater aquariums and an indoor wildlife viewing area. On top of all these things, the Nature Center it also has a wonderful gift shop and great staff that are eager and willing to show everyone around. The best part about the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is that it is completely FREE!