Learn about Cape Girardeau
Located just a little over 100 miles or two hours south of St. Louis and 170 miles or 2.5 hours north of Memphis, Cape Girardeau is the regional destination for health care, education, entertainment, shopping, and employment.
Residents enjoy short commute times, a multitude of entertainment and dining options, and a beautiful backdrop all with a low cost of living and a welcoming small-town feel.
Southeast Missouri State University welcomes over 10,000 students from the region and all over the world. The University’s River Campus offers concerts, performing arts, and other events. From state fairs to ballet, Cape Girardeau is the place for quality entertainment in the region.
Fun and entertainment options include the area’s largest shopping mall and a Golfweek Top 100 course, Dalhousie. Cape Girardeau has more than 120 restaurants to satisfy any appetite, along with over 85 retailers to fulfill anyone’s shopping needs. Cape Girardeau also offers a thriving arts and performance community offering something for every taste. Downtown Cape is home to Oldtown Cape and many other historic sites. The Mississippi River flood wall mural and the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition highlight the magnificence of Cape Girardeau.
Weekly events and learning opportunities at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center keep nature enthusiasts engaged year-round, while the City of Cape Girardeau maintains 23 individual parks that offer biking, fishing, sports, and other activities. Trail of Tears State Park is located just 10 miles north and offers many outdoor experiences for those who seek an active lifestyle.
Cape Girardeau was the location for filming for acclaimed director David Fincher’s Gone Girl, the 2014 feature film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 bestseller.
Cape Girardeau can be reached via I-55 south from St. Louis and north from Memphis. It can be reached from Springfield, Missouri via US-60 east, then I-55 North.