Cape Girardeau Community Information

Education

Residents living in the city of Cape Girardeau will be pleased to know that their children will be served by the excellent schools of the Cape Girardeau Public School District. This district is comprised of five elementary schools that feed into one middle and one junior high school, and one high school. An alternative school and a career and technology center are also included in this district. There are also several private and parochial schools located throughout Cape Girardeau.

For high school students and adult learners who are ready to head off into a collegiate learning environment, there are several colleges, universities and vocational schools in the area. Cape Girardeau is known to be the home of Southeast Missouri State University, which offers students undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 200 areas of study. Other colleges located within Cape Girardeau include Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing; Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center; and Metro Business College of Cape Girardeau. Colleges and universities located within driving distance of Cape Girardeau include Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; John A. Logan College; and Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois.

Economy & Job Market

Cape Girardeau's economy and job market is strong, with the IT and manufacturing industries being the top two sectors. However, top employers within the city include Southeast Missouri Hospital, Saint Francis Medical Center, Southeast Missouri State University, and Proctor and Gamble. Job growth has been on the rise for the past seven years here in Cape Girardeau.

Attractions & Points of Interest

Cape Girardeau features some of the most unique historical and cultural sites, making this city an ideal spot for history buffs. A few sites of interest include the four-story 19th century Bollinger Mill State Historic Site and the Burfordville Covered Bridge, considered as the oldest covered bridge in the state of Missouri. Other historical sites of interest include the Glenn House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the beautifully constructed Old St. Vincent's Church, a Gothic style church that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the Southeast Missouri State University Museum; and the Red House Interpretive Center. Additionally, there are driving tours of Cape Girardeau's Civil War sites, with reenactments, and tours along the unmarked graves of the Old Lorimier Cemetery.

The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University is also a major attraction in Cape Girardeau. Consisting of four units, visitors can take a look around the Seminary Building, a restored building with sections that date as far back as 1845; the Cultural Arts Center, which serves as a state-of-the-art theatre that seats 951 people on its two levels and two balconies; the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum; and the John and Betty Glen Convocation Center.

After you've embarked on a day of visiting Cape Girardeau's historic sites, wind down with a glass of wine at one of the four excellent wineries within proximity to the city. River Ridge Winery is located in a century-old farmhouse and is known for their Chardonnay, a special blend of Merlot, and their Cabernets. Tower Rock Winery welcomes bicyclists riding down the MRT trail to come taste their French hybrid and Estate Cynthiana Reserve wines on a deck overlooking a two-acre lake. The Hemman Winery once served as a general store and specializes in sweet and semi-sweet wines. The Durso Hills Vineyards and Winery features an impressive view of the town of Marquand and the Castor River Valley, and offers Norton reds, Chambourcin sweet reds, and an assortment of white wines.

Parks & Recreation

Golfers will appreciate the fact that Cape Girardeau offers several golf courses within the area, and two within driving distance in Jackson County. Cape Girardeau Country Club has a private course with 18 holes spread over 5,200 yards and a par of 70. The Dalhousie Golf Club features courses designed by well-renowned golfer Jack Nicklaus with 18 holes and a par 72. The Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course includes tree-lined fairways, Bermuda fairways and greens, and water on six holes.

Cape Girardeau has 24 city parks, two county parks and one state park that all provide a number of activities and recreational opportunities to residents. The city's Parks and Recreations Department does an excellent job providing adult and youth sports leagues with softball, baseball, soccer and football throughout the year. If fishing is your idea of a way to spend the day, the Trail of Tears State Park offers terrific fishing where fishermen and anglers can cast their lines in the Mississippi River or Lake Boutin for catfish, bass, or bluegill. The park also offers camp and picnic sites, along with equestrian and hiking trails.

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