Located south of St. Louis, Cape Girardeau is a beautiful city with furtastic activities for you and your canine companion. Situated near the Mississippi River, Riverfront Park is perfect when Fido needs a relaxing walk after a long day. Benches line the walking trail, and you and your pup can admire the barges and riverboats as they make their way up and down the river. On almost any day of the week, you will probably meet up with other pooches and their parents taking advantage of a beautiful day.
When Fido needs routine or emergency medical care, there are three well-qualified veterinarian clinics in town. These clinics feature friendly and compassionate staff who will take great care of your furry family member. Family owned pet stores are another great destination when your pooch needs dog food or accessories. Busch Pet Products offers unique collars and leashes to make sure your pup looks stylish on your daily walks. Another great store is Mississippi Mutts where the owners not only offer quality dog food, but also support the community and offer great advice when you have questions about your four-legged child. Both stores allow your pup to come on in!
After spending the morning walking with Fido, stop by Cup ‘n Cork, a small coffee shop in the historic district. You can have a cup of joe in the morning, or stop by for nachos, sandwiches and a cold beer in the afternoon. The owner and staff love to say hello to your pooch and you can find a seat at the outdoor tables. If you or a friend needs a dog-friendly place to spend the night, Drury Plaza Hotel and Pear Tree Inn both welcome pets for an additional fee.
A great feature of the Kiwanis Park neighborhood is the Dog Town Playground at Kiwanis Park. The 1-acre park offers a fenced area for both large and small pups in addition to a variety of amenities. Your pooch can explore the dog tunnel, sniff around the fire hydrant, and get a cool drink at the doggie water fountain. Pup parents will enjoy the picnic tables where you can chat with other dog lovers, and the park provides clean up bags to make sure the area stays clean. Set up a playdate and head to the dog park with some of Fido’s friends on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Spending the day at the Cape Wood Conservation Area in the Osage Park neighborhood is fun for the entire family. The area is surrounded by forest and features an asphalt walking trail. You and your pup can wander through the bottom head forest and admire the Cape LaCroix Creek that winds along the trail. There are restrooms available where you can refill your water bottles. If you are hungry after your walk, stop by Ciao Ristorante and Enoteca where you can try some traditional Italian dishes and relax at one of the outdoor tables. If you and Fido are craving a burger, check out Beef “O” Brady’s, where you can get a cold drink, Angus burger, and Funnel Fries while spending time with your pup on the patio.
Located in the South Cape neighborhood, Indian Park offers 1.9-acres of space where Fido can run and play. When visiting the park, you and your pup can wander through the paths and read the historical markers featuring information from the past about the local Indian tribes. If you bring your two-legged children, they will have fun on the playground or playing a game a basketball. Be sure to bring your own water bottle and doggie waste bags. When the family gets hungry, stop by Bella Italia Ristorante and enjoy a pizza on the outdoor patio. In the evening, you and your pup may want to make a date to visit The Bar where you can indulge in some fish and chips and a cold beer on the outdoor deck.
One of the best features of the Arena Park neighborhood is the 90-acre Arena Community Park. With over 60 picnic tables, you and your pooch will not have to worry about finding a place to relax after an energetic walk. There are often community activities in the park, so be aware if your pup is a shy dog. Situated nearby is Andy’s Frozen Custard where you can treat Fido to a cool dessert and take a break on the outdoor benches. If you need a snack, head over to My Daddy’s Cheesecake and try some soup or salad and finish the day off with a yummy slice of cheesecake. Fido will enjoy spending quality time with you and the family on the outdoor patio.
One of the oldest parks in the city is a wonderful feature of the Parkview Dr neighborhood. Capaha Park covers 39 acres near Southeast Missouri State University and provides an excellent area to walk Fido any time of the day or night. With a collegiate size baseball field, you will often find ball games being played, but there is still plenty of room to stroll with your pup or relax by the fishing pond. The kid’s playground is perfect when planning an outing for the entire family and you can bring healthy snacks for the ducks and geese – just be sure to keep Fido on a leash. If you also need a snack, head over to El Sol Mexican Restaurant and enjoy a burrito or enchilada at the outdoor seating.