Region Offers Endless Supply of Activities for Southeast Students


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 17, 2004 ᾰ If you’re a new student here at Southeast, you’ve probably settled in a bit and adjusted to the pace of your classes. You’ve gotten acquainted with campus and made some new friends, and you’re becoming a little more relaxed in your new environment. You now may be wondering, “What is there to do around here, anyway?”

If Cape Girardeau has a relative lack of metropolitan bustle, it has the market cornered on people who like nothing more than griping about how “there’s nothing to do around here, man.” That’s a cry the University answers with a resounding, “Nay!”  To beat back the tide of voices that say there’s nothing to do around Cape Girardeau, we’ve compiled a short list of things to do in and around town, plus a register of activities every student must do before snatching that diploma.

Lori Lynn, director of Campus Life at Southeast, says there’s definitely no shortage of ways for students to get involved.

“We’re getting ready to start a new outdoor adventure series where we’ll do camping, canoeing, hiking, white water rafting, rock climbing and bike trips,” Lynn said. “You’re also going to see a real emphasis on late night programming, where we’ll do an event with prizes, games and giveaways once a month for the rest of this year. We’re really excited about it.

“Aside from that, obviously, there’s the Student Recreation Center, intramural sports, club sports, fitness and wellness opportunities and more than 200 student organizations, from social, departmental, service, religious and clubs. Then, for anyone who’s interested in leadership opportunities, there are ways to get involved in Student Government and Student Activities Council (SAC).”

By the way, SAC sponsors a veritable plethora of events for Southeast students, including St. Louis Blues games, Six Flags trips, comedy nights and free midnight movies. For more information on SAC, visit

Other ways to fill your time around Cape Girardeau include: Recreation:

  • Day trip to Elephant Rocks, Taum Sauk Mountain, Johnson’s Shut-Ins or other Missouri State Parks. Information and directions are available at
  • Run, walk, bike or skate the LaCroix Recreation Trail.
  • Play or watch an intramural sport.
  • Join a Southeast club sport.
  • Get into the swing at the Arena Golf driving range and batting cage.
  • Photograph the natural serenity of nearby Tower Rock.
  • Hike and camp at Trail of Tears State Park.
  • Run a 5k or longer race sponsored by Cape Road Runners running club.
  • Blast your buddies at Blodgett’s Paintball Planet. 
  • Cycle Tour de Cape (
  • Feel the burn at Group Exercise classes at the Student Recreation Center and the Student Recreation Center South.
  • Explore the region’s caves with the Southeast Grotto Club.
  • Be shocked and a-maized by the cornfield labyrinth at Beggs Pumpkin Patch.
  • Fish the ponds and streams (hey, find your own spot!)
  • Make a splash at Central Municipal Swimming Pool.
  • Rock climb at the wall in the Student Recreation Center or at Illinois’ Giant City State Park.

Date Night? No Problem

  • Cheer on Southeast’s teams at Houck Stadium, Houck Field House and the Show Me Center.
  • Witness the rich visual spectacle that is the SEMO District Fair.
  • Stay up for the SAC midnight movie.
  • Put a little on the line at Bingo World.
  • Ride go-carts at Big River Grandprix, whose fall hours are Friday 3-11 p.m., Saturday noon-11 p.m. and Sunday noon-dark.
  • Go on a hayride.
  • Karaoke ᾰ every Wednesday and Saturday at Show-Mes, every other Wednesday night at Broussard’s.
  • Shriek at any of the many area haunted houses each Halloween.

Arts and Leisure

  • Attend the six shows the Department of Theatre and Dance presents each semester; the Broadway Players community theater performs seasonally.
  • Get your snap on at a poetry reading or open mic night.
  • Mingle with the art crowd at a gallery opening.


  • Get yourself some high culture at a show in the University Chamber Music Concert Series.
  • Rock out at City of Roses Music Festival.
  • Put one fist in the air for the dude down the hall at SAC’s annual Battle of the Bands.
  • Hear live music every week at The Camp, Port Cape and Broussard’s downtown.
  • Folk out until dusk at Commerce’s River Ridge Winery.
  • Attend the annual blues festival at Kentucky Lake, Ky.

Regional History

  • See the covered bridge at Bollinger Mill.
  • Tour Black Forest Village’s prairie town replica.
  • Visit the Glenn House and the Red House, both part of Historic Downtown Cape.
  • Walk through the visitor’s center at Trail of Tears State Park.
  • Go to Ste. Genevieve’s Jour de Fete.

Local Flavor

  • Reapeth what thou hath not sewn at Pioneer Orchard’s Harvest Fest.
  • Sink your teeth into a burrito as big as a small child at Burritoville.
  • Eat for a cause at a civic group-sponsored pancake breakfast, chili dinner or fish fry.
  • Lambert’s Cafe ᾰ crowd tested, Travel Channel approved.

Southeast StandardsHere are some “rites of passage” type activities all Southeast students should do once … some, more than once. 

  • Homecoming: 7:30 a.m. – ?
  • Cram your face or cram for finals at the Midnight Breakfast.
  • Hike up Cardiac Hill.
  • Ceremoniously make a contribution to the gum tree.
  • Play Frisbee golf on campus at night.
  • Sled the Terraces. 
  • Spend at least five minutes in Old Lorimier Cemetery.
  • Feed the ducks at Capaha Park.