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Looking for an active vacation for your family? Come ride the fault line June 22-28, 2014. During this 7-day, supported bicycle tour of the Mississippi River Valley, you'll start and finish in Sikeston, MO, visiting 4 states and traveling 400 miles.
Along the way you'll spend an evening at Caruthersville’s riverfront and riverboat casino; visit Big Oak Tree State Park; learn the history of the 1812 New Madrid Earthquake; and visit Civil War era mansions and battle sites.
Check out the full trip itinerary.
Registration is open until June 21. Rider check-in and late registration is 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 21 at the YMCA of Southeast Missouri, 511 Taylor Street, Sikeston, MO 63801. First riding day begins 6 a.m. Sunday, June 22. Registration available for partial tour riders and non-riders (includes camping fees and meals).
The New Madrid Fall Festival will be held in conjunction with the Bass Pro Big Cat Quest on October 4, 2014. This combined event will feature a 5K run/walk, car truck and bike show, beauty pageant, petting zoo, youth fishing tournament, arts and craft vendors, food, music, and the Rendezvous on the River, an 1840's mountain man event. The catfish tournament weigh-in will begin around 4 p.m. Most events will be on Main Street.
Earthquakes; the Civil War; floods; fires; murders; and mysteries lead many residents to believe New Madrid is one of the most haunted small towns in America.
Visit three haunted locations and assist a group of paranormal investigators in an actual ghost hunt. These walking tours, which last two hours, are held rain or shine.
You may take video cameras, still cameras, audio recorders, EMF detectors and any other ghost-hunting equipment you might have. We highly recommended you take a flashlight, as many locations are very dark.
Tickets: $15 per person, $25 per couple. Reservations are required.
Note: Tours are held Friday and Saturday only.
This website offers information about the history of the Civil War in Missouri as the state prepares to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the war, which was fought 1861-1865.
Throughout the site, you'll find details about Civil War battles that took places in Missouri, such as Wilson's Creek and Pilot Knob; the people who played a significant role in the war, such as Ulysses S. Grant and Sterling Price; and resources for educators, where links to lesson plans and teacher's guides are available. Information about upcoming Civil War events around Missouri can be found on the site, which also features videos about the war and its impact on the state.
You'll also find information about Civil War-related attractions in Missouri, such as the Old Courthouse, Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, and Calvary Cemetery, to name a few.
People interested in getting involved with Civil War Sesquicentennial events may use the website to submit their e-mail address if they'd like to receive more information about volunteer opportunities, as those opportunities become available.
The Bootheel Youth Museum offers exciting, inventive and educational fun for children. Stand inside a bubble; "freeze" your shadow on a wall; write a check at the bank; make music on sewer pipes – these are just a few of the experiences kids enjoy here.
Visitors experienced the museum's many exhibits, exploring the worlds of math, science, human relations, natural resources and the arts. “This Island Mars” features more than 20 interactive exhibits and an innovative visit to the Red Planet.
Visit the construction zone, which encourages creative building skills. There are fun activities for the child in all of us.
This mural showcases the importance of cotton and agriculture in the Sikeston area.
We offer access to area attractions, such as Lambert's and Beggs Family Farm. The hotel features EcoRooms, which are designed to appeal to the environmentally-conscious traveler. Located off I-55 at Exit 67 (Route 62).
Located near the junction of Routes 60 and 61, this hotel is three miles from Lambert's Cafe and the Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores. Free cookies and coffee after 4 p.m.
The Hart-Stepp hosts some of the area's most talented artists. Residing in the oldest home in New Madrid, circa 1840, the gallery features the work of photographers, painters, crafters, and artists of all ages. Exhibits change monthly. Admission is free; donations accepted.
This former Army Air Corps base now serves as the Sikeston Municipal Airport. The original gated entrance to Harvey Parks Air Base serves as the entrance to the city's Veterans Park.
Anticipating WWII, General Hap Arnold planned Harvey Parks Air Base as a flight training school for pilots and plane mechanics entering the U.S. Army Air Corps. The base was activated in 1940.
Located at the intersection of Linn and Selma streets, the park features an M-60 battle tank, a 1955 Sioux Helicopter, an F4 Phantom jet fighter, and other military displays.
This is an Official Missouri Welcome Center where you find tourism brochures, maps and highway information.
The staff is very knowledgeable about the area and the state. They answer tourism-related questions; give driving directions to attractions and areas you wish to visit; and offer suggestions on what to see and do throughout Missouri.
The center offers a nice place for a break from driving. Located on I-55 at mile marker 20.
Restored one-room school that operated at Higgerson Landing on the Mississippi River in 1948. Higgerson School is a window into the educational practices that shaped and served rural America. Experience the typical school day of a youngster who would have attended all eight grades in one room, with one teacher.
Admission: $3; ages 6-12, $1.50.
Large windows and contemporary decor welcome you to the Holiday Inn Express. We are located off of I-55 at Exit 67 (Route 62).
This mansion, built in 1859, is typical of pre-Civil War Mississippi River plantations. It contains 15 rooms; nine fireplaces; 80 percent of Amanda Hunter's original furniture, which may be the largest collection of Mitchell-Rammelsburg furniture in the United States; and historic documents.
Tours: $4; ages 6-12 $2.50; younger than 6, free.
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and January 1.
Lady Luck Casino features action-packed gaming with slots, poker, and table games. We offer free valet.
Hungry? We have three dining options from which to choose, along with entertainment every weekend at The Lone Wolf bar.
Our concert series presents headliner entertainment at our Expo Center and Outdoor Amphitheater.
For the RV traveler, we have an amenity-packed, secure RV Park.
Connect with us online. Check out our website for the latest promotions, dining specials and upcoming entertainment. Also, you can follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for real-time updates, photos and videos.
The Miner Convention Center offers 16,000 square feet of meeting space, with seating for 600. Each section has a projector with a screen.
The kitchen is equipped with commercial appliances: an ice maker with an 800-pound capacity, refrigerator, freezer and a range.
Eight panoramic miles of the Mississippi River are visible from this 120-foot-long observation deck, including the New Madrid Bend, a point of strategic significance during the Civil War.
The New Madrid Chamber provides tourist information for the city of New Madrid. The Chamber sponsors many citywide events throughout the year.
The course is nine holes, with tree-lined Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens. Our facilities include: an outdoor swimming pool; a clubhouse with fine dining, and banquet room.
Exhibits reflect the culture of this ever-changing river town, from the Mississippian Indian period through the great earthquakes of 1811 and 1812; from New Madrid's role in the Civil War through the early 20th century.
Displays cover pre-historic Indians; French explorers; riverboat traders; earthquakes; and Civil War battles.
Located in the circa 1886 Kendal Saloon building.
Enjoy our variety of wines and a relaxing time at River Ridge Winery. Spend the afternoon; hike a short distance to the vineyards; discover the tranquility of our shaded patio and covered pavilions; stay the night in the Little Log Cabin (sleeps six).
Enjoy a relaxing meal in our Fermentation Room Cafe, with large windows overlooking the winery grounds. Your meal is prepared to order. Check our website for a menu and daily specials. Guests are welcome to relax at the winery for an additional hour after the kitchen closes.
Browse the gift shop for a great selection of fun gifts, wine accessories and gourmet foods. September thru December, visit The Yule Log Cabin and Barn, filled with special holiday gifts and decorated trees.
Visit our website for details and event schedules.
Closed Christmas Day
The Sikeston CVB invites you to experience the best of Missouri's bootheel where cotton is king, our rolls are throwed, and Southern hospitality awaits. Whether you're passing through or visiting for a few days, we have something for everyone to enjoy.
This 64-acre site holds the remains of a fortified American Indian ceremonial village and trade center. It is believed to have been inhabited from approximately A.D. 400 to A.D. 1350. The site includes several burial mounds and a kiosk that outlines a brief background on a self-guided tour. I-55; Route 80 east; Route 77 south; County Road 502 one mile.
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