As you continue south, you find things get wild at Cape Girardeau, home of Lazy L Safari Park. Perched on the banks of a slow-moving creek, Lazy L offers a self-guided experience. Walk through the main barn, petting zoo, animal nursery, and park grounds. Stroll along the creek while gazing into the fields to watch zebras or antelope.
Stop for lunch at Cup N Cork, which has a menu of soups, salads, and hot and cold sandwiches. It's also popular for its homemade pies and Cheesecake Factory Cheesecakes.
If you'd rather drive farther for a taste of southern cooking, head to Sikeston and the Lambert's Cafe. Known as the home of the "Throwed Rolls," you can catch some fun, and rolls, at one of America's most entertaining restaurants.