The city of Lake Charles overlooks a freshwater lake with the only white-sand inland beach along the Gulf Coast. Local legends say the pirate Jean Lafitte made Lake Charles, Louisiana his hideaway and left behind hidden treasure on the shores of the lake.
This legend is celebrated each year with the state’s 2nd longest festival, Contraband Days. Held annually the first two weeks in May, the festival features a re-enactment of Jean Lafitte and the Buccaneers taking over the city, complete with cannons and a “walking of the plank” by the city’s mayor.
Live music, authentic Cajun delicacies, carnival rides and many other attractions are also featured during the famous Lake Charles festival.
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The historic Charpentier District is another wonderful attraction in Lake Charles. With its nearly 20 blocks of antique Victorian-era homes, the structures reflect unique Lake Charles-style architecture. Those with an appreciation for history will also enjoy visiting some of the historical area cemeteries and museums.
The nightlife is non-stop in Lake Charles, featuring 24-7, Las Vegas-Style gaming on either side of the I-10 Bridge and plenty of nightclubs featuring live music and evening fun. Golfers will enjoy a choice of several popular courses including a nationally ranked facility and for sportsmen, the hunting and fishing in and around Lake Charles, Louisiana is one of its greatest attributes.
If you’re looking for alligators, we have those too! Visit the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, just East of the I-10 Bridge and while your there, visit our live gator pond. We also offer non-living gators… in the form of sculptures… Gators on the Geaux, a city-wide exhibit features close to 70 uniquely decorated alligator sculptures designed by local artists. No matter where you look, the hub city of Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a variety of attractions, food, and fun for all ages.
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