COVID 19 Guidelines

Governor John Bel Edwards has formally renewed the state's public health emergency. A statewide mask mandate has now been extended through September 29 for all people, regardless of vaccination status, if 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained indoors. Please be sure to have a mask with you when traveling. More Info

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SPAR Waterpark - Cool Down this Summer!

Fun Things to Do with Kids in #LouisianasPlayground! A remarkable, watery adventure for the entire family is Sulphur Parks & Recreation’s (SPAR) Waterpark, and it might even be a best kept secret for visitors. It's a refreshing escape for so many families who want to cool off from the hot Southwest…

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Gumbeaux’s Gator's Time-saving Gumbo Recipe

Traditionally, there is the annual World Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Gumbo Cook-off where krewes and teams from around the area get together to compete for who makes the best gumbo while the public wanders from group to group sampling and filling up on savory bowls of delicious gumbo. With 2021's…

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#EatSWLA: Mardi Gras Boudin King Cake Recipe

The boudin king cake craze hit the Mardi Gras scene in 2014. It is the savory “sibling” to the season’s sweet treat of cream cheese and fruit-filled king cakes. With Lake Charles being the home to the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, it is only right for us to share a recipe! Chef Derrill Guidry…

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8 of the Best Holiday Lights Displays in SWLA

If your favorite thing about the holidays is seeing all the twinkling lights, you’re in luck! Southwest Louisiana has some great places to see Christmas lights, and we’ve decided to “spotlight” a few. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and let’s go! Before you head out, please check links for updated…

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Outdoors along the Creole Nature Trail

The summer months bring warm temperatures to Southwest Louisiana and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road offers a wide variety of activities that can be experienced easily, and at little to no cost at all! May through September is when crabbing…

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The Children's Museum is Open

Did you know that the Children's Museum in Lake Charles is open? Well, it is! And they have worked tirelessly to make sure that you have a fun and safe experience when you decide to bring your children. Plus with many schools having a delayed start to the school year, now is the perfect time to…

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SWLA Christmas: A to Z

Cooler weather, colorful Christmas lights, warm cups of hot chocolate, and the big guy himself, Santa Claus. It must be the holiday season! Southwest Louisiana has one festive collection of Christmas fun. Here’s a Cajun Christmas list from A to Z. A is for Amazing Decorations along Shell Beach Dr…

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