***Updated on June 13, 2017***

1. Enjoy a lazy, carefree afternoonalong the water.
Just Relax.

Wharves on Big Lake 

2. Make a splash at one of our water attractions.
When the temperatures rise, the pool is the first place to stop. 

Lazy River at L'Auberge Casino Resort

3. Visit a summer festival.
Download our Events App and save festival dates right to your smartphone calendar.

Crawfish Festival

4. Have a Cajun potluck picnic.
We’ve got all the recipes you’ll need on our recipe page.

Enjoy a Cajun potluck with family and friends!
(Photo by Lindsey Janies)

5. Drink a Bayou Blossom.
Made with Louisiana Spirit’s famous Bayou Rum – this is a lemonade drink for adults. And if a cold beer is more your flavor – we’ve got two new breweries you’re gonna love!

Bayou Blossom, a lemonade cocktail made with Bayou Rum.
(Photo by @mirei_sato)

6. Explore waterways via paddleboard or kayak.
It’s a fun and exciting way to experience the water during the warmer months.

Kayaking in Lake Charles
(Photo by Lindsey Janies)

7. Read our latest Visitor Guide Summer Issue.
Shameless plug, believe me, you’ll love it! Also, copies of the Visitor Guide can be found at the Visitors Bureau. PS: Show us where you’re reading your copy by uploading them to Instagram and hashtagging it with #VisitLakeCharles.

8. Make a dish with fresh, local veggies from the farmers market.
From tomatoes to zucchini to sweet corn – let these summer treats be the star of your table.

Fresh Veggies and Fruit at local Farmers Markets

9. Take a Hike
Visit the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road or Sam Houston Jones State Park, either way, make sure to #OptOutside this summer. Just remember your sunscreen and bug spray.

Take the family out and explore the Wetland Walkway.
(Photo by Lindsey Janies)

10. Take a Road trip
From the boudin trail to historic tours and outdoor adventures to casino resorts – you’ll be counting the days until you can hit the road.
*Make sure you download our free apps before you get behind the wheel!

Pack the car, load the GPS and head to Lake Charles, Louisiana!

11. Bake a fruit pie
Take advantage of all the sweet summer fruit – in fact – we’ve got a recipe for you.

Skillet Apple Cobbler recipe from Flip My Food.

12. Eat popsicles
Make your own OR better yet pick up some made by Pops & Rockets!

You'll love the sweet flavors by Pops and Rockets!

13. Go Glamping
ll the fun of camping but with modern amenities that you want as an adult. Good stuff.

(Photo by monsoursphotography.net)

14. Ride a bike
If you don’t have your own – Lake City Board and Bike, LLC can fix you right up.

Hit the road with a bike ride around Lake Charles.
(Photo by @johnodonnell)

Pin this list for summer weekends when you might need something to do. Enjoy the season.

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Document your Louisiana summers in Lake Charles with the hashtag #VisitLakeCharles!