***Updated on June 12, 2017***
It’s Sunday and there’s still plenty to do in Southwest Louisiana! Here are some of my favorite Sunday Funday activities:
- BRUNCH! Sitting outside and listening to the Street Side Jazz Band on the patio at Luna Bar & Grill always offers a pleasant experience on Sunday afternoons. Luna’s brunch menu items have a New Orleans-esque theme, topped off with Southwest Louisiana culinary flair. The Omelet Mamou (three egg omelet with Louisiana crawfish, cheddar/monterey jack cheese blend, with sautéed onions and mushrooms topped with Cajun Hollandaise) is delicious!
Another favorite brunch spot of mine is Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill at L’Auberge Casino Resort for their Whiskey Brunch. This brunch also comes with a side of entertainment (I had the pleasure of listening to the smooth tunes of Chester & Jarius Daigle a few weeks ago) as well as a wide selection of amazing eats. Be sure to try the French Toast with caramelized onions and the Whiskey Milk Punch (or a fully loaded Bloody Mary)!
- Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point/Creole Nature Trail: Stop by the free, fun attraction Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point to kick off your journey along the Creole Nature Trail! This attraction will immerse you in nature and Louisiana’s unique culture. The interactive band stage lets anyone’s musical talent shine through!
After your visit, head out on the more than 180-mile Creole Nature Trail! One of my favorite places to see alligators is along Pintail Wildlife Drive!
- Boudin stops along the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail: On Sundays, try stopping in Rabideaux’s Sausage Kitchen in Iowa, La or Peto’s Deli in Moss Bluff, La. to get your fill of boudin! The trail contains more than 25 stops and each location offers a unique and delicious flavor – put them on your bucket list!
- Charpentier Historic District: For history buffs and for those interested in architecture, download the free Lake Charles Historic Tour App and take your pick of a 30-minute tour, 1-hour tour, or a Calcasieu Ghost Tour through the Charpentier Historic District! This historic district covers 40 blocks of downtown Lake Charles – it’s the perfect backdrop for a scenic Sunday afternoon drive or jog! You can even schedule a carriage ride tour of the historic district with Lake Charles Carriage.
- Parks: Enjoy the biking or walking trails at Sam Houston Jones State Park or at Prien Lake Park! Sam Houston Jones State Park is an excellent spot for bird watching with nearly 200 species brought in by the migratory patterns in the spring and fall and the park also includes a disc golf course. Prien Lake Park offers a kids playground and SprayGround water park, numerous picnic areas, free Wi-Fi, exercise equipment and more! More park ideas.
- Sunset Paddle on Prien Lake: PaddleUp Lake Charles offers sunset paddles on Sundays at Prien Lake. Spots are limited and go fast, so be sure to book in advance to reserve your board! Kayaking and paddle boats are an option too! Check out all the ways to paddle SWLA's waterways, here.