There are a few things you must know when visiting Lake Charles, Louisiana.

  1. Our food is totally delicious. Fresh seafood, homemade gumbo, fried shrimp platter, boiled crawfish, fresh oysters, boudin and cracklins will have you beggin’ for some elastic waist pants! Bring those comfy yoga pants, ladies, or loose fitting jeans, fellas!  gumbo
  2. To get a lay of the land, stop by the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau and meet with our friendly travel counselors. Plus, we have a pretty cool gift shop with lots of Lake Charles souvenirs.   CVB
  3. If you want to get outdoors and see some alligators, consider stopping by the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point first.  You can get an idea of the culture, learn the difference between marshes and bayous and practice your blue crabbing skills.  Our professional adventure guides can point you in the right director to see birds or gators.  You can also download the Creole Nature Trail touring app for your adventure.   Adventure Point
  4. Bring sunscreen and mosquito spray because you’ll want to spend time in the great outdoors, especially if you’re shelling on our Gulf beaches or meandering down the wetlands. Kids on the Gulf of Mexico Beaches
  5. We are NOT pretentious in Southwest Louisiana so you really can dress down here.  We want you to feel right at home. Eating Crawfish at the Crawfish Festival
  6. Don’t forget your camera, binoculars or smartphone! You never know what you’ll see or experience!  binoculars
  7. Pack a small umbrella for whenever afternoon showers arise due to our subtropical location, especially in the late spring and summer months.  If you’re having lunch and a thunderstorm pops up, you might as well order dessert, and chances are, you’ll be totally clear when you’re done with your bread pudding.  WalkOns Donut Bread Pudding
  8. Connect with us on social media to see what’s happening or ask questions.  
  9. Make sure and download our free events app to check out what’s going on around town while you’re visiting.  couple dancing
  10. Most of all, have FUN, and don’t be surprised by total strangers telling you their life story. Cajuns are friendly and don’t tend to be bashful.