Sweet, sweet summertime. It’s all about making unforgettable memories, and there’s no better way to do that than to explore and rediscover Lake Charles. It may not look like the typical summer in Southwest Louisiana, but it’s still going to be a fun one. Whether you choose kayaking at Sam Houston Jones State Park, floating in the lazy river at one of our world-class casino resorts, catching outdoor live music, or even spotting alligators along the Creole Nature Trail … We can help you build your ultimate Lake Charles summer bucket list! #ReDiscoverSWLA
#ReDiscoverSWLA Luxury and Relaxation
Treating yourself has never been easier than exploring options available at our gaming resort properties, complete with flavorful food, imaginative cocktails and plenty of gaming opportunities and chances to connect with your significant other or best friends.
Not to mention, each property includes a wide variety of restaurants to enjoy from elegant to casual with delicious steaks, Asian dishes, Cajun/Creole twists of recipes and delectable desserts. The golf courses are ready for playing along the rolling greens, and lazy rivers and pools area accessible for a quick dip and cooling off, perfect for getting that healthy, summer glow – along with a daiquiri or tall glass of Southern iced tea.
This spring has been challenging for everyone, and the teams at Golden Nugget Lake Charles, L’Auberge Casino Resort, the Isle of Capri and Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel have all made great strides to bring you the very best experiences that you can have so that you can let your hair down and relax.
The luxury doesn't stop there. Our newest bed and breakfast, Della Belle, is the grandest home on Shell Beach Drive. The Greek-influenced manor is spread across nine acres of scenic land, and the main house features a Greek-Revival architecture that is almost a century old and extends up to 10,000 sq. ft. It has five bedrooms, four full baths and two half-baths. The luxury manor features a Grand Parlor, Garden Parlor, Billiard Room Bar, Tea Room, Pharmacy Bar, Formal Dining and Breakfast Room. Also on the property is a charming Garden House, Carriage House with upstairs suite and a Boat House that provides incredible panoramic views of the lake.
#ReDiscoverSWLA Flavorful Cuisine
From beer flights and savory poboys, to insane boudin and world-class dining, Southwest Louisiana’s food scene is an adventure within itself. Speaking of adventure, the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail and the Brews & Spirits Trail are awaiting your arrival!
Served for breakfast, lunch or dinner - boudin is a meat and rice treat that is a favorite finger-food in Southwest Louisiana. Fill up the car with gas, get some napkins and follow your nose along the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail. Over 30 mom and pop meat markets and grocery stores make up this trail of deliciousness!
No matter the time of day or occasion, one of our four stops along the Brews and Spirits Trail will surely quench your thirst: Crying Eagle Brewing, Bayou Rum, Yellowfin Distillery, and Acadian Coffee Roasters.
Downtown Lake Charles is bustling with exciting restaurants of many varieties from long-time favorites to trendy new hot spots! Enjoying breakfast at The Bekery, lunch at Luna Bar and Grill, or dinner at 1910 are great ways to kick-off your mile-long bucket list. For all other Downtown dining click here.
Whether you’re searching for a sunny breakfast spot or a breezy backyard under the oaks, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the fresh air and warm sunshine in Louisiana’s Playground! Each patio dining experience is unique, so make sure to check out our list of all outside dining in Southwest Louisiana here.
#ReDiscoverSWLA Outdoor Adventures for the Whole Family
Remain one with nature with a drive along the Creole Nature Trail All- American Road. View alligators, over 400 bird species, and marshlands teeming with life, as you travel along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. The trail also offers 26 miles of natural Gulf of Mexico beaches and fishing and crabbing areas. Start your Creole Nature Trail journey at Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point in Sulphur.
If you’re looking to hike or even kayak, Sam Houston Jones State Park is the spot for you. The 1,087-acre park features abundant wildlife, tree-filled lagoons, and a mixed pine and hardwood forest, creating a unique natural environment. Head out on one of the three hiking trails that wind through the park and explore the banks of the various tributaries to the Calcasieu River.
#ReDiscoverSWLA our Heritage, Culture and History
The fascinating heritage of Southwest Louisiana is yours to explore. This is the place where the pirate met the cowboy, and where Cajuns, Creoles, German immigrants, Midwesterners and pioneers from the South and West met to build a community and a culture like no other.
The large Charpentier Historic District, a National Register-listed site, can be divided into several neighborhood tours which can help organize your time and tell the story of this diverse and remarkable District. Over 400 structures comprise the District. Download the Historic Lake Charles app for easy to follow Charpentier Historic District tours and an Eerie Calcasieu Ghost tour.
Elegance, history, culture, and beautiful architecture highlight this whirlwind tour of Southwest Louisiana. The area has many delightful museums depicting the history of Imperial Calcasieu including the Mardi Gras Museum with the largest display of Mardi Gras costumes in the South, 1911 Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center, the Brimstone Museum, the DeQuincy Railroad Museum, the Children’s Museum, and the Imperial Calcasieu Museum.