Southwest Louisiana is the perfect destination for guys to get away for some much-deserved rest, recreation, and fun!

Do you love the great outdoors? Southwest Louisiana is a Sportsman’s Paradise! Below are only a few activities you’ll find waiting for you in this corner of the Bayou State.


Southwest Louisiana is home to several public golf courses. One of the newest courses is the National Golf Club of Louisiana. Or try Mallard Cove Golf Course or Gray Plantation Golf Club. Several local casinos, such as L’Auberge Casino Resort and Golden Nugget, also boast world-class golf courses. If you’re looking for a driving range, try New Moon Drive-In Range.

Golfing Red Flag

Water Adventures

Lake Charles is awash with bayous, lakes, rivers, and swamps. Experience these waterways on a kayak, canoe, or airboat. Lake Area Adventures offers kayak rentals and guided tours. They also rent pontoon boats, aluminum, ski, and paddle boats. You can also try Paddle Up for stand-up paddle boarding.

Lake Area Adventures | Lake Charles, Louisiana


You can fish most anywhere in Southwest Louisiana, but if you want to guarantee a good haul, go with a guide. They know where the big fish are biting! And you may even spot our regionally famous albino dolphin, Pinky! There are several reputable companies in the lake area for both fresh and saltwater fishing. Try Calcasieu Point Charters, Big Lake Guide Service, or Calcasieu Charter Service. These charters also offer duck and geese hunting excursions.

Speck Trout in Lake Charles

Skeet Shooting and Other Guns

If you’re up for some target practice, the Lake Charles Gun Club offers skeet, rifle, pistol, and shotgun shooting on weekdays for guests. Maybe you and your friends aren’t the outdoorsy types, or maybe the weather is not cooperating. No worries! There are plenty of exciting indoor activities in SWLA!


Southwest Louisiana is home to five major casino resorts: L’Auberge, Golden Nugget, Isle of Capri, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, and Coushatta. These resorts offer slots, roulette, poker, and blackjack tables.

Escape Rooms 

Do you and your friends enjoy the challenge and adrenaline rush of one of the newest forms of entertainment out there? Follow the clues and solve the mystery before you run out of time. Try Bayou Escape Rooms and Escape Rooms Louisiana.

1740 Barbier 

Hello Handsome! Before you head out for a night on the town, relax and indulge yourself at 1740 Barbier at L’Auberge Casino Resort. This upscale men-only salon is the essential stop for every gentleman who understands the importance of grooming and the pleasure of being pampered. Get a haircut while you sip a complimentary drink from the bar. Lean back and luxuriate in steaming hot towels that prepare your skin for the ultimate shave. Got a little extra time? Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure, get your shoes shined, or relax in Barbier’s Whiskey Lounge with a premium cigar. For prices, see their website,, or call 337-395-7116.

Barbier at L'Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles

Time to Eat 

After all that fun and excitement, you’ve worked up an appetite! Big-screen TVs tuned to sports channels and man-sized meals abound in Lake Charles. For the ultimate in messy and delicious, go to Darrell’s Po-Boys. Other guy-friendly hangouts include O.B.’s Bar and Grill, Jack Daniel’s Bar and Grill at L’Auberge Casino Resort, Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar, or Buffalo Wild Wings to name a few.

Rosewater bone-in rib eye

For the best steaks and fancier attire, head to Vic & Anthony’s at the Golden Nugget, Ember Grille and Wine Bar at L’Auberge, Rosewater Grill at Delta Downs, or Harlequin Steaks and Seafood.

Cigar Club 

Enjoy a nightcap at the Cigar Club. They boast the largest humidor in Southwest Louisiana and are well-known for premium cigars, high-end cocktails, and live music Wed. – Sat. They frequently offer special events such as parties and unique cocktail/cigar pairings.