Embark on a scenic journey through Southwest Louisiana, where you'll find a mixture of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Discover parks perfect for nature enthusiasts that offer opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife observation. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures or a peaceful escape, this road trip promises something for the entire family to enjoy.

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5316 Alligator Park, Rd., Starks

Just north of Starks, Alligator Park offers a peaceful escape for nature lovers. The park features RV and tent camping sites, a new fishing pier, and a climate-controlled pavilion. It also provides restroom and shower facilities, making it a comfortable destination for outdoor enthusiasts.


22 min (15.4 miles/24.78 kilometers)



3409 Niblett Bluff Rd., Vinton

Nibletts Bluff Park in Vinton offers a serene getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. The park features shaded RV sites with water, electric, and sewer hookups, as well as boat ramps for fishing on the Sabine River. Amenities include playground equipment, a large picnic area, restrooms, and showers.


26 min (23.2 miles/37.34 kilometers)



1211 Ruth St., Sulphur

The Grove at Heritage Square is a tranquil retreat in the heart of Sulphur. Set amidst a pecan grove, the park features fountains, walking paths, and picnic areas. It serves as a venue for festivals and community events, adding to Sulphur's charm.

the grove at heritage square


↕ 25 min (15.8 miles/ 25.43 kilometers)



107 Sutherland Rd., Moss Bluff

Named after the state's 46th governor, Sam Houston Jones State Park is a 1,087-acre natural wonder. It boasts diverse habitats, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers. The park offers hiking trails and water sports on Calcasieu Lake.


↕ 16 min (8.7 miles/14 kilometers)



1701 Fitzenreiter Rd., Lake Charles

Spread across 210 acres along the Calcasieu River, Riverside Park Complex is a blend of conservation and recreation. It features nature trails, fishing piers, and pavilions. The park's wooded wetlands provide an educational experience for visitors.

entry to riverside park


↕ 9 min (3.8 miles/6.1 kilometers)



W. Pryce St., Lake Charles

Located along the Lake Charles Event Center boardwalk, Veterans Memorial Park pays tribute to the men and women who have served in the military. The park features a WWII tank, a Vietnam War-era helicopter, and statues honoring local heroes. 


↕2 min (0.7 mile/1.13 kilometers)



900 Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles

Located on the Lake Charles lakefront, Millennium Park offers a range of amenities for families. Children can enjoy swings and play sets, while families can take advantage of the splash park. The park also features a scenic walking path, providing beautiful views of the lake.

millennium park

↕ 6 min (1.5 miles/2.4 kilometers)



702 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles

Situated in the Nellie Lutcher Cultural District, Nellie Lutcher Memorial Park offers a unique blend of art and culture. The park features a stage outlined with piano keys, paying homage to Nellie Lutcher. It also provides connectivity for food trucks, making it an ideal spot for community events.


↕ 28 min (26.4 miles/42.49 kilometers)



7803 Lorrain Rd., Hayes

Lorrain Park, located near Bell City offers a glimpse into the region's history. The park features an outdoor pavilion, camper sites, and a boat launch. It also boasts the historic Lorrain Bridge , which is being considered for placement in the National Register of Historical Sites.


No matter the season, a park-to-park road roadtrip is guaranteed to forge valuable quality time with your loved ones! Visit our parks page for a full list of parks and their amenities. For family trip inspiration visit Top Things to Do With Kids. For a full list of activities in the area check out our calendar, where events are added daily.