Whether your mom is an outdoor enthusiast, a fashionista, foodie, rockstar, artist, or needs a spa day - she deserves a break on Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-12,2024! So, in addition to the handmade cards, bouquet of flowers, or breakfast-in-bed approaches, here are some ideas that might inspire the perfect way to celebrate all the mother figures in your life!

Outdoorsy Moms

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Does your mom love granola and spending time in nature? You can go as all-out as you want while exploring Louisiana’s Playground with mom. Nature lovers will be able to soak in the sun, sounds of waves, walking trails, and birding adventures along the Creole Nature Trail-All American Road. Cameron Prairie’s Pintail Wildlife Drive is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the American Alligator! If you have not been out to Sam Houston Jones State Park lately, in addition to exploring walking trails, you can rent kayaks, or spend time with mom in some of the new cabins or Tentrr sites for a full weekend of relaxation in nature. For daytime adventures, you can also book a kayak tour with Lake Area Adventures or River Raft Rentals. Let the fun continue into the evening on a glow-bike ride around the city with Lake Area Cruisers or Biking Through the Lake.

Kayaking on the Water
Lake Area Adventures is one of the ways to explore the waterways in Southwest Louisiana with guided tours.

Fashionista Moms

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If nothing says glamour quite like your mom’s eclectic closet, she might be a fashionista! To keep your mom’s style on point, explore local boutiques with clothing, hats, or jewelry to keep your mom’s collection up to date with current trends. Since Mother's Day always falls on Sunday, get her prepped for her special day with a shopping spree to kick off the weekend! Downtown Lake Charles is home to several stores within walking distance from each other. Check out Olive & Indigo and Mia's Downtown for fashion-forward pieces. Papersmith & Co. curates Southern luxe items, jewelry, candles, and gift items in addition to quality paper products and pens. Around the corner, top off your outfit with a fashionable hat at Bespoke Hat Company as well as genuine leather bags, sunglasses, and shoes. Other fun fashion hot spots are Cruella’s Boutique, Accessory Zone, Lydia & Lavender, Mimosa Boutique, and Mill & Gray.

Bespoke Hat Company
Shopping downtown offers a wide array of locally owned stores, like Bespoke Hat Company.

Foodie Moms

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Brunch is a delicious way to celebrate your favorite lady and there is no shortage of places to indulge in bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, or eggs benedict – not to mention bacon on just about everything. Popular Saturday and Sunday brunches at Luna Bar & Grill-Downtown, Panorama Music House, and Tia Juanita's feature jazz and blues musicians. Best to arrive early to get a table. A local favorite is the "insta-worthy" VooDoo Bloody Mary at MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub, so snap a memory with mom as you dine! The Villa Harlequin located downtown is a high-end brunch spot with a unique spin on bread pudding – savory! Other delicious places for brunch are Rikenjak’s in midtown, Biscuits N Jamz in North Lake Charles, Restaurant Calla, and Crying Eagle Brewing Company. Be sure to check out delicious places to get breakfast, lunch & dinner, and explore Bayou Rum, Yellowfin Vodka, or The Wine Store for fun-tasting experiences.  

Luna Bar & Grill
Brunch at Luna Bar & Grill is super popular and - jazzy!

Rockstar Moms

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This mom probably wore side ponytails, crimped her hair, or wore mismatched earrings in the good old days– she’s a rockstar! She was the coolest on the block and she probably never told you to turn down your music! On Mother’s Day weekend, take this rocker out to see live music! Panorama Music House in downtown Lake Charles is a two-story music palooza! Enjoy the music downstairs for a front-row seat and dance floor or check out the rooftop bar. She’ll also enjoy the vintage and (very cool) collection of music memorabilia, records, posters, instruments, band T-shirts and more at The Emporium located within walking distance. Check out the event calendar for live music, nightlife, and concerts at area resorts, Southlake Theater, and the Lake Charles Event Center.

Panorama Music House
Rock out with mom at Panorama Music House or other nightlife hot spots in Louisiana's Playground.

Artistic Moms

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For the moms who encouraged creativity, finger painting (no matter how messy), artistic pursuits, and coloring outside the lines – this one’s for you! Celebrate mom by bringing her to see some of the Lake Area’s museums and art galleries. Located in the heart of downtown, the 1911 Historic City Hall features multiple galleries such as the Black Heritage Gallery, and Art Associates’ Gallery, in addition to rotating exhibits. The Imperial Calcasieu Museum also has rotating exhibits to explore and the Sallier Oak, a 300-year-old majestic oak tree. In Downtown Lake Charles, check out Alexander Art Studio, one of the largest independently owned art studios in the state. In Sulphur, the Henning Cultural Center features rotating exhibits, and you can also take mom to Flock of Five Art Emporium to purchase local art, jewelry, candles, honey, and everything in between. For a culmination of artistic experiences reserve your seat at the Crying Eagle Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12. The brunch includes Painting with a Twist, wine & mimosa Specials, giveaways and more!

Imperial Calcasieu Museum Exhibit
Check out art exhibits at the many galleries and museums in Southwest Louisiana.

Mom Who Needs A Spa Day

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Maybe your mom is a combination of one or more styles. She will no doubt delight in a day of pampering and rejuvenation at the spa as the ultimate way to say thank you! Louisiana’s Playground has plenty of choices for spoiling your mom. Spa days at Spa du Lac at L’Auberge Casino Resort and the Spa & Salon at Golden Nugget never dissappoint. Alevan located in central Lake Charles offers a full service of pampering spa and salon options, including Swedish massages in addition to deep tissue and hot stone massages. Scarborough’s Salon & Day Spa or Edgemont Healing Center are other delightful options for spoiling your mom!

Alevan is a full-service salon and spa perfect for total relaxation in Lake Charles.

Visit Lake Charles wishes you and all the moms in your life a very happy Mother’s Day! If you are looking for more inspiration, check out 24 Things to Do in 2024, Top 10 Ways to Play This May in Lake Charles, and our full list of events for more fun-filled activities!