You’ve got a week off from school or work and you and your friends want to plan a road trip. Where do you go? The usual beaches are a bit cliché. Skiing is, well, very cold. How about someplace unique and different? Come to Lake Charles, Louisiana! Plan your spring fling around our fabulous casinos, world class golf courses, and alligators in the wild!


Southwest Louisiana is home to four exciting casino resorts. The fun never ends! After the thrills and excitement of slots and other gaming tables, satisfy your hunger at one of dozens of dining establishments. Relax with a drink and listen to live music in one of several bars. Cool off in the pool or float down a “lazy river.” Browse the numerous trendy shops and take home a souvenir or a new addition to your wardrobe. Then retire to a luxurious room or suite. Each resort will ensure that you are thoroughly entertained, well-fed, and comfortable!

Delta Downs is well-known for its premier horse racing. L’Auberge and Golden Nugget have heated outdoor pools and spa amenities. The Isle of Capri has a live poker room.

Golden Nugget will feature headline performers in the coming months including Styx, Oak Ridge Boys and Better Than Ezra.

L’Auberge has some exciting events scheduled for March and April. Jack Daniels Bar and Grill will offer nightly Late Night Happy Hours, 11 p.m. – midnight and Sunday Brunch including a Bloody Mary bar 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. starting March 15. And don't forget to come back in the summer for the Party by the Pool Concert Series!

Delta Downs has several exciting entertainment options throughout March and April such Mark Chestnutt on April 4. Plus, on Saturdays 30 guests will have a chance to take a shot at $1 million!

The Isle of Capri is all smiles with their “Play More – Be Happy” motto, and this May, the Isle is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Cinco de Drinko Pool Party! All Fan Club members are welcome to party as the Isle opens the pool for summer to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The buffets at Golden Nugget, L’Auberge Casino Resort, and the Isle of Capri will serve crawfish in March but check with the individual resorts to find out the specific days of the week they will be served.


Southwest Louisiana boasts five championship 18-hole golf courses. Warm up with a bucket or two on the driving ranges. After the 18th hole, dine and relax in the clubhouses and browse the pro shops. L’Auberge’s Contraband Bayou Golf Course was designed by world renowned golf architect Tom Fazio. The Golden Nugget Lake Charles plans to open their new golf course this April. To see the complete list of local golf courses, see our link here.

For another driving range and pro shop option, visit New Moon Drive-In Range at 4200 Gerstner Memorial Boulevard, Lake Charles. 337-480-0700. (Originally the site of a Lake Charles outdoor drive-in movie theater.)


No trip to Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes is complete without a visit to our legendary Louisiana Outback. Unwind and take in the unique sights and sounds along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. And bring your fishing pole! This National Scenic Byway loops through 180 miles of wildlife refuges, marsh grass, bayous, and walkways to explore nature up close. You may see alligators sunning themselves along the roadside canals, but for a better view, visit these wildlife sanctuaries. These areas are also perfect for bird watching.

If you’d like a guide to help you connect with the natural beauty of Southwest Louisiana, consider Grosse Savanne Eco-tours. These outfitters offer boat tours and packages for birding and nature photography.

Still think you need some sand and surf for a proper spring break? No problem! We have several beach locations for sun and fun. L’Auberge and Golden Nugget both have beach areas. Holly Beach in Cameron Parish sits at the southern end of the Creole Nature Trail. And Lake Charles has a beach on the north end of the lake. Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is the perfect destination for a memorable Spring Break!


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