From restaurants and nightlife to family fun and outdoor adventures, Lake Charles and its surrounding towns are stacked with brand new eateries, experiences, and explorations, as well as renewed establishments that elevate the status quo. Within the past year, Southwest Louisiana enhanced its offerings to highlight the reasons we're deemed Louisiana's Playgrond. This includes significant renovations and recent additions that contribute to cultural fun and culinary flair that we offer to everyone year after year.

New Businesses

  • 100 Westlake Ave.
  • (337) 430-2300

The all-new 60,000-square-foot property showcases the ultimate gaming experience for guests, including new rooms, unmatched restaurants and a variety of entertainment. The new property boasts nearly 1,000 slot machines and table games, as well as an official WSOP® Poker Room, an…

  • 1337 Country Club Road
  • (337) 310-1681

Lake Area Adventures offers entertainment for the whole family. Whether you want to spend the day indoors exploring the ropes course, Air Park, bouldering wall, gamers lounge, and Aquatics Center—or spend it outdoors cruising the water in a boat or kayak rental—adventure awaits…

  • 4720 Nelson Road
  • (337) 426-1794

Southlake Theater is a brand new state-of-the-art, multi-use performance venue with the flexibility to meet various production, presentation, and food and beverage needs in-house. Technical amenities include a d&b audiotechnik immersive audio SoundScape System with full En-Scene…

  • 1337 Country Club Road
  • (337) 310-1681

The Terrace at Lake Area Adventures is a high-end dining experience featuring locally sourced ingredients, premium beef and perfectly paired drinks. Closed off from the main complex, The Terrace offers indoor and outdoor dining and is accessible without Lake Area Adventures…

  • 107 Sutherland Rd
  • 337-855-2665

Originally named for the Texas folk hero who traveled extensively in the western reaches of Louisiana, Sam Houston Jones was given its current name in honor of the state's 46th governor, who was instrumental in setting aside this tract of land for the public to enjoy for both…

  • 3470 Morganfield Dr
  • (337) 491-1400

Featured on the Louisiana Audubon Golf Trail, Mallard Golf Club is a Scottish links-inspired golf course designed by Jeff Blume. This Championship golf course features five sets of tee boxes, elevated greens, and rolling hills. The golf course is surrounded by native areas, no…

  • 2550 Golden Nugget Blvd
  • (337) 508-7777

DraftKings Sportsbook Bar & Grill at Golden Nugget offers the premier bar & grill experience with sports betting in Lake Charles. Enjoy your favorite menu items, drinks and place wagers on professional sports with real-time odds, point spreads and over/unders. The venue boasts…

  • 2635 Country Club Rd.
  • (337) 214-1736

Mural's Kitchen features traditional southern recipes in a family-friendly atmosphere that is sure to treat your tastebuds. Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and catering! Open 5:30 am - 7:30 pm

  • 814 E. Prien Lake Rd.
  • (337) 347-9845

Elegance, serenity, relaxation, and rejuvenation - Alevan Salon Spa Sanctuary offers a variety of services, and it is also making its mark as one of the first multicultural hair salons in Lake Charles. Inspired by the non-stop schedules and high expectations of today's world…

  • 329 Broad St
  • (337) 842-7007

Goldband Diner is located inside Panorama Music Exchange. The venue features music memorabilia and a speakeasy-style bar that serves beer, wine, and cocktails. For pop-up jazz shows and intimate concerts, the new Goldband Diner is the place to be. The venue is named after the…

  • 1830 Ryan street suite A
  • (337) 529-7005

The creative corner is an open arts and craft studio for all ages. During Open Studio Hours, we have a variety of walk-in projects available to make! We don’t take reservations, you simply walk in, pick a project and we set you up with supplies! Our current Open Studio hours are…

  • 1801 W Prien Lake Rd

Bourbon Street Deli features a fresh food service program with a menu of overstuffed poboy sandwiches prepared fresh with quality ingredients. Some of of the selections include the Atchafalaya poboy with Louisiana friend catfish topped with crawfish etouffee, muffalettas…

  • 204 Patton Street, Suite 1
  • (337) 888-1213

The Brick House Creamery boasts all the American favorites that families crave with a few Louisiana specialties too. The business is located near Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point and down the road from SPAR Water Park and local ball fields - perfect for lunch or snacks with…

  • 3453 Nelson Rd
  • (337) 990-5670

Wicks & Wax Candle Lab gives candle connoisseurs the opportunity to come in and customize their very own candles down to the decor. In an upscale environment, you can choose your own vessel and your own fragrance oil, and then, instructors will walk you through the actual candle…

  • 4720 Nelson Rd suite 110
  • (337) 240-8100

The newest coffee shop location comes to you with a cozy, sleek atmosphere. The Express location serves up a host of baked goods, including croissants, quiches, bagel pretzels, cinnamon buns and so much more.

  • 777 Avenue L'Auberge
  • 1-866-355-7111

Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez originated in New Orleans by Aarón Sánchez, chef/owner who is an award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author and philanthropist. Embodying the warmth of traditional Mexican cooking, this restaurant bridges traditional Mexican food with a…

  • 107 Sutherland Rd
  • (504) 754-5300

Explore the natural beauty of Sam Houston Jones State Park and the Calcasieu West Fork River at your leisure with the addition of self-serve paddle rental kiosks by Bayou Adventure, offering single and tandem kayak rentals. The rental kiosk is located by the boat launch and is…

  • 1920 E Houston River Road
  • (337) 661-1878

Blazin' Hot Chicken perfectly captures the essence of Nashville hot chicken. Since opening in May 2023, its authentic flavors and fiery heat have become a go-to spot for spice enthusiasts. One of the standout features of Blazin' Hot Chicken is its six different spice levels…

  • 1428 Highway 27
  • (337) 598-2216

Cameron Prairie Refuge Visitor Center: Located at N 29.973628 W 93.089069. Let animated Cajuns "Tante Marie" and “T-Maurice” tell you the story of the marsh! The entryway to this facility features an elevated walkway across a small freshwater marsh. Look for year-round residents…

New Events

Louisiana Food & Wine Festival Sep 19
  • Recurring daily

The Louisiana Food & Wine Festival takes place September 19-22, 2024 in Lake Charles, with all-inclusive food and drink tasting events, including over 300 varieties of culinary, wine, beer, and spirit tastings experiences and 40+ restaurants. Learn more about the…