Summertime in Southwest Louisiana means two words: hot and humid! Have no fear – we’ve got a few sure-fire ways to beat the heat!
L’Auberge Casino Resort entices guests outdoors with their tropical garden pool complex. Just a hint of imagination will transport you to the relaxing Caribbean. Grab a floatie and gently meander down the Lazy River along lush green vegetation, beneath jungle island bridges, and around the island.
Just down the boardwalk from L’Auberge, you’ll find the Golden Nugget. Their H2O Pool and Bar has an exciting Las Vegas vibe, with upbeat music, contemporary seating, poolside cabanas, and lively libations. The extra-large pool features adult only and family sections, tanning ledges with in-water loungers, swim up daybeds, a swim up bar and Lazy River with slides.
Sulphur Parks & Recreation (SPAR) Waterpark offers fun in the sun for all ages. This wild wet destination offers a 600 foot long Raging River, Larry’s Lazy River, and the Lagoon Pool. Younger guests will enjoy Patch’s Splash Pad and Splash & Play Island, with fountains, tipping buckets, small-scale slides and not to mention a gigantic yellow bucket that dumps 500 gallons of water every two minutes!
Hot weather often has us craving cooler, lighter food. Southwest Louisiana’s solution – sno cones, popsicles and frozen daiquiris! Louisiana sno cones are special. Most sno cones are made with chunky, coarse style of crushed ice, but the ice of a Louisiana sno cone is shaved, which makes the ice light and fluffy, like, SNOW! Along with a dizzying variety of flavors, these treats are also served “stuffed” with ice cream or with “cream” drizzled on top. Delish!
The frozen treats don’t stop there. Local popsicle vendors Pops and Rockets are cooling the summer temps with their selection of gourmet pops. These popsicles are bringing fresh and bold flavors that are inspired by 80s tunes. Flavors to look for this summer are 99 Red Doubloons, Blue Moon on Mango and Karma Chamelon. Stop by their Pops Lab, 104 West Pujo Street, for ice cream and Italian ice treats too!
And last but not least – the daiquiri. No summer evening is complete without the sweet taste of a frozen daiquiri. And lucky for travelers we have several drive-up establishments to choose from and a TON of flavor combos! Plus DRIVE-THRUS!
For the full list of places to go to beat the heat, visit www.visitlakecharles.org/staycool. Happy Summer!