Top Things to Do with Kids

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is a great place for a family vacation. There is great food, historic sites and museums to visit, water parks, and lots of fun activities for all ages!

  1. Experience the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point
    Adventure Point brings the outdoors inside with imaginative, hands-on displays sure to inspire your little ones to head out on the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. The kiddos can take a peek at wildlife found in bayous and marshes, smell mouthwatering aromas of Cajun/Creole cooking, and “play along” with a Cajun and Zydeco band. They can even practice their crabbing skills. It is so much fun!
  2. Discover the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road 
    Turn the car ride into a safari through The Creole Nature Trail. Offering an up close look at nature and wildlife, including the American alligator and Louisiana’s “pink flamingo” the roseate spoonbill.   You will also see other animals like turtles, herons, ducks, and geese. A drive further south on the trail offers up some of the most beautiful uninterrupted beaches.  Which leads us to number 3!

    Kids Crabbing
  3. Day at the Beach
    The 26 miles of natural Gulf beaches along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road providing an excellent opportunity for a wide range of water activities, the most popular is shelling. The best opportunities for shelling are at low tide. Our most popular beaches are Holly Beach and Rutherford Beach. Kids will love to find these shell treasures including whelks, cockles, angelwings, olives, wentletraps, periwinkles, and many more. (Shelling Brochure)

    It’s also a great location for bird watching! Track how many you see with our Birding Brochure.

  4. Play at Millennium Park 
    Millennium Park is the perfect place to picnic along shimmering Lake Charles. The park is 20,000 square feet with a tower, “Shiver Me Timbers” pirate ship, a multi-story Louisiana Hurricane slide, and a tree-house.
    Millenium Park
  5. Go on an Eco-Tour
    Grosse Savanne Eco-Tours puts you into the heart of the marshlands where you can see brightly colored birds, beautiful foliage and even gators!
    Grosse Savanne
  6. Seasonal Fun & Festivals
    Just about every weekend, there is a festival or event featuring local cuisine and toe-tapping Cajun music. That’s why the area is deemed the “Festival Capital” of Louisiana with over 75 annual festivals. Check out for full listings or download our free Lake Charles Events App.

    Mardi Gras Iowa Chicken Run

    Southwest Louisiana also features seasonal fun like splashing around at Sulphur Parks and Recreation’s (SPAR) Waterpark (open during the summer months) or the family-friendly Lost Hollows Haunted Attraction Spooky Timbers trail. (open Oct 2-31).

  7. Enjoy the great outdoors at Sam Houston Jones State Park
    There is plenty to explore with 1,087 acres of lakes, trees, vistas, rivers and streams, nature trails, biking trails, and campgrounds.  It’s an excellent spot for bird watching and camping. Pack a picnic and take the day out in nature.


We hope these ideas will help the little travelers enjoy their visit to Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana! For more ideas, visit See you soon!