*Remember – these are just ideas. Enjoy your visit your way!*
Plan ahead and schedule a personalized eco tour with either Grosse Savanne Eco-Tours, an exhilarating ride through the marsh with SWLA Tours, Inc., or a charter trip with one of Southwest Louisiana’s professional fishing guides. These adventures take you outside the city limits into the heart of the area’s marshes and waterways; plan to drive 30-60 minutes before reaching your destination. Being in the midst of quiet and serene surroundings, you’ll quickly discover why Louisiana is called “Sportsman’s Paradise.” Estimated Activity Time: 1 – 5 hours
If you’d rather more urban, outdoor adventures, hit the waterways with a paddle board or kayak rentals from Paddle Up, LLC, and navigate through Prien Lake or the Calcasieu River. We recommend late afternoon/evening trips to experience the beauty and solitude of a Louisiana sunset. Estimated Activity Time: 2 - 3 hours
For fun on the waterways with less paddling, rent a pontoon boat from Redneck Yacht Rentals and tour the Lake Charles lakefront. Estimated Activity Time: 4 - 8 hours
Remain one with nature with a drive along the Creole Nature Trail All- American Road. View alligators, over 400 bird species, and marshlands teeming with life, as you travel along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. The trail also offers 26 miles of natural Gulf of Mexico beaches and fishing and crabbing areas. Start your Creole Nature Trail journey at the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point (open 7 days/week) in Sulphur.
Visit one of the local food stops along the trail for a down home, Cajun lunch or stock up on a variety of homemade specialties for a beach picnic before hitting the trail. While at the beach be on the lookout for seashells. If you’re lucky you might even find a “sea bean” – a pod carried all the way from Central and South American forests.
Afterward, try your hand at crabbing. With just a few supplies that can be found at local bait shops, you’ll be catching crabs like a pro. Louisiana blue crabs are easy to catch, making it an activity the whole family can enjoy. Estimated Activity Time: 4 - 5 hours (including 1 hour for lunch)
Conclude your weekend excursion with a trip to the trails or secluded rivers of Sam Houston State Jones Park. Abundant in wildlife, it is a fantastic location for wildlife watching. If you have access to a boat, the numerous waterways are perfect for water sports. If not, visit Lloyd’s Country Store to rent a kayak and glide along the Calcasieu River. Estimated Activity Time: 1 - 3 hours
Head out on one of the park’s three hiking trails that cut through 1,000 acres of forest. Trail options vary for leisure and serious hikers. The park also features a disc golf course. Estimated Activity Time: 1 - 3 hours
Return from the wilderness to explore downtown on a bicycle with a rental from Lake City Board and Bikes, LLC or hop on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic district. After a full day of exploration, treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of our Top 20 restaurants – many even have outdoor seating. Estimated Activity Time: 1 - 2 hours