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There is no shortage of colorful adventures to be had in Southwest Louisiana from cultural events to the great outdoors, live entertainment and casino gaming. Check below for a list of the Top 10 Things to Do, listed in no particular order. So, what are you waiting for? Get out and explore! #VisitLakeCharles

 

Festivals & Fun
Mardi Gras, Black Heritage Festival, Iowa Rabbit Festival, Westlake Family Fun & Food Festival, Contraband Days Pirate Festival, Cajun Music & Food Festival, Cal-Cam Fair, and the Southwest Louisiana Christmas Lighting Festival are truly the tip of the festival iceberg. Learn More>

Glitz & Gaming
Gaming at its finest at our 4 casinos: L'Auberge Casino Resort, the Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel and the brand new Golden Nugget! Learn More >

Creole Nature
Exploring the Creole Nature Trail where you can view birds, alligators and wildlife up close - not to mention - Gulf beaches with excellent shelling and relaxation. Learn More>

Culinary
Culinary delights are at every turn, so be sure to taste our seafood. You can also experience stops along the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail. Learn More >

Museums
From railroads to sulfur mining, pirate legends to Cajun/Creole roots, the area has 7 museums: Mardi Gras Museum, DeQuincy Railroad Museum, Brimstone Museum, Children's Museum, DeQuincy Town Hall Museum, Imperial Calcasieu Museum and the USS Orleck Naval Museum. Learn More>

Arts & Culture 2
The area has a thriving arts scene with live music, galleries, art shows and events. The 1911 Historic City Hall brings in traveling exhibits from around the world. Also, the Henning Cultural Center has local art, and there are other galleries with displays year round. Learn More>

Hunt & Fish
Nature's bounty is in full force in Southwest Louisiana. We have guides that can take you to the sweet spots and the honey holes so that you can hit your limit! Learn More>

Parks & Rec
For the more adventurous souls who want to feel the wind on their face and get into the spirit of the great outdoors, you can explore fun options. Learn More>

Shopping
The Charleston Cultural District and the Cottage Shop District are just two examples of places where you can find unique gift items in Southwest Louisiana. Many of our grocery stores also carry authentic Louisiana spices and products that you can rarely find outside the state. Learn More >

Nightlife
There are several venues where you can relax and listen to great music, or get out and dance.
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The Cinderella night of Mardi Gras manifests on Lundi Gras, Monday, February 27 at 7 p.m. with a lavish promenade of more than 60 krewes’ royalty in extravagant, glittering costumes before Read More →
Catch a chicken at the 38th annual Mardi Gras Run on Tuesday, February 28 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 503 E Highway 90, in the town of Iowa. Doors open at 8 a.m., the Mardi Gras floats Read More →
In conjunction with Seven Slots Society, jeep lovers unite to roll down Ryan Street in this jammin' jeep parade. To participate, visit a Read More →
Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles - parade rolls at 5 p.m. Hundreds of elaborate krewe floats, costumes, beads and more wind through the city in the culmination of the Fat Tuesday Read More →
Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles. Hot rods, classics and motorcycles. Starting at 3pm Parade Routes style="margin-right: Read More →
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