Top Ten Best Things to Do in Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana

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

Cal-Cam Fair Rides

Festivals & Fun

Mardi Gras, Black Heritage Festival, Iowa Rabbit Festival, Westlake Family Fun & Food Festival, Louisiana 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>

Casino Fun

Glitz & Gaming

Gaming at its finest at our 3 casinos: L'Auberge Casino ResortDelta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel, and the Golden NuggetLearn More ►

Family on the Creole Nature Trail
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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. 

Crawfish Boil


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



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

Art Walk Artist

Arts & Culture

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>

Hunter and Child

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>

Sam Houston Jones State Park

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>

corner market shopping holiday
corner market shopping holiday


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 > 

Experience the Nightlife of Lake Charles at Jack Daniel's Bar & Grill


There are several venues where you can relax and listen to great music, or get out and dance.
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