Things To Do Top Ten

There is no shortage of fun and unique adventures to experience in Southwest Louisiana from cultural events to the great outdoors, live entertainment and casino gaming, you're sure to have a memorable time in Lake Charles. We made it easy to start the fun with the list below of top ten things to do. So, what are you waiting for? It's time to set a play date to Louisiana's Playground.
Cal-Cam Fair Rides

Unique Festivals

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 just the tip of the festival iceberg in Southwest Louisiana. Learn More

Casino Fun

World Class Gaming

Hit the jackpot at one of our three inviting casinos: L'Auberge Casino ResortDelta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel, and the Golden NuggetMake Your Bet►

Pintail Wildlife Drive - Creole Nature Trali

Creole Nature Trail

Connect with nature along the Creole Nature Trail. Go birding, spot alligators, and other unique wildlife. The white sands of our Gulf beaches are excellent for shelling and relaxation paradise. Get Outdoors

Crawfish Boil

Mouthwatering Cuisine

Fine dining? Make your reservations now. Plate lunches rich in flavor? Cajun or creole, the choice is yours. Fresh Gulf seafood served with a Louisiana flare? Abundant in Lake Charles. Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail? Be sure to save room for each of the unique stops. 



From railroads to sulfur mining, pirate legends to Cajun and Creole roots, the Lake area has multiple museums rich in history: Mardi Gras Museum, DeQuincy Railroad MuseumBrimstone Museum, Children's Museum, DeQuincy Town Hall Museum, and Imperial Calcasieu MuseumLearn More

Art Walk in Lake Charles, Louisiana

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. The Henning Cultural Center is abundant with local artists works, and galleries with works displayed year round. Learn More

Hunter and Child

Hunt & Fish

Nature's bounty is in full force in Southwest Louisiana. Local guides are equipped wit and bait to take you to the sweet spots and honey holes so that you can catch your limit. Learn More

Prien Lake Park Dog

Parks & Recreation

From peaceful parks along the Lake to dog parks to sporting complexes, there's a recreation opportunity to please your adventurous side. Learn More

corner market shopping holiday
corner market shopping holiday


Downtown Lake Charles is bustling with antiques and boutiques filled with unique Southwest Louisiana finds. Many of our local grocery stores and farmers markets also carry authentic Louisiana spices and products that you can rarely find outside the state. Find Treasures

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

Nightlife & Live Music

Raise your glass to a night on the town with your crew. Lake Charles is abundant with venues to party it up to the sounds of local and national acts, sip craft brews, and pocket a win. Check out the Scene


Cajun Music and Food Festival Jul 16

Cajun Music and Food Festival

We will have live music-Ellis Vanicor & the Lacassine Playboys, Aaron Istre & Under The Influence, Donny Broussard…