Top Things to Do in the Fall in Lake Charles 🍂

When temperatures turn a little cooler, the fun really heats up in Southwest Louisiana. Hike a nature trail, hit the lake, enjoy an epic tailgate, fire up some gumbo and paint the town. Here are a few top things to do in Lake Charles this fall.

Featuring one of the finest collections of Victorian architecture in Louisiana, the Charpentier Historic District looks like it came right off the face of a postcard. Take a self-guided walking or driving tour of this 40-block area in downtown Lake Charles past buildings dating from the…

Take a scenic drive through coastal wetlands of the “Louisiana Outback” on the Creole Nature Trail, one of only 43 federally designated All-American Roads in the country. You’ll see birds (more than 400 different species), alligators and other wildlife in their natural habitats – most…

Get out and enjoy the great outdoors on a network of top-notch hiking and mountain biking trails at this 1,087-acre oasis in Moss Bluff. You’ll soak up breathtaking views of lakes, rivers, streams and lush vistas in an area also known for great bird-watching. There’s so much to explore…

As the air turns cooler, things definitely get a lot warmer in the kitchens of Lake Charles. Or a lot spicier, that is. Cooked in big cast iron pots and stirred with large wooden spoons, gumbo is a spicy Cajun stew that is a staple come fall at restaurants, food festivals, tailgates and…

After a day of outdoor adventure and culinary bliss, it’s time to kick back, right? You’re in luck because when the stars come out at night, Lake Charles’ nightlife shines just as bright – especially when it comes to patio music in the crisp fall air at locally-owned restaurants. Many…