Lake Charles, Louisiana, is rich with history and culture and offers lots of local attractions and activities to get involved in. Looking to try your hand at a little gambling? You may just hit the jackpot here in Louisiana with a variety of casino venues to test your luck. There are casinos with racetracks, golf courses, and an island getaway. L’Auberge du Lac Casino, Isle of Capri, and Golden Nugget Casino are favorites of our guests. Many casinos have live music and different shows throughout the year. There is also a vibrant nightlife full of Cajun and Zydeco music. There are always local songwriters and performers playing at local bars and pubs, and many locals enjoy two-step at dance halls. The thrilling things to do in Lake Charles are endless.
There is an abundance of things to do in Lake Charles outside of the casinos as well. Southwest Louisiana has a vibrant history full of pirates and Civil War battles. The Mardi Gras museum preserves the cultural heritage of the area, which celebrates the second largest celebration in Louisiana. Bring the whole family and celebrate the area's enriching history. This museum explores the history of Mardi Gras, hundreds of costumes, and king cakes. The USS Orleck Naval Museum is a museum ship that is definitely a must-see attraction with a phenomenal historical atmosphere, serving as a lasting memorial for the men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces.
Get back in touch with nature by exploring the many outdoor activities in Lake Charles. The Creole Nature Trail is an All-American Road and one of the last designated scenic byways in the United States. At 180 miles long, there is plenty of unique terrain to explore and wildlife to see. This family-friendly trail has 26 miles of natural Gulf of Mexico beaches. There are marshlands full of fish, crabs, alligators and over 400 bird species. Although alligators avoid close contact with humans, a 12-foot alligator can snap its jaws with a crushing 2,115 pounds of force. Like every animal on the Nature Trail, we ask that you treat them with respect.
Plan your trip today! Book a spacious room at our centrally located accommodations and begin experiencing the exciting things to do in Lake Charles!