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If you're a culinary fanatic, casino lover, outdoor enthusiast, or history buff, enjoy a wide range of one-of-a-kind experiences when you visit Lake Charles. Place your bets on a game of poker or even a race around the horse track. Explore 26 miles of gulf beaches on the Creole Nature Trail, along with plenty of other outdoor adventures. Pay a visit to one of the area’s unique museums that celebrate the charming culture of Lake Charles.
Whether you’re a fan of blackjack or like to take your chances on a round of roulette, there are winnings to be had at the casinos in Lake Charles. Drop your bag and pick a slot at the swanky L'Auberge Casino Resort, where luxury meets ultimate fun.
Once you’ve tried your hand at gambling, be sure to tee off at the resort’s state-of-the-art golf course and relax at the world-class spa. Keep the leisure vibe rolling at the Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino. Make your wager on your favorite horse, try a hand-crafted cocktail, or play a hand of poker.
You can’t visit Louisiana without experiencing the outdoors, from beaches and forests to swamps and wetlands. Follow the Creole Nature Trail, also known as Louisiana’s “outback,” where you’ll see alligators and more than 400 species of birds. You can also try out gulf fishing or crabbing. For a remarkable view of the marsh, meander along the Lake Charles Wetland Walkway at the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, a 1.5-mile boardwalk that offers first-rate nature photography and wildlife watching. The Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center is a family-friendly spot that features unique interactive displays that introduce you to some animated Cajun characters, T'Maurice and Tante Marie!
With a stunning array of award-winning golf courses, you’ll want to bring your clubs to Lake Charles. The area is home to six courses you can play while you’re here, all set on an enchanting backdrop of lush pine trees and verdant rolling fairways. Play on one of the top 100 golf course designs in the country (as ranked by Golf Digest) at the Gray Plantation Golf Club, one of only 12 courses that make up the prestigious Audubon Golf Trail. Just as well regarded is the Contraband Bayou Golf Club, home to an 18-hole, par-71 designed by world-renowned architect Tom Fazio. There are other courses that are well-worth playing, which you can find here.
Look beyond the casinos, beaches and natural areas, and golf courses, and you’ll find Lake Charles’ thriving arts scene and history. Take a trip back in time to learn all about the local lore at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum or the Imperial Calcasieu Museum. After soaking up Lake Charles’ past, take a leisurely stroll through one of the breathtaking historic districts like Charpentier, Margaret Place, or Shell Beach Drive to view plantation style homes and see the exquisite architecture of the early 1900’s in Louisiana. The arts are thriving in this part of the state, where locals enjoy celebrating all styles of art: dance, theater, music, and much more.
Eventually, you’ll work up an immense appetite. Thankfully, Lake Charles is home to many culinary experiences. Whether you decide to hit the road on Interstate 10 for the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, or make pit stops at the area’s top restaurants to experience Cajun, French, and Creole cuisine (like Steamboat Bill’s or Blue Dog Café), you can’t go wrong.
Enjoy thrilling casino games, culinary experiences, or outdoor adventures, and more in Lake Charles. Plan your visit here.