Top 10 Things to do in Lake Charles, United States

July 29, 2017 Rosalyn Ihle

"The Festival Capital of Louisiana," Lake Charles hosts over 75 festivals each year, the most famous being Mardi Gras, the second largest in the state. The annual celebration attracts revelers with Cajun cook-offs, a children's carnival and a lighted boat parade. The city celebrates its local heritage with "Louisiana Pirate Festival," a two week long party in honor of the pirates that once sailed the local lake. The Central School Arts & Humanities Center is a stop on the African American Heritage Trail.
Restaurants in Lake Charles

1. Prien Lake Park

3700 W Prien Lake Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70605-1030 +1 337-491-1280
Excellent
68%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Prien Lake Park

Reviewed By starbunker2016 - Lake Charles, Louisiana

The park is well maintained and is a safe area in LCH. The walking path is perfect for exercise with a lovely view of the lake and I-210 bridge. The fountain is nice also. Lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors at Prien Lake Park.

2. Millennium Park

1100 Bord Du Lac Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 78 reviews

Millennium Park

Reviewed By hweeleng65 - Houston, Texas

Had a glimpse of this Millennium Park by driving around. Kids were playing in the water splash pad. There is another fun playground with climbing, slides and swing structures. A nice park situating right by the beautiful lake. Also great for spending time relaxing by walking at both the park and the ocean front broad walk.

3. Golden Nugget Casino

2550 Golden Nugget Blvd, Golden Nugget Hotel, Lake Charles, LA 70601-9031 +1 844-777-4653
Excellent
57%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 981 reviews

Golden Nugget Casino

Reviewed By Thomas U

This is a large casino, on par with anything on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The layout is notable for how it addresses the giant pool area and the waterfront (with beach volleyball area). Service at front desk, in restaurants, and in the gaming areas was professional and friendly.

4. L'Auberge du Lac Casino

777 Ave Lauberge, Lake Charles, LA 70601-8483 +1 337-395-7777
Excellent
37%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 644 reviews

L'Auberge du Lac Casino

Four Diamond resort destination. Only Southwest Louisiana hotel to hold the prestigious standard of AAA Four Diamond. Full service casino resort offering non-stop Vegas style gaming with 70 table games and over 1,600 slot machines, championship Tom Fazio golf course, full service Spa du Lac, resort pool and lazy river, unique retail shopping, 6 innovative dining outlets, 26-story casually elegant hotel with 1,000 rooms, suites and villas plus big name entertainment.

Reviewed By HappyPenny - Texas, the Lone Star State

We did not stay in the hotel, but walked through the huge lobby, shopping zone, and pool areas. Everything is beautifully decorated and very well maintained. I would certainly enjoy vacationing here. I don’t gamble, but even without the casino, this hotel looks fun and entertaining. You could spend a week in the large pools!

5. Bord Du Lac Park

900 N Lake Shore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601-2120 +1 337-491-1256
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Bord Du Lac Park

Reviewed By jrsmith8 - Monroe, Louisiana

Bord Du Lac stretches along the north side of Lake Charles near I-10 and then swerves southward toward the city proper.

It is a nice and peaceful place that offers a pleasant transition from everyday life. The lake is nice and the shoreline and walking path is very calm and restful. As you look across the lake, you can see the casinos and the city skyline. It is quite a panorama.

There are people strolling and walking their dogs and folks fishing. There are kids swimming and a couple of beach-like sandy areas.

It is a great place to stop during your travel along I-10 and just take a few minutes away from the hectic pace of your daily routine.

J. Randolph Smith
Monroe, LA

6. Sam Houston Jones State Park

107 Sutherland Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70611-3900 +1 337-855-2665
Excellent
41%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 183 reviews

Sam Houston Jones State Park

Reviewed By Sara H

I've visited Sam Houston my entire life. We took field trips during elementary school, my family visited for the day, we frequently launched our boat. I've stayed in the campground and in the cabins. I've spent a lot of time here and I can wholeheartedly say this park needs a good dose of TLC: the roads, trails, campgrounds, bathhouses, playground all need some love. They never really recovered from Hurricane Rita in 2005. The "lake" in the middle of the park is always dry and the fairly new bathhouses could use a good scrub.

Additionally, if you are interested in RV camping the sites are pretty close together with little room for slide outs or longer wheelbases.

7. Lake Charles Visitor Center

1205 N Lake Shore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601-2125 +1 800-456-7952
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Lake Charles Visitor Center

Located off of I-10 towards downtown on beautiful Lake Charles, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau is here to serve visitors as a resource center for the region. Among the opportunities that you can learn about here are the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road and the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail. In addition, we have local dining, casino, festival, and outdoor activity guides.

Reviewed By Diane R - USA

Nice visitor's center. Tons of brochures and pamphlets. Pick up a gator postcard and fill it out - they will add the stamp and mail it for you!

8. Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu

809 Kirby St, 2nd Floor, Lake Charles, LA 70601-5372 +1 337-430-0043
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu

History of Mardi Gras celebrations in Lake Charles

Reviewed By _lagailbridges - Vidor, Texas

This museum had the costumes of Mardi Gras past. Some of the costumes were unbeliveable. I don't see how anyone could hold some of the head peices on their head without help.

9. USS Orleck

604 N Enterprise Blvd, Lake Charles, LA 70601-2339 +1 337-214-7447
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

USS Orleck

Reviewed By Mike M

Spent a few hours on board and got a personal tour from the Director Ron Williams, had a great time. The second I step aboard and the sights and smells bring back memories from my tin can the USS MacDonough. I wish all the staff...MoreMike It was indeed a pleasure showing you and your son around the ship. Thank you for your kind words. We hope to see both of you again soon. Sincerely RON W Executive Director

10. Charpentier Historic District

1205 N Lake Shore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601-2125
Excellent
38%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Charpentier Historic District

Reviewed By Terry W

I live in Lake Charles and it is great to have this beautiful historic district in my hometown. The houses represent our past and the unique architecture and craftsmanship of the carpenters that built these masterpieces. Unlike many downtown areas that are treeless, this area is shrouded with majestic trees that have stood there for 100 years are more. I drive through the district every chance I get but it is such a large area, im sure I haven't seen all of the houses. One person that wrote a review here stated that the address was incorrect. I'm pretty sure that the address they were referring to , 1205 North Lakeshore Drive, is our tourist bureau. You might want to start your tour there because they have brochures of the Charpentier Historic District that well give you information about the houses. The district has no "address", it's at least a 40 square block area. I hope my review was helpful and please take the car or carriage driven tour. You will be amazed!

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