Daytime Activities Around Lake Charles
Adventure Cove Park
A barrier-free playground built entirely by volunteers for kids of all ages and abilities.
3200 Power Centre Parkway
Black Heritage Gallery
This museum highlights and showcases the contributions of African Americans in Southwest Louisiana.
809 Kirby Street, Ste. 207/In the Central School Arts & Humanities Center 337-488-0567
Brimstone Museum Complex
This museum is housed in the Old Southern Pacific Railway Depot, and was established to commemorate the development of the Frasch sulfur mining process. Visit the Henning Cultural Center next door for other rotating exhibits.
900 S. Huntington in Sulphur, LA; 337-527-0357
Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
This park was established to preserve and protect wintering waterfowl and their habitat. The refuge consists of 9,621 acres that include freshwater marsh, coastal prairie, and old rice fields. The visitor center sits along the eastern side of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. Nearby Pintail Drive (2 miles) is open during daylight hours.
1428 Hwy. 27 in Bell City, LA; 337-598-2216
Children's Museum of Lake Charles
A great place for kids to learn and play at the same time, this museum has art and science games, activities, and exhibits.
327 Broad St.; 337- 433-9420
With numerous courses to choose from, Lake Charles is hugely popular with SWLA golfers and other visiting golf fanatics.
Imperial Calcasieu Museum – Lake Charles Museum
This museum offers visitors an extensive collection of local and regionally historic artifacts, an art gallery, and also a look at the 300 year-old Sallier Oak tree.
204 W Sallier Street; 337-439-3797
Mardi Gras Museum
Displaying well over 200 costumes, this museum has the largest collection of Mardi Gras regalia in the world, as well as history, lore and fun facts about King Cakes, throws, krewes and other Mardi Gras staples. It is said to be the largest Mardi Gras museum in the American South.
809 Kirby Street; 337- 430-0043
Sam Houston Jones State Park
This expansive park offers 1,087 acres of lakes, trees, rivers, streams, and spectacular views. Set on major migratory paths, Sam Houston Jones State Parks is an excellent spot for bird watching. The park attracts nearly 200 species in the spring and fall.
107 Sutherland Rd.; 337-855-2665
Lake Charles Feature Stories
Travel Along the Boudin Trail- A Guide to Southwest Louisiana's signature sausage
The Royal Gala- Lake Charles' Annual Mardi Gras Royal Regalia Fashion Show
Mardi Gras Museum- World's Largest Collection of Mardi Gras Costumes