Highlighting Lake Charles and Things to Do in Calcasieu Parish

Buyers Relocating to Southwest Louisiana, often have many questions about Calcasieu Parish and Lake Charles LA Living. I enjoy sharing insight from my 30 years of living in the Lake Charles Community and thought I would highlight some of the attributes  of Southwest Louisiana and Calcasieu Parish.

Lake Charles LA is located within Calcasieu Parish (pronounced KAL-cah-soo) and is just east of the Texas border along Interstate 10.

Lake Charles History

Referred to as  “Cajun Country”  our region is  home to  the culture and history of French ancestors, Zydeco music,  Mardi Gras celebrations, and Louisiana seafood and spicy cooking! New residents to Southwest Louisiana will quickly learn how to peel and eat crawfish!

The Nature  and Parks of SWLA

Cypress trees create a stunning landscape  at the 1,087-acre Sam Houston Jones State Park ,  located at 107 Sutherland Rd., Lake Charles LA.

Sam Houston Jones State Park is just one of the parks in the area residents enjoy.  You can make a half-day or full-day trip here — enjoying the picnic sites and nature trails. Outdoor lovers might overnight at the campground or book a cabin.

Niblett’s Bluff Park (www.niblettsbluffpark.com) is a scenic day park near Vinton, LA. It overlooks the Sabine River and is the former site of the Civil-War era Fort Nibletts. Re-enactments are held periodically.

History’s Treasures

Lake Charles is full of history and fun facts.  Part of the scenic history of Calcasieu Parish are the magnificent  live oak trees found in the Lake Charles city landscape.  A majestic, 400-year-old live oak tree still shades the back yard of the Imperial Calcasieu Museum (www.imperialcalcasieumuseum.org).

This small but excellent museum occupies the site where early settler Charles Sallier built his homestead; Sallier is the man for whom Lake Charles was named.

Downtown Lake Charles is home to  historic courthouses, and growing with the development of the Boardwalk and down-home restaurants.


Vegas Style Gaming

Lake Charles is the home to the Casino resort  L’Auberge Casino Resort (www.ldlcasino.com)  located at 777 Avenue L’Auberge Ave.

A destination unto itself, L’Auberge in Lake Charles, LA  features 24-hour, Las Vegas-style action.   L’Auberge also attracts visitors to its spa, lazy river, shops, Tou Lou Lou’s Beach and Marina, and multiple restaurants.


Regional Events 

Mardi Gras is a big deal in Southwestern Louisiana. Lake Charles’ Mardi Gras, boasting over 50 krewes and is Louisiana’s second largest Mardi Gras. Only New Orleans’ celebration is bigger. Local Mardi Gras events typically include a lighted boat parade, children’s parade, a block party and plenty of King Cake!

The first two weeks of May, a 12-day Contraband Days Pirate Festival remembers the notorious Jean Lafitte and his band of buccaneers.

The story goes that Lafitte and his pirates fled ships on the coast and hid along the waterways of Lake Charles. Legend says their treasure trove of silver and gold is buried somewhere within Lafitte’s favorite hideaway, Contraband Bayou.

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