Lake CharlesUnited States of America

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Enjoy mouth-watering cuisine, foot-tapping music and summer festivals in this city in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun country.

Lake Charles is located in the heart of Louisiana’s Acadiana region, also known as “Cajun Country.” The city embraces its heritage with mouth-watering Cajun cuisine and upbeat music on nearly every street corner.

Lake Charles hosts more than 75 annual festivals. Contraband Days is one of the most popular and attracts more than 200,000 visitors. Held over 12 days in May, the celebrations feature Cajun food, live entertainment and music. Mardi Gras festivities also draw huge crowds each year.

Sample a traditional treat such as boudin (sausage) or gumbo, a type of stew served over rice in restaurants in downtown Lake Charles. Visit a bar or club to hear zydeco, a blend of Cajun music, rhythm and blues.

L’Auberge du Lac is a casino resort with a 26-story hotel, 18-hole golf course and a spa. Browse shops and then stop for a meal at an array of international restaurants. Check out the activity on the casino floor or spend time lounging by the pool.

Discover the history of Lake Charles and its surrounding five parishes at Imperial Calcasieu Museum. The space also houses an art gallery. Behind the museum, enjoy a picnic under the shade of the 375-year-old Sallier Oak.

Explore the lake and surrounding swamplands through parks and along the area’s many trails. Wander between swampy lakes and past cypress trees at Sam Houston Jones State Park. Enjoy views of the lake at Bord du Lac Park or North Beach.

Lake Charles is one of the most humid cities in the country. While the weather is comfortably warm for most of the year, temperatures soar during summer months. Go swimming in the lake to cool off in summer.

Interstate 10 connects Lake Charles to Houston in the west and New Orleans in the east. It’s a 2-hour drive to Houston and a 3-hour trip to New Orleans. Lake Charles Regional Airport, located south of the city, offers flights to Dallas and Houston. The easiest way to get around is by rental car.

Top Hotels in Lake Charles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Golden Nugget Lake Charles
Golden Nugget Lake Charles
4 out of 5
2550 Golden Nugget Blvd, Lake Charles, LA
$110
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Situated in Lake Charles, this beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Country Club at Golden Nugget and Prien Lake Park. Lafleur Beach and Prien Lake Mall ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,801 reviews)

"The rooms could’ve been cleaner.... Upon our arrival we had to switch rooms because the first room was dirty"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Golden Nugget Lake Charles
L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
4 out of 5
777 Avenue L'Auberge, Lake Charles, LA
$102
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Situated on the waterfront, this spa resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Prien Lake Mall, The Country Club at Golden Nugget, and Prien Lake Park. Lafleur Beach and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,591 reviews)

"I asked for balloons to be delivered to the room before my arrival and the Florist did a great job of making that happen! I really appreciate that. The massage by Beckah and Lacey was also one of the BEST that I have ever had!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
Inn at the Isle of Capri Lake Charles
Inn at the Isle of Capri Lake Charles
3.5 out of 5
100 Westlake Avenue, Westlake, LA
$69
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

Situated in Westlake, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lake Charles Civic Center, and Children's Museum Lake ...

3.4/5 (1,161 reviews)

"It was located close to the casino. There was ample parking as well."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Inn at the Isle of Capri Lake Charles

Popular things to do in Lake Charles

Golden Nugget
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Golden Nugget

4.5/5(465 reviews)

Why not try your luck with a visit to Golden Nugget where you can enjoy the entertainment at this popular casino in Lake Charles? Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

North Beach Interstate 10
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North Beach Interstate 10

4/5(259 reviews)

Dip your toes into the water of Lake Charles, spot alligators, enjoy pretty sunsets and watch yacht races at this urban beach. 

Prien Lake Park
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Prien Lake Park

4.5/5(64 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Prien Lake Park, a lovely green space in Lake Charles. Stroll along the lakeside in this relaxing area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Lake Charles

Operation city Quest of Louisiana
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Operation city Quest of Louisiana

$10
Per adult
Tour Historic Vermilionville
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Tour Historic Vermilionville

$10
Per adult
Baton Rouge Puzzling Adventure
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Baton Rouge Puzzling Adventure

$4
Per adult

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