A Taste of Louisiana: Calcasieu Parish
On the western edge of Cajun Country along the Texas border lies Calcasieu Parish. You will find many reasons to stay and explore as this area abounds with historical sites, outdoor adventures, shopping and entertainment experiences.
To explore the history of Lake Charles, visit the historic Charpentier District, which offers nearly 20 blocks of antique Victorian-era homes, historical cemeteries and museums. The Imperial Calcasieu Museum offers an extensive historical collection and art gallery. At the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu you can view the largest collection of Mardi Gras costumes in the world and even climb upon a float.
Downtown Lake Charles offers several unique dining experiences. At Luna Bar & Grill on Ryan Street, you will enjoy extraordinary foods that will satisfy any palate. From sandwiches with California/Cajun, "Cali-ana," twist to a wide array of salads, appetizers, and unique entrees you will have an "out of this world" dining experience.
Along Lakeshore Drive, you will find the seafood sensation Steamboat Bill's. With a menu to satisfy any envie, Steamboat Bill's truly highlights the best seafood Louisiana has to offer. With a story as rich as their gumbo, travelers will be satisfied in their search for Louisiana cuisine and culture.
With fall approaching, the temperatures start dropping, so it is a great time to be outdoors.
Throughout the parish miles of rivers, streams, and lakes offer excellent fishing, boating, and swimming facilities. Two inland sandy beaches, one located on Lake Charles and the other located on Lake Prien, provide leisure opportunities for families.
Visit the gorgeous landscape of Sam Houston Jones State Park. The park is abundant in natural opportunities for hiking, fishing, and camping on the 1,220 acres on the West Fork of the Calcasieu River. There are ducks and deer to keep you entertained and amazed. You can choose to "rough it" in a tent or take advantage of the cabins.
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the Creole Nature Trail. The All-American Road is a 180 mile walking and driving tour. It stretches through wetlands, prairies, and lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. It has been called "Louisiana's Outback" for its plentiful wildlife and untamed beauty.
So, whatever your passion, you will find a reason to stay and play.