CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAULAKE CHARLES | SULPHUR | WESTLAKE
DEQUINCY | VINTON | IOWA
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Lake Charles / Southwest Louisiana
Want to feel comfortable,
surrounded by southern smiles
and Warm hospitality?CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAULAKE CHARLES | SULPHUR | WESTLAKE
DEQUINCY | VINTON | IOWA
... eat world-famous Cajun and Creole cuisine?
... soak in authentic Cajun French music?
... have your event be the best ever?
then, bring your group to lake charles/southwest louisiana!
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is a thriving destination
that caters to many tastes from glitzy casinos to the quiet
greens of award-winning golf courses to hunting and fishing
adventures and festivals. The casinos, Delta Downs Racetrack
Casino & Hotel, Isle of Capri Casino Hotel and LAuberge du Lac
Casino Resort include luxurious accommodations, succulent
cuisine and top name entertainment.
The arts community has exhibits year round, and five museums
add to the charm and rich history of Southwest Louisiana.
While you are here, be sure to take a taste of the world-famous
Cajun and Creole cuisine. Oh, and dont forget to pull out your
binoculars to see if you can catch a glimpse of the King of
the Marsh, the American alligator, along the Creole Nature
Trail All-American Road. Whatever your interest, shopping,
cultural adventures or culinary delights, you are sure to find
it in Southwest Louisiana.
The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau does not independently verify information provided by its partners and does not warrant the quality or reputation of the services or products offered by them. This book is current as of September 2010.
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From golf greens and spas to horseracing and island time getaways, youwillfallinlovewiththevarietyofcasinovenuesinLakeCharles/SouthwestLouisiana. And if that wasnt enough, behold the culture and beauty ofSouthwestLouisianasgalleries,museums,historicdistrictsandeverythingelseinbetween.
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THE PLEASURE IS ALL HOURS
HISTORIC DISTRICTSCALCASIEU HISTORICAL PRESERVATION SOCIETYStop by the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive, for a brochure or information on carriage rides. CHARPENTIER HISTORIC DISTRICTCovering 40 blocks of downtown Lake Charles and on the National Register of Historic Places, you can step back in time with a self-guided walking or driving tour of one of the finest collections of Victorian architecture in Louisiana, dating from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
DEQUINCY HISTORIC DISTRICTJourney through the area once known as the Turpentine Capital of Louisiana and tour beautiful and historically significant buildings. Contact the DeQuincy Railroad Museum at (337) 786-2823 for more information.
MARGARET PLACE SHELL BEACH DRIVELocated along the southeastern side of the lake in Lake Charles. A trip down Shell Beach Drive will give visitors a view of some of the most luxurious homes in the area.
SULPHUR HISTORIC DISTRICTIn downtown Sulphur, near the Brimstone Museum and Henning Cultural Center, there are sites of interest, private historic homes and shops. For a City of Sulphur Driving Tour brochure, contact the Henning Cultural Center at (337) 527-0357.
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL LIBRARY411 Pujo St., Lake Charles (337) 721-7110 Mon. Fri., 9 a.m. 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
Housed in the historic Carnegie Memorial Library building, this collection boasts a friendly staff to assist with serious researchers or novices in tracing family history. Available resources include books, microfilm and databases with U.S. census records.
911 MEMORIALMemorial honoring two local men killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. There is a piece of granite from the Pentagon honoring Kevin Yokum and a steel girder from the World Trade Center honoring L. Russell Keene II. Features 3,000 pieces of colored glass representing those lost. Designed by local middle school students.
LAkEfRONT PROMENADE Back and better than ever, the Lakefront Promenade boasts a newly renovated cobblestone path along the lake complete with custom lighting and seating. At the entrance of the Promenade, visitors can admire the Louisiana Landing Fountain, featuring a one-of-a-kind bronze geese sculpture.Conveniently located behind the Lake Charles Civic Center, it is walking distance from Millennium Park, Bord du Lac Marina and the PPG Sprayground.
MILLENNIUM STATUE15 ft. bronze statue of Jesus Christ. Stands 23 ft. tall over the resting places of Lake Charles earliest and most famous settlers.
VETERANS MEMORIAL PARkLocated along the boardwalk by the Lake Charles Civic Center, this park displays the five branches of the Armed Forces with engraved bricks representing the men and women who have served since WWI. Famous WWII Patton Tank and UH-1 Huey Helicopter on display.
NIBLETTS BLUff PARkAt the end of Nibletts Bluff Rd. off of Highway 109/Exit 4 in Vinton (337) 589-7117 Daily, 10 a.m. 8 p.m.
History of the bluff dates back over two hundred years. One of the more significant events was during the Civil War when Nibletts Bluff became an Encampment. Among all this history is excellent fishing, camping, bird-watching and hiking opportunities.
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PLACES OF INTEREST
DELTA DOWNS RACETRACk CASINO & HOTELI-10, Exit 4 or 7 North
2717 Delta Downs Dr., Vinton, (800) 589-7441
ISLE Of CAPRI CASINO HOTELI-10, Exit 27
100 Westlake Ave., Westlake, (877) ISLE ONE
LAUBERGE DU LAC CASINO RESORTI-210, Exit 4 at Nelson Road
777 Avenue LAuberge, Lake Charles, (866) 580-7444
CHILDRENS MUSEUM327 Broad St., (337) 433-9420 Mon. Sat., 10 a.m. 5 p.m. www.swlakids.org
Offers three floors of hands-on, educational exhibits in a family atmosphere. Features many exhibits including a television studio, shopping market, toddler area and several science exhibits.
IMPERIAL CALCASIEU MUSEUM204 W. Sallier St., (337) 439-3797 Tues. Sat., 10 a.m. 5 p.m. www.imperialcalcasieumuseum.org
Historical collection of artifacts and memorabilia depicting life in the Old Imperial Calcasieu region. Also home to the Gibson-Barham Fine Art Gallery, featuring contemporary and traditional visual artists and master craftsmen, and the 375 year old Sallier Oak.
MARDI GRAS MUSEUM Of IMPERIAL CALCASIEU 809 Kirby St., (337) 430-0043 Tues. Fri., 1 5 p.m. www.swlamardigras.com
Largest Mardi Gras costume display in the world, history of Mardi Gras and king cakes, costume design, parade float to climb aboard and exciting animatronic displays.
BRIMSTONE MUSEUM COMPLEX900 S. Huntington, (337) 527-0357 Mon. Fri., 10 a.m. noon & 1 5 p.m.; Sat. 1 2 p.m. www.brimstonemuseum.org
The museum is open for tourist information. Also, visit the Henning Cultural Center next door with rotating exhibits.
DEQUINCY RAILROAD MUSEUM400 Lake Charles Ave., (337) 786-2823 Mon. Sat., 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
Original townsite in 1895 at the intersection of two major railroads. 1913 steam locomotive, passenger car, a caboose and other railroad artifacts are on display.