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Monday, March 24, 2014
*Adapted from www.movoto.com and Mitchel Broussard
Lake Charles mixes small town charm, exciting nightlife and outdoor adventure into a combination that will have you packing before you finish reading this list.
1. This Town Doesn't Stay Down
Lake Charles has been around for centuries, but it's the town that almost wasn't after a devastating fire back in 1910. But these people are made of strong stuff. They rebuilt and bounced right back. Now the city is a booming industrial educational center.
2. Who Needs Vegas When You Have Lake Charles?
With three major casinos in the city (and a fourth opening this year), your gambling itch will be more than satisfied. And we aren't talking truck-stop penny machines.
3. Lake Charles Has ALL The Golf
|Gray Plantation on Louisiana's Audubon Golf Trail|
Southwest Louisiana has a total of five public courses for fulfilling all of your ESPN-fantasy needs. There are also a handful of family putt-putt courses for everyone else.
4. You Can Take A Deep Breath
The Creole Nature Trail, colloquially known as "Louisiana's Outback," is one of the first official scenic byways in the country. The 180-mile driving tour offers fishing, boating, bird watching, and even crabbing. Tours are open year round so the views and wildlife are constantly changing.
5. The Best Snacks You've Never Had
|Jeff Benoit, B&O's Kitchen and Grocery|
This may sound a little off-putting at first, but hear me out: Boudin is made of pork meat, liver, rice, onions, parsley, and seasonings like salt, peppers and garlic powder. It's delicious, and a staple in Lake Charles along the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail. Soon to be one of your favorites.
6. Two Words: Mardi Gras
7. But Don't Worry, Lake Charles Still Has Class...
|Spring Art Walk|
The galleries in Lake Charles are constantly shifting around their art to make sure you're never bored. The Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center showcases exhibits from around the world, and of course local artists' work too.
8. Learn About History
|DeQuincy Railroad Museum|
9. A Pirate's Life For Lake Charles
10. You Can Still See Men In Tights Here
The Lake Charles Civic Ballet is just what the doctor ordered for those looking for a night of high culture in southern Louisiana: The classical music (by the Lake Charles Symphony), the ridiculous costumes-they even put on a ballet version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" last December.
11. You'll See A Larger-Than-Life Relic Of US History
The USS Orleck had her glory days back in the 1800s and served in Vietnam and Korea, but nowadays she's a constant reminder in the Calcasieu River of the dedication of the armed forces. The ship also turns into a haunted ghost ship every Halloween, which is pretty much about as terrifying as it sounds.
12. This City Will Have You Dancing All Night
13. It's Even Produced A Few Famous Musicians
|Joshua Ledet at the Burton Complex|
14. The Grocery Stores Aren't Like Yours
See a wide range of Louisiana-grown rice available to the public, an assortment of hot sauces, the roux section, and a variety of different meat and seafood sold. Local grocers stuff chicken and pork chops with boudin, sausage and other tasty delicacies.
Lake Charles also has a glowing admiration for farmers and all of the fruit, veggies, jams, spices, soaps, and other goodies they make. The city hosts two farmers markets that run weekly for most of the year, where you can find what you need and discover stuff you didn't even know you wanted.
15. Lake Charles Throws The Rule Book Out The Window
Labels: Arts, ballet, Boudin, cajun, casinos, Creole Nature Trail, Farmers Market, Galleries, Garden District, golf, History, Mardi Gras, music, USS Orleck
Location: Lake Charles, LA, USA