What are the best things to see and do in Lake Charles?

Frank DiCesare

The five best things to do in Lake Charles revolves around golf, music, the arts, and much more.

If you love golf, Lake Charles offers year-round opportunities at Gray Plantation, Mallard Cove, Pine Hills, and Contraband Bayou. These golf courses will challenge all golfers, but are open to everyone.

In May, Lake Charles kicks off the annual Contraband Days, a two-week pirate festival of food, music and fun that celebrates the life of the legendary pirate, Jean Lafitte.

Throughout the year, L'Auberge Casino Resorts offers indoor and outdoor concerts. Past performers included Barenaked Ladies, The Cult, Foreigner, Kenny Loggins, and Cheap Trick. Local acts also perform.

The 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center exhibits the work of world-renowned artists and photographers, and national tours such as Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and
50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic.

J&R Carriage offers horse-drawn carriage rides along the city's waterfront, downtown and historic district areas. These rides are particularly popular during the holiday season where the homes along the city's affluent neighborhood, Shell Beach Drive, are lit up for Christmas.