Lake Charles Things to Do

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    Veterans Memorials

    by Basaic Written Apr 18, 2014
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    There are some very nice veterans memorials in the park by the lake also. They have special ones for Vietnam Vets and also for Women Veterans. I feel it is important to remember the sacrifices made by our veterans in support of our freedom and way of life.

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    The Lake and Lake Park

    by Basaic Written Apr 18, 2014
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    Lake Charles has maintained some land around the lake to establish a park with a nice Lakewalk so you can walk around the lake, watch the wildlife it attracts and relax and enjoy the day. Lake Charles is quite pretty. There are fishing piers here too.

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    Gator Statues

    by Basaic Written Apr 18, 2014
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    A number of towns and cities adopt a symbol to represent their towns and then put up decorated statues around town. The symbol here in Lake Charles is the alligator and you will find some neat statues of them around the downtown area. Do not let their aggressive appearance scare you, as far as I know no one has been attacked by these gators yet.

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    Southwest Louisiana Welcome Center

    by Basaic Written Apr 12, 2014
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    The Southwest Louisiana Welcome Center is the best place to start your visit in Lake Charles. The friendly staff here can provide you with maps and brochures of atrractions, hotels, restaurants, etc in Lake Charles and throughout the area to help you get the most enjoyment out of your visit. They have Internet access available, a picnic area, room for the kids to run off some energy, a pond with alligators, and nice view of the lake and river.

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    Sallier Oak

    by Basaic Written Apr 12, 2014
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    Also on the property of the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, which is located on land formerly belonging to one of the early settlers, Charles Sallier, is the Sallier Oak which is believed to be almost 400 years old.

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    Imperial Calcasieu Museum Surprise Baskets

    by Basaic Written Apr 12, 2014
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    One of the more interesting, and unique displays in the museum was a surprise basket. These are similar in concept to nesting dolls; but they are woven as baskets and as you open one you see another as they get smaller and smaller. Usually there is something inside the last one (like a doll or something). These were made mostly by slaves and are said to be rather rare.

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    Imperial Calcasieu Museum

    by Basaic Written Apr 12, 2014
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    The area called Imperial Calcasieu once covered a large area of Southwest Louisiana. Lake Charkles was long one of the leading towns in the area. Today the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, located in Lake Charles, preserves the story of the 5 counties of Calcasieu, Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, and Jeff Davis. The museum has some nice sculptures outside and well-done, interesting historical displays inside. The early history involved pirates, swindlers, and various people of questionable reputation and also many good people. In addition to the historical displays the museums also encouraghes local artists and serves to display art from, and related to, the region. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors.

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    Art

    by Basaic Written Apr 12, 2014
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    Also located in the old Central High School is the Central School Arts and Humanities Center. There are some nice examples of art on the walls inside the building. This is home for the arts council and they support all types of art from paintings, to sculpture, to plays and more.

    I found the separate entrances to the school for boys and girls kinda interesting.

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    Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Museum

    by Basaic Written Apr 12, 2014
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    The Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Museum houses the largest collection of Mardi Gras costumes in the world. It is located in the old Central High School in what is now the Central School Arts and Humanities Center. The highly original and colorful costumes are well displayed down the hallways of the former school. Hours for the museum are 1 PM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors. This is in the historic Charpentier District so you can see some neat architecture too.

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    911 Memorial

    by Basaic Written Apr 11, 2014
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    There is a very touching 911 Memorial by the lake along the boardwalk dedicated to the people who died that day in general, and the two from Lake Charles in particular. The memorial includes girders from the World Trade Center, a piece of granite from the Pentagon and a very nice mosaic with over 3000 pieces of colored glass, one for each victim.

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    Lake Charles Historic District

    by Basaic Updated Apr 11, 2014
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    Lake Charles has a nice historic district with several buildings of historic and/or architectural interest. It would have many more if they had not been destroyed in the 1910 fire. Lake Charles has a couple of districts and 11 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The main picture here is the old city hall from 1911, which is quite beautiful and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Lake Charles Children's Museum

    by Basaic Written Apr 11, 2014
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    The Lake Charles Children's Museum has a variety of multi-media, hands-on displays and activities to occupy young minds and help them learn. Features science, art and role-playing. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday. Admission is $7.50 for kids and adults; $6.50 for active duty military and their dependents; $5.75 for seniors (55 and up) and free for toddlers 23 months and under.

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    Charpentier Historic District

    by Basaic Written Apr 11, 2014
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    The Charpentier Historic District consists of 40 square blocks of fine Victorian style architecture with a distinct Southern Handyman influence. This is one of the best, and most unique, concentrations of this style of architecture in the country. Great place to take a relaxing drive. Stop at the welcome center (1205 N. Lakeshore Drive) first to pick up a map of the area. Many of the homes were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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    Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish

    by Basaic Written Mar 28, 2014
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    Lake Charles is a decent sized city of just under 74,000 (up 2% since 2000) located along Interstate 10 in Calcasieu Parish in Southwest Louisiana. It is also on the shore of a couple of lakes (including Lake Charles that lead to Calcasieu Lake. Lake Charles has a few good schools of hogher learning, is active in petrochemical processing and a decent tourist destination. The town started in 1861 and has a colorful past that includes pirates, swindlers, thieves and some "good" folk. It was originally known as Charleston but changed the name shortly afterwards. Mich of the downtown area was destroyed in 1910 by a huge fire. Lake Charles is the parish seat of Calcasieu Parish. Calcasieu Parish was established in 1840 and had several seats before Lake Charles was chosen. Calcasieu is an Atakapan word meaning "Crying Eagle".The Calcasieu Parish Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Alligator and heron watching

    by mrclay2000 Written Dec 27, 2004

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    The lowlands and bayous surrounding Lake Charles along the Creole Scenic Byway are full of egrets, herons and alligators. Fishermen and fishing boats by the dozen normally cram every waterway searching for crawdads, bass and other tasty critters. The farther south you go the more salt water you get from the Gulf of Mexico. Somewhere in between is a rough boundary of differing plant and animal life.

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