Lake Charles, LA, USA

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Lake Charles, LA, USA

Lake Charles vacation rentals

Experience the bayou in Lake Charles

For a taste of Louisiana culture, food, and wildlife, check out Lake Charles vacation rentals. Located in the southwest corner of the state, Lake Charles plays host to fascinating animals common in the bayou, such as alligators, armadillos, and over 400 bird species. Families and groups of travelers can explore the natural Lake Charles ecosystem in one of many guided tours, or by simply traveling down part of the 180-mile Creole Nature Trail. The city also boasts a reputation for tasty boudin—a Louisiana culinary favorite—and impressive local museums.

Get the best of Louisiana wildlife in Lake Charles

Lake Charles family activities often involve a healthy dose of nature. To get the full experience of the local wildlife, visit the Creole Nature Trail. The trail is a long stretch of Louisiana landscape that has natural sanctuaries as well as bird watching, hunting and fishing spots. Lake Charles is home to the Nature Trail Adventure Point, an interactive and educational center that is made especially to help kids get ready to experience the trail. Of course, the lake itself offers endless possibilities for picnics, sandcastles, and hiking.

Enjoy the food and history of Lake Charles

Food connoisseurs love Lake Charles, as the city’s restaurants serve boudin, a Cajun sausage made from pork and rice. To sample a wide array of boudin, journey along the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, which is a short day trip from many Lake Charles vacation rentals. After you’ve had your fill, take the whole family to the USS Orleck Naval Museum, one of the most interesting Lake Charles places of interest. At the museum, you can learn about the sailors and ships that fought in the second World War. For a pop of color and spirit, stop by the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu.

Soak up the heat in Lake Charles

Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, southern Louisiana does not experience the same intense heat as the northern region of the state. Lake Charles weather is pleasantly warm in July, and temperatures typically do not go above the mid 90s. Winter temperatures in the area rarely drop below 40 degrees, and the year-round average temperature is mild 68 degrees. Heavy rains help to sustain the unique bayou wildlife and typically level off after the summer months, making October and November good times to visit. However, given the mild weather, there’s never a bad time to reserve Lake Charles vacation rentals.

Lake Charles’ coastal wetlands a hub for beauty and wildlife

Lake Charles is situated on the National Creole Trail, which means it encompasses some of the state’s incredible coastal wetlands. These ecosystems, though challenged by environmental threats, play a large role in protecting the city from tropical storms and providing the necessary nutrients for a diverse wildlife population. Marsh grass covers much of the land and helps keep the wetlands intact. Each year, migratory birds make their home among the marsh grass and wildflowers. Curious families will love a Lake Charles nature drive—you might even spot an alligator.