When Daniel called me and said he had a week long business trip in Lake Charles coming up I internally groaned. Then he said, “since the kids are out of school why don’t you come with me?” Cue inner retracting of previous pettiness and enter happy wife happy life territory. Okay, I kid, I truly actually never get mad at him for going on his business trips but the week long ones suck because we miss him. So, off to Lake Charles we went.
We stayed at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles and it was so much fun. I was a little worried about how we would fare with three kids at a casino all week - especially because Daniel actually was there for work and was gone from 7:00 am - 5:30 pm each day. Surprisingly though, this place had a little something for everybody. The kids were absolutely in love with the different pools on the property. So much so that Amelia has asked if she can have her 5th birthday party there, so there’s that. I liked that it had areas that were safe enough that Amelia could prance around in the pool while I sat with Atticus in the shade.
The room itself was really nice as well so it made those down times when we weren’t exploring really nice a relaxing. It had a nice sectional couch and ottoman, as well as a little dining table. I think all of our favorite part was the massive tub though. Keep scrolling to see some great things to check out if you’re traveling to Lake Charles with kids.
Kid Friendly Activities
One The Golden Nugget Pool: Or should I say pools, as in plural. There really is no beating this escape from ordinary pool land. There is a regular-ish pool, that has a beach like walk in minus the sand. It also has awesome lounge beds along the side of it that the girls loved. There is a lazy river, and another smaller pool that has a build in slide. There is also a big ol hot tub.
TWO Crabbing on the Creole Nature Trail: If you are traveling to Lake Charles in May-September, the Creole Nature Trail is a must! It’s a great opportunity to get away from technology and learn a fun new skill. Sure, they might not go crabbing in their day-to-day life, but they’ll never forget the experience. PS - There are also a lot of other cool things to do on the CNT, be sure to check out their website before heading out.
THREE Millennium Park: This park is basically a kids dream. It’s a giant wooden pirate ship that also happens to have a rock climbing wall, a tree house, bridges, tunnels, and a lot more. For littler ones, there is a soft toddler area, and for parents it’s a relaxing area to hang out while the kids play thanks to it being situated right on Lake Charles.
FOUR Festivals: If you’re traveling to Lake Charles just for pleasure try to plan out your trip around some of their really cool festivals. They typically have at least one a month, but some months they have up to five or six. Everything from Mardi Gras themed festivals to the Iowa Rabbit Festival to the Mistletoe & Moss Holiday Market - and a whole lot of other great ones in between. Check out the link I shared to see their for yearly calendar.
FIVE Crying Eagle Brewing Company: Okay, okay, okay, stop looking at me like that. Yes, I really did just suggest a brewery as a kid friendly activity. We didn’t go here during this trip with the kids because we hadn’t discovered it yet. Shortly after when we took a couples weekend in Lake Charles, we found this gem and I made a mental note to add it to this blog post. We initially found this place when we were looking to kill about an hour of time waiting for some friends, and instead ended up having so much fun we stayed for for most of the evening. They have a great selection of drinks for adults, but they also have a bistro with truly delicious food (including a kids menu), and a whooollle selection of games. I saw several families on their outdoor patio area playing with their kids and dogs (yes it’s pet friendly as well). It’s really a great time for everyone.
Where to Eat
ONE The Golden Nugget Buffet: Admittedly this isn’t the most affordable option, especially when feeding an entire family, but I think it’s worth it to go at least once during your trip. They have a great selection of all kinds of foods and desserts and my kids went berserk over the cotton candy machine.
TWO Steamboat Bills: This is one of Daniel and I’s favorite places to go in Lake Charles, and we’ve even been know to drive the hour and a half just to have dinner there on occasion. It’s casual, delicious, and a fun experience thanks to great staff and fun decor. Be warned, it’s best to go early because locals know it’s the place to be and it will have a line out the door at dinner time. That being said, the staff does an amazing job of making sure your wait isn’t outrageous even if you do come late.
THREE Luna Bar & Grill: Now, you might think that because I’ve listed this gem as third, that it’s my third favorite, but you’d be wrong. One night we were wanting to get out of the hotel a bit and perused Yelp to help us out. We unknowingly found one of my new favorite spots. Luna Bar & Grill has such a cool vibe to it. Don’t be deterred by the ‘bar’ in the title, if you go during lunch or dinner time it’s completely family friendly. I haven’t gone any other time so I can’t vouch for anything past that. The food is amazing, like even the kids meals were so good and not just some frozen chicken nuggets thrown in the fryer. The walls are lined with hundreds of amazing posters highlighting the greats in music and the building itself is super cool. It’s a must for me in Lake Charles.
Lake Charles was an unexpected treat for our last trip of the summer. It’s people, Cajun culture, beautiful homes and lake views, food, and fun were all a pleasant surprise and one we won’t soon forget. We definitely recommend adding it to your bucket list.