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Lake Charles is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, located on Lake Charles, Prien Lake, and the Calcasieu River. Founded in 1861 in Calcasieu Parish, it is a major industrial, cultural, and educational center in the southwest region of the state.

It is considered a regionally significant center of petrochemical refining, gaming, tourism, and education, being home to McNeese State University and Sowela Technical Community College. Because of the lakes and waterways throughout the city, metropolitan Lake Charles is often referred to as the Lake Area.

Lake Charles is a thriving destination that caters to many different tastes from glitzy casinos and the quiet greens of award-winning golf courses to hunting and fishing adventures and over 75 festivals, ranging from the area’s family-friendly Mardi Gras to the Louisiana Pirate Festival!

Performing arts are alive in Lake Charles, LA, with theatre and musical groups, including the Lake Charles Symphony. There are five diverse museums, one of which houses the largest display of Mardi Gras costumes in the world, in addition to charming galleries rich with art.

Taste world-famous Cajun and Creole cuisine or a drive along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road—teeming with wildlife, including alligators, birds and three wildlife refuges! Visitors can also stroll through the Charpentier Historic District with lead crystal glass glittering in the lamplight. Topping it off, nightlife is hot with headlining entertainment and excellent amenities at the area’s casino resorts. Are You Game?