Come by the visitors' center and have a cup of coffee, check your e-mail and find out what's going on in the area. As a snap shot, we have great... 1. Festivals: from Mardi Gras and our Contraband Days Pirate Festival to Cajun celebrations in the summer and a parish-wide Christmas Festival to top off the year. Cajun food & music is served up with a Southern smile. Bring the whole family to celebrate with us. 2. Outdoor Recreation: Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, alligators, wildlife refuges, legendary hunting & fishing, birding, shelling, crabbing, Sam Houston Jones State Park, Niblett's Bluff in Vinton and more! 3. Casinos: Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel, the Isle of Capri Hotel & Casino and L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort. Check their entertainment & amenities: http://www.deltadowns.com/, http://www.isleofcapricasinos.com/ http://www.goldennugget.com/lakecharles/, & http://www.ldlcasino.com/. 4. Cajun Cooking & Music: On the Seafood Sensations section of Louisiana's Culinary Trails, you'll enjoy our steaming pots of jambalaya, gumbo, shrimp etouffee and more. Top it off with a big slice of pecan pie! Yumm! Dance off calories with our Cajun music. Come visit us. Check http://www.visitlakecharles.org/ for the latest selection of accommodations.