When I walked up to the front porch and through the doors of the new Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, I was immediately beneath an oak with Spanish moss nearly dripping on my head. I heard the chirps and quacks from the birds and waterfowl in the marsh and bayou settings. I got a bird’s-eye view of the environment, and it made me realize how special the ecosystem where we live is for the birds and wildlife as well as our people.
The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road gives visitors the opportunity to experience the culture in southwest Louisiana, along with the coastal marshland, Gulf Coast beaches and wildlife found here. Adventure Point is a state-of-the-art interpretive center that is a perfect spot to begin your journey along the Creole Nature Trail.
You can jump on stage and play Cajun and zydeco instruments. There is an exhibit on Cajun Country food, where you can smell the filé, “holy trinity” (bell pepper, onions and celery), butter and cayenne pepper. You hear the sound of propane powering the crawfish pot as you learn about crawfish and rice farming on the fertile prairies. There is even an underwater exhibit showcasing the marine life in the Gulf of Mexico.
When my children visited, their favorite part was the hands-on crabbing experience where they were able to practice pulling up crab nets filled with our famous Louisiana blue crabs. My son Banks also loved using the binoculars and trying on the duck hunting gear for a photo opportunity.
There is even a shrimp boat outside that kids can climb aboard.
Professional adventure guides are also able to educate visitors on the best places to spot alligators, view migrating birds and enjoy the natural beauty and culture of our area.
With the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita coming this year, opening the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point in April was significant.
Come take a look for yourself. Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point is located at 2740 Ruth St. in Sulphur, which is near the intersection of La. Hwy. 1256 and Arena Road and is just south of the Sulphur/Creole Nature Trail exit on Interstate 10.
Make sure you download the free Creole Nature Trail smartphone app, now available in six languages. Find more information at VisitLakeCharles.org/AdventurePoint.