Abundant natural beauty and a plethora of activities are the ingredients for an outdoor paradise. Louisiana's many state parks and recreational sites offer campers the perfect way to interact with Louisiana's natural beauty. Whether you are looking for the ideal spot along that lovely stream to set up camp, or you prefer the comfort of a cozy cabin with all the amenities, you'll find plenty of options. You'll find many excellent RV parks as well. For daytime activities, take your pick of hiking, biking, boating, fishing, canoeing, birding, swimming or many other choices. Louisiana campgrounds offer fun for the whole family.
To the west of Lake Charles, Sulphur is a strong family-oriented community with a host of events occurring each year. If you happen to be driving through Sulphur near the beginning of December, you might see snowflakes during the Christmas Under the Oaks Festival located at the Brimstone Museum Complex including a holiday house, live music, Louisiana’s only balloon parade and carnival rides. The area is also home to one of the oldest fairs in the state, the Cal-Cam Fair, which celebrates the cultures of Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes each October. Sulphur is brimming with youth sports each summer, and you can literally hear cheering fans in the air while splashing in the outdoor water park. The city is known as the gateway to the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road with the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge just down the road a ways from the Henning Cultural Center, featuring rotating exhibits.