When you make a list of all the unique things Louisiana has to offer visitors, you quickly see the long-lasting influences of our French, Spanish and African ancestry. Our past is well-preserved in our architecture, music, food and lifestyles—which include our amazing festivals—and of course in our museums of history and fine arts.
It is not an accident that Louisiana clings to the phrase "Laissez les bons temps rouler," meaning "Let the good times roll". Let yourself get lost in the traditions passed down through generations. Come visit us during Mardi Gras when costumed riders parade and magnificent balls are thrown from New Orleans and Baton Rouge to Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Shreveport and beyond. Peek back across the centuries, as you walk under lavish ironwork and through the lush courtyard gardens of a meticulous French Quarter hotel. Touch history with a tour of a plantation where the daily activities of the past are recreated. Let nature's mysteries inspire and awe you via a boat tour through a cypress studded bayou.
Here, in Louisiana, history and lore don't merely live in books on a shelf; they're reflected in our everyday lives.
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.