Located just off of I-10 in southern Louisiana, is the Creole Nature Trail’s Adventure Point. This fun and unique stop is actually a satellite office for the Lake Charles convention and visitor’s bureau, and offers the same services you will find in other visitor’s centers, but with a family friendly twist that is sure to appeal to the entire carload. The Creole Adventure Point is a museum, educational center, and informational source all in one!
The Creole Adventure Point visitor’s center is very family friendly and a super stop if you are curious about the Cajun lifestyle, what ‘Creole’ actually means/stands for, and want a fun experience while finding out!
In the Creole Adventure Point center, you will find several stations where you can learn about southern wildlife and recreation.
There are several hands-on activities for the kids, and beautiful displays that are sure to interest adults as well! Did you know that almost 1/3 of the seafood eaten in the US comes from Louisiana?
This visitor’s center is new, and the exhibits are interesting and tasteful, as well as being appealing to the kids.
Caleb found the duck hunting exhibit, where he could dress up in camo, set up his decoys, and even shoulder a shotgun and take aim, and he stayed there pretty much the whole time we were exploring the center!
The southwest Louisiana Music interactive display was a favorite for a few of the kids. Here we learned about the difference between Cajun and Zydeco music. In fact, we loved it so much, and every one of the younger kids had to try every one of the instruments, that I felt sorry for the staff. I sure hope that they LOVE Cajun and Zydeco tunes! 😉
The Creole Adventure Point has a fun little gift shop, clean restrooms, and is THE place to begin your drive along the Creole Nature Trail All American Road, which is a 180 mile scenic byway, also known as the Louisiana Outback. (post on the Nature Trail to come 😉 ).
The parking area at the Creole Adventure Point visitor’s center is not big rig friendly, but there are nearby fueling stations with room to park your rig. The visitor’s center is free, and is open and staffed from 8:30 to 5:30 Monday through Friday, and 8:30 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday. Because the location is staffed by locals, it’s a great chance to find out where the best places to visit and eat are in the area!
You can learn more about visiting the Creole Adventure Point (as well as the Creole Nature Trail) by hopping over to the VisitLakeCharles.org website.
The Creole Adventure Point, along with Gator Chateau in nearby Jennings, LA are the best in fun, free, and interesting stops on our roadtrip to/through southern Louisiana!