Sightseeing in Lake Charles

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The hands-on, participatory Children’s Museum of Acadiana entertains children aged 2 to 12 while boosting their understanding of art, human development, and cultural awareness. The Bubble Factory exhibit engulfs children in a life-sized bubble while they concoct massive bubbles of their own. Stuffee teaches future surgeons the proper placement and usage of internal organs without the use of tiny tweezers and an electric buzzer. Children stage their own TV newscast at the Le TV des Enfants exhibit, where they learn the ins and outs of being a camera operator, meteorologist, or a newscaster.

201 E Congress St
Lafayette,
LA
US

Shadows-on-the-Teche's curators share the legacy of the iconic structures and inhabitants of an antebellum 19th-century sugar cane plantation that helped shape the surrounding region. Trained guides draw upon more than 17,000 documents, photographs, and talking parrots to paint fascinating pictures of the enduring structure. A brilliantly recreated picket fence stands as a small-scale preview to the towering columns that brace a structure packed with a variety of artifacts, many of which are original to the home. The plantation is a National Trust Historic Site, and the tour contains extensive information on the Weeks family, the home's influential original owners.

317 E Main St
New Iberia,
LA
US

In 2010, two neighbors ? Troy Smith and Ryan Baird ? sat around sipping their favorite beverages when a startling idea occurred to them; maybe they could make better drinks. Taking inspiration from their great state's history, they founded Yellow Rose Distilling

before the year was out, but took two years to perfect their recipes and navigate legal waters before opening their distillery in Houston. Their carefully crafted drinks have drawn attention; they recently took home a Best in Class Award at the American Distilling Institute for their Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon, and their Straight Rye Whiskey earned the Double Gold at San Francisco Artisan Spirits. They invite visitors to come tour their facilities, taste their creations, and help them come closer to upgrading the distillery with a new tasting room.

1224 Post Oak Drive
Orange,
TX
US

As the star of CMT's Gator 911, Gary Suarage knows a thing or two about handling gators?the show documents Gary and his team's efforts to rescue gators from strange places and transport them to refuge. But to admire Gary's work, you don't have to watch it on TV or read an gator's grateful memoir. Instead, you can visit Gator Country, Gary's 15-acre reservation in Beaumont populated by crocodiles, snakes, and?of course?gators. Here, visitors get up-close and personal with some of the world's most intimidating reptiles while feeding them, snapping pictures, and learning about them during educational shows. For the bravest guests, Gator Country even offers a swimming-with-gators experience, during which the gator's mouth is taped shut, making it safe to divulge your secrets in its ear.

21159 FM 365 Rd.
Beaumont,
TX
US

With two near-death experiences, several haunted residences, and an adolescence spent guiding informal ghost tours under her belt, Haunted Houston Tours? founder Kasey Clark is a self-professed ghost magnet. After a lackluster ghost-tour experience sparked an eerie ambition in Kasey?s heart, she dedicated her life to chasing ghosts. She refused to construct tours that relied on theatrical fabrications of most ghost tours. Instead, she founded Haunted Houston to explore the rich history of spooky, well-documented hauntings.

Kasey and her team of engaging guides?who boast more than 200 years of combined experience and study of the paranormal?lead well-researched tours and immersive ghost hunts based on historical facts that engage even the most devout skeptics. They shuffle off to Old Town Spring almost every night, creeping through haunted streets and graveyard paths while investigating stories of death, murder, disease, war, and cookie theft.

847 Saint John Street
Lafayette,
LA
US