Even though we are all enjoying this beautiful Spring weather, it’s hard to forget about those high temps just waiting for us this summer – especially when it was in the mid-90’s already today! Here are three museums in Lake Charles to help you beat the heat while having fun! They’re inexpensive and have flexible hours perfect for a spontaneous day out of the house!
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 to 5 & Saturday, 10-3
Prices: Adults: $5; 60+, 17 & under $2
Location: 204 W. Sallier St. Lake Charles, LA 70601
Whether you’re a hardcore history buff or just want something interesting to look at while you soak up that A.C., the Imperial Calcasieu Museum has you covered. Some of my favorite exhibits include their exhibit on the 1910 Lake Charles fire and the John James Audubon’s beautiful Birds of America collection and Quadruped collection. Also, with several complete scenes set up with as they would have looked back in the day, you can see a barber shop, post office, and cabin. It’s like stepping back in time! You will also find the Gibson-Barham Gallery in the museum which displays revolving fine art, cultural exhibits, and even live plays.
2. The Mardi Gras Museum
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 1-5
Prices: Adults: $10; Seniors & Children $5
Location: 809 Kirby Lake Charles, LA 70601 (In the Central School Arts & Humanities Center)
If you need a bit more party in your museum, head over to the Mardi Gras Museum housed in the Central School Arts & Humanities Center. There you can see the largest collection of Mardi Gras costumes in the South spanning many years. From learning about the humble beginnings of Mardi Gras to climbing aboard an actual float, you are sure to let the good times roll all year round!
To learn more and even find out about group rates, check out the Visit Lake Charles website here.
3. The U.S.S. Orleck
Hours: Monday-Friday 10-3 & Saturday 10-4
Prices: Adults (13-59): $10; 6-12 $5; 5 & under: FREE; 60+: $8
Location: 604 N Enterprise Blvd Lake Charles, La 70601
Looking for something a little more rugged? Then step aboard one of the most decorated U.S. Navy ships since World War II, the U.S.S. Orleck. Take a tour and learn all about the workings of a Gearing Class Destroyer while learning about the ships travels and battles. There is an extensive scale model gallery featuring hundreds of planes, ships, and other models – perfect for the kids! They even offer laser tag on board! Check out their website, orleck.org/laser-tag, for more information.
For general information about the ship and museum, including tours and group rates, go to their website orleck.org.
So get out of the house but still stay cool in one of these museums! Leave us a comment below and start a conversation with us about your experiences at these museums or other favorite indoor activities around Southwest Louisiana!