FAM Tours

FAM 1: Majestic, Flavorful Southern Romance
Enjoy the enchanting view of lush, live oak trees adorning Lake Charles’ historic neighborhoods including Shell Beach Drive, the epitome of Southern romance along the shores of Lake Charles. Decades of history all wrapped into one, Central School is brimming with culture and intricately decorated regalia worn by Mardi Gras Royalty. A tradition for many, the Mardi Gras king cake is a delicious treat that everyone will be able to enjoy along with a tasting of some of the delicious brews created by Crying Eagle Brewery, Lake Charles’ premier brewery named for the Attakapas’ Indian word “Calcasieu” or – Crying Eagle.

FAM 2: Western Trails & Rails
This FAM will head West for a tour of the brand-new Vinton Welcome Center. While on the west side of the parish we will do a quick boudin stop to taste Southwest Louisiana’s favorite finger food. Next, we will head over to DeQuincy to visit the Railroad Museum. Housed in the 1923 Kansas City Southern Depot, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum has on display a large and varied collection of railroad memorabilia, including a restored 1913 steam locomotive, a 1947 passenger coach, and two vintage cabooses. Last stop on this train will be the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point where we will briefly acquaint you with what you could experience out on the trail.

FAM 3: Explore Historic Southwest Louisiana
Enjoy a step back in time with a tour of the Charpentier Historic District, 40 blocks in downtown Lake Charles on the National Register of Historic Places, and the amazing Shell Beach Drive. This tour will stop at 1911 City Hall Arts & Cultural Center in the heart of downtown Lake Charles. After checking out the exhibits there will be time to explore downtown Lake Charles’ eclectic shops and eateries.

FAM 4:  Gators, Rum, Museums, & More
This tour will head slightly east to our neighbors in Jeff Davis Parish. First stop, Gator Chateau where you will learn about, and hold, baby alligators. Next, we’re off to the W. H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum and Louisiana Telephone Pioneers Museum, both amazing time capsules in downtown Jennings. Then it’s on to the Zigler Museum whose collection surveys and celebrates the development of visual art in Louisiana. Full of knowledge we’ll head to Bayou Rum® Distillery & Event Center for a tour and tasting!