When in Lake Charles, you must check out the Sam Houston Jones State Park. There are five gorgeous trails to choose from of all different difficulties and distances, so there is bound to be one to fit you and your pet's level. Recognized by locals as serene, beautiful, relaxing, and wooded, Houston Jones State Park won't let you down. There is even an option to go boating as well, which some dogs absolutely love to do.
When out and about, stop in Pujo Street Café for a tasty meal. They make delicious Cajun and Creole food and are only a short distance away from the beach. Your pet will love to smell the salty air on the patio while you gobble down some grub.
If Sam Houston Jones State Park is your choice of a vacation spot, you can stay in the park in one of their eight cabins or your own tent or RV. However, if it is central Lake Charles you are visiting, the Candlewood Suites have beautiful rooms that welcome your pets for either short or extended stay. The south is famous for their hospitality and cooking, so why don't you try going to Lake Charles with your pet to get a good taste of both?
If you live nearby, you may know that the Mallard Junction/Hipple neighborhood is considered one of the smallest in Lake Charles. Does this mean you can’t have lots of fun here? Nope! Even though there are not so many amenities around and the neighborhood is closely located to Chennault International Airport, Calcasieu Parish Public Dog Park is a piece of heaven for dog owners and their fur-iends! The dogs are allowed at the park without any fees or restrictions, which makes the place a pawpular attraction for every local dog owner. No wonder; the park has three separate fenced areas for sniffing and running around! Your pup will bark and yelp in excitement chasing the tails of his new friends.
Dog Park at Enos Derbonne Sports Complex is located in the northern region of Lake Charles, close to Big Lake Road, making it a nice pet-friendly neighborhood. The park is a beautiful, well-equipped place for your special family member to exercise and have fun with other pets around. Wondering how much fun you can have here? Try agility training for keeping your pup in shape, or use the dog walk ramp to find out how brave your buddy is. If you want him to jump and bark in excitement, why not try hound hoops or a tire jump? But don’t worry, he won’t be exhausted or thirsty after all that playing -- the park has a special dog-friendly water fountain for the most active and eager players!
Bark! Bark! We are going to the park! A perfect place to go for a walk for dog owners in the downtown. Bark du Lac Dog Park has been welcoming visitors since September 2015 and is located behind the City Court building in the City Center. Downtown is full of amenities for owners, including coffee shops, museums, and restaurants. The park fits in perfectly, making the neighborhood a pet-friendly place. Never thought of going to the City Center with your pooch? Join others on the fenced off-leash territory separated in two play areas for larger and smaller dogs on the morning stroll or jog on a sunny weekend.
If you want to be close to nature, make sure to visit the Prein neighborhood. This place is not far from the City Center, but has its own allure and benefits from having the park close to the Lake River. The best part about this park is that it has a movie theater under the stars! But locals and visitors like the park for its large amounts of walking space, so you can easily bring your furry friend with you for a morning jog or an evening stroll. The grass area is so nice that is it impossible to resist tumbling on or jump around catching a Frisbee, thrown by owners relaxing in shades.
Dying to explore the wild nature and wildlife around? Want to make your little bud feel like Indiana Jones’s companion? There is a great opportunity for both of you to hit the trails at Sam Houston Jones State Park, located at the Gillis neighborhood in the north of Lake Charles. There are many facilities to make your day or weekend the most enjoyable time spent with your Fido: campsites and cabins for having a break and a lunch, walking areas for exploring, sleuthing and sniffing, as well as playgrounds for everyone who is in a mood for tossing a Frisbee or make some new fur-iends!