Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point newest tourist attraction - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point newest tourist attraction

(Source: Monica Grimaldo / KPLC) (Source: Monica Grimaldo / KPLC)
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SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) -

The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with several local and state officials, welcomed guests to the grand opening of the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point Friday morning.
 
The nearly 5,000 square foot facility, located at 2740 Ruth St. in Sulphur, is home to free interactive exhibits geared towards showcasing the culture, food, music and outdoor activities of Southwest Louisiana.
 
"Much of what visitors see and experience along the trail, they can't fully understand without a comprehensive orientation," said executive director of the CVB Shelley Johnson. "We are thrilled to have an opportunity like this."
 
Johnson said the visitor center is just what the area needed. She said after Hurricane Rita destroyed the visitor center at the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in 2005, there were no visitor services on the western side of the Creole Nature Trail.
 
"The dream of having an immerse interpretive center along the western side of the trail is realized," said Johnson.
 
Johnson said the facility was built with the money from a hotel occupancy tax. 
 
Split Rock Studios designed the interactive exhibits; architectural plans were developed by Vincent Shows Architects; and Gunter Construction built the center. 
 
The total cost of the facility was $2 million.
 
Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 
 
For more information, call 337-502-4358.

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