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Explore the Outdoors of SWLA with Lake Area Adventures
10/2/2017 10:23:51 PM
Lake Area Adventures

According to a 2012 study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, only 51% of children go outside to play at least once a day. The Guardian says today’s kids spend half the amount of time outdoors as their parents did. Yet nine of ten parents wish their children would spend more time outdoors.

It’s called Nature Deficit Disorder, and the gentlemen at Lake Area Adventures want to change those statistics; at least for families in Southwest Louisiana. A group of ten civic-minded friends opened the business in January of this year. They want to provide lake area residents with opportunities for families and friends to get outside, have fun, and enjoy the outdoors and all this area has to offer. "Some people move here, or have even lived here their whole lives, and have never been out on the water,” says co-owner Tim Robles.

If you look at their website, you see they offer kayak and boat rentals (paddle boats, pontoon boats, ski boats & aluminum boats), guided river tours, and paintball. But they want area residents to know they offer so much more than that. They work with their clients to put together events that perfectly suit the needs of the client and go out of their way to meet requests.

Both Robles and co-owner Jerry "Sarge” Antoine have military backgrounds. "People approach me all the time and want me to take their kids camping,” says Antoine. If an activity is something that is safe and encourages a family to be together outdoors, doing something adventurous, we’re not limited to watercraft and paintball.”

Birthday Parties, Reunions, and other Family-Oriented Events
Lake Area Adventures will work with clients to create the perfect party. They seek to find activities for the whole family, from grandparents to toddlers. An afternoon of flag football, a tree climbing competition, a weekend of learning survival skills? These guys are happy to plan your event. "Whatever you want, we’ll figure it out. We’re very flexible,” says Antoine.

In addition to owning a business together, Antoine and Robles are both pastors and consider their venture a form of ministry. Their events are very family friendly—no profanity, no alcohol. Just good clean fun in the outdoors. It’s part of why they go out of their way to oblige clients. "If someone needs some help, we’re going to help them.  We take care of people,” says Antoine.

Corporate Events
Lake Area Adventures also works with businesses to plan team-building events such as obstacle course racing, mud racing, and company picnics with boat tours. "Clients want their events to be fun, engaging, entertaining, and relaxing. We can do that!” says Robles.

1st Annual Zombie Patrol
Lake Area Adventures also offers seasonal events. For this Halloween, they’ve created an interactive futuristic world in an abandoned warehouse where zombies threaten to infect and take over Lake Charles. Bring your friends, family, or coworkers for a scary night of platoon style paintball raids. Your Special Ops mission is to quarantine and eliminate the zombies before they escape. The hunt continues every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 31 at 2701 Industrial Ave. off Hwy 14.

So, when was your last adventure? Call 1-888-902-2016 or see their website, and start making plans!
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