Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana has earned the nickname “Hollywood South” due to the many films that have been produced in this beautiful city. It has a fast-growing creative community, shopping areas, historic sites and beautiful scenery. There are a lot of places to visit in Shreveport-Bossier.
10. Louisiana Boardwalk
The Louisiana Boardwalk is a new outdoor mall with places to eat, shop and safely walk along the waterways. It was designed like a mini-city, where you hop on and off trolleys that transport you between stores. Bring your family for a movie, take a romantic stroll or go out with friends. You never know what interesting things you can find. Check out a special event, including wine tastings, chocolate tastings and more. The shops, restaurants, and entertainment are open year-round.
9. Line Avenue Shopping Center
If you prefer a boutique shopping experience, visit the Line Avenue Shopping Center. It’s a five-mile stretch that includes dining, hair salons, spas, locally-owned shops and more. The interesting mix of stores includes: A Touch of Youth Day Spa & Salon, John Pickens’ Clothiers, and Toy Fair. Go shopping for your kids, your spouse or find something for yourself. Grab a bite to eat at a local cafe. Be sure to park your car and take the Sportran public transportation for the best experience.
8. The Splash Kingdom Water Park
Cool off on a hot day at this fun and exciting water park. Shreveport-Bossier has one of six locations around the country and is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Splash Kingdom parks are best known for their variety of options that are fun for the whole family. They have fast moving waterslides, swimming areas, splash pads, special kids’ areas and more. Prices for a full day of fun start at $18.95+ tax and children 2 and under are free. Enjoy special twilight hour rates daily for $14.44+ tax.
7. Shreveport Assembly and Recreation
If you are looking for something free to do, take the kids to one of the many local public parks. Taking your family to the park is a great way to get some exercise and be together. Enjoy a game of baseball, throw a Frisbee, climb on a playground, swim and more. If you need to cool off, there are seven free spray grounds located throughout the city. These spray grounds provide much-needed relief from the hot summer sun and are open starting in May of each year from 8 AM to 8 PM, seven days a week.
6. Margaritaville Resort Casino
Enjoy a night out with your friends at the newest casino in Shreveport-Bossier. Located across from the Louisiana Boardwalk, this casino has over 1200 slot machines and 54 table games. Try your hand at a game of craps, poker or blackjack in the sprawling indoor environment. Stay at the hotel in a spacious and luxurious room for an even better time. You can stay for a romantic weekend and also visit the pool, spa or fitness center. With amenities that include room service and a gift shop, this resort and casino will exceed your expectations.
5. Red River Cruise
Experience the bayou from the safety of a river boat. There are many different river cruises that range from upscale dinner cruises to simple pontoon boat cruises. This is a great way to see the famous waterways of Louisiana. The Red River Cruise offers a unique historical perspective, a view of different river animals, the beautiful architecture and even travels between the riverboat casinos. The tour includes views of many tourist attractions in Shreveport-Bossier, like the Louisiana Boardwalk and Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m.
4. Herby K’s Restaurant
Enjoy the local flavors of Louisiana. Cajun and Creole foods can be found on almost any street, but Herby K’s is one of the oldest restaurants in Shreveport-Bossier. It has been a family-owned since 1936 when Herbert K. Busi, Jr. turned the family business into the restaurant it is today. They serve traditional po’boy sandwiches, seasonal gulf oysters, gumbo, etouffee and more. Their signature dish is a twist on a classic po’boy, called the Shrimp Buster. They are open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bring your family and friends for a great time.
3. Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center
If you and the kids love a hands-on learning experience, then go to Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center. Visit the different galleries to learn about the human body, space, math and the Red River. The planetarium has shows daily, and knowledgeable staff is located throughout the building to answer your questions. Special events and exhibits change regularly, so even if you’ve been before, there’s always something new to see. General admission is $13/person and $10/person for ages 3-12, seniors (60+) and military. Admission to the IMAX theater is an additional fee.
2. R.W. Norton Art Gallery
The art gallery boasts beautiful outdoor gardens, sculpture gardens, and indoor historic exhibits. The garden is open all year from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. The garden blooms transform during each season, creating a unique experience every time you visit. There are eight sculptures that can be found throughout the gardens. Take a walk inside to view over 400 paintings that are on permanent display in the gallery. From Renaissance art to contemporary paintings, the Norton’s permanent collection features art from American and European creators. The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission to the gardens and museum is free.
1. Historic Caddo Lake Drawbridge
The Caddo Lake Drawbridge is one of the best historic places to visit in Shreveport-Bossier. It was built in 1914 to replace the ferry. The bridge allowed foot traffic and vehicles to cross the lake without needing a boat. It was used in military training exercises to prepare men for WWII and was slated for removal in the 1980’s. It was eventually given status by the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. You can still view it today as a marvel of engineering, and enjoy its rich historical significance.
There are so many things to visit in Shreveport-Bossier. Come prepared with a camera, good walking shoes, and an empty stomach. You can easily enjoy a romantic getaway, a weekend with friends or a family vacation with the kids. When the weather is hot, cool off at a water park, explore the science center or step inside to view a bit of history.