Welcome to Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side
Where the food and entertainment will have you coming back for more
Tucked away in the pocket of northwest Louisiana that borders Texas, Shreveport and neighboring Bossier City are rich with Cajun character and Texan influences. This is a place to have fun, where riverboat casinos and entertainment offer exciting nightlife, top-notch cuisine and a lively gaming scene. Flavor is a way of life here: The beloved restaurants dishing up Cajun-style seafood, po-boys and gumbo prove it. Hear live jazz at Noble Savage Tavern. Watch an off Broadway show at Strand Theatre. Spend a leisurely weekend unwinding at a charming bed and breakfast, soaking up the food, fun and music at a festival, or get some thrills at horse races. Shreveport-Bossier’s feisty, yet laid-back attitude will keep you coming back for more.
Art and Nature
Cross the Red River to downtown Shreveport, where Artspace awaits. This creative space is more than a gallery or museum; it’s a center that includes exhibits, poetry readings and live music, as well as work by local artisans. Continue your cultural tour of Shreveport at R.W. Norton Art Gallery, where four centuries of European and American art round out the collection. At The Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College, you’ll find works from across cultures and a dynamic exhibit schedule that includes lectures and other events. If you prefer to check out nature’s beauty, head to The Gardens of the American Rose Center. With 65 individual rose gardens, it is the USA’s largest park dedicated to the iconic bud. Explore nature’s wild side at Gators and Friends Adventure Park, where you can race high-speed go-karts, zip-line over a swamp full of gators, or even hold or feed one if you’re feeling bold.
Culture and History
The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum features Caddo Indian artifacts and dioramas that immerse visitors in the story of the area’s oldest inhabitants. Large groups can experience the Louisiana Archaeological Treasure Tour to see the rarest gems in the holdings. Get a rich sense of the African and African-American experience on the Southern University of Art’s Art & Soul of Shreveport Tour. You’ll see art and artifacts and even have the chance to participate in an African drum circle.
Music and Family Fun
The area’s musical legacy is a thriving part of its culture. Head to Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, where you can go on a backstage music tour of the community’s most important performing arts venue, which hosted legendary artists on its stage. For a major dose of fun, dive into an underwater world of wonder at Shreveport Aquarium. Shreveport’s newest attraction offers visitors the chance to have personal up-close encounters in touch tanks full of jellyfish, starfish and more. In Bossier City, rock climb, go-cart and bumper car to your heart’s delight at Party Central Family Fun Center. Slow it down at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, where you can score some great deals on beloved brands and the children can entertain themselves at the arcade. Near the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, hang out at Bossier City’s East Bank District & Plaza, a half-mile entertainment district on Barksdale Boulevard. Visitors can find bars, Flying Heart Brewery, East Bank Gallery, a coffee shop, hotel, salon, antique shops, and more.