Top 10 Things to do in Shreveport, United States

July 31, 2017 Cedrick Jardin

The Red River is the heart and soul of Shreveport, a cultural and gaming center on the Louisiana/Texas border. Riverboat casinos evoke the glamour and mystery of the past while providing modern travelers with thrills and excitement. If the tables aren't your style, take a trip over the neon-lit Texas Street Bridge to the horse-racing at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, Shreveport's thriving sister city. Visitors can unwind in one of Shreveport's botanical oases and enjoy the area's fine waterfront dining, shopping and entertainment. Shreveport sizzles in the summertime but has a temperate climate for the rest of the year.
Restaurants in Shreveport

4747 Creswell Ave, Shreveport, LA 71106-1899 +1 318-865-4201
Excellent
79%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 294 reviews

R. W. Norton Art Gallery

Museum chronicles more than four centuries of American and European art featuring the works of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The springtime sees more than 10,000 azaleas bloom in the museum's garden.

Reviewed By Sharon K

Got to spend an early morning at this Gallery, but had to leave early due to a luncheon they were having that afternoon.
It's a great place to visit with much to offer, not only the art work, but dolls, sculptures and weaponry. A little bit of everything for different interests.
The docents were very
knowledgeable and helpful.
Wished we had planned better and allowed time to explore the gardens.
Will definitely spend more time there on our next visit.

2. Margaritaville Resort Casino

777 Margaritaville Way, Bossier City, LA 71111-7770 +1 318-698-7177
Excellent
63%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Margaritaville Resort Casino

This listing is for the casino. We also have listings for the accommodation and restaurant(s) on the property.

Reviewed By girlfromtexas - San Antonio, Texas

My husband and I stayed here for 3 days during the week of March 10-13. From check in to check out, things went very smoothly. Our host was absolutely AMAZING! I can not say enough great things about her! Thank you Kim for taking such good care of us!

Our room was nice. We had a few nice touches waiting for us in the room. We also had a nice balcony overlooking the river. I was excited about this because I planned to have morning coffee out there but mother nature had other ideas, so, we just enjoyed the view from inside! lol

We ate at the buffet 3X (had breakfast, lunch and dinner on 3 different occasions). All were very good...breakfast was good, but they were about to put things away and prepare for lunch so not all items were out. They did tell us this before we went in to eat. It was ok. Things were still good, just not a huge selection by that time. Lunch and dinner were very good, in my opinion. The lines were crazy long, so I suggest that if you plan to eat there, go early. Luckily we had VIP entrance and did not have to wait in line, but if we had, definitely go early to cue.

The other restaurant we visited was the roadhouse type one (I forgot the name...sorry). It had a great bar and the food was very good! The bar drinks were great too! We went for breakfast one day and then again for lunch/dinner and once just to get away from the loosing casino floor and had drinks at the bar. We met some great folks there and had a great time chatting with them as well as the fun bartender.

The walk to the shops at the board walk was easily accessible! We went and enjoyed some shopping (well, I did, my husband tolerated it! lol)

The casino floor is nice, and had LOTS to choose from. All they typical casino games as well as table games. Sadly, the games were not at all kind to us, however, we still had a good time trying to win something. I can say, this is the first time we've gambled where after 3 days NEITHER of us won a darn dime! ugh...
We even drove to the horse races and tried our luck there...NOTHING, NADA, ZIP. We could not pick the right ponies for nothing!. Go figure. Just wasn't our time I guess.

The staff, for the most part were nice. There were a few that must have woke up on the wrong side of the bed, because they had serious bad attitude. I just killed them with kindness and moved on. Life is too short for that kind of 'tude. But, like I said, the majority were very nice and helpful. Dealers, hotel staff, waitresses/waiters, valet attendants, etc, were friendly and welcoming.

Well done Margaritaville, Well done. (except for the gambling, lol...)

3. Louisiana Boardwalk

540 Boardwalk Blvd, Bossier City, LA 71111-4370 +1 318-752-1455
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 775 reviews

Louisiana Boardwalk

The Red River is the picturesque setting for Bossier City's unique shopping and entertainment destination, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets. Across the Red River from downtown Shreveport, the project's first phase opened in November, 2003, with the state's first Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. The remainder of Boardwalk opened in May 2005 and joined a vibrant casino district nestled along the majestic riverfront for nearly a half-mile. Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets is the first lifestyle center to open in the state of Louisiana offering outlet shopping, an entertainment district and riverfront dining.

Reviewed By txpackerfan10 - Arlington, Texas

Stopped at bass pro walked around shopping. Not sure how I’d like it when it’s hot but was a nice day.

4. Shreveport Water Works Museum

142 N Common St, Shreveport, LA 71101-2614 +1 318-221-3388
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Shreveport Water Works Museum

Shreveport's first water works was built in 1887. A National Historic Landmark. Free admission.

Reviewed By TypeWriter - Shreveport, Louisiana

This is one of the most unique museums ever. Fascinating to learn of advances in clean water. Really good displays-- and this is the actual equipment. Beautiful Bayou location.

5. Sci-Port Discovery Center

820 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport, LA 71101-3667 +1 318-424-3466
Excellent
63%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 289 reviews

Sci-Port Discovery Center

Sci-Port Discover Center is a 92,000 square-foot science and entertainment center made up of Louisiana’s Space and Science Center, Power of Play Children’s Museum (POP) and Louisiana’s only IMAX® Dome Theater. Louisiana’s Space and Science Center includes over 200 hands-on exhibits, interactive programs and demonstrations and the Sawyer Space Dome Planetarium. POP is a kid-sized Shreveport-Bossier where kids ages 8 and under can learn through the power of play. The IMAX® Dome Theater immerses guests in award-winning films through state-of-the-art technology. Center accolades include Best Science Attraction for Kids in Louisiana, Attraction of the Year in Louisiana, and one of Parents magazine top ten science centers in the nation. Sci-Port is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, the Association of Children’s Museums and the LA Space Consortium. The Center is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway on the downtown Shreveport Riverfront.

Reviewed By robertcW501JD

The Sci-Port is actually closed for renovations until January of 2018. My rating does NOT reflect what the display were or will be but rather from Oct through Dec 2017, it is CLOSED.

6. Horseshoe Casino

711 Horseshoe Blvd, Bossier City, LA 71111-4417 +1 800-895-0711
Excellent
49%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 995 reviews

Horseshoe Casino

Take your pick of over 1,500 slot machines, 50 exciting table games and four gourmet restaurants at this huge casino and resort complex.

Reviewed By VegasHopper - Austin, Texas

Although we had played here for brief periods before, I believe this was our first time actually booking a room. Very nice room and we had a very good time playing in the casino. Staff are very welcoming, beverage service is very good, even on two mid-week nights, and gaming was fun. Had moderate winnings at Mississippi Stud, Video Poker, Slots, and Blackjack. Dealers were pretty tight, understandably, about card shows by adjacent players. Not usually a problem unless you’re trying to teach a wife how to play the game. Definitely looking forward to our next visit.

7. Louisiana State Exhibit Museum

3015 Greenwood Rd, Shreveport, LA 71109-4640 +1 318-632-2020
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum

The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum opened in 1939 as part of the Public Works Administration. It is a Louisiana agriculture, industry, art, and history museum. Admission is free and open to the public and the museum is handicap accessible.

Reviewed By OnTheRoadAgain1056 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Spent about 1 1/2 hours here. The building is round shaped so you walk around in a circle. A history of the State in dioramas and many exhibits. Another thing I found interesting was quite a collection of signed documents and autographs from the signers of the Declaration of Independence and early presidents and others. This was one of many museums I have been to and I found it interesting and worth the stop.

8. Barksdale Global Power Museum

88 Shreveport Rd, Barksdale AFB, Shreveport, LA 71110-2088 +1 318-752-0055
Excellent
49%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 156 reviews

Barksdale Global Power Museum

Military museum features authentic uniforms, battle exhibits and aircraft dating back to World War I.

Reviewed By IA_Hawks - Iowa

While the collection of aircraft on display is impressive, their condition made it feel like more of a "last stop" before demolition than a high quality museum.

Also... take note that you are entering an active military base so your car will be searched at the Northgate entrance. Call ahead to the museum and make sure they are open as the guards at the gate may not have the correct information, as was the case when I visited recently.

The interior museum is sparse, w/ 5 or 6 rooms with minimal artifacts, but as you can expect, the real reason you are here is to walk among the various aircraft on display outside.

The aircraft on display are certainly not in pristine condition, so don't expect Smithsonian quality but they are still pieces of US Military history. The walking path is loaded with tributes and memories, and each aircraft has a display with the specs and a brief history of it's service or how it came to be at the Museum.

The museum is free, but donations are most certainly welcome.

9. Great Raft Brewing

1251 Dalzell St, Shreveport, LA 71103-3705 +1 318-734-9881
Excellent
69%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Great Raft Brewing

Great Raft Brewing is a Shreveport, Louisiana based craft brewery dedicated to making creative, authentic beer and helping to build a great beer culture within communities it serves. We brew and package everything on site. The tasting room is open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4-9 PM and Saturdays 12-9 PM. Free tours are available at 1, 2 and 3 PM on Saturday, or by private appointment for groups of 10 or more. Tours are first come, first served and free. Come by to try our year-round offerings as well as seasonal and small batch beers. Food trucks are on site during our open hours, but you are also free to bring in the food of your choice.

Reviewed By Don F - Longview TX

We meet another couple for a couple of beers before going to eat and then to the boats. The beer was excellent as was the service. We will be going back and taking our adult kids next time.Thank you for stopping by on your visit and sharing your experience. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

10. Shreveport Aquarium

601 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport, LA 71101-3207 +1 318-383-0601
Excellent
44%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

Shreveport Aquarium

DISCOVER …an underwater world of wonder. Travel through brightly colored coral reefs, creaking shipwrecks, dark ocean caves and tropical lagoons. Marvel at the variety and diversity in our unique freshwater domed gallery and travel to the deep to visit the strange creatures that lurk in the dark. Get up close and personal with sharks, rays, jellyfish and a host of other cool creatures in one of our many touch tanks. Learn how these animals adapt and survive in their environment and understand how you can make a difference in both their world and ours.

Reviewed By carol c

We took or Branson here for his 3rd birthday celebration. He thoroughly enjoyed seeing the sharks and other sea creatures. The interactive tanks were a big hit (especially with us adults).
The aquarium was small but packed quite a few exhibits inside. Great outing for a small or large group as there were 9 in ours.

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