The Shreveport area, tucked up in the north western corner of the state, is a grand mix of some of Louisiana's best southern food, casinos, culture and music. Start planning your trip to Shreveport with these sugguestions of things to do.
Top 10 Things to Do and Activities in Shreveport
The Agora Borealis’ founder, Katy Larsen, comes from a family of artists. Her friends are artists. She’s an artist. So it’s only natural that she’d be the type of entrepreneur to build an art gallery and market in a historic building in downtown Shreveport. This is northern Louisiana creativity at its most local, where you’ll find paintings, pottery, sculptures and more alongside furniture and jewelry. The Agora Borealis also regularly hosts events and art openings, so even if you’ve visited before, you’ll likely find something you’ve never seen before — all the more reason for repeat visits.
More than 3,000 animals call The Shreveport Aquarium home, many of which are just getting their proverbial feet wet. The state-of-the-art facility opened at the end of 2017 to great fanfare, marking a new era in Shreveport’s ongoing revitalization. Located on the city’s beautiful downtown riverfront, the aquarium focuses on immersive experiences, inviting families to walk through a specialized dome gallery where you can see some of the facility’s 270 species swim above your head. And that’s just one of many memorable features of the Shreveport Aquarium. Replica shipwrecks, dark ocean caves and numerous touch tanks await visitors.
3. Shreveport Casinos
Shreveport and neighboring Bossier City are home to numerous casinos with fine food and upscale amenities. On the Shreveport side of the Red River you’ll find Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino and Eldorado Resort Casino and many more. Classic casino games — blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and poker — are on hand, as well as hotel accommodations, live music venues and spas. Learn more about the many other casinos in Shreveport.
artspace is not just a gallery or museum. It’s a venue for creativity in all forms. The self-described “arts center” host concerts, exhibitions, poetry readings and more, with a constantly changing roster of events that showcase creatives from hundreds of northern Louisiana artists, plus works from those far beyond the Shreveport city limits — works from Cuba, Ireland and other international destinations have been previously featured.
To get a feel for Shreveport nightlife, check out The Blind Tiger. This legendary downtown hangout is in the heart of the city, on the main strip (Texas Avenue), and is beloved by locals and out-of-towners alike. Unpretentious, casual and full of flavor, this Cajun/Creole restaurant serves up northern Louisiana culture by the plateful.
You can tell you’re somewhere special before you even step inside the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum’s galleries. The Art Deco-era museum’s portico, built in the late 1930s, features massive frescoes that introduce visitors to the themes of the museum itself — Louisiana’s history of labor and the economic forces that made the state’s culture so unique. The museum’s galleries feature remarkably detailed dioramas depicting life in the swamps, sugarcane and rice plantations, factories and oilfields. Other dioramas and artifacts tell visitors of Louisiana’s rich Native American history, plus the state’s place in the War of 1812 (the final battle of which was fought in New Orleans) and the Civil War. Displays depicting Louisiana’s natural environment round out the experience.
No visit to Shreveport would be complete without a meal at Herby K’s. Dining at this historic restaurant — it’s the city’s oldest — is more than a meal. It’s a rite of passage. The place is most famous for its open-faced Shrimp Buster po’boy, a butterflied fried shrimp sandwich served on toasted French bread and served with fries, slaw and the highly addictive Shrimp Buster sauce.
Louisiana has been undergoing a craft beer Renaissance for the past few years, and thanks to Great Raft Brewing and its Shreveport/Bossier City counterparts Red River Brewing Company and Flying Heart Brewing, northwestern Louisiana has been at the forefront. Great River’s in-house tasting room lets patrons hang out among its beer-making equipment while drinking a pint, and free tours are offered every Saturday. Food trucks are on site during open hours.
9. Explore the Great Outdoors
Shreveport-Bossier is known as Sportsmans Paradise because of the gorgeous surrounding nature. Your range of outdoor adventures is great — whether you spend a day fishing on the Cypress Black Bayou or Caddo Lake, or go zip-lining over alligators at the Gator and Friends Adventure Park. There is a little something for everyone. Learn about more outdoor adventures in Shreveport-Bossier.
“Diverse” is perhaps the best way to describe the Norton. Its massive collection of art, rare books, decorations and garden plants are anything but garden variety — everything from John James Audubon nature prints to 16th century tapestries to an astounding azalea collection.
In addition to all the excitement listed for you above, don't miss Shreveport's amazing festivals that take place all year-round. The annual Mudbug Madness Festival celebrates the love for crawfish, Red River Revel Arts Fest celebrates local food, music and art and the CORK Wine Festival samples more than 80 wines from around the world.