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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 the 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, which welcomes visitors 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. Nearby, hang out at Bossier City’s East Bank District & Plaza, offering almost a kilometer of entertainment on Barksdale Boulevard including bars, Flying Heart Brewery, East Bank Gallery, a coffee shop, hotel, salon, antique shops and more.

Fun Fact

A Chimp Haven local
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Chimp Haven, the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, is located just 48 kilometers south of Shreveport in Keithville, Louisiana.

Remembering The King’s first moments at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
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Elvis Presley launched his career as a performer onstage at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium on Oct. 16, 1954, when the 19-year-old singer first appeared onstage at the Louisiana Hayride.

Mudbug’s TABASCO and crawfish madness
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An estimated 36,000-46,000 kilograms of boiled crawfish are eaten each year at the Mudbug Madness Festival, a four-day festival held in downtown Shreveport each Memorial Day Weekend.

The Shreveport skyline in blue and gold
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Group stand up paddle boarding

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Baton Rouge

A blue heron coasts over the backwaters

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Houma

Revelers at the annual Festivals Acadiens et Creoles

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Lafayette

Downtown Monroe, which sits on the opposite side of the Ouachita River from West Monroe

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Monroe

Dusk falls over Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral

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New Orleans

Touring Honey Island Swamp, one of many ways to explore Slidell and surrounding Northshore communities

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Slidell