Welcome to Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side
There’s a side of Louisiana you may not be familiar with. You have to experience it to fully understand. The northwest corner of the state, in and around Shreveport-Bossier, is a mixture of spicy Cajun attitude and wide-open Texas spirit.
With six riverboat casinos and one horseracing track and casino, we offer our own brand of alluring bright lights and fast-paced gaming action. Let our exclusive boutiques fuel your shopping urge, or explore endless options at the Louisiana Boardwalk – the largest outlet, lifestyle, dining and entertainment destination in Louisiana.
Revel in our family-oriented Mardi Gras celebrations as you reach for your share of more than eight million beads and other throws. Take in a foreign, classic, or independent film at Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport after dining on the balcony at Abby Singer’s Bistro. See Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, where Elvis Presley got his start on the Louisiana Hayride. Catch a touring Broadway show at the majestic Strand Theatre, the official state theatre of Louisiana. During the spring and fall of each year, a busy calendar of festivals beckons thousands of visitors to Shreveport-Bossier in celebration of everything from sunflowers to crawfish.
Shreveport-Bossier is a great place to connect with the wonders of the natural world, whether that means exploring science through interactive exhibits at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center or zip-lining over alligator ponds at Gators and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo. Take a short drive from the city and relax with swimming, boating or fishing at Cypress Black Bayou or attend a Chimpanzee Discovery Day event at the national chimpanzee sanctuary, Chimp Haven.
Louisiana is one of the best-known culinary destinations in the world, and Shreveport-Bossier offers a variety of dining experiences for every taste and budget. Sink your teeth into savory Cajun and Creole traditions and full-flavored Southern cuisine at Herby-K’s or Ernest’s Orleans or have a muffy at Fertitta’s Delicatessen. Fine dining comes in many forms in Shreveport-Bossier, from the world-class steakhouses found in area casinos to unique neighborhood eateries. Even dessert is done differently here. Sample the world famous pies at Strawn’s Eat Shop, gourmet popsicles at Geauxsicles, or a “Monster Croc” candied apple at the Chocolate Crocodile.
Music is an ever-present element of life in Louisiana, and Shreveport-Bossier’s nightclubs pulse to the rhythms of jazz, blues, country, rock and hip-hop. Music lovers exploring Shreveport-Bossier should plan a night out in downtown Shreveport, where venues like Noble Savage Tavern, Voodoo Café, and Fatty Arbuckle’s host nightly performances by local and touring artists. Major national tours frequently bring the world’s top entertainers to Bossier City’s CenturyLink Center. For blues aficionados, a visit to the gravesite of legendary guitarist Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter is an essential experience.
For a full calendar of upcoming events in Shreveport-Bossier, including concerts, festivals, sporting events and more, visit www.shreveportbossierfunguide.com. For a local’s take on life in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.20x49.com, a daily arts and culture blog written by the staff of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.