Shreveport, LA

Travel Guide
Shreveport which includes a garden
Since an economic downturn in the early 1980s this former oil and gas town has been reinventing itself as a cultural, entertainment and shopping hub.

Once a major participant in the oil business, Shreveport has been building itself anew since the oil bust of the 1980s. Today it is booming thanks to its riverboat casinos, outdoor festivals and activities and visitor attractions.

Shreveport is the third largest city in Louisiana and traces its beginnings to the Red River on which it stands. Inventor and steamboat captain Henry Miller Shreve cleared large concentrations of deadwood from the waterway in the 1830s. This opened the way for trade and the founding of the city.

Start your Shreveport voyage of discovery by embracing its natural beauty. Climb aboard a boat for a cruise on the Red River or stroll along its banks. Wander through The Gardens of the American Rose Center, home to more than 20,000 rosebushes. Drive to the nearby countryside and take a boat journey through the swamps of Louisiana.

On your return, enjoy Shreveport’s musical heritage. Take a tour of the Municipal Auditorium and stand on the stage where Elvis Presley and many other musical legends began their careers on the Louisiana Hayride radio show.

Continue your journey into Shreveport’s past with a visit to Spring Street Historical Museum. For interactive learning for all the family, take part in nearly three hundred hands-on scientific activities at the Sci-Port Discovery Center.

If shopping is on your agenda go to the Louisiana Boardwalk on the river front. This is a large shopping, entertainment and dining complex hosting outlet stores and boutiques.

Shreveport also offers the opportunity to play and party. The city is home to a number of Vegas-style riverboat casinos. There are thousands of square meters of gaming space with slots, gaming tables, craps, blackjack and many other ways to win or lose large amounts of money.

No matter when you visit, you’ll more than likely find a huge festival. They are held in most months of the year and celebrate everything from crawfish and Christmas to Mardi Gras and even poke salad

Where to stay in Shreveport

Bally’s Shreveport Casino and Hotel
Bally’s Shreveport Casino and Hotel
4 out of 5
451 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport, LA, 71101
The price is $79 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
$79
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Shreveport. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,306 reviews)
"Outstanding customer service. Food at the sports bar was excellent!"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Bally’s Shreveport Casino and Hotel
Sam's Town Hotel & Casino, Shreveport
Sam's Town Hotel & Casino, Shreveport
3.5 out of 5
315 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, LA, 71101
The price is $85 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
$85
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Shreveport. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,186 reviews)
"We have stayed at several casinos in the area, and this was definitely one of the nicer ones. Huge rooms, very clean, staff made you feel welcomed and wanted you to be there. We had a very nice experience"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Sam's Town Hotel & Casino, Shreveport
Wingate by Wyndham Shreveport Airport
Wingate by Wyndham Shreveport Airport
2.5 out of 5
6245 Westport Avenue, Shreveport, LA, 71129
The price is $84 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
$84
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Shreveport. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,030 reviews)
"Great 👍"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Wingate by Wyndham Shreveport Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Economy Inn & Suites Shreveport
Economy Inn & Suites Shreveport
3.5 out of 5
5101 Westwood Park Dr, Interstate 20 Exit 13, Shreveport, LA, 71109
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly vacation home in Shreveport. Enjoy free parking, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful ...
2.2/5 (973 reviews)
"Very clean"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

Economy Inn & Suites Shreveport
2 Bed Apartment Close 2 Downtown, 4 Long Time Stay
2 Bed Apartment Close 2 Downtown, 4 Long Time Stay
Shreveport, LA
Stay at this vacation home in Shreveport. Enjoy 2 bedrooms, a shower/tub combo, and air conditioning. Popular attractions Shreveport Little Theatre and Highland ...
2 Bed Apartment Close 2 Downtown, 4 Long Time Stay
Emerald Point Cabin ( 1 of 4 cabins on Emerald Isle Cross Lake- Shreveport)
Emerald Point Cabin ( 1 of 4 cabins on Emerald Isle Cross Lake- Shreveport)
Shreveport, LA
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Shreveport. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Walter B Jacobs Memorial Nature Park and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Quiet and still
"Despite our trip landing on a weekend of rainy weather, we were able to appreciate how quiet this location is!! The water was still and nature was alive 😊 The beds were comfy! Considering the rain, thankful that this property had a covered seating area outside."

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2022

Emerald Point Cabin ( 1 of 4 cabins on Emerald Isle Cross Lake- Shreveport)
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Shreveport

Public transit is part of Shreveport’s heritage, with iconic SporTran buses transporting locals and visitors around for more than 125 years. You’ll have no trouble spotting the buses, which are painted an eye-catching bright blue or green. Downtown is fairly compact and you’ll enjoy walking around its art galleries, cafés and riverboat casinos. For trips further afield, it’s best to rent a car. Visit the SporTran website.Browse Shreveport rental cars.

Best time to visit

Like much of Louisiana, Shreveport is susceptible to heavy rainfall and thunderstorms during the spring and summer months, when it can also get very hot and humid. The less extreme weather in winter, with average highs in January of 57 F (14 C), is preferable for sightseeing. However, you should definitely bring a raincoat whenever you visit, as heavy rain is a fixture of life here throughout the year.

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