Shreveport, LA

Travel Guide
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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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $57 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in the heart of Shreveport, this hotel is steps from R.S. Barnwell Memorial Garden & Art Center, Eldorado Casino Shreveport, and Sam's Town Casino. Shreveport ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,924 reviews)

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

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
The price is $73 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in the heart of Shreveport, this spa hotel is steps from Sam's Town Casino and Eldorado Casino Shreveport. Shreveport Convention Center and Margaritaville ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,715 reviews)
"Everything needed is under one roof."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

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
The price is $71 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
Situated in Shreveport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Shreve Memorial Library and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mooretown Public Art Project and Splash Kingdom ...
3.8/5 Good! (948 reviews)
"Grounds were nice"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

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
The price is $36 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Shreveport, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mooretown Public Art Project, Mooretown Park, and Independence Stadium. Hirsch Memorial Coliseum ...
2.3/5 (801 reviews)
"The stay was great. No problems. The owner has done wonders to the establishment. I tip my hat to the owner, Adolfo."

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Economy Inn & Suites Shreveport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Shreveport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Shreveport
3 out of 5
6650 Eastbank Drive, Shreveport, LA
The price is $133 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Springlake, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shoppes at Bellemead and Eastgate Shopping Center. Southfield Shopping Center and C. Bickham ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (205 reviews)
"Good location, clean, quiet."

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton Shreveport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Shreveport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Shreveport
3 out of 5
5485 Financial Plaza, Shreveport, LA
The price is $97 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Situated in Shreveport, this aparthotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Shreve Memorial Library and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mooretown Public Art Project and Mooretown ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (763 reviews)
"Really nice, big suites at an affordable price"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton 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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