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ShreveportUnited States of America

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

Top Hotels in Shreveport

Margaritaville Resort Casino
Margaritaville Resort Casino
4 out of 5
777 Margaritaville Way, Bossier City, LA
The price is $75 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Situated on the boardwalk, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Margaritaville Resort Casino and Louisiana Boardwalk. Horseshoe Bossier City Casino ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,670 reviews)

"Very fast and easy checking. Spacious room. Will definitely be back!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Margaritaville Resort Casino
Horseshoe Bossier Casino & Hotel
Horseshoe Bossier Casino & Hotel
4 out of 5
711 Horseshoe Blvd, Bossier City, LA
Free Cancellation
The price is $53 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

Situated near the airport, this spa resort is within a 15-minute walk of Horseshoe Bossier City Casino and Louisiana Boardwalk. R.S. Barnwell Memorial Garden ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,720 reviews)

"Had to wait to long for drinks in some cases and the bar was closed"…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Horseshoe Bossier Casino & Hotel
SpringHill Suites Shreveport-Bossier City/Louisiana Downs
SpringHill Suites Shreveport-Bossier City/Louisiana Downs
3 out of 5
8010 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA
The price is $86 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

Situated in Bossier City, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Harrah's Louisiana Downs and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bossier Towne Center Shopping Center and Willis-Knighton ...

4.1/5Very Good! (987 reviews)

"Didn’t know this place was as nice as it was will be back"…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2021

SpringHill Suites Shreveport-Bossier City/Louisiana Downs
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.

Vacation Rentals in Shreveport

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 $30 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

Situated in Shreveport, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mooretown Park, Independence Stadium, and Hirsch Memorial Coliseum. Louisiana State Exhibit ...

2.6/5 (580 reviews)

"Clean very nice, didint take my cash though."…"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2020

Economy Inn & Suites Shreveport
Emerald Point Cabin ( 1 of 3 cabins on Emerald Isle Cross Lake- Shreveport)
Emerald Point Cabin ( 1 of 3 cabins on Emerald Isle Cross Lake- Shreveport)
Shreveport, LA

Situated in Shreveport, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gardens of the American Rose Center, American Rose Center, and Independence Stadium. Hirsch Memorial ...

5/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Very nice property with a great view out back

"Came with family and had a great time kayaking and sitting in our own personal cove. The property is great for kids to have fun and adults to enjoy nature. Recommend bringing moaquito repellent."…"

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2020

Emerald Point Cabin ( 1 of 3 cabins on Emerald Isle Cross Lake- Shreveport)
Emerald Cove on Emerald Isle - Cross Lake ( 1 of 3 cabins on Emerald Isle )
Emerald Cove on Emerald Isle - Cross Lake ( 1 of 3 cabins on Emerald Isle )
Shreveport, LA

Situated in Shreveport, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gardens of the American Rose Center, American Rose Center, and Boothill Speedway. Independence Stadium ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Calm after the storm

"We evacuated for Hurricane Laura. Emerald Isle was the perfect place to escape the devastation. The owners went our of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. It truly was the perfect home away from home. It was so calm and relaxing to sit on the screen porch and let our minds get away ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Emerald Cove on Emerald Isle - Cross Lake ( 1 of 3 cabins on Emerald Isle )
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.

Popular places to visit in Shreveport

Top things to do in Shreveport

Reviews of Shreveport

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
378
5 - Excellent 25.64450474898236%
4 - Good
660
4 - Good 44.776119402985074%
3 - Okay
345
3 - Okay 23.405698778833106%
2 - Disappointing
52
2 - Disappointing 3.5278154681139755%
1 - Terrible
39
1 - Terrible 2.645861601085482%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

It’s home! Love coming back there!

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

May 21, 2020

Bed bugs

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 4, 2020

Current Covid time; restrictions on restaurants. No social/entertainment available.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 30, 2020

I love Shreveport i find it beautiful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 24, 2020

My best place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Great people great food

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