Shreveport is the largest city in Northern Louisiana, part of the twin city metro of Shreveport-Bossier City, and is considered the principal city in the three state region known as the "Ark-La-Tex." It has just short of 200,000 citizens, and is located in the area of the state designated as the Sportsman's Paradise. Many lakes and rivers are in the area and offer recreational activities. The surrounding area is also a contrast from points in southern Louisiana, in that the landscape is marked by rolling hills and pine forests, being an extension of the Texas region known as the Piney Woods.
phone: +1-318-673-5370This is the main airport for the region and the largest commercial airport in northern Louisiana. Allegiant Air has nonstop service to Las Vegas and seasonal nonstop service to Orlando-Sanford. There is nonstop service on Delta to Atlanta, American to Charlotte and Dallas/Fort Worth, and United to Denver and Houston.
phone: +1-318-673-5398This small airport provides access for smaller, personal aircraft and charters.
Public airport transportationSPORTRAN, the Shreveport area's public bus system, has a stop at the airport. This is also considered a transfer point for multiple bus routes in the area. The bus stop is directly outside the doors to the baggage claim. Routes 7 & 13 connect to the Downtown Transfer Station, and from there, take Route 20 to connect to hotels, casinos, and points downtown.
For those staying at nearby hotels around the airport and west of the Inner Loop (I-220/LA-3132), most have free airport shuttle service. However, in many cases, it is necessary to contact those hotels directly to arrange for the shuttle to pick up, as flights at Shreveport are more infrequent than at airports in larger cities.
Private airport transportationTaxis are available from the airport and there are usually between 2 to 4 vehicles waiting outside the terminal. The pros are that a taxi can get you to more points in the Shreveport-Bossier City area than public transportation, but the cons are the considerably higher price. A taxi from the airport to downtown Shreveport or Bossier City is anywhere from $15 to $25 dollars. Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft also have a presence in Shreveport, and drivers can usually be at the airport in less than 5 minutes if none are close by. When exiting the terminal, it is necessary to walk right and go to the edge of the building, as the Shreveport Regional Airport has specifically designated areas for Uber and Lyft services. Wait near the Uber/Lyft signs on the curb for a driver after requesting a ride.
phone: +1 318 221-4200address: 408 Fannin StDirect service from cities along the Interstate 20 corridor (from Dallas to Atlanta), plus Houston, Texarkana, Alexandria, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans.
- Interstate 20, an east-west route between Dallas and Jackson, Mississippi, passes through Shreveport.
- Interstate 49, a north-south route between Texarkana and Alexandria passes through Shreveport. The portion of this highway that passes through downtown is still under construction and you will need to take Interstate 220 and Louisiana 3132 (the Shreveport Inner Loop) to connect between the two section of I-49.
By carThe city is easy to navigate by car and one part of the city can easily be accessed from another via Interstates 20 & 49. In addition, there is an Inner Loop (I-220 and LA-3132) surrounding the city. Clyde Fant Parkway runs along the riverfront and links the downtown area with the southeastern part of the city around LSU Shreveport and the shopping areas of South Youree Drive.
By busShreveport, like many other mid-sized cities in the Southern states, does not have a well developed public transit system. Most city residents prefer to get around by their own personal cars or motorcycles. That said, the city public transit network will get visitors to most major destinations and attractions in the city.
- Shreveport's public transit system serves the majority of Shreveport, as well as a variety of areas in Bossier City. Most hotels in town will have a bus stop somewhere nearby. All routes in Shreveport connect at one of two transfer points: the , at the corner of Texas Avenue and Murphy Street, and the , located at the corner of W. 68th Street and St. Vincent Avenue. If travelling between downtown Shreveport and the southern half of the city, you will likely use both transfer stations. Tickets are relatively inexpensive, with a single ride ticket being $1.50. An all day pass costs $3.00. For visitors planning to be in the city for an extended period, SPORTRAN does offer monthly passes.
- The mansions along Fairfield Avenue give a glimpse into the city's history. The city is located in a region once rich with oil, and the mansions were built by those made wealthy by the industry during the 1920s and '30s.
phone: +1 318-938-5402address: 8877 Jefferson Paige RoadAmerica's largest garden park dedicated to roses, and is home to the American Rose Society.
address: 710 Texas StDowntown art gallery with a cafe.
phone: +1 318-682-2020address: 3015 Greenwood RoadBuilt in 1939, this museum that contains several dioramas and exhibits of Louisiana life and industries, such as sugar cane, salt mining, and rice. The circular museum is built in the architectural style of the period and has lots of places to sit and appreciate the exhibits. Rotating art and history exhibits come through the museum and can be reserved for special events.
phone: +1 318-459-4122address: 617 Texas StreetRFC is a venue of independent, international, and classic cinema in downtown Shreveport. In addition to their daily film programming, they offer film and media production classes for all ages. Abby Singer's Bistro is located on the second floor of The Robinson Film Center offering a full-service bistro and bar.
phone: +1 318-865-4201address: 4747 Creswell Ave.World class art gallery located on Creswell Ave., near Line Ave. and Pierremont Rd. It is free to view the collection as well as the grounds, which are finely landscaped and located in a beautiful upscale neighborhood.
phone: +1 318-424-3466address: 820 Clyde Fant ParkwayLouisiana's Science Center is a 92,000 square-foot science and entertainment center in Shreveport-Bossier, featuring over 290 science, math and space exhibits, daily changing programs, an IMAX Dome Theatre, open-access, interactive, laser Space Dome Planetarium powered by a 16-million pixel laser projection system driven by the latest in planetarium software - Digistar3, gift shop and cafe. Sci-Port is located on the downtown Shreveport Riverfront.
phone: +1 318 673-5100address: 705 Elvis Presley AvenueHistoric auditorium built in 1929, where the Louisiana Hayride has been recorded since 1948. There are statues of Elvis Presley and James Burton, both of whom played here, in front. This neighborhood is safe during daytime, but should be avoided after dark.
phone: +1 318-424-0964address: 525 N. Spring St.Small museum dedicated to the history of Shreveport and the local area. Exhibits include biography of Captain Henry Shreve, the Great Raft log jam, the Red River Campaign, and Shreveport's Red Light District. Parking available on the street and behind building.
Outside Shreveport ( Rural Caddo Parish )
phone: +1 318-995-6845address: 200 S. Land Ave., Oil CityMuseum dedicated to state's oil and gas industry, focusing on the turn of the century in northwest Louisiana, as well as the offshore industry in modern times. Outside the museum, oil derricks, pumps, and equipment dot the yard around the museum, giving it a unique appearance and a reminder of an age gone by for this area. Exhibits inside give people a chance to see and experience what oil workers went through on the over-water rigs. Small library and archives available for researchers and people interested in this area of history.
Three Corners Markeraddress: 22300 LA 1, RodessaCement marker that shows where the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet. Possible to be in all three states at once here! Park on the Louisiana side at Magnolia Clubhouse and walk 100 feet to the marker. Sitting next to tree by the roadside and an old abandoned service station.
phone: +1 318-938-9475address: 7670 W. 70th StreetSmall water park in the western part of the city. Slides and other rides available for all age ranges. Standard theme park food is available for moderate prices ($7 for a single meat cheeseburger).
CasinosThere are two casinos located on the Red River in Shreveport. Sam's Town and Eldorado are located on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway in downtown Shreveport. Just over the Red River in Bossier City are four other casinos.
address: 415 Clyde Fant ParkwayRiverboat casino with full service resort hotel attached. Several restaurants inside.
address: 315 Clyde Fant ParkwayCasino and hotel with an Old West theme. Slots, card and table games available. Several restaurants inside.
CORKA wine tasting festival that is held in the fall.
- Mardi Gras. This is much larger than one would expect outside of New Orleans, as the city streets are filled with many thousands of tourists during this season. The two largest Krewes are Gemini and Centaur, and their parades run throughout much of the city. Mardi Gras takes place on the two weekends in mid to late February.
Mudbug MadnessAn early summer time festival usually held in late May that features boiled crawfish, local artwork and live music near the riverfront in downtown Shreveport.
Red River RevelA fall festival, during mid to late October, that displays numerous locally produced arts and crafts, live music and dozens of booths serving food located near the riverfront in downtown Shreveport.
Shreveport BrewA beer tasting festival generally held in early October.
State Fair of LouisianaThe State Fair of Louisiana is held in the fall at the state fairgrounds off of Interstate 20.
GolfShreveport offers many golf courses to choose from challenging everyone from amateur to pro. While many of Shreveport's golf courses are within the confines of Country Clubs that require annual membership or special invitation to enter, there are a handful that can be entered for a nominal fee.
phone: +1 318-673-7816address: 3500 BeverlyThe 18-hole "Querbes Park" course at the Querbes Park Golf Course facility in Shreveport, Louisiana features 6,207 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 71.0 and it has a slope rating of 118.
Jerry Tim Brooks Golf Course, Jerry CourseThe 9-hole "Jerry" course at the Jerry Tim Brooks Golf Course facility in Shreveport, Louisiana features 2,562 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 33.
Huntington Park Golf Course, Huntington Park CourseThe 18-hole "Huntington Park" course at the Huntington Park Golf Course facility in Shreveport, Louisiana features 7,294 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.3 and it has a slope rating of 113.
Meadow Lake Golf Club, Meadow Lake CourseThe 18-hole "Meadow Lake" course at the Meadow Lake Golf Club facility in Keithville, Louisiana features 6,284 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 70.0 and it has a slope rating of 113.
Bickham Dickson ParkLocated at 2283 Bert Kouns is a 585 acre facility offering boating and fishing on the 200 acre Old River Lake, walking trails, picnic areas, and equestrian trails.
Charles and Marie Hamel Memorial ParkLocated on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway at Stoner Ave. outside downtown Shreveport is a 17 acre park offering picnic areas, scenic views of the Red River, off-road bicycle trails, and a boat launch.
- Cross Lake is an 8,575 acre lake located in Northwest Shreveport. Moss covered cypress trees line the banks of this open lake popular for fishing and recreational boating. Supporting waterfowl, alligators and an abundance of wildlife. There are many access sites, several commercial facilities, and two public parks.
Duck PondIs the affectionate name for the 6 acre East Kings Highway Park located at 1200 East Kings Highway due to the large number of ducks that reside there. There is also a playground, picnic area, and short walking trail. The ducks have been fed by people for so many years that they'll eat straight from your hand. Bring a loaf of bread!
- There is an 18 hole Frisbee Golf Course located on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway on the riverfront about a mile outside downtown Shreveport. The 15 acre park also contains lots of picnic areas. Bordering the frisbee golf course is Veterans & Freedom Park , a 23 acre park honoring those who have given their lives in the line of duty.
- The Red River Bicycle Trail is an 8 mile paved trail located off of Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway that follows along the edge of the Red River from downtown Shreveport to the Charles and Marie Hamel Memorial Park. It offers a beautiful view of the river and surrounding areas for both bicyclists and walkers alike. It also passes other recreational areas including the Frisbee Golf Course and Veterans & Freedom Park.
Shreveport MudbugsThe Mudbugs are a hockey team that play in the North American Hockey League. While holding onto the Shreveport name, they actually play across the river in Bossier City at the CenturyLink Arena.
- Centenary College Gentlemen & Ladies. Collegiate baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The Gents & Ladies play September thru May.
Independence BowlHeld late December ever year, usually after Christmas but before New Years; featuring teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Mountain West college football conferences.
- LSU Shreveport Pilots. Collegiate baseball and basketball. The Pilots play September thru May and home games are played on the LSU Shreveport campus.
More upscale boutiques and shops are located on Line Avenue, near the Pierremont area of central Shreveport.
BudgetOriginal Shreveport Sites
Fertitta's Deliaddress: 1124 Fairfield AvenueOldest continuously operated restaurant in Shreveport; operated by the same family since 1927. Home of the classic "Muffy" sandwich. Pizza, salads, and mint tea served as well.
phone: +1 318-868-0634address: 125 East Kings HighwayClassic Shreveport eatery. American dishes like Chicken Fried Steak, Cheeseburgers, and Beef Tips. Home of the "Icebox Pie," with Strawberry Pie being the most desired among customers.
Southern Maid Donutsphone: +1 318-636-7202address: 3505 Hearne AvenueThe original Southern Maid Donuts in Shreveport is at this location. One of the oldest donut chains in the US, all remaining locations are around Shreveport and Bossier City. This is reputedly the only company Elvis Presley ever did a commercial for; he sang the jingle for the commercial.
Mid-rangeOriginal Shreveport Sites
phone: +1 318-424-2724address: 1833 Pierre AvenueOne of Shreveport's most renowned institutions and featured on several food and travel shows. Home of their famous "Shrimp Buster" po-boy. Sandwiches and po-boys available, as are a wide range of southern classics. Full service bar. The restaurant has a small area, so it may fill up quickly on busy nights.
Monjuni's Italian Cafephone: +1 318-227-0847address: 1315 Louisiana AvenueLocal Italian cafe with several locations, though this location is the original and tends to be the most popular.
phone: +1 318-869-3243address: 6123 Line AvenueMexican food in a relaxed cantina type environment. Live music every Friday and Saturday. Full service bar. Widely considered to be one of the best Tex-Mex spots in Shreveport.
SplurgeCajun / Creole
- Copeland's of New Orleans located on the corner of Bert Kouns and Youree Dr.
- Ernest's a New Orleans style restaurant, is located off the service road on Hwy 1 just south of downtown, and has a great view overlooking the Red River.
- Bella Fresca is a high end restaurant also located on Line Ave. near Superior Bar and Grill
- Superior Steakhouse on Line Avenue near the Pierremont Ave. is one of the best restaurants in town, and has one of the best wine lists in the city.
Boiled crawfish, while very popular in south Louisiana, are not as popular around Shreveport. There are a handful of restaurants and seafood markets in the Shreveport area where they can be purchased during the season (typically late spring to mid summer).
The Blind Tigerphone: +1 318-226-8747address: 120 Texas St.
phone: +1 318-221-1781address: 417 Texas Street
Strange Brewphone: +1 318-222-2337address: 235 Wall Street
Mid-City / Near Centenary College
The Cubphone: +1 318-861-6517address: 3002 Girard Street
Round Barphone: +1 318-300-4958address: 3044 Youree Drive
Nightlife / DancingDowntown
- Larry Flynt's Deja Vu Hustler Club
- Prime XO
- Sand Bar
phone: +1 318-848-7776address: 2221 Fairfield AvenueA classic Shreveport accommodation, the Fairfield Place is a late 19th century home with 6 rooms. Each room has furnishings of the period and a classic feel to it, but still has modern amenities, such as tv, Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms. Hot breakfast served every morning.
phone: +1 318 698-0900address: 104 Market Street
phone: +1 318-222-7717address: 102 Lake Street
Shreveport Regional Airport
phone: +1 318-686-0102address: 6245 Westport Avenue
phone: +1 318 686-0148address: 5971 Financial PlazaWith plush beds, spacious desks and high-tech amenities.
CrimeShreveport ranks higher than the national average for every type of crime and in 2007 was rated in the top ten most dangerous metro areas in the nation. Common sense is suggested when visiting the city.
Some neighborhoods are more dangerous than others. In general, areas west of Downtown and Interstate 49 and south of Interstate 220 are more dangerous than other parts of the city. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. If it looks like the neighborhood is going downhill it might be best to turn around rather than drive through. It is not recommended to walk alone or in small groups after dark in the downtown district unless you stay in the well populated areas near the casinos and bars.
- Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum, 2419 Main St Gibsland LA 71028, . The notorious Bonnie and Clyde were shot and killed a few miles south of Gibsland, Louisiana.
- Driskill Mountain, is the highest point in Louisiana, and is located about one hour east of Shreveport. The mountain is located on private property, but the trail to the top is open to the public. The hike from the road to the top of the mountain is about one mile with about 100ft of elevation gain.
- Eddie G. Robinson Museum, (318) 247-6337, . This museum, located about an hour east of Shreveport in Grambling, is dedicated to the life and career of the late Grambling State University head football coach, winningest NCAA Division I football coach. Opened in February 2010.
- Eddie Jones Park, free, 8am-5pm Wed-Sat 1pm-5pm Sun, . Located about thirty minutes southwest of downtown Shreveport, Eddie Jones Park features over 10 miles of mountain biking trails, five miles of horseback riding trails, and two miles of hiking trails. It is also home to Chimp Haven, and a Veteran's Cemetery.
- Natchitoches, Louisiana is the oldest town in Louisiana, and is located just off of Interstate 49 about 45 minutes south of Shreveport.