If you have 48 hours to spend a weekend in Shreveport-Bossier, there’s plenty of Las Vegas-style gaming action to get your blood pumping, retail therapy to sooth your soul and art to inspire you mind. Masks and social distancing measures are mandatory throughout Louisiana, so you can have peace of mind while exploring.
2 p.m. – Start the weekend by exploring two art hubs in downtown Shreveport. Shop and explore the artistic creations of more than 300 local artists at The Agora Borealis, a regional artisan’s marketplace. Artspace features rotating exhibitions of regional and local artists. Right now, check out QuaranTime (on exhibit through Sept. 26, 2020) and The Black Out Art Exhibition of the Past, Present and Future (on exhibit through Sept. 19, 2020).
5 p.m. – Catch dinner and a movie at Robinson Film Center, a local movie theater that showcases independent, international and classic cinema in two movie theaters. Grab dinner at Abby Singer’s Bistro, a full-service restaurant located upstairs. Dine inside or outside on the balcony while feasting on seafood gumbo, chicken and waffles, craft cocktails, and more.
9 p.m. – If you’re looking for a night cap, head to Noble Savage Tavern, a popular downtown restaurant serving up top-shelf liquor, local beer on draft and outstanding pub food.
9 a.m. – Grab breakfast to-go at Southern Maid Donuts, famous for being the only product that Elvis Presley ever sang a jingle for.
10 a.m. – Take a morning stroll through the nation’s largest park dedicated to roses at the American Rose Center. The 118-acre park features 20,000 rosebushes and a variety of companion plants, sculptures and fountains. The best times of the year to see roses are during peak bloom seasons each April to June and September to October.
11 a.m. – Visit Gators and Friends Adventure Park to hold a baby alligator, explore the exotic petting zoo, and zip-line over alligators and animals throughout the park.
1 p.m. – Head to Ki’Mexico for lunch. The local, family-run restaurant in the South Highlands neighborhood serves a sophisticated, artful take on traditional Mexican fare including tacos, tostadas and more.
2 p.m. – Visit Shreveport Aquarium and get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays, jellyfish and a host of other underwater creatures.
4 p.m. – Shop at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, a dynamic shopping destination on the banks of the Red River. The outlet mall is home to the popular Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, local chocolatier the Chocolate Crocodile and outlet stores.
6 p.m. – For dinner, hang out at Flying Heart Brewing and Pub, located in the East Bank District. The local brewery serves up brick-oven pizza, several flagship beers, limited edition seasonal offerings, Louisiana beers, and a cocktail menu.
8 p.m. – Shreveport-Bossier’s five riverboat casinos and horse racing track are filled with non-stop, 24-hour gaming action ranging from Vegas-style gaming and nightlife to decadent dining and posh accommodations.
11 p.m. – Make plans to say goodbye to Shreveport-Bossier by having a long brunch at Marilynn’s Place. The former gas station turned restaurant dishes up traditional Louisiana flavors such as shrimp and grits, red beans and rice, andouille sausage, and more.
For more trip planning inspiration for Shreveport-Bossier visit www.Shreveport-Bossier.org. Request a free Official Shreveport-Bossier Visitor’s Guide or call 1-800-551-8682 to get additional information.