There is no better way to explore Louisiana’s Sportsman’s Paradise than at one of Shreveport-Bossier’s many outdoor attractions. Located in beautiful Northwest Louisiana, just a quick three-hour drive from Dallas, the sister cities are well known for their riverboat casinos, shopping and delectable Louisiana cuisine. And there is also always something to enjoy outside from exploring America’s largest park dedicated to roses at the American Rose Center to hiking, fishing and bird watching at one of the many nature trails in the area. Read on for six social distancing-friendly outdoor adventures.
American Rose Center
American Rose Center is America’s largest park dedicated to roses and is home to the American Rose Society headquarters. The 118-acre park’s paved trails and tranquil beauty make it a great place for walking, jogging or simply enjoying the beauty of more than 20,000 rose bushes. The best times of the year to see roses is during peak bloom each April to June and September to October. American Rose Center offers guided group tours and is wheelchair accessible.
Gators and Friends Adventure Park
Visitors can see alligators up close and personal at Gators and Friends Adventure Park. The popular attraction features daily live alligator feedings, zip-ling, high-speed go karts, pony rides, petting zoo, and exotic animal exhibits with ostriches, kangaroos, lemurs, camels, and more. If you’re feeling adventurous, the zip line that culminates with a 750-foot run over a swamp full of alligators is calling your name.
Red River National Wildlife Refuge
One of Shreveport-Bossier’s newest options for outdoor recreation, Red River National Wildlife Refuge offers six miles of marked, walking trails that surround a beautiful oxbow lake called Lake Caroline. The refuge is particularly popular among birdwatchers, nature photographers and fishermen.
Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park
Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park is a 120-acre nature park that features five miles of walking trails, including a wheelchair-accessible trail. This park offers convenient, paved parking near trail entrances. Hikers can also see the habitat for rehabilitating injured birds of prey.
Cypress Black Bayou Park & Recreation Area
Cypress Black Bayou in Benton is a great spot for camping, RVing, boating, fishing, and swimming. Located 30 minutes north of Bossier City, the recreation area also offers a marina, wildlife zoo, and beach. The park also has a meeting room that holds up to 50 people that is perfect for a small group retreat.
DARE Dayclub at Horseshoe Casino and Hotel
Cool off from the Louisiana sun at DARE Dayclub, an outdoor pool and bar at Horseshoe Casino and Hotel. Guests can enjoy a lavish poolside experience with a reserved cabana, bottle service and a private mini pool, or you can navigate the pool at your own pace by ordering drinks at the bar and laying out on the public lounge chairs. The day club is currently exclusively open to hotel guests with strict social distancing requirements in place. Click here to read DARE Dayclub’s social distancing requirements.
Just like Texas, Louisiana starts to cool down in September, but temperatures continue to sizzle through the fall. If you need to chill out after being out in the heat, swing through one of Shreveport’s many daiquiri joints like Alky Therapy Daiquiris or Louisiana Daiquiri Café, or grab a scoop of Shreveport-themed ice cream at Sweetport.
Plan your trip to Shreveport-Bossier at www.Shreveport-Bossier.org or call 1-800-551-8682.