Introducing the city

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About Shreveport

Known for its casinos, entertainment, culture and shopping scene, Shreveport is part small-town community, part modern urban city. This eclectic mix makes it a hit with locals and visitors alike.

This Northwest-Louisianan city is home to some of the most vibrant nightlife, tastiest cuisine and scenic state parks Louisiana has to offer.

With a close proximity to Bossier City, what Shreveport doesn't offer you can probably be found just across the Red River. The Shreveport-Bossier area is affectionately nicknamed Lousiana's Other Side and offers a number of free attractions and annual events.

With a number of state parks, lakes and forests to explore, Shreveport's offerings for the eco-conscious are abundant and can be explored by cycling, hiking or just by taking a leisurely stroll.

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Weather

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When should you visit?

Shreveport's warm season starts at the end of May and lasts until the end of September, but with the humidity and the turbulent weather, the best time to visit is before this between March and May.

Spring, summer and autumn can suffer severe thunderstorms, with the heavy rain, hail and tornadoes that make Louisiana famous. Hurricane season is between June and November. With high humidity levels and temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius, summer is probably not the best time to visit Shreveport, but with such a long warm season it might be hard to avoid the heat completely. The winter months are milder, but the temperatures can drop below freezing, particularly in December and January during the night.

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Travioor top tips

transport
water parks
hot weather

Insider Info

  • With no subway system, buses are your best bet for travelling around Shreveport. There are 16 bus routes in total, and tickets can be bought either on the bus or at a ticket stand.
  • If you're visiting in the summer months, why not cool off in one of Shreveport's many water parks? Splash Kingdom has a lazy river, water slides and a wave pool.
  • The warm season spans five months and it will get hot. Pack lightly and don't forget to drink lots of water.

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Food and drink

Main Course £10.31 | $13.13

3-Course Meal £28.16 | $35.85

Cappuccino £3.37 | $4.29

Beer £2.38 | $3.03

The Scene

Louisiana is arguably one of the best culinary states in America, and Shreveport offers a variety of cuisine to suit every taste and budget. Louisianan favourites Cajun and Creole make their way into Shreveport's offerings alongside world-class steakhouses and an abundance of seafood eateries.

The nightlife here has arguably some of the best drinks offerings around with plenty of places to pick up a quirky cocktail, and downtown venues like the Noble Savage Tavern and Voodoo Café hosting live music most evenings.

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History

Shreveport’s Story

Founded in 1836 by the Shreve Town Company, Shreveport was established through a want to create a town at the meeting point of the Red River and the Texas Trail. In 1839, the town was incorporated as Shreveport. Originally, it consisted of just 64 city blocks and was mainly known for its steamboat commerce, cotton, agriculture, oil and gas.

Captain Henry Miller Shreve was responsible for turning the city into a successful shipping port. The Red River was previously blocked with a 180-mile-long natural log jam, which Shreve cleared using a specifically modified riverboat. The Shreve Town Company and the town itself were named in Shreve's honour, and the river remained in operation until the early 20th century, when lack of use resulted in it becoming inoperable.

Today the Shreveport-Bossier City port is once again being developed as a shipping centre, following work in the late 90s to set up a navigation channel and a series of lock-and-dam structures.

Language

English

The main language spoken in Shreveport is English, though you may hear some other dialects on your visit. If you want to connect with the locals, seek out some local or Louisiana sayings/phrases before you go, such as the examples below:

  • Ya'll: When addressing more than one person.
  • Come see: Come here.
  • Where y'at?: How are you?/What's going on?

Need to know

+1 318 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Shreveport Regional Airport is the closest to the city, but only flies to 7 destinations. The best way to get here is to fly to either Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Atlanta (ATL) or Houston (IAH), and then get a connecting flight.
  • Tipping is expected; most give 15-20% in restaurants.
  • Most of the attractions in Shreveport are located within walking distance of each other. Despite bus transport being cheap and easy to use, we recommend exploring on foot.


VISA INFORMATION
Find out about the visa requirements for the United States here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Shopping

Louisiana Boardwalk is home to 850,000 sq. ft. of shopping, dining and entertainment. It's popular with tourists, but it's certainly big enough to accommodate everyone.

2. Art Gallery

The Norton Art Gallery has collections of American and European art spanning over four centuries. Whilst this is a talking point itself, the gallery grounds are stunning too.

3. Parish Taceaux

Relatively new on the scene having opened in July 2016, Parish Taceaux offers a variety of handcrafted margaritas and cocktails alongside familiar quesadillas and tacos.

4. Aura Ultra Lounge

Another new face on the scene, offering unique drinks and live performance space with a modern, chilled-out vibe in downtown Shreveport.

5. Kisatchie Forest

Kisatchie National Forest is the only National Forest in Louisiana. With over 400 miles of trails for hiking, horse riding and mountain biking, you won't be short of options.


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