Visit Shreveport, Louisiana with Kids
While New Orleans gets the lion’s share of attention, Shreveport, Louisiana, offers visitors many options for a weekend getaway. Whether you want to lose yourself in the bustle of a busy city, shop your weekend away, or wander through the history of the area, Shreveport can be a great weekend destination for you.
Shreveport and the neighboring Bossier City are located on the Red River in the northwest corner of Louisiana. Casino boats line the river and provide entertainment for the many visitors to the area. However, there are many family-friendly options to explore.
4 Fun Things to do in Shreveport, LA with Kids
1. Shreveport Aquarium
The Shreveport Aquarium is a delightful retreat for visitors of all ages. My older girls enjoy the exhibits, and our friends with younger children are fascinated by the hands-on experiences as well. Several touch tanks are available featuring animals large and small such as sharks, stingrays, shrimp, sea urchins, and sea stars. Tickets are very competitively priced with discounted rates and coupons available.
Be sure to eat at SALT Restaurant located at the Aquarium. It is perfect for a quick bite with children during a play date or to enjoy a more relaxed meal with riverfront patio dining featuring fresh and sustainable seafood.
2. Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets
Not far from the Aquarium are the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, also directly on the river. Enjoy a day of shopping both familiar and specialty stores. Have a delicious lunch on a patio overlooking the river. Take a break to enjoy a chocolatier or cheesecake dessert. Catch a movie, play in the arcade, sit by the fountain, or take a turn on the large carousel. No matter your interests, you will find a multitude of memories waiting for you on the Boardwalk!
3. Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park
Need some time away from the crowds? Check out Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park. The park is open Wednesday through Sunday during the day. Enjoy maintained walking trails, education programs, and staff onsite to help direct your visit. The park is pet-friendly and a great way to stretch your legs and enjoy the scenery!
4. Mardi Gras in Shreveport
While Mardi Gras is most famous a bit farther south, Shreveport and Bossier City host family-friendly celebrations centered on parades, food, live music, and activities for everyone. The celebration has been recognized as one of the top 100 parades in the country. You won’t be disappointed by the floats and musicians as they wind their way through the district.
As the sun sets on your day, make your way to Hilton Shreveport near the Red River District. Enjoy the spacious rooms and convenient location to nightlife and unforgettable restaurants.
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