January 2, 2020
The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Shreveport, LA
Posted by: Janice Delerno
In the northwest corner of Louisiana lies one of the state’s best-kept secrets. Shreveport is a cultural mecca with enough museums and attractions to keep you busy for weeks, plus incredible Cajun and Creole cuisine to satisfy any craving. To top it all off, the town hosts a myriad of events from music festivals to parades that fill the air with excitement. Plan a trip to Shreveport and fall in love with this colorful Southern city.
Museums & Attractions:
One day certainly wouldn’t be enough time to explore all that Shreveport has to offer. On first glance, you’ll notice art covering everything from sidewalks to alleyways and historic buildings all over town, but the culture doesn’t stop there. Spend the day exploring the numerous museums or dip in and out of the unique art galleries spread through the town.
Louisiana State Exhibit Museum: People come from all over to explore the unique works of art in the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. As you wander through the collections, you will catch snapshots of Louisiana life through the decades. With impressive dioramas, powerful Native American collections, and an astounding display of historic objects, you won’t want to rush your way through this gem.
Shreveport Water Works Museum: For a unique and educational look into the history of water works in America, head to the Water Works Museum. The museum sits in the McNeill Street Pumping Station which was Shreveport’s first water plant and contains all of the original pumps, filters, and machinery still intact after more than a century of service.
Red River District: The Red River District in downtown is the place to be in Shreveport. Art galleries fill the storefronts, eateries with beautiful patios are around every corner, and the whole district is filled with life. Events and festivals bring music, art, and culture throughout the year. Take a stroll and see what treasures await you.
Shreveport is filled with incredible soul food and is a foodie destination for people looking for mouthwatering Creole dishes with a signature Louisiana kick. While you could follow your nose and find an incredible eatery anywhere in town, here are a few that you absolutely have to visit.
Herby K’s: Since 1936, Herby K’s has been the stop for locals, road trippers passing through town, visitors, and foodies alike. This hole in the wall restaurant serves up hearty portions of seafood and their world-famous Shrimp Buster which was featured on the hit television show American Pickers.
Mabry House: At first glance, you’d think that Mabry House was a charming Victorian home that just so happens to be hosting a dinner party, but on closer inspection, you’ll find one of the best restaurants in Shreveport. Entrees range from fine dining to culinary masterpieces paired with an extensive wine list. Make reservations ahead of time as everyone wants a seat at the Mabry House.
Great Raft Brewing: This craft brewery is a perfect combination of uptown vibes and welcoming ambiance. Head in for a flight of beers and choose your dinner from one of the food carts located on-site. You can also take a free tour of the brewery and learn more about their backstory and the process behind their crisp and refreshing brews.
It is an odd week if you don’t hear any smooth jazz in the streets or smell some mouthwatering aromas floating through the air as there is almost always a festival or event happening in Shreveport. From foodie festivals to family-friendly events, there is always a reason to come visit for the weekend.
Mudbug Madness: For three days each Memorial Day weekend, downtown Shreveport floods with foodies looking to celebrate Louisiana crawfish and the cuisine that have brought people together for centuries. The streets will be filled with incredible scents from the Cajun and Creole vendors and live music will fill the air for one of the largest events in the country.
Red River Revel Arts Fest: This fest is a mix of visual art, funky music, incredible food, and community of Northern Louisiana. For over 40 years people have flocked to Shreveport in the fall to honor the history and culture of the area.
Where to Stay:
Fairfield Place Bed & Breakfast: To fully immerse yourself in the city of Shreveport, stay at Fairfield Place Bed & Breakfast. As the first bed & breakfast in town, this charming inn has been a pinnacle of the community with guests returning year after year to their home away from home. Experience a little slice of Shreveport charm in this 1870 home without sacrificing modern comforts and amenities.
2439 Fairfield ‘A Bed & Breakfast’: Indulge in old-England charm at this elegant 1905 Victorian B&B. Located in Shreveport’s desirable historical district, this inn is surrounded by beautifully landscaped rose gardens, oak trees, and a picturesque gazebo. This award-winning inn has been featured in Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, television shows, and has been ranked as one of the best places to stay in the south.
Shreveport is one of the best cities in the state. It could be the melting pot influences from nearby Texas and Arkansas or the vibrant culture of artists, entertainers, and chefs or a little bit of everything. Plan a little while and explore the town, walk the riverfront, taste the flavors of the town, and fall in love with this great city.
Ready to explore Shreveport? The Louisiana Bed & Breakfast Association boasts several one-of-a-kind inns, bed & breakfasts, and historic homes located in all corners of the state.