Shreveport, LA

Top Things To Do for Free in Shreveport-Bossier, Lousiana

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Whether you are visiting a city for the first time or have lived there for years, there is always something new to discover.

Among the many attraction a city can offer, free activities give both visitors and locals a great way to enjoy the center without spending money and at the same time have fun with friends and family.

Shreveport–Bossier City is one of Louisiana's largest metropolitan cities, located in the state's north-western part. As a significant economic, cultural and religious center, it counts on several museums, religious buildings, and casinos.

Also, thanks to the tax incentives offered by the state government, the State of Lousiana earned the name of "Hollywood South," and among the movies shot in Shreveport, there are Soul Men (2008), The Guardian (2006), and Olympus Has Fallen (2013).

The Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets

The Lousiana Boardwalk Outlets is an outdoor shopping center situated in downtown Shreveport. It has a half-mile-long boardwalk right off the Red River.

Here, you can simply walk around and enjoy the view on a clear day or go shopping, browsing through a large variety of shops and dining at the many restaurants and bars available.

On some weekends, there are live music events and shows. Make sure to check the opening hours before going!

The Famous statues of the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium

The statues of two famous musicians are located in front of the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium's art deco-style building at 705 Elvis Presley Avenue.

One is the bronze statue of Elvis Presley, who performed on the Louisiana Hayride for the first time in October 1954.

The other is dedicated to the guitarist James Burton, who wrote and played the famous guitar licks on Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q" and played lead guitar for Elvis and other renowned artists.

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Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center

The J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center aims to inform people of all ages about the Corps of Engineers' story. They work to tame the Red River for navigation and recreation.

The center is an 8,300 square feet building housing a reception area, theater, and exhibition hall with audiovisual, static, and interactive exhibits providing continuous film focused on the story of the Red River.

The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum

Built in 1937-38, The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum has circular shapes with two rectangular wings.

It hosts a 330 seating capacity auditorium; an allegorical fresco representing the agriculture, industry, and Louisiana's natural resources; an exhibit area; a courtyard; a gallery with Native American artifacts, and much more regional art masterpieces and dioramas.

The Barksdale Global Power Museum

The Barksdale Global Power Museum is a military museum also known as the Eighth Air Force Museum.

Through its six exhibit galleries, you can learn the story of Strategic Bombardment at the home of the 2nd Bomb Wing, the mighty 8th Air Force, the new Air Force Global Strike Command, admire vintage aircraft and bombers and buy a souvenir to bring home.

If you are a local and a fan of this military aviation museum, you might want to consider helping them as a volunteer!

RiverView Park

Located right on the riverfront, at 601 Clyde Fant Parkway, the public RiverView Park features a water playground with an interactive fountain with lights, music, and a 300-foot-long floating boat dock.

It also has a beautiful waterfall with natural stones and a viewing area at its summit.

Gorgeous lighted roses made of metal are located along the riverfront.

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The Duck Pond

Officially known as the East Kings Highway Park, this excellent play area with swings, slides, and picnic tables located along Old River is known to locals as "the duck pond" due to the numerous ducks living in the spring and summer months.

Locals also come to the Duck Pond to fish, feed the ducks, and relax.

The Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park

The Walter Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park mission is to help locals connect with the natural environment surrounding them by conserving a pine-oak-hickory forest for interpretation and recreation purposes.

The 160-acre nature park features hiking trails, picnic areas, a center with live raptors, and an outdoor aviary.

Special events are scheduled regularly. An annual environmental day camp, called Earth Camp, is offered each summer in the park.

The Spring Street Historical Museum

The Spring Street Historical Museum is Shreveport's oldest building, dated around 1865.

Since 1976, it has been owned and operated by the Shreveport Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames in Louisiana, which took good care of its restoration.

The museum is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It features a Victorian cast-iron grill-work gallery, an original vault, Civil War artifacts, vintage clothing and toys, Persian rugs, furniture, and paintings.

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The Southern University Museum of Art

The Southern University Museum of Art features more than 300 original African-American and African art masterpieces to provide an array of learning experiences and be a resource for everyone through the museum's ingenious use of its gatherings.

The museum is a part of Louisiana's statewide African-American Heritage Trail.

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