Located in beautiful northwest Louisiana, Shreveport-Bossier is a mixture of spicy Cajun attitude and the wide-open Texas spirit. Experience 24-hour resort-style casinos, riverfront entertainment, mouthwatering cuisine, music history, Shreveport Aquarium, and shopping at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets. Flavor is a way of life here: The beloved restaurants dishing up Cajun-style seafood, stuffed shrimp, po-boys, and gumbo prove it.
“Shreveport-Bossier is a place for groups to have fun,” said Erica Telsee, tourism sales manager at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. “Whether your group is looking to walk in the footsteps of a 19-year-old Elvis Presley, hold a baby alligator at Gators and Friends Adventure Park, roll the dice at the casinos, catch Mardi Gras beads at a parade, or watch the Red River roll by, chances are we’ve got it in the sister cities.”
Backstage Music Tour at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium is known internationally for its role in music history. Once home to the radio broadcast program the “Louisiana Hayride,” the auditorium is most famous for being the place Elvis Presley performed his first live radio performance. Today, groups can take a guided Backstage Music Tour of the iconic venue and walk in the footsteps of music legends like Hank Williams and Kitty Wells. The one-hour tour is led by an expert guide who will share the stories and the songs of the many stars who have graced the stage of the auditorium since its completion in 1929.
Casinos and horse racing
The fun never stops at Shreveport-Bossier’s six riverfront casinos and thoroughbred race track. Guests can enjoy luxurious, resort-style amenities — from posh accommodations, pools, and spas to dining, shopping, and more — as well as gaming and nightlife. Several casinos have recently introduced new amenities including restaurants, bars, and a wine and chocolate group experience. For the heart-pounding thrill of live horse racing, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs has all the right stuff. Home of the Super Derby, Louisiana Downs offers live thoroughbred racing, quarter horse racing and year-round simulcast. Whether rolling the dice or lounging poolside, guests are treated to award-winning hospitality, amenities and player perks.
Wine and Chocolate Tasting at Margaritaville Resort Casino
Tantalize your taste buds with unique pairings of wines and fine chocolate in the middle of paradise at Jimmy’s Seafood and Steak at Margaritaville Resort Casino. During the Perfect Pair – Wine and Chocolate Tasting, groups can learn from an expert instructor about different flavor profiles, wine varieties and how to re-create perfect pairings at home. Chocolates are provided by The Chocolate Crocodile, a locally-owned shop situated next door at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets. Named the Best Overall Property by Southern Gaming Magazine multiple years in a row, Margaritaville Resort Casino offers an island-style luxury resort experience with non-stop gaming, electrifying entertainment and five top-rated restaurants.
Us Up North Dining Experience
Taste the Official Meal of North Louisiana and celebrate its unique flavors and culinary traditions during the Us Up North Dining Experience. This experience allows guests to enjoy locally sourced dishes and cooking demonstrations by Chef Hardette Harris, who established the Official Meal of North Louisiana in 2015. The menu may include favorites such as fried catfish, barbecue smoked sausage, collard greens, and hot water cornbread. Following the cooking demonstration and meal, groups have the option of exploring the diverse food scene of Shreveport-Bossier on a guided tour with Chef Harris.
Shopping at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets and more
A vacation to Shreveport-Bossier wouldn’t be complete without shopping for unique Louisiana souvenirs and stopping by Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets. Explore a growing collection of more than 60 outlet stores, restaurants and entertainment venues at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, a dynamic shopping destination where shoppers save up to 65 percent off regular retail prices every day. Shop for art and gifts created by local artisans at the Agora Borealis, an artist’s marketplace in downtown Shreveport. Wander through the aisles of the Mardi Gras headquarters at Tubb’s Hardware and Cajun Gifts. Check out local boutiques like The Enchanted Garden in the Line Avenue Shopping District.