In And Around Shreveport

Neon Saturdays provide only a small taste of the attractions of Shreveport and the surrounding area.

Museums and Galleries


Meadows Museum of Art

The permanent collection at The Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College contains more than 1,000 works in a variety of media from cultures worldwide. The museum augments its collection by maintaining a rigorous temporary exhibition schedule. Now through August 1, the museum is featuring the paintings of Louisiana native John Clemmer.

R. W. Norton Art Gallery

Located in a 40-acre landscaped park, the R. W. Norton Art Gallery features the Southwest's largest permanent collection of American Western paintings and sculptures by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Also on display are incomparable collections of American European paintings, sculptures and decorative arts spanning nearly four centuries.

Louisiana State Museum

Renowned for its large murals, frescoes, and amazing dioramas depicting the history and culture of Louisiana, the Louisiana State Museum features exhibits of prehistoric Indian artifacts, Louisiana industry and agriculture.

The Amwerican Rose Center

The American Rose Center features North America's largest rose garden with 118 acres of blooming beauty. The center is headquarters for the American Rose Society. More than 20,000 roses are spectacularly planted in 60 individual gardens.

The Strand Theater

A 75-year-old treasure, Shreveport's Strand Theater has been labeled one of the "glitziest" theatres for live performance anywhere in the country with its three giant chandeliers and ornate spiral staircases. Up coming performances include the touring company of Broadway's Jeckyll and Hyde and a regional production of Man of La Mancha.


TheShreveport Regional Arts Council offers a calendar of arts events in the area. The council also operates the Tower Gallery in downtown Shreveport featuring works by regional artists.

Gambling


Gambling comprises the crux of Shreveport's tourist pull with four riverboat casinos including The Casino Magic Luxury Hotel and Casino and Harrah's Shreveport Casino.

Of course, where there are casinos there are shows. Each of Sheveport's casinos has a main stage that draws Vegas-style acts like The Glenn Miller Orchestra and Tony Orlando.

Just outside the city is a top-notch horseracing track, the Louisiana Downs. The Downs has several promotions throughout the summer including wiener dog and chihuahua races and "Family Fun Days" where children can enjoy pony rides.

Other Attractions


Mansfield State Historic Site

Through living history events, exhibits, battle reenactments and interpretive programs, the Mansfield State Historic Site allows you to travel back to the unrest of the Civil War years. Interpretive trails and a picnic area are available as well as musket demonstrations and candlelight tours of the battlefield.

Watertown USA

With over 20 acres of waterslides and swimming pools, Watertown USA is a great place to cool off on a hot southern summer day.

Ark-La-Tex Antique & Classic Vehicle Museum

This museum features an array of antique and classic vehicles including motorcycles and antique fire trucks.

The Shreveport Convention & Tourist Bureau Web site has listings of Shreveport area attractions including outdoor recreation areas, local sports events, and shopping.

  • CBSNews.com staff CBSNews.com staff

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