Exploring Louisiana never was easier than a trip to Bossier. From Mardi Gras fun to food and entertainment on the water, this city doesn’t stop. If you’ve ever craved a Southern experience and didn’t know where to start, this town on the outskirts of Shreveport will get you jumpin’ like a gator.
Check out these things to do in Bossier City, LA and make your trip an exciting one!
1. A shopping spree on the Louisiana Boardwalk
A strip with everything you could ask for, the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier is a metropolitan mecca. Lined with shops, restaurants, and entertainment, you can get your fix of most anything on this beautiful walkway.
Fan favorites are the outlets for J.Crew, Levi’s, and Express. The website will even let you know when sales or events are popping up, so get your wallet ready and head on down the boardwalk.
Address: 540 Boardwalk Boulevard Bossier, LA 71111
Website: Louisiana Boardwalk
2. Let the good times roll at the Mardi Gras Museum
If you’ve visited the South, you’ve definitely heard of Mardi Gras. Although it’s most famous for its New Orleans version, the Bossier City museum is one of the highest ranked in the state. The tradition of festival season spreads across Louisiana, so take advantage of a chance to learn of a whole new incarnation!
Be wowed by pristinely decorated floats from all the “krewes,” intricate costumes, and history of Mardi Gras in northwest Louisiana. Definitely give them a call (+1 318-218-2865) in advance, as the space is small and the best way to learn is through the tour!
Mardi Gras Museum
Address: 2101 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA
Website: Mardi Gras Museum
3. Eat locally at the Bossier City Farmers' Market
Every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm (April to December) the Farmers’ Market is a perfect way to live like a local. With fresh produce, ready-to-eat food, handmade goods, plants, baked goods, and artisans of all kinds, the market is a great way to explore the region’s finest products. Try some boudin balls, cracklins, and other cajun favorites to relish in your experience.
Bossier City Farmer's Market
Address: 2950 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA 71111
Website: Bossier City Farmer’s Market
4. Willy Wonka's workshop or Rocket Fizz Specialty Shop?
Have you ever wished you could go back in time to your childhood? When candy could solve every problem and the taste of your favorite soda or sugary sweet could set your heart right? Stop by Rocket Fizz and relive those glory days! This store is loved by locals for its childhood whimsy. To call it a “specialty” shop is an understatement – Rocket Fizz sells sodas in such flavors as bacon soda with chocolate, peanut butter and jelly, and even dirt soda.
Rocket Fizz Specialty Shop
Address: 10 Boardwalk Blvd a, Bossier City, LA 71111
Website: Rocket Fizz Specialty Shop
5. Parrotheads take flight to Margaritaville Resort Casino
You don’t have to like Jimmy Buffett to enjoy this resort. With food, gambling, and a chance to play the slots, it’s the ideal place for some adult fun. The seven restaurants range from casual to classy and boast every kind of food. The fan favorite? It’s 5'oclock Somewhere Bar! The casino gives you every excuse to let loose, so get yourself over to the pool and drink up!
Margaritaville Resort Casino
Address: 777 Margaritaville way, Bossier City, LA 71111
Website: Margaritaville Resort Casino
6. Go down to the races at Harrah's Louisiana Downs
Not sure about the buffet life but looking for adult thrills? Try out Harrah’s instead. Though this resort also hosts a casino and restaurants, their big claim to fame is their racetrack. Home to the Super Derby, Harrah’s is a premiere live racing spot. Feeling lucky? Take a bet on any of the horse shows.
If you’d rather spend the day indoors, Harrah’s entertainment complex is a casino unlike any other. The gambling is easy and the chances for fun are endless. Otherwise, make your way to any of the Harrah’s restaurant, including an on-site Fuddruckers for more games!
Harrah's Louisiana Downs
Address: 8000 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA 71111
Website: Harrah’s Louisiana Downs
7. Take a hike in Red River National Wildlife Refuge
They say adventure is just down the riverbend and Red River National Wildlife Refuge definitely proves it. Nestled in the crook of the Red River Valley, the area is forested with bottomland hardwoods, cypress sloughs, scrub swamps, and populated with a myriad of wildlife. Scared of gators? No matter! Get into a guided canoe tour and explore the swamps like only a Louisianan would. If that’s a little too brave for your taste, consider any of the walking paths to visit the marshlands from afar.
Red River National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 150 Eagle Bend Point, Bossier City, LA 71112
Website: Red River National Wildlife Refuge
8. Explore modern medicine at the Talbot Museum
Tower and Garden Apartment residents toured the Talbot Museum in the WK Innovation Center. The museum features exhibits that focus on people, places and events that have shaped medicine in our region.Posted by The Oaks of Louisiana on Monday, 30 June 2014
Housed within the Willis-Knighton Innovation Center, the Talbot Museum was built in celebration of a prominent doctor and his wife. Follow the narrative of modern medicine over the past century and a half. The museum particularly emphasizes the people, places, and events that shaped medicine in northern Louisiana.
Sound a little dull? Think again. The exhibits range from medicine in the New South, to the birth of obstetrics, and the Tri-State Sanitarium.
Address: 2105 Airline Drive Bossier City, LA 71111
Website: Talbot Museum
Southern living made simple
If you’re ready to try savory boudin and enjoy a round of slots, get yourself down to Bossier. A city with educational exhibits, world-class bars, and fresh local foods – this is the ideal spot to learn about the local culture. Take your tour of the town and don’t forget: in Louisiana, there’s never a wrong time to eat or drink.
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