Located in the north-western part of Louisiana, the Shreveport-Bossier City area is a Mecca for and tourists who enjoy gambling and the great outdoors. There are no fewer than 7 casinos and a racetrack to keep you busy betting and winning. When you are not playing the slots or the tables you can enjoy some retail therapy at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlet Mall or catch a show at the Century Link Center. Nature lovers can spend some time wildlife viewing in the Kisatchie National Forest or bird watching at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge. If you are interested in exploring African American history you can do a self-guided African-American Heritage Tour. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Margaritaville Resort Casino
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Margaritaville Resort Casino is a popular entertainment and relaxation destination in Bossier City. The complex includes a very comfortable up-scale hotel which offers a variety of modern rooms with all the little luxuries you need. The complex has a lovely sunny outdoor pool with a hot tub where you can soak up some sun. If you are in need of a little pampering you can head to the on-site spa for a relaxing massage or other beauty treatments. The Casino offers slots and table games and a variety of entertainment venues. When hunger strikes you will find you have a wide choice of restaurants to choose from including a traditional steak house, buffet and a choice of Asian inspired cafes.
Margaritaville Resort Casino, 777 Margaritaville Way, Bossier City, LA 71111, Phone: 855-346-2489
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For a satisfying day of retail therapy, shopaholics should not miss the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlet Mall in Bossier City. One of the largest shopping complexes of its kind in Louisiana, the Louisiana Boardwalk is home to more than 50 outlet stores, including well-known brands like Banana Republic, Bass Pro and Nike. When you need a break from all the shopping you will find a wide variety of restaurants where you can have coffee, lunch or dinner, including Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, Sashiko and Saltgrass Steakhouse. After shopping you can round off your day by catching a show at Regal Cinemas or IMAX.
Louisiana Boardwalk, 540 Boardwalk Blvd, Bossier City, LA 71111, Phone: 318-752-1455
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3.Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Bossier City, Louisiana
A combination of premier race track and casino, Hurrah’s Louisiana Downs racino is a popular destination for gamblers and fun-seekers. The complex includes a thoroughbred racetrack which hosts more than 130 days of live horse racing each year. In addition, the casino offers punters the chance to watch live horse racing while you play the slots or tables or even to watch your favorite sports teams in action on one of the many plasma TVs dotted around the playing area. There are three restaurants to choose from and if you would like to linger a little longer you can check into the on-site Marriott Hotel.
Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, 8000 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA 71111, Phone: 318-742-5555
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4.Century Link Center, Bossier City, Louisiana
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Conveniently located along the banks of the Red River, about 5 miles from downtown Bossier City and Shreveport, the Century Link Center is one of most important entertainment complexes in the South. The center opened its door in 2000 and can accommodate up to 14,000 guests for a diverse selection of entertainment including family concerts, motor shows, conventions, rodeos and many other crowd-pleasing events. The designers thought of everything – there is plenty of on-site parking (for 4000 vehicles), a 187-seat Club and Lounge which offers premier seating and facilities and 16 private Luxury
Suites. When hunger strikes you will find two large food courts selling all your favorite snacks and light meals.
Century Link Center, 2000 Century Link Center Drive, Bossier City, LA 71112, Phone: 318-747-2501
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5.Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Bossier City, LA
The Red River National Wildlife Refuge was established to safeguard and showcase a wide variety of bird species, including many waders, migrating waterfowl and songbirds. The refuge is spread over four units in the Red River Valley and its Nature Center and headquarters are close to Bossier City. Visitors come from near and far to enjoy excellent birding and hiking along 5 miles of trails. At certain times of the year (outside of the breeding and migratory seasons) you can also enjoy canoeing, kayaking and fishing in the refuge. Children can have a lot of educational fun by joining the Youth Waterfowl Lottery Hunt and exploring the Wildlife Challenge Trail.
Red River National Wildlife Refuge, 150 Eagle Bend Point, Bossier City, LA 71112, Phone: 318-742-1219
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6.Flying Heart Brewing and Pub, Bossier City, Louisiana
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Located in the historic Fire Station No. 6 in Barksdale Blvd, Flying Heart Brewing and Pub is the first craft brewery to open its doors in Bossier City. The business was established by two couples who share a passion for craft beer, good food and great friendships. The couples had been experimenting on a small scale from home but when their batches became larger and larger they decided to share their craft with the public at Flying Heart Brewing. Today visitors can enjoy a selection of 6 beers which are served all year round, as well as a rotating collection of seasonal brews. A small but innovative menu of hand-crafted pizzas (as well as starters, salads and desserts) is available to enjoy alongside your favorite brew.
Flying Heart Brewing and Pub, 700 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City, LA 71111, Phone: 318-584-7039
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7.Don Jaunz Baja Beach Tacos, Bossier City, Louisiana
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After many years spent surfing and exploring the delicious flavors of the coastal villages of Baja California, Don O’Bryne decided to share his love of tacos with the public, and Don Jaunz Baja Beach Tacos was born. Expect to find some seriously good flavor combinations in a selection of Baja Bowls (Mexican rice, black beans and your choice of grilled tuna, chicken or beef). Taco lovers can choose from vegetarian, beef, pork, chicken and seafood tacos, all made with the very best fresh local produce, cooked to perfection. Other Baja classics include burritos, quesadillas, salads and nachos. There are gluten free options and a variety of delicious fresh-fruit margaritas.
Don Jaunz Baja Beach Tacos, Airline Shopping Center, 2333 Airline Dr, Bossier City, LA 71111, Phone: 318-752-3244
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7 Best Things to Do in Bossier City, Louisiana
- Margaritaville Resort Casino, Photo: Margaritaville Resort Casino
- Louisiana Boardwalk, Photo: AmpYang Images/stock.adobe.com
- Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Bossier City, Louisiana, Photo: Ron/stock.adobe.com
- Century Link Center, Bossier City, Louisiana, Photo: Century Link Center
- Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Bossier City, LA, Photo: ursaminor/stock.adobe.com
- Flying Heart Brewing and Pub, Bossier City, Louisiana, Photo: Flying Heart Brewing and Pub
- Don Jaunz Baja Beach Tacos, Bossier City, Louisiana, Photo: Don Jaunz Baja Beach Tacos
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