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With school out for summer and lots of us feeling the effects of inflation, many of us are tightening our belts and choosing to spend our downtime in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA. But don't worry if you don't have the funds for a European vacation, we've got you covered with some fantastic ideas to create your very own unforgettable staycation right here at home!

From year-round attractions to special events, Shreveport has something everyone can enjoy during their staycation. Here's a taste of what Shreveport-Bossier has to offer.

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA Staycation Ideas

1. Mardi Gras Museum -  Visit the Mardi Gras Museum next to the Krewe of Gemini Den in Bossier City at 2101 East Texas Street. See a visual history of Mardi Gras in our area, incredible costumes, and more! Call 318-230-3282 to schedule a tour.

2. Sci-Port Discovery Center -  Sci-Port is truly a feather in our collective caps here in NWLA. It's a tremendous resource for families and provides excellent STEM-oriented play/education.

3. The Shreveport Aquarium - The Shreveport Aquarium is sure to delight children of all ages with lots of activities, tours, and experiences.

4. Go Hiking - Shreveport-Bossier has some of the finest hiking trails around where beautiful scenery abounds. Check out our favorite trails here. 

5. Local restaurants - We know how to eat in Louisiana and our food is just as good in NWLA as it is in New Orleans. Click the link to see some of our top local eateries. Some of my personal favorites include Herby K's, Orlandeaux's, The Cub, Ernest's, Nicky's, and Superior Grill!

6. Have a picnic - Fry up some chicken and throw it in a basket or stop by your favorite drive-thru. These are our favorite spots to break bread together in nature. 

7. Hit the water and go fishing - We aren't called the Sportsman's Paradise for nothing! Here are our picks for the best lakes around. 

We've got plenty more local attractions to suggest! Check out places like Chimp Haven, Gators & Friends, the Barksdale Global Power Museum, Jubilee Zoo, the Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport's Municipal Auditorium, the Strand Theatre, and more. Tell me about your favorites by sending a message through our free app or emailing me at I'd love to hear from you!

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