It’s the middle of summer, and the heat is sweltering; even oppressive. But, there’s plenty of things to do in Shreveport. Check out my top five list.
- Splash Kingdom Watertown: For those of you who know the area, you’ll remember this as Water Town U.S.A., however, there are new owners in town, many upgrades and promotions, and this is a cool spot to keep you cool in the summer time. Located at 7670 West 70th Street, easily accessible from Interstate 20, this 20 acre waterpark sports a wave pool, lazy river, kiddie pool and more than a dozen waterslides. The park also has a large picnic area outside the gate and catering for groups. Adult one day tickets are $21.00. Guests less than 42″ tall are $16.95. Guests age 65 or over are $16.95. Children 2 years old and under are admitted free of charge. Season Passes are also available.
- The Louisiana Boardwalk: It may be sweltering outside, but each of the outlets, restaurants, and shops at the Boardwalk have air conditioning to keep you cool. You can spend nearly an entire afternoon at the Boardwalk; take in a movie and dinner and you can cross off an entire day of sightseeing. My favorites are Buffalo Wild Wings, the Earthbound store, Rue 21, and Copeland’s Cheescake Bistro.
- The Villaggio in Bossier City: The main street of the Villaggio looks like an Italian village, and you’ll enjoy the various boutiques, cafes and an ice cold beverage at Archie Hebert’s overlooking the private pond and Interstate 20. You’ll be at a relaxed pace, as the Interstate traffic flies by you at Highway speeds. Nestled in North Bossier between Interstate 20 and Hwy 80, the Villaggio is a 64 acre village, modeled after an Italian town square, and as you stroll the main street, complete with a clock tower and fountain, you’ll get that old world feel, as though you were strolling in a village in the heart of Italy.
- Shopping on Line Avenue: This area of Shreveport, a five mile strip, is famous for the large number of antique stores. Peruse the large shops with items from early American and European History as you step back in time. My favorite shop is Timeline Antiques and Collectibles with its 500 square feet of vintage jewelry and purses, glassware, tableware, prints, pottery, china, silver, lighting and more.
- Lake Bistineau State Park: Situated on the western shore of Lake Bistineau, this park offers a satisfying blend of beautiful vistas and outstanding recreational facilities. Memorable for its upland mixed hardwood forest, its open waters, and its enchanting stands of cypress and tupelo trees, the park offers two boat launches, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, two swimming pools, camping, cabins and excellent fishing! Entry to all state parks are value for your dollar, and in this case, it costs just $1 per person for entry, free for seniors (62 and older) and children age 3 and under. The water is currently a little low for boating activities, but fishing on the shores and swimming at the beach area are two of my favorites that are currently in season. Enjoy a family picnic at Lake Bistineau State Park this summer.
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