The Shreveport-Bossier City metro area has its claims to fame, and they often involve gambling (casinos, horse racing) or sports (Shreveport is the official home of college football’s Independence Bowl and multiple other events and competitions). And while these are undoubtedly important group travel draws, that’s not all Shreveport has to offer. In fact, they are not even its most popular attraction. According to Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, the No. l local attraction is The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk, an outdoor shopping-and-entertainment complex that runs along the banks of the Red River. And this opinion is seconded by the multitudinous users of TripAdvisor; The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk currently sits atop their field of Bossier City attractions.
Four Reasons to Shop The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk
Convenience. Yes, The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk is near six casinos. In fact, it’s adjacent to the new Margaritaville Resort Casino. It’s also a mile from Shreveport Convention Center. This makes The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk a favorite respite from – and alternative to – business meetings, conventions, sporting events and gambling houses. If your group is looking for the ultimate in convenience, book them into the new, 128-room Courtyard by Marriott, which is located at The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk.
- Variety. The shopping at The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk is diverse, with more than 30 stores and outlets to choose from. Big-name brands include GAP Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, Lane Bryant Outlet, Fossil, GUESS Factory Store, Bath & Body Works, Carter’s, Haggar Clothing Co., and Crocs. The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk are anchored by a Bass Pro Shop, the only one within a three- and-a-half hour radius.
- Fun for All. Your group’s idea of fun could vary from catching a movie to getting a massage – both of which are available at The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk, plus a whole lot more. Among the offerings are Build-a-Bear Workshop, Destiny Day Spa and Salon, and Island Fun Arcade. Regal IMAX Cinema’s 14 theaters feature stadium seating with extra-cushy seats – perfect for a break from all that shopping.
- Food for All. Going on an empty stomach is definitively not fun. There is a wide choice of restaurants within The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk’s precincts, including national chains like Buffalo Wild Wings, Cold Stone Creamery, Fuddruckers, Sonic, IHOP and Joe’s Crab Shack. O’Brien’s Irish Pub, Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro and Sushiko Sushi and Grill round out the eatery offerings.
- And An Unexpected Carousel. That’s right – kids and kids-at-heart can take a whirl on The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk’s own carousel.
At The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk’s outlets, guests can save up to 65 percent off suggested retail prices, each and every day, with no advance planning. However, customers who “Like” The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk on Facebook or sign up for the Twitter feed are given access to exclusive sales and offers. No Twitter followers or Facebook fans in your group? You can still sign up for savings at any store with the Fashion Frugal VIP Club program.
Other Neighborhood Attractions
One attraction, no matter how inclusive, won’t keep tourists happy for an entire multiple-day trip. Fortunately, there is plenty of other attractions within the Shreveport-Bossier area. Family and school travel groups will want to check out Splash Kingdom Waterpark and Sci-Port, Louisiana’s interactive science center. Add in a pair of art museums and a slew of other exhibition spaces – including one dedicated to Mardi Gras and another to the 8th Air Force Museum – and boredom shouldn’t be a problem.
Getting to The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk
Travelling to Shreveport and Bossier City isn’t difficult; Shreveport is accessible by three main highways, I-20, I-19, and I-220. Getting to The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk is similarly easy – just look for the Traffic Street exit on I-20, and follow Traffic Street to Boardwalk Boulevard. As part of the Tri-State area, Shreveport-Bossier is within driving distance of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Baton Rouge, Dallas and Little Rock are all within 250 miles, and the state lines of Texas and Arkansas are approximately 20 and 30 miles away, respectively. If your group is flying in to this portion of Louisiana, Shreveport Regional Airport is served by Delta, United, Allegiant and American airlines. Is your group looking for a family-friendly experience? Steer them toward The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk. Have a group of shopaholics looking for a new place to shop in the Tri-State area? Mention the 30-plus stores at The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk. Are you planning sports-, casino-, or event-related group travel, and need one more thing to add to the itinerary? You guessed it – check out the outlets, restaurants and entertainment at The Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk, where the runway meets the boardwalk.