We love being a part of the Shreveport community. There’s something for everyone here and we know that you don’t need to travel far in order to get access to museums, theater, and other cultural opportunities. Whether you are entertaining guests who have come to visit or you are looking for something fun to do on your own or with friends, consider any of these cultural opportunities in Shreveport for older adults.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite recommendations for you. Try something new or get inspired to revisit somewhere you haven’t been for a while. Here’s to exploring Shreveport and falling in love with the area for the first time, or all over again.
Catch a Show at The Strand Theater
This historic theater originally opened in the 1920s and was home to Vaudeville shows. In fact, it was sometimes referred to as “The Greatest Theater in the South.” After Vaudeville’s heyday, the Strand eventually became a movie theater before closing in the late 1970s. The entire theater was restored to its original glory and reopened in 1984, featuring concerts, musicals, ballet performances, and plays.
Don’t miss checking out this beautiful venue and taking in a show.
Hit the Farmers Market at Festival Plaza
Shreveport is home to dozens of festivals annually, and many local favorites are held at Festival Plaza. But if big crowds and the festival atmosphere isn’t for you, you can still enjoy browsing local vendors at the Farmers Market each Saturday in the summer from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. You’ll find plenty of fresh produce, homemade baked goods, art for sale, and more.
Enjoy a Performance from the Shreveport Symphony
Formed in 1948, the Shreveport Symphony has been astounding audiences for more than 70 years. The group is renowned and respected throughout the country and is Louisiana’s oldest continually operating professional orchestra. You can find their upcoming events on their website and their social media page often says when performers are playing for free at local venues.
Looking for opera? The Shreveport Opera boasts global performances with local talent and hosts events at the RiverView Theater a few times a year.
Say Hello to the Fish
The Shreveport Aquarium is the perfect place to bring your grandkids, but you certainly don’t need to be a child to appreciate a trip there. In addition to seeing sharks, axolotls, seahorses, snapping turtles, and more underwater creatures, you can also catch a show at the event space at the aquarium during their Jam on the Red concert series throughout May and June.
If possible, plan your trip on a day you can enjoy any of the public animal feedings. You’ll see creatures enjoy a meal while staff educates the crowd on interesting facts about them.
Learn More About Louisiana
Louisiana’s history is rich, packed with stories about the people who lived here before us and how it has evolved over centuries. Connect with our state right here in Shreveport by visiting the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. The building itself is beautiful and historic, as it was a New Deal Public Works project built in 1939. Once inside, you’ll have the opportunity to see artifacts from Louisiana history, as well as 23 scale dioramas that show what life looked like in Louisiana throughout the years.
The museum features free admission, easy to find parking, and is completely accessible.
Wander Through Botanical Gardens
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is the largest museum in Shreveport. And while the sculptures, paintings, and other art inside the gallery gives visitors a full day, you can also spend another day enjoying the botanical gardens on site. Southern Living Magazine declared the botanical gardens as “one of the South’s favorite spots” and it’s easy to see why. You can find thousands of plants among beautifully landscaped grounds (don’t miss the azaleas blooming in spring!), sit on a bench overlooking a pond, or admire sculptures throughout the gardens.
Exploring Made Easy at The Glen Senior Living
Shreveport has so much to offer! No matter if you love the opera, prefer a laid back farmers market atmosphere, or want to learn more about the history of the state, you’ll find something close by to keep you engaged and learning. However, it can be more fun exploring with people who are also active like you and share common interests. That’s where life at The Glen comes into play.
Our retirement community features two independent living options, Redbrook at The Glen and Stiles Apartments. Living here means finding welcoming and friendly neighbors who are up for catching a show at The Strand or offering ideas of where to take your weekend guests. In addition, our vibrant life enrichment calendar is full of planned excursions where you can enjoy exploring the area without worrying about parking or planning or your own itinerary.