As the biggest city in northern Louisiana, Shreveport and the Port of Shreveport-Bossier are in the heart of a Sportsman's Paradise. The rivers and lakes in the area offer endless opportunities for recreation. Being so near Texas, the city combines the spirit of the old west with Cajun culture to create great entertainment and delicious food. Proud of its many festivals, the Port of Shreveport-Bossier attracts huge crowds that come to celebrate with dancing, art, good food, and friends and family. The Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City and the Red River are home to many great shops and restaurants and some exciting casinos.
The Port of Shreveport-Bossier has a humid subtropical climate with ample rain throughout the year. Spring and summer bring heavy rain, high winds, hail, and some tornadoes. Winters are mild, but ice and sleet are possible. Summers are humid and hot. Temperatures in the Port of Shreveport-Bossier range from an average high of 34°C (93°F) in July and August to an average low of 2.5°C (36°F) in January.
Bossier City is home to the 8th Air Force Museum at the Barksdale Air Force Base. The Museum is dedicated to the history of strategic bombardment and the new Air Force Global Strike Command. It is both a memorial to battle victories and a record of the Air Force Base. The Museum features vintage aircraft like the World War II B-17 and B-24 bombers and the P-51 Mustang. Cold War Stratofortresses like the B-52D and B-52G are also on display. Also on display is the MACH3+ SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest- and highest-flying jet aircraft ever created. Inside, a World War II briefing room presents a video about the Air Base. Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to offer donations on their visits. Visitors should be aware that, since it is on an Air Force Base, the Museum has strict security measures. The Museum is open every day from 9:30am until 4pm except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
Louisiana's Sci-Port Discovery Center is a place where children of all ages can learn about mathematics, technology, and science. Located at the downtown Shreveport Riverfront, the 8.5 thousand square meter (92 thousand square foot) science and entertainment venue in the Port of Shreveport-Bossier offers more than 290 exhibits on science, math, and space. It has an IMAX Theatre and a laser Space Dome Planetarium. Exhibits and galleries cover topics like BodyWorks, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Space Sciences, and the Red River. The Children's Gallery and the Science Carnival are two great teaching tools. The Sci-Port Discovery Center is open every day but Monday from September through February and every day from March through August. It opens at 10am every day but Sunday when it opens at noon. Admissions range from $18 for adults for the Sci-Port and the IMAX to $13 for adults for the Sci-Port only and $9.5 for the IMAX only.
The Dayna and Ronald L. Sawyer Space Dome Planetarium in the Sci-Port Discovery Center uses a state-of-the-art 16-million-pixel laser projection system and the latest planetarium software to treat visitors to views of the universe. Visitors can control the International Space Station, sees the stars as they are on your birthday, see some of the most unusual objects in the universe, and enjoy a premier astronomy show.
The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is not only on the National Register of Historic Places, but it is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate that shows traveling exhibits from the Nation's museum. Distinguished by its massive circular layout and classic dioramas, the Museum houses a huge fresco, Native American artifacts, and exhibits that tell the story of Louisiana culture and history. The fresco is made up of four panels by artist Conrad Albrizio. Covering 65 square meters (700 square feet) of wall at the Museum's Greenwood Road entrance, the fresco and other oil-paint murals in the museum show scenes from Louisiana's development, including agriculture, technology, and natural resources. The museum is open seven days a week and charges no admission fee.