Travel nurses looking for a Deep South experience may want to try an assignment in Shreveport, Louisiana. If you’re into gambling, Shreveport gives Las Vegas a run for its money with its numerous world-renowned, riverfront casinos flanked by world-class dining and shopping. The humid, sub-tropical climate can be hot and humid during summer, but you will find plenty of indoor and shaded outdoor recreational and entertainment opportunities to keep you cool. Mild winters offer the perfect escape from frigid temperatures in the north. This is our city guide for nurses wondering what to eat, drink, do and Instagram while on a travel assignment in Shreveport, Louisiana.
No travel nurse assignment in Shreveport would be complete without a taste of the city’s most beloved soul food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Originally opened in 1921 as the Freeman & Harris Café, Orlandeaux's Café is recognized as the oldest continuously African American family owned restaurant in the United States and is known for serving the very best Creole cuisine in town, if not the South itself. People drive from all over the state for their stuffed shrimp, but their catfish, crawfish, gumbos, and gizzards are just as popular. Don’t forget to order the peach cobbler or beignets for dessert!
Because you’re a travel nurse, we already know you’re down for an adventure and that’s why we know you’re going to love Tejas Kitchen Bar Patio in Shreveport. Their legendary chicken fried steak – served with roasted garlic and cotija cheese mashed potatoes and topped with jalapeno cream gravy is the star of a menu that features a number of Southern favorites with an exotic twist. From the brisket cheesesteak sandwich to the hand-trimmed brisket chili or chicken wings flavored with sweet chili, lime and agave mustard, your taste buds are sure to be tantalized. Don’t miss their popular weekend brunch or assortment of unique cocktail options from the bar.
Travel nurses on assignment in Shreveport who are looking for a hip local coffee house should definitely give Rhino Coffee a try. With two locations – one uptown and one downtown – they offer a great starting point to a day of exploring the city or the perfect spot to people watch during your weekend winddown. This locally owned business is passionate about their process of sourcing, roasting, cupping and brewing, which is obvious the moment you take a sip of one of their coffees, cold brews, espressos, lattes or teas. They also offer an impressive selection of baked goods, breakfast and lunch items, with a variety of gluten-free and vegan options.
Shreveport locals love Flying Heart Brewery not only for its craft beers and ample outdoor seating underneath an expansive magnolia tree, but also for the city history embedded throughout the location. The space formerly housed a fire station, and it pays homage with numerous wooden spool tables anchored by red metal fire hydrants. A half-dozen house brews are served year-round, with seasonal favorites including strawberry, pineapple, blackberry and king cake shandys available for limited runs. House-made New York-style pizza, pretzels, wraps and wings make this the perfect place to relax after work or on your day off.
The Southern University Museum of Art is dedicated to preserving the art and culture of the African and African American Diaspora, and features an expansive collection of artifacts, prints, poems, lithograph illustrated poems, sculptures and more from the major art producing regions of Africa. It is the only facility of its kind in North Louisiana to showcase the contributions of African-descendent artists from both Africa and America. Numerous permanent, traveling, special and interactive exhibits are showcased. Visit the website to schedule a tour.
A lush oasis representing 15 different Asian countries, the Asian Gardens of Shreveport is a great place to relax, unwind and just focus on the beautiful plants, flowers, statues and sculptures located there. This multi-level garden is open to the public every sunup to sundown and free to visit. The countries represented include India, the Philippines, Cambodia, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Myanmar, Laos, Korea and Burma. Twice a year, the gardens host a festival featuring Asian street food, a Chinese street fair, Thai dancers and an Indian festival of lights.
Red River National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to spend the day in nature during your travel nurse assignment in Shreveport. Wildlife that can be viewed and photographed here include white-tailed deer, armadillos, dragonflies, alligators, sea turtles and more than 246 species of birds, including colorful wood ducks. Nearly 12 million people visit the park each year to see and photograph the wildlife here, and in fact most of the photographs featured on the park’s website and visitor center were taken by center volunteers. Take a walk on one of the park’s numerous trails or launch a kayak or canoe on scenic Lake Caroline.
Some of the best social media photography features street art in the background -- or as the subject matter itself -- and Shreveport is home to a mural that is sure to help blow up your newsfeed with hearts. Titled “A Call to Action,” this 20-foot tall, 75-foot wide public mural by artist Ali Bahler is a colorful depiction of Shreveport’s cultural heritage. It features festivals, live music and gaming in vivid colors enhanced by LED neon flex lighting. The dramatic mix of color and light is best photographed during the golden hour before dusk, but it can help you create a stunning social media image at any time of day.
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