1. Morrell Dairy Farm in Mooringsport26-minute drive

The Morell Dairy Farm is a premier dairy farm and creamery located on the cusp of Blanchard and Mooringsport. Farm owners, Randy and Ann Morell, produce quality whole milk, chocolate milk, and butter made from Jersey cows. During your visit, you can pet their cows, learn about the milking process and tour their factory. Morell Dairy Farm had their official grand opening in November 2019, but they also offer their products at three locations in the Shreveport-Bossier area including Rhino Coffee, Lowder Baking Company and Maxwell’s Market. For more information about the dairy farm, visit www.morelldairyfarm.com or visit their Facebook page.

Saige Acres Flower Farm is a family floristry and experiential farm, located at 10200 Blanchard Furrh Road in Mooringsport. Meagan Oberley, farm owner and certified florist, produces an assortment of flowers and other low-maintenance veggies year-round. Recently, Oberley expanded her farm by purchasing a flower truck to distribute bouquets at local farmers’ markets. Visits to the flower farm are reservation only. For more information about Saige Acres Flower Farm, call 318-525-6981.

Allen’s Guide and Tour Service allows visitors to fulfill their natural appetite with a quiet, yet informative, experience on Caddo Lake. Led by fishing expert and tour guide, Mark Allen, he takes visitors onto his boat for a one-hour, four-hour, or eight-hour cruise on the lake to unwind with a peaceful day of fishing, sightseeing, and more. To book a tour, call 903-530-0611.

If you want to trudge along Louisiana’s bayous, plan a kayaking trip to Bayou Bodcau Wildlife Management Area in Bellevue. This low-key, slow-stream body of water offers a tranquil coasting experience on a picturesque kayaking trail. If you don’t own a kayak, you can contact the Bayou Chapter of the Ozark Society for kayaking events, memberships, and training. For more information about Bayou Bodcau, call 318-949-1804. For more information about the Ozark Society, visit www.ozarksociety.net.

Big Mama’s Antiques and Restorations, located at 6403 Dogwood Street in Hosston, is an obscure African American-owned antique shop that houses everything from 200-year-old newspapers and documents to vintage portraits and pre-Civil War artifacts. Ray Stephenson, owner of the shop, has a larger-than-life personality with an undeniable passion to tell America’s rough history. Stephenson houses everything from original cotton sacks and “for sale” news articles to “Whites Only” and “Coloreds Only” signage. That only touches the surface of his invaluable collection. For more information about the antique shop, call 318-573-2127.

Thrill seekers are sure to make the drive for skydiving in Gilliam. Skydive Louisiana is a USPA certified training center drop zone located at 5266 Gilliam Airport Road. The experienced staff members offer tandem jumps, sports jumps and more, giving jumpers one of their most memorable lifetime experiences. For more information, visit www.skydivelouisiana.net or call 318-464-5867. But let’s be honest though, skydiving is not inexpensive, but you can grab a thick, juicy, affordable burger from Main Street Restaurant to calm your adrenaline after your jump.

Robert L. Nance Park, located 14770 Odom Road, is a local secret with open water that stretches from Hosston to the edge of the Ark-La-Tex. This full-service park has a fishing pier, boat ramp, picnic table, grill, playground and more. It’s the perfect location for family day trippers seeking a full day of outdoor recreation. For more information about bodies of water in rural Caddo and Bossier Parishes, visit www.BoomorBustByway.com.

Del Bob’s Burrito House is a locally-owned, Louisiana-Mex joint located at 6550 Hwy. 3 in Benton. Owner Chris Green specializes in oversized Mexican food staples. You can order everything from a super-sized burrito rolled on a 14-inch tortilla, quesadillas that fit in a pizza box, or a two-pound taco that is prepared by special request only. For more information, call 318-395-5110 or visit their Facebook page.

For a full list of things to do, see, eat and experience in the Shreveport-Bossier area, visit www.Shreveport-Bossier.org, or visit www.20×49.com to find more fun stories like this.