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Aquariums, Zoos & Nature Centers in Shreveport-Bossier

A wild world awaits you in northwestern Louisiana. Animal lovers can get their thrills at the Cypress Zoo and the natural environs of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge. Aquatic aficionados will be delighted at the underwater world attractions of the Shreveport Aquarium. Let’s further explore all the aquariums, zoos, and nature centers waiting for you in the Sportsman's Paradise!

Gators & Friends Adventure Park

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM
Admission: Ages 3 - 12: $7.95 | Ages 13 - 59: $9.95 | 60+: $8.95
Come face to face with nature’s fiercest animals. Located in Greenwood just off I-20, Gators & Friends is the largest adventure park in Northwest Louisiana. Home to over one hundred alligators, it promises an up-close encounter with these fascinating creatures. But that's not all; you can also zipline over a swamp filled with gators or race around Gator Raceway on high-performance Go-Karts.

Cypress Zoo

Hours: Daily, 8 AM - 5 PM
Admission: $5 per person (Free for children 5 and under)
Set within the scenic Cypress-Black Bayou Park & Recreation Center, Cypress Zoo spans seven acres of natural beauty. With over 30 species from across the nation, it's a haven for wildlife learning and exploration. The zoo is surrounded by inviting hiking trails, fishing spots, a nature center, and even a serene beach – perfect for a day of adventure and relaxation amidst nature.

Red River National Wildlife Refuge

Hours: Daily, Sunrise to Sunset
Admission: Free
Conveniently located just minutes from I-20, Red River National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. For those seeking adventure, the refuge offers ample free opportunities for hunting and fishing, alongside educational programs that run throughout the year. With its rich array of activities, Red River National Wildlife Refuge is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers alike.

Shreveport Aquarium

Hours: Mon-Fri: 12 PM - 4 PM | Sat: 9 AM – 4 PM | Sun: 10 AM – 4 PM
Admission: Ages 2 -12: $12.95 | Teens/Adults: $15.95 | Free for kids under 2 (Online prices; $2 extra at the door)
Dive into the wonders of the aquatic world at the heart of Downtown Shreveport – the Shreveport Aquarium. This mesmerizing attraction is home to nearly 1,000 animals representing 300 species. Encounter sharks, seahorses, turtles and more up close. Don't miss the chance to hand-feed stingrays and interact with moon jellies, sea stars and anemones. The Shreveport Aquarium offers both.

Jubilee Zoo

Hours: Mon: 10 AM - 2 PM | Fri: 12 PM - 5 | Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM | Sun: 2 PM - 5 PM
Admission: Ages 2 and up: $15 | Ages under 2: Free
Jubilee Zoo in Shreveport offers a delightful seasonal experience for the whole family. During your visit, meet and feed friendly farm animals in the party barn. Let the kids loose in the exciting playground and splash pad areas, or take them on a fun pony ride. When you need a break, relax at one of the picnic tables before continuing your exploration.

Please note: Pony rides and animal feedings are not included in the general admission fee.

Chimp Haven

Hours: This is a chimp sanctuary and only opened at certain times of the year for special events and private tours.
Admission: Varies depending on the experience.
One of the most interesting, and certainly humane, attractions nearby is Chimp Haven in Shreveport. The 200-acre facility provides a home where chimps that have been subjected to medical testing can live out their lives in a natural setting. The sanctuary is not always open to the public, but they do have numerous special events and tours at designated times when you can visit these fascinating animals up close.