Centenary College of Lousiana is located in the Highland neighborhood of Shreveport Louisiana, just miles away from nearly all of the city’s top attractions. Students are fortunately situated near the sites of numerous seasonal events around the city in addition to dozens of bars, clubs, and restaurants that offer up just about anything a college kid who’s tired of frat parties could ask for.
If you are looking to unwind, have a drink, and play pool just a short distance from campus, Strangebrew, Ernie’s, Ivan’s Pub, The Cub and Roundbar all offer relaxed environments frequented by Centenary students. Downtown clubs like Rockin’ Rodeo, Chicago, Allure, Celebrity Lounge and Phoenix Underground offer up a more fast-paced setting and dancing in abundance for anyone who is looking to have a big night on the town.
2.) Louisiana Boardwalk.
Open since 2005, the Louisiana Boardwalk has become the hotspot for young people in Shreveport, especially in the spring and summer months. Whether you are interested in shopping at any of the dozens of premium outlet stores, catching a movie at the IMAX, or dining at one of many waterfront restaurants, the Boardwalk provides plenty of incentive to get out and enjoy the fresh air on the banks of the Red River.
For students looking to slip away for a good meal, there are plenty of legendary options within minutes of Centenary. Strawn’s Eat Shop, located right across the street from the campus’, is famous for its dedication to Southern soul food and has even been recently featured on the Food Channel. El Compadre, just a mile down King’s Highway, offers authentic Mexican food and draws a daily crowd for its 2-for-1 happy hour. Marilynn’s Place, located just two miles south of campus, is a vintage gas station which has been converted into a Cajun-style restaurant and has quickly become one of the most popular destinations in the city.
The Real Pickle is located down Line Avenue and offers over 250 beers on tap for customers to choose from in addition to top notch food off the grill. Superior Bar & Grill offers perhaps the most festive environment of any restaurant in Shreveport and is famous for excellent Tex Mex food, live music and strong margaritas.
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Located at the center of downtown Shreveport Bossier is the casino district, which is undoubtedly the area’s biggest draw. People from all over the surrounding states come into town on a weekly basis to gamble, enjoy live entertainment and overindulge at the endless buffets at The Horseshoe, El Dorado, Diamond Jacks and the newly opened Margarita ville by Jimmy Buffet.
Shreveport is home to a year round slate of festivals, parades, parties, and performances that provide a nice change of pace from everyday college life. In February, Shreveport is home to several major Mardi Gras parades that draw people from near and far to celebrate Louisiana’s most famous tradition. Mudbug Madness, Shreveport’s largest downtown festival, celebrates the city’s Cajun heritage each May with four days of music, dancing, and of course, crawfish.
The Red River Revel, Shreveport’s annual arts festival, provides a forum for musicians, street performers and vendors to showcase their talents in the town square each October. For theater and concert-goers, the CenturyLink Center, the Riverdome, the Downtown Pavilion, and Centenary’s own Marjorie Lyons Playhouse all play host to various musical acts and other performances throughout the year.
Centenary’s location affords its students the opportunities to do, see and experience things that students at other colleges might never be exposed to. The cultural benefits of living in a large city combined with a laidback Southern vibe make Shreveport the perfect setting for the school and what it aims to accomplish.
Tate McIntyre graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology and is also a proud alumnus of Centenary Men’s Soccer.