Shreveport-Bossier and Baton Rouge Get Groups Outdoors

Whether setting up a reception on the front court of a plantation home or cruising the Red River, Shreveport-Bossier and Baton Rouge are ideal locales for a taste of the outdoors.

In Shreveport, the American Rose Center is the nation’s largest park dedicated to roses and is the headquarters of the American Rose Society. The 118-acre park features 20,000 rose bushes and a variety of companion plants, sculptures and fountains.

The Center is undergoing a five-year “Great Restoration Project” expected to be completed in 2022. Since beginning the project, the restoration process has included the design plan for a new core garden and the re-planting of multiple gardens, as well as work on the Rose Garden Gate Pavilion. Group tours and meeting space is available on-site.

Another outdoor option from Shreveport is an hour-long boat tour on the Red River with Spirit of the Red River Cruise. Groups can book the boat for receptions replete with a captain who points out local attractions, birds and wildlife. The boat is available March through November.

Spirit of the Red River Cruise, Shreveport
Spirit of the Red River Cruise, Shreveport

New on the outdoor venue list in Baton Rouge is The Estuary at The Water Campus, which sits directly on the Mississippi River and utilizes an old dock as part of the outdoor space. The Water Campus is a research facility devoted to the study of coastal restoration and sustainability and offers 6,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including an outdoor terrace.

Red Stick Adventures in Baton Rouge can set up local driving tours that can be customized for groups, swamp tours as well as tours of the city’s historic neighborhoods. Plantation tours are also available.

Groups can also visit plantations on their own near Baton Rouge, including the nearby Magnolia Mound Plantation House, or take an excursion to the Nottoway Plantation Resort, among others.

Both offer outdoor function space.

Baton Rouge and Shreveport-Bossier Hotel and Venue Openings and Renovations


The Remington Suite Hotel & Spa completed a renovation in October. The boutique hotel has 22 rooms and one penthouse. The fourth floor now features four suites that have the option of adjoining rooms, each with access to a common area with an expansive media/game room and commercial kitchen. The entire floor can be rented for groups. Meeting space also includes a ballroom, rooftop venue and a boardroom.

Amenities include a fitness center, in-house esthetician and massage therapist, heated saltwater pool, a hot tub, dry saunas and steam rooms.

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Marriott recently underwent a $23 million renovation of the entire hotel, including the introduction of a new restaurant, Stinky’s Fish Camp Baton Rouge, which opened on the first floor. The property offers 297 guest rooms and nearly 30,000 square feet of event space, including room for up to 1,000 in Le Grand Salon.                 

Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown debuted in September on historic Third Street downtown. The hotel, which was built from the ground up, offers 93 guest rooms and 932 square feet of meeting space.

Red Stick Social is an upcoming entertainment complex with 10-pin bowling and a live-music venue as well as indoor and outdoor function space. It is due to open early next year.  

Topgolf Baton Rouge is slated to open next year with 72 climate-controlled hitting bays, a restaurant, bars and two private event spaces that can be used individually or together for up to 250 people. There will also be a small conference room for 12, a lower lounge area and a rooftop terrace that can accommodate 178 guests.