When traveling with children, finding a park or playground in the vacation spot is often a welcome distraction. Playing outdoors gives kids the chance to stretch their legs, get out some of their energy, and enjoy the sunshine. In Shreveport, Louisiana, there are quite a few parks that will help your family to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing.

East Kings Highway Park

East Kings Highway Park

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East Kings Highway Park, also called “The Duck Pond,” is a local favorite for kids of all ages. It gets its nickname from the pond in the park, where happy and hungry ducks wait for visitors to bring them bread for snacking. In addition to the web-footed birds, the park also has a modern playground located near the pond, with a pirate ship themed area and a large elephant for climbing. If your family plans to bring a meal, there is also a picnic area with tables, plus restrooms. It is open from dawn to dusk.

Mike Wood Park

On a hot summer day in Louisiana, one of the most appealing activities for visitors and residents alike is visiting the swimming pool at Mike Wood Park. Open from June 1 to July 30, the pool is cool and refreshing for guests of all ages. In addition to the pool, the park has picnic areas and several playgrounds that are within a mile of one another. Strike up an exciting one-on-one or doubles game on the tennis or basketball courts.

Betty Virginia Park

If you are looking for a park with space to run around, visit Betty Virginia Park. Located in the center of the South Highlands neighborhood, this park often has walkers and runners taking advantage of the paved paths surrounding the 23-acre park. There is also a newly updated and well-maintained playground for the youngsters, along with a recreational ball field that is a great spot to play catch or hit a few fly balls for practice.

Stoner Avenue Skate Plaza

If you have a child who enjoys skateboarding, make sure to visit the Stoner Avenue Skate Plaza. With 12,500 square feet of space to skate, this park actually received a large donation from the Rob Dyrdek Foundation in 2011 for an extensive renovation. A popular local skateboarder, Dyrdek and others collaborated to create and maintain the park for Shreveport residents and visitors. The design resembles downtown Shreveport and is a popular hangout spot for kids and teens.

A.C. Steere Park

Another popular Shreveport spot during the summer is A.C. Steere Park, where children can enjoy the Sprayground. This splash pad will keep your kids cool as they run between the other attractions. The Leaps and Bounds playground also has activities for children of all ages, and has unique options that those with mental or physical challenges can enjoy as well. The park also is home to a paved path surrounding the perimeter, tennis courts, and ball fields with lights for night play.

Shreveport is a fun vacation spot, and local parks are a great spot to relax, enjoy the weather, and meet locals.