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J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center

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Address: 700 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport, LA 71101-3627
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History, navigation and exploration on the Red River

This modernistic boat-shaped building (look real close and squint to see the "boat shape") has an auditorium, where one should view the 12-minute video presentation, to set the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2014
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Dayton, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

If in the area, drop in for 20 minutes but Nothing dramatically unique .... nothing you can't miss.... simple, sterile & clean as expected from a federal government visitor center.

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Mission
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

This was a very interesting place and the man that was giving us a tour of the visitor center was from the area and knew what he was talking about. You learned that the river at one time had a 160 mile log jam. The museum tells the story of how the river was made where traffic could flow freely... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Our family was passing through on our way to Alabama and this was a perfect little rest stop to stretch our legs, take a modified tour of the Red River, and use clean restrooms! Mr. Sumrall (park ranger) was so kind to our family and gave us a personal modified 15 min tour. It was in the 90's outside so... More 

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henderson, Nv
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This a free visitor center with a very good film about the Red River. The exhibits are probably only okay tho. Unfortunately, the one person staff was sick and a lady tried to turn the lights on but was only partially successful. She was very polite and tried hard. If you are in the area it is worth it to... More 

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Sun City Center, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2014 via mobile

This museum gives you a very quick view of the history of the Red River, from DeSoto to the present. Without beating a dead horse, it shows the the challenges overcome, from Spanish opposition to log jams/dams, to soft bottoms and swift currents that constantly created sandbar hazards and the course of this major river that begins in New Mexico... More 

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2014

This modernistic boat-shaped building (look real close and squint to see the "boat shape") has an auditorium, where one should view the 12-minute video presentation, to set the stage for looking at the exhibits in the other end of the not-too-large building. The visitor center tells the story of how the river got cleared of a substantial snag raft and... More 

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2014

Talking to the Lead Ranger, they are in the process of making lots of new improvement to both inside and outside the building and improving the displays and tours of what they have inside. If you are looking for somewhere to take your Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, this would be the place. They are always having outdoor events and... More 

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Benton, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

This is a pretty new attraction in downtown Shreveport. The first thing you'll do is watch a brief video about the Red River that gives lots of interesting information. Then stroll through the rest of the center for great exhibits, including river history, wildlife and more.

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Shreveport, LA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Information on the exploration of the Red, as well as historical information on its navigation, and present day shipping is available in photographs, audio, and audiovisual presentations. Plan on about an hour. Plenty of parking is available, and there is no admission charge.

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