New Orleans City Bike Tour
If you are aching to stretch your legs and head out for some exploration in New Orleans, check out one of the amazing bike tours offered in the area; whether you cruise through the French Quarter or experience the Garden District, you are bound to have a great time. One of the best things about NOLA is the culture. With deep, French roots and a lifestyle of its own, you have to truly experience local life to get a feel for the city. The best way to do this is to embark upon an amazing and informative bike tour. Perfect for the adventurer, a bike tour provides unique looks, an authentic experience, and, of course, a great way to get in some fitness on your trip.
Beyond the French Quarter Tour
This 3.5-hour tour encompasses places beyond the French Quarter to view historical avenues, parks, and housing districts for great sightseeing opportunities. Some of the main highlight locations include:
City Park- Public park in New Orleans, this beautiful green space is an urban park and is complete with beautiful stone bridges, vegetation, centuries-old live southern oak trees, and more.
Treme Neighborhood- Close to the end of the 18th Century a man name Claude Treme purchased much of the land from the original plantation owners. The Carondelet Canal had been built from Bayou St. John to the French Quarter, where it split the land and developers began building housing subdivisions through the area.
Saint Louis Cemetery No. 3- Opening in 1854, the crypts in this cemetery are more elaborate than both of the other Saint Louis cemeteries. Some tombs include marble tombs from the 19th century.
Louis Armstrong Park- Located in the Treme neighborhood, the 32-acre park was an urban renewal project in the 60s where a portion of the Treme area was leveled and after a long debate, made the park from the land and was named after Jazz legend and New Orleans-born, Louis Armstrong
Faubourg Marigny- In the 19th century a man named Bernard de Marigny who was a politician and real estate developer. Laid out plans to build the housing district on land that originally was his family's plantation.
French Quarter & Garden District Tour
This fun 3.5-hour tour takes you through over 300 years of New Orleans history. The tour begins in the French Quarter and takes you around this beautiful area to admire the fantastic homes in the area and to other great locations. Stops include:
Mississippi River- The second-longest river in North America, it spans over 2,000 miles. It became a well-known transportation route for riverboats and help forge the settlements of the central U.S.
Jackson Square- Historic park in the French Quarter that is known for the site where Louisiana was made territory of the United States with the Louisiana Purchas in 1803.
Lafayette Square- One of the oldest parks in New Orleans from the late 18th century.
Garden District- This beautiful neighborhood holds a collection of some of the oldest historical mansions in the South. It represents the prosperity of the area. It was given the name as many gardens laid between much of the houses but after many developments of new housing, mostly from the Victorian era, much that is left is the mansions showing a beautiful side to New Orleans' past.
Lafayette Cemetery #1- A cemetery located in the Garden District, founded in 1833 and is still in use as of today.
New Orleans Ghost Tour by Bike
This 2.5-hour tour travels over four neighborhoods in the New Orleans area where you will listen to stories of the famous ghosts that haunt these areas. Also hear about many other tales such as the voodoo culture in New Orleans, gruesome murders, and the lore of vampires that are in the depths of the cities past. Locations visited include:
Gates of St. Louis Cemetery #1- The name of three different cemeteries in the New Orleans by the Roman Catholics. It was constructed in the 18th century and includes above-ground graves. The cemetery became the main burial site after the city was redesigned after the Great New Orleans Fire in 1788.
Marie Laveau's House- Known as the Voodoo Queen, she lived from 1801-1881 and has many legends that surround her life and death.
Gallier Hall- Currently a convention center and reception hall it was originally built in 1845 to be New Orleans' city hall.
LaLaurie Mansion- New Orleans Creole native, Delphine LaLaurie was a serial killer who tortured and murdered slaves in her home. The home was burned by an outraged mob who came after her as she escaped to France. The mansion in the French Quarter is a rebuild that took place after her departure.
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop- This historic building from the late 17th century was a business by Jean Lafitte, the legend says they used the property to plot illegal seizures and sold contraband. It is known to be one of the most haunted buildings in the French Quarter.
Congo Square- Located in Louis Armstrong Park, the place is known where many slaves congregated on their Sundays off from work that was common in the 18th century.
Axeman Murders- A serial killer that murdered his victims with an axe, he was active in the New Orleans area during 1918 and 1919. The axeman was never caught and the murders remain unsolved.
St. Louis Cathedral- The oldest cathedral in what would become the United States. The original wooden structure was built in 1725. It was destroyed in the Great New Orleans Fire and was rebuilt in 1794 and in the early 18th century the church would get a major restoration to how it is currently seen today.
- What is included in the admission price?
Includes guided tour, bike equipment, and a bottle of water.
- Approximately how long does the New Orleans City Bike Tour last?
Tours range from 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
- For what ages is the tour appropriate?
Appropriate for all ages. For children up to 12 or 100lbs there are 2 wheeled tandem trailers that can be hooked to a bike for a fun adventure for all.
- What type of dress & footwear are recommended?
Comfortable outdoor clothing with closed toe shoes.
- Will there be time allotted for dining on the New Orleans City Bike Tour?
Yes, you will have time to rest your legs at the Morning Call Cafe, so bring cash to purchase a great snack! The cafe does not accept cards.
- Where does the New Orleans City Bike Tour depart from?
All tours begin in the French Quarter across from House of Blues located at 214 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
- Is photography / video recording allowed on the New Orleans City Bike Tour?
Both photography and video cameras are permitted.