A great way to explore New Orleans is by bike. It allows you to see places and areas you wouldn’t normally get to see without a car or if you stay only in the French Quarter. You can take a ride through neighborhoods like the Marigny and the Bywater, enjoy the eateries along Saint Claude Avenue, visit several parks, and bike down Magazine Street. We got our rentals from two companies; one in the Lower Garden District and one in the Marigny.
Here’s a quick run-down of what you can see on a bike ride in the Crescent City:
In the Marigny, bike at your leisure past quaint and colorful houses;
visit Washington Square Park, developed in the 19th century and situated near the cafés and live music clubs along lower Frenchmen Street;
head south to Crescent Park, a 20-acre linear riverfront green space
offering scenic views of the city, as well as picnic areas and a dog park.
From here, it’s a short bike ride over to the French Quarter,
and then a straight shot from Jackson Square down Saint Ann Street to the Tremé neighborhood and Armstrong Park, a picturesque park and sculpture garden featuring bronze statues of jazz legends Louis Armstrong (the park’s namesake) and Sidney Bechet, among others.
Just to the left of the main entrance is historical Congo Square, a place where slaves could meet, dance, and worship freely in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Or, double back through the gridded Marigny streets and head north to Saint Claude Avenue to try something a little different for lunch or dinner.
For bike rentals in the Marigny visit:
A Bicycle Named Desire – offering sturdy – and attractive – bikes at reasonable rates:
1/2 Day (4 hours) = $20
Daily anytime from opening to closing = $25
24-hr rental = $35
Additional days = $25/day