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New Orleans Bike tours

Our most recommended New Orleans Bike tours

New Orleans: 3-Hour City Bike Tour

1. New Orleans: 3-Hour City Bike Tour

Explore New Orleans in a fun and eco-friendly way on a small-group bike tour that winds through the Big Easy’s oldest and most distinctive neighborhoods. Cycle along a flat and leisurely route from the famous French Quarter to less-visited neighborhoods like Esplanade Ridge, City Park, and Bayou St. John, learning about the city’s rich history and modern culture along the way. After getting fitted on a bike in the French Quarter, ride through this storied neighborhood. Then go beyond the touristy boundaries to explore more of the city, following leafy Esplanade Avenue to the green expanse of City Park, visiting St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, and other interesting locations along the way. After visiting St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, cruise past swampy vistas in City Park. You'll traverse through Bayou St. John, a historic waterway that was used by Native Americans and French settlers alike, and learn why it was so instrumental in the city's founding. This bike tour includes visits to the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, Esplanade Avenue, St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, City Park, Bayou St. John, Mid-City, the Lafitte Greenway, Louis Armstrong Park, and Congo Square.

New Orleans: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

2. New Orleans: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

Take in the vibe in New Orleans on this guided bike tour to city sights like Armstrong Park, Congo Square, and an above-ground cemetery. Admire the architecture in the French Quarter and the historic Faubourg Marigny district.  Meet your guide at the centrally-located office of the activity provider. Get fitted with a helmet and a high-quality bike. Take off on and adventure through the city. Ride to the part of the Mississippi River that overlooks Jackson Square. Visit the top landmarks in the French Quarter and learn about the rich history and incredible people that influenced the culture of the city. Experience the charm of the Faubourg Marigny district which dates back to the early 1800s and is home to the famous Frenchman Street. Peddle down Esplanade Avenue in the shade of old-growth oak trees with rows of the magnificent homes of the creole elite. Head to an above-ground cemetery and learn about New Orleans' funeral traditions. Roll around City Park, which is home to one of the largest mature live oak trees in the world. Keep an eye out for turtles and tropical birds along the way. Make a brief stop at Cafe Du Monde in the park where you have the chance to purchase some world-famous beignets (deep-fried pastry). Continue along the tranquil Bayou of St. John. Enjoy a peaceful ride through Armstrong Park to Congo Square, the heart of New Orleans’ jazz traditions. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

New Orleans: Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

3. New Orleans: Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

Explore the French Quarter and the Garden District by bike on this bike tour of New Orleans. Start your bike tour at the Mississippi River overlooking Jackson Square and ride through the historic heart of New Orleans. Cycle through the French Quarter, stop outside historic landmarks, and learn about the history of New Orleans. Next up is the Garden District. Hear about New Orleans pre-and post-Civil War history and gain insights into Southern life throughout these eras. Pass by opulent mansions built in the 1800s and filming locations throughout the Garden District. Visit one of New Orleans's above-ground cemeteries and learn about how the lives of loved ones are commemorated in New Orleans culture and traditions.

New Orleans: Heart of the City Bike Tour

4. New Orleans: Heart of the City Bike Tour

On this “Heart of the City” small group bike tour, trace the colonial history of New Orleans and its cultural treasures. Hop on a professionally maintained bicycle and set off with a guide and group of no more than 10 to explore the most famous neighborhoods in the city. Pedal through the flat, storied streets of the French Quarter, Faubourg Treme, and other historic areas while learning about New Orleans history from your expert guide.   Pedal at a leisurely pace along the banks of the Mississippi River and through the oldest parts of New Orleans. Cruise through Louis Armstrong Park and Congo Square into the legendary St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. Stop along the way to hear about New Orleans heritage, especially the development of jazz and the colorful innovators who created it.

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New Orleans bike tours: Everything you need to know

New Orleans has many beautiful neighborhoods with stunning architecture and charming outdoor green spaces. While in the Big Easy (a nickname for New Orleans), you can let your hair down with a visit to Bourbon Street in the French Quarters. You can also ride a streetcar along the Riverfront where you can shop till you drop. With so much to do and see, you’ll want to manage your vacation time wisely. One of the best ways to see the most memorable attractions in NOLA is on a guided New Orleans bike tour.

Each tour includes a knowledgeable guide that lives in New Orleans. They’ll be ready to talk about the city, its history, and its eccentricity. You’ll also have plenty of time to ask questions.

With several trails, New Orleans is very much bike-friendly. You can enjoy a bike tour on the best trails and in the easiest neighborhoods. Make sure to visit the University District (by Tulane and Loyola), Bywater (great for shopping), and Bayou St. John (offering a picturesque ride).

Are there different types of bike tours in New Orleans?

Absolutely – you can choose the right bike tour for you. Prepare for a wide variety of tour options to choose from, ranging from historical to cemetery tours. Some tours are more intimate with less than ten riders in your group, while others are larger with as many as twenty participants.

New Orleans neighborhood bike tours

Explore the historic neighborhoods of this lovely city on bike. You’ll definitely find a few homes that you can see yourself living in (if you win the lottery) while perusing the elite Garden District. Most tours will also take you through the iconic French Quarter. Here you’ll find Cajun restaurants, jazz clubs, and historic monuments, including the Statue of Andrew Jackson.

New Orleans jazz bike tours

Take a tour dedicated to the French Quarter and you’ll delve into the music scene of New Orleans. You’ll ride by Bourbon Street with its many jazz clubs and talented street musicians who play up and down this notable street. Learn about Creole food (inspired by West African, French, and Haitian cuisine). Taste some wild cocktails, such as the Grasshopper (a green drink), on this leg of the tour. Your guide will also tell you all about the popular Mardi Gras festival that takes place annually in New Orleans in mid-February.

New Orleans cemetery bike tours

New Orleans’ cemeteries are a popular attraction for visitors. On a bike tour, stop by and say hello to those who have passed on. The Saint Louis Cemetery is one of the most popular cemeteries to visit because of its above-ground vaults. Also, many famous city residents are buried in the cemeteries, such as Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.

New Orleans ghost bike tours

You may have heard that lots of paranormal activity has been reported in and around New Orleans. Hop on a bike at night to see if you can catch a glimpse of a ghost. Along with visiting the cemetery, you’ll stop by a few haunted buildings and parks, like Jackson Square, Congo Square, and the St. Louis Cathedral.

New Orleans history bike tours

Many New Orleans bike tours focus on the rich history of the city. On this tour, your guide will supply you with a wealth of information about many of New Orleans’ most known landmarks. These include Louis Armstrong Park, Bayou St. John, and Faubourg Treme. Some tours also include a leisurely ride along the Mississippi River.

Do I need to rent a bike?

Most bike tours provide everything you’ll need, including a bike, helmet, and other safety items. If you’re visiting a site or attraction, admission might also be included in the package. Other options include an electric bike, cruiser or fat-tire bike in lieu of a standard bike.

Tips and good things to know for New Orleans bike tours

Take a couple of bottles of water with you for the ride. Although you’ll make plenty of stops, you’ll feel better just knowing you have water to keep you well hydrated. This is especially important because New Orleans can be hot and humid, particularly in the summer months. Dress lightly and wear a sun visor or hat to protect you from the sun.

No matter your riding skill level, a New Orleans bike tour will be a fun outing for you. Tours usually last from two to six hours depending upon the route.

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What people are saying about New Orleans

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 31 reviews

We had so much fun! Found out so much information, found places we may not have on our own, and was given a ton of the history of New Orleans. The bike ride was mostly flat (one tiny hill at the beginning that the guide warned us about) so it was not strenuous at all and was just relaxing and at a most pleasant pace throughout! It didn't fell like we had been riding a bike for three hours when we were finished. Jeffery was a fantastic guide! So entertaining and knowledgeable! Thank you for helping make our trip to New Orleans wonderful!

Betsey was a great guide. We learned a lot about New Orleans history. She very adroitly handled acknowledgement of slavery and the involuntary labour that contributed to the prosperity of New Orleans, while still capturing its glamourous history. New Orleans is a great biking city and this was a lovely way to see it.

This bike tour was great. Our Tour Guide, Jeffrey was very knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans. He was also very jovial and funny. I highly recommend this tour.

Enjoyed our whole experience, our guide was excellent. Will be back for another ride. I would rate them a 10.

Very well done. We had a New Orleans history class. Well informed.