New Orleans Bike Tours
Free Tours by Foot is proud to offer New Orleans bike tours! Our expert bike tour guides work on the name-your-own-price basis. Most bike tours cost $40/person and up for a 2 hour bike tour. With bike rentals as low as $15 for 2 hours, you could be paying $30/person and higher for a 2 hour bike tour (+tip!). Additionally, if you want to rent your bike by the day, you usually won’t get a discount on the tour. We offer an affordable, pressure free tour experience in which, like our other tours, our expert bike tour guides work on the name-your-own-price basis.
Don’t have a bike? No worries. Our tour begins from our partner bike shop and renting a bike is easy and inexpensive. Also, don’t forget, some hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts offer free or inexpensive bike rentals.
FRIDAYS: The Uptown Tour
Since becoming part of the United States in 1803, New Orleans has stood out from the rest of the country. American New Orleans was part melting pot, part crucible, with European immigrants as well as Anglo-American plantation owners and captains of industry pouring in, bringing new ideas and new ways of life to an already diverse and lively city. The peaceful greenery, ornate mansions, and friendly faces of the Garden District and its fellow American neighborhoods conceal a history of cultural conflicts, polarizing wars, and fierce competition to succeed in a place that was at once home and a foreign country.
On this tour, we’ll focus on the American side of the city. From a start in the French Quarter, we’ll cross the divide into the first frontier, once called the American Sector, where we’ll see:
- Greek Revival works by 19th-century architects
- the National World War II Museum
- the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
- homes of the wealthy and famous in the Garden District
- the Irish Channel and other immigrant neighborhoods
- St. Charles Avenue, home of historic mansions, Mardi Gras parades, and the St. Charles Streetcar
- film and television locations including American Horror Story: Coven
- Magazine Street, one of New Orleans’ foremost shopping and dining corridors
- monuments to Irish and Italian heritage
- the Mississippi riverfront, home of paddlewheels and public art
This tour covers about six miles over three hours of sightseeing and storytelling.
SATURDAYS: The Bayou St. John, City Park, Back of Town Tour
In the early 1800s, a rapidly growing New Orleans expanded beyond the limits of the French Quarter. While some newcomers were Americans, who settled upriver of Canal Street, an influx of Haitian refugees nearly doubled the Creole population, followed by waves of European immigrants. Many settled in the newly developed neighborhoods Faubourg Marigny and Faubourg Tremé. These modest yet beautiful neighborhoods – predominantly French speaking, working class, and culturally diverse – proved fertile ground for the unique music, food, and architecture of New Orleans.
On the tour, we’ll explore and discuss
- Esplanade Avenue leading to City Park and Bayou St John
- the Tremé, where we’ll discuss street culture, Creole jazz masses, and the complex racial dynamics of the city’s history
- Faubourg Marigny
- Frenchmen Street, our lively music district
- shotgun home
- Creole mansions on Esplanade Avenue
- City Park
- New Orleans Museum of Art
- Bayou St John
- the Lafitte Greenway
- remnants of Hurricane Katrina and the changing urban landscape
Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. PLEASE INCLUDE A CONTACT PHONE NUMBER WHEN RESERVING.
Where: Bikes can be picked up where the tour will begin at Crescent City Bike Shop. The address is 626 N. Rampart St. New Orleans, LA 70116. The shops phone number is 504-322-3455.
Have your own bike? The $15 is to pay for your bike rental with Crescent City Bike Rentals. If you are bringing your own bike, you do not need to pay this reservation fee. Please use the code: wbyobike in the Discount section to avoid paying this. WHEN SIGNING UP FOR THE TOUR THIS WAY, YOU WILL NOT HAVE A BIKE RENTED FOR YOU, YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN!
Duration: Approximately 3 hours. We will bike approximately 6 miles (9,5 km) in length.
When: Every Friday and Saturday at 9am. Friday – Uptown Tour; Saturday – Bayou St. John, City Park and Back of Town Tour
Cost: Pay What You Think The Tour Is Worth! This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.
Q: Do the tours go out in the rain?
A: Yes. Our tours go out rain or shine, even our bike tours. However, our bike tours will not go out when bad weather makes it imprudent to do so (for example, heavy sustained rain, sustained lightning). If we cancel the tour due to inclement weather and you rent a bike with our partner bike shop through us, you will get a full refund.
Q: If we cancel, will we get a refund for the bike?
A: You MUST give at least 24 hours notice of cancellation for a refund. Please check the forecast at least 24 hours in advance if you do not want to ride in drizzle or light rain. Bikes are rented through a 3rd party and we have to abide by their rules.
***Our pay-what-you-like bike tour schedule is currently running on a limited schedule. Therefore, Free Tours by Foot is proud to work with Crescent City Bike Tours. The folks at Crescent City Bike Tours offer our guests a discount when they book through their website. Be sure to enter code FTBFbike to get your discount.***
Pay-what-you-like New Orleans Bike Tours