Two-Wheeling Around New Orleans

Biking the Big Easy

There’s no better way to take in all the Crescent City has to offer than on two wheels. Discover the city—and burn off a few calories—while covering more ground in half the time that it takes to walk. We’ve highlighted a few bicycle rental shops and routes to seek out.

Crescent City Bike Tours

Looking for a history-packed ride through the French Quarter, Tremé, St. Louis Cemetery #1 and along the banks of the Mississippi? Crescent City Bike Tours’ guided excursion has you covered. The three-hour ride is $45, or if you feel like creating your own tour, rentals are $25 a day. 

City Park Bike Rentals

If a leisurely cruise under centuries-old oaks is more your speed, consider City Park Bike Rentals. Four miles of smooth automobile-free bike paths connect Bayou St. John to Lake Pontchartrain with more than 1,300 acres of park in between. A variety of bikes is offered, with rates ranging from $9 an hour to $40 a day. 

A Musing Bikes

Audubon Park, St. Charles Avenue and the Uptown area are all easily accessed from this Lower Garden District shop. Rentals are $8 hourly, $30 daily; weekend and full-week rates also available. Refuel along the way at one of Magazine Street’s many cool cafés. 

A Bicycle Named Desire

An offshoot of Confederacy of Cruisers (which conducts guided tours) and a pun on Tennessee Williams’ famed play (the shop is located at Stanley and Stella’s fictional address), Desire makes exploring the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods a snap. Rentals are $25 a day for beach cruisers, complete with basket and bell. 

Joy Ride

The only thing that beats room service is having a bike delivered straight to your door! For $35 a day, Joy Ride offers rentals that come right to your hotel. Bike-friendly routes through the city are charted out by Bike Easy; pick up or download a map and set off on your own adventure.