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.
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.