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Canal Street / Algiers Ferry

1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
504 376 8100
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Ranked #48 of 163 Attractions in New Orleans
Type: Ferries/ Boats, Other
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: See the city skyline from the Mississippi River for free. Nothing fancy, but kids are sure to love the pelicans and photographers will love the sights on the way to historic Algiers.
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117 reviews 117 reviews
46 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I like waterborne approaches to big cities and this one is quite appealing. It takes about 5 minutes to cross the Mississippi River here and the downtown area of New Orleans lines one bank with the spires of the St. Louis cathedral in the French Quarter also visible. The Algiers side is less dramatic, with boat yards and barges dominating... More

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Houston, Texas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Having rented a place in Algiers point we were looking forward to the convenience of the ferry. I lived on the west bank as a child and on numerous visits to the city a ride in the ferry was the norm. The ferry is now pedestrian only and costs $2. Also, last departure from Canal St. is 9:45 PM. We... More

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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Algiers ferry is a fairly old and rather beat-down bit of the NOLA infrastructure. It hides at the bottom of Canal Street, obscured by the casinos and all the other development down by the river. First glimpse might put you off a little. But for two bucks (exact change, cash only) you can take an easy glide across the... More

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Ripon, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This ferry trip is very reasonable..$2.00 per person each way..and is a great way to see the skyline of New Orleans. It is also fun to go across the Mississippi and see all of the working ships, barges, and tug boats on the river. Beware of two things: it is a very quick trip and you need to have exact... More

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Fort Walton Beach FL
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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Unless you are exploring Algiers, don't waste your precious time in NO on the ferry ride, a 5 minute straight across ride for little return in experience. A TP review cited Gretna Ferry as a better alternative. That ferry is no longer active according to staff October 2014. A 2 hour ride up the Mississippi can be had by paddleboat... More

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Top Contributor
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18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is an excellent way to get a low cost tour of the river. You can take your car or be a pedestrian. Combine it with a tour of the French Quarter and take either or both the the Canal Street or St. Charles Street car and you have a comprehensive tour of the city for less than $10pp. Allow... More

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Hausen am Albis, Switzerland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Some good views of the New Orleans skyline while crossing the Mississippi. The short boat trip is fun, especially for kids. Algiers has some beautiful little houses which makes it worth to have a look around. We met some lovely and helpful people. Worth the trip!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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145 reviews 145 reviews
75 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is a brilliant cost effective way to take a trip on the great river. The trip to Algiers is shots and straight across. By chance we took the ferry to Gretna which I didn't know existed. It takes you a distance upstream under the bridge then across the river. It was at least a 15min trip less on the... More

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Charlotte, NC, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Feel the majesty of the Mighty Mississippi, see the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans skyline in a whole new way. Movie buffs might remember the scene in "The Cincinnati Kid" with Steve McQueen and Karl Malden. May have been shot on the very same ferry boat, too (likely not)...

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Newark, Delaware
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Taking the ferry across the Mississippi River to Algiers Point was a nice adventure. I have been to the Crescent city numerous times and it was something new to do that really excited me about the city. It was refreshing to see NOLA from the other side of the water and view the skyline from that vantage point. We keep... More

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