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“A NOLA must-do”

Ninth Ward Rebirth Bike Tours
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Bike through the little seen parts of New Orleans with us and take a ride through the rebirth of a historical neighborhood. See not only the damage from Hurrican Katrina, but the uplifting rebuilding; and more importantly, why the neighborhood needed to survive. We'll visit the levee, learn about the musical culture, and meet Ronald Lewis, local historian and curator of the House of Dance and Feathers. Definitely an unforgettable day.
Reviewed April 13, 2013

This tour was awesome for multiple reasons. We originally had to reschedule because of a torrential rain storm that came in, and the guides felt bad and gave us recommendations for how else to spend our day. Their food recommendations were great. Be sure to ask when you book for their suggestions so that you can take full advantage of them.

The actual tour was great (and I had a head cold - so exercise should have been miserable!). We started by touring the 8th ward and then Saint Roch cemetery. The guide stopped and explained the 8th ward and how it was impacted by Katrina. They pointed out the symbols on the houses that the Coast Guard painted after inspecting the houses. As with any NOLA cemetery, Saint Roch was awesome.

From there, we moved on to the 9th ward. We had to cross a bridge that lifts up for boats to go by underneath it. This in itself was an adventure. We weaved through stopped cars and jumped to the front of the line. Our guide instructed us to go fast and move on to the bridge before it was even all the way down. This way, we could avoid being ran over.

Stops were frequent and the history was rich. We toured some Eco friendly homes being built, went to the House of Dance and Feathers, ate at a po boy shop... It was great. Most people are too scared of the 9th ward and this is a fantastic way to explore it. Because its on bicycles on the main streets, I wouldn't recommend it for small children. Otherwise, it's a great tour for anyone.

Thank Gabby S
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was a fun, easy, semi-active way to learn about not only the lower 9th ward, but much of New Orleans history. I own a wetlands kayak tour company that operates outside of the City, and I regularly get asked to recommend New Orleans attractions that are off the beaten path. The Ninth Ward Bike tour is always the first one to come to mind.

Derek makes it a fun and educational experience. Derek is a local to the region, he is working on his PhD in history, he has a great sense of humor, and a friendly outgoing disposition, what more can you ask for out of a tour guide! Not only did we have a great day, but I learned things, and I don't say that often when it comes to New Orleans!

Thank Lindsay P
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

This was one of the highlights of our NOLA visit. I found this while browsing through tours on TripAdvisor, looking or something off the beaten path and this looked like we'd be in neighborhoods and on the ground.

Setting up the trip by email was easy and they answered all my questions - from vegetarian lunch options to was this suitable for a relatively inexperienced bicyclist.

Derek, our tour guide, was easy going, knowledgeable, and said he never did the same tour twice. We were touring on St. Joseph's day so he threw in a visit to 2 altars, asking us ahead of time if we were ok with that. You start off on a cruiser bicycle with a basket, a bottle of water and helmet.

We stopped to get lunch to go from Cajun Jo's, a plain neighborhood place run by a Vietnamese family. Simple food at cheap prices. We then rode a few block to eat lunch in Mr. Lewis's backyard.

Visiting Mr. Lewis was a special experience, and hearing from him about his Dance and Feathers museum. He lost all the exhibits except a few to Katrina and as rebuilt it again. He's the community glue who lives for what he does. And for his grandchildren :)

The tour is about 4.5 hours long but don't let this scare you. The bike seats are very comfortable, the pace is relaxed with a lot of breaks, drivers are patient letting bicyclists through, and the city is very flat. And Derek and our group of 9 were accommodating of me who fell behind a few times. Payment is in cash only.

Like a TripAdvisor reviewer wrote: if you're breathing, you must go on this trip.

Thank slowtrav
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

A group of 10 of us were visiting New Orleans this past week and Derrick and his group went out of their way to accommodate our large group. Cassidy was our tour guide - he was phenomenal! We all loved this tour - it was the highpoint of our visit. The group hasn't stopped talking about how fun, informative, emotional, and inspiring this experience was. All of us felt this was a MUST DO for anyone visiting New Orleans.

1  Thank Bernie_In_Tucson
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Great way to spend half a day in New Orleans. Staff worked hard to make everything convenient and fun. Learned more about the city than I expected. Guide Derek changed up the tour when he found out that there was a "Second Line" passing nearby. It's a parade by neighborhood benevolent association. Good food, marching band, and a few beers made it very fun.
Good technical description of the flooding after Katrina and the rebuilding. Area residents were friendly to our group. Easy riding especially liked the ride along the levee. Highly recommended

1  Thank Craig B
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