We found Big Easy Bike Tours through a special deal on Groupon. It was a great experience. Bob was extremely friendly and informative. He dropped off our bikes at our hotel the night before the tour. Unfortunately, someone stole the baskets from the bikes overnight, but he was still good-natured about it. He met up with us at our hotel and we rode to pick up the other people for the tour. Our group totaled 6 people, which was the perfect amount, in my opinion. He gave everyone a bottle of water, and he was accommodating in stopping for drinks and restroom breaks.
The tour was over 3 hours total. Bob was very informative and pointed out a lot of things that we would not have known or noticed otherwise. There were 3 different tours to choose from. We chose the Esplanade Avenue tour, so after taking us through the French quarter, we went down Esplanade to see the historic Creole homes. Not only did he point out historic buildings, he also told us about the history of the architecture and the social life of those times. He also took us down Frenchman Street and recommended certain bars for live music, and suggested that they were better than the ones on Bourbon Street (we checked out the bars that night and he was definitely right about how it was better than Bourbon. I highly suggest that you visit this area if you’re interested in talented musicians and famous jazz clubs that you think of when thinking about New Orleans). We rode through the cemetery where he explained the burial process and the tradition of a funeral jazz. We continued riding through their Central Park, which was a great surprise to me because I didn’t even know New Orleans had a park.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Bob. I liked how the group was not too big, and that Bob took us to places outside of the city that we would not have had a chance to see otherwise. We also got a great workout; we biked about 14 miles. I would recommend scheduling the tour early, because it would get hot later on in the day. I can’t imagine how Bob does it. He has tours at 9am, drops us off at 1230 in the afternoon, and then he’s off for his 1pm tour. Then he probably goes around to pick up the bikes and to drop them off at other hotels for the next day’s tours. This guy really works to make it a pleasant experience for you, and it shows. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see other parts of the city other than what is downtown. I would love to come back and do it again.