This post was updated on January 20.
Winter in New Orleans isn’t what you’d consider a icy wonderland. Rather, the temperature is generally fairly mild, which allows you to maintain outdoor activities without sweating as much as you would in summer (and spring too, let’s be real.) This includes biking or cycling as there are so many great spots to explore throughout the city. Whether you have a bike or you’re renting one, whether you’re biking with friends or riding solo, we’ve got a list of areas in the city where you’ll love to ride around this winter, particularly when the sun is out.
If you’re looking for the longest, most accessible bike trails in the city, you have to turn to the lakefront. Cruise along Lakeshore Drive to get your cardio. You can ride for up to 15 miles straight along the lakefront, or you can break it up with a stop to relax and enjoy the view. Beware on windy days.
#FrayLife Tip: Start your ride at the east end of Lakeshore Drive so that you can end at one of the many restaurants at the west end, like R and O’s or Deannie’s.
Some days you want to explore and cover a lot of distance; other days you just wanna get outside and take it easy. In the latter situation, Audubon Park is our go-to. The trail here is an easy, beautiful, 2-mile loop. Go around a couple of times, feel the sun on your face and enjoy the rest of what the park has to offer like a stroll through the zoo.
If you’re looking to rent a bike for a bit, the downtown area has the highest concentration of bike rentals in the city. Weave through the streets of the French Quarter and take in the sound of street performers and countless displays of the city’s unique culture. When you’re ready for a clear path and some open air, you can ride along the Riverwalk past tons of shops and the Steamboat Natchez. Head to Crescent Park in the Bywater for more riverfront views, or turn up Esplanade Avenue to see all your favorite Jazz Fest houses!
#FrayLife Tip: If you’re looking for a longer ride, Esplanade Avenue connects you right to City Park and Bayou St. John.
One of the oldest and largest parks in the country, City Park boasts about four miles of bike trails. Ride under the shade of the grand, mossy oak trees and around the big, scenic lake. The options are endless if you choose to bike around this park. Make sure you stop for a tasty treat and grab beignets at Morning Call and check out the newest exhibits at NOMA!
#FrayLife Tip: Bring some bread to feed the ducks on the lake (you can do this in Audubon Park, too)!
Start in Harahan or River Ridge and ride along the River Road levee until you’re Uptown! Make sure you know your biking etiquette – the top of the levee is relatively thin, and many of the bikers here are professional cyclists. Hop off the levee where River Road turns into Oak Street, and reward your ride with a burger at Cowbell or Camellia Grill.
Let us know where your biking paths take you in the comments or by tagging #FrayLife or #NOLAFray! Happy riding!
Want more activities for the month of January? Check out our Month Ahead for NOLA.