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New Orleans Ferry, it’s free to ride as a pedistrian. Warehouse District by the Spanish Plaza to Algiers

    The Canal Street Ferry runs daily til mid-night from the foot of Canal Street to Algiers on the west bank.  You go due east to get there.  Going east to get west is sort of a New Orleans thing – a leftover from Christopher Columbus.  The entrance is between the Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah’s Casino next to the River Walk.  Since people cannot walk the Mississippi River Bridge the ride is free.  The ferry service has been running since 1827.

     Autos have to pay as they do on the bridge.  The Mississippi River is the  biggest and longest river in the United States so why not take a free ride.  The Ferry docks in between the French Quarter and the Warehouse District so if you are downtown its a great way to take a break and get some great photos.

Mississippi River ferry

    Its just another thing you can do that most people will not think about but its a hidden treasure. Its natural air conditioning in the summer.

    ” The Algiers ferry leaves the Canal Street docks every half-hour starting at 6 AM. Destination is Algiers, best known for Mardi Gras World, a warehouse-cum-fun park where the floats for the annual festival are assembled and housed. Best bet is to take this ferry at twilight, staying on for the round-trip (about 45 minutes) and returning to see the New Orleans skyline twinkling under the Southern skies. The ride is free to pedestrians and a mere dollar for cars.

     An alternative boat ride is the “zoo cruise” which leaves the River View docks of the Audubon Park Zoo on a regular basis, floating downriver to the Aquarium of the Americas at the foot of Canal Street. You can take the ride in either direction, or both, for a nominal charge. The Mississippi River is hard to miss in New Orleans — just ask anyone for directions.” According to this tour guide its a thing to do. Living here you forget interesting things to do are not expensive.  

 Warehouse District Condos and French Quarter Condos meet

There is even a Friends of the Ferry site and club.

 

 

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  1. julie baudier

    My zoo cruise experience.
    We left the dock at about 4:30 and floated down the river towards the zoo. The scenery was great and the weather was beautiful. We were greeted by a cujun band and treated to a barbeque. We ate and danced well into the evening. It was quite a fabulous experience!

  2. Amber Riviere

    Hey Eric,

    You’re right. This is something most people won’t think to do, but it sounds like a nice way to take a quick break and unwind. I love being on the water, so even a short ferry ride would be enjoyable every now and then – great way to spend a lunch break!

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