She's a free spirit. She's on the wrong side of the tracks. She has some friends you should meet.
This driving/walking tour is my personal favorite. It was one of my first, and it includes my own neighborhood, the ever-changing, always appealing Bywater.
We start at Crescent Park, on the levee of the Mississippi river just below the French Quarter. The view is unparalleled. Bring your camera!
Then, on to lunch--choose between Elizabeth's or The Joint, (both Zagat rated and very popular with locals), while we go over the rest of our itinerary, which will include sights in the Ninth Ward and Lower Ninth Ward, including the St. Claude Avenue corridor (the new downtown "Main Street"), the St. Roch Cemetery, sites related to Katrina and much more. . . this is the kind of tour that can only be enjoyed as a private tour. . larger tours are not allowed in some of the areas we will visit. . . it is well worth the trip. I will return you to your downtown hotel at the end of the tour.
Elizabeth's or The Joint
Bywater/Downtown Main Street
St. Roch Cemetery
Holy Cross Neighborhood, including the "steamboat houses"
Industrial Canal Levee Marker (Site of Katrina Breech)
Make it Right Nine (an outdoor exhibit about the neighborhood, Katrina, and the recovery)
The House of Dance and Feathers (if available-you have to see this one for yourself--it will restore your heart)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your downtown hotel or other accommodations
End location: Back to the starting point in my private car
Duration: 4 hours
Weather may affect tour duration.
Private Car: 2008 Scion XB, seats 5
I will pick you up in my own car (see photos). Most of the tour is driving.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 USD - Lunch is on the tour, but not included in the tour price.
Optional Donation to "House of Dance and Feathers", if visited (subject to availability)
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This was the only private tour exclusively of the Ninth Ward we could find. This is the guide's stomping grounds so he had plenty of first hand knowledge of the area, the history around the area, and the people. Very fun and personable guy.