On a hot muggy Sunday afternoon in New Orleans, finding a refreshing adventure can be challenging! Lucky us, locals had recommended this authentic experience as an affordable treat and the moment felt right. All Aboard!
We fearlessly hopped aboard the ferry that soon arrived. Watched the attendant expertly stuff our $2 each down into a see through box with jaws and a handle that helped it progress down its metal throat. The ferry’s interior seated area was significantly cooler than the steamy reality we had just come out of.
But unable to resist the view, I scurried across the lobby and exited out onto the deck, watching and listening in awe to the groaning heaviness pulling away from the dock surrounded by deep churning brownness.
The endless action on and in the powerful Mississippi seen all around us bordered by stunning sky lines; the ride was over way too soon.
With no sense of our destination when boarding we were deposited at the edge of Historic Algiers Point. What a treat. A lovely riverside village with its own history and independent spirit, it’s a community well worth visiting. I suggest allowing a few hours at least to stroll the lovely neighborhoods and visit some of the scattered local hangs.
As you exit the ferry in Algiers, watch for a big walking tour sign on the wall straight ahead. It’ll give you a good feel of which way to head out. We laced all in and out around the town and enjoyed all of it.
Remember…check the ferry schedule before you go…http://www.friendsoftheferry.org/
If you do mess up by chance and miss the return ferry, the uber solution ended up costing us about $20 to get back to the French Quarter. There were really no walking options as it’s illegal to walk across the bridge.