Canal Street Ferry to Algiers Point

May 31, 2012 by

Day Trips, Free Things to Do, Local Recommendations, Things To Do

Ferry to Algiers Point

Ferry to Algiers Point. Photo courtesy of Mathematical Association of America via Flickr.

One highlight to any trip to New Orleans is the French Quarter. It’s here you’ll find the dancers, the French Market, the bars, the old, rich cultural center of one of America’s oldest cities. It is, undoubtedly, a place which will become very familiar to you during your stay here. But just across the quarter, in a nook all its own, lies one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Algiers Point, and if you want to head to a neighborhood just across the river but miles away from the city life, consider a day trek to Algiers Point.

The mighty Mississippi bends at the ferry crossing, and a great half day can be spent wandering its streets and levees in search of a nice little deli market or one of the area’s boutique galleries. The architecture of the area dates as far back as to the early 1700s, and any architectural buff or anyone who enjoys viewing unique and beautiful houses will enjoy a stroll through the area. Greek Revival, Single Shotgun, French Colonial Plantation, Creole Cottage, Victorian, and Craftsman style houses line the streets.

Probably the highlight of any trip to Algiers Point is visiting The Point itself. Immediately upon your departure from the Canal Street ferry (free, by the way!) lies a convergence of cobbled alleyways which come together to make a sort of nest of bars and restaurants. This is where the Algiers Point locals congregate, and many an interesting story can be had by the hospitable people who frequent them. Wines, classic cocktails, and signature dinners can be had here, before taking a walk to Confetti Park, known for its open grounds and unique cut-out fence.

-Hudson

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