French Quarter History: Local's Walking Tour
55 Ratings
New Orleans

Your guide hails from a Cajun Louisiana shrimp boat, has spent 32 years as a history teacher, and resides in the French Quarter. This tour is ripe with historical information owing to her love for her city. Lace up your walking shoes and prepare to discover why the French Quarter is unparalleled anywhere in the nation!

Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Mississippi River - Learn about the Native American history of the city and the role of the river in the city’s history.
  • Jackson Square - Learn about the colonial roots of the city and the historical buildings around the square!
  • Old Ursuline Convent Museum - Learn about the formative role played by the Ursuline nuns in the city’s history!
  • Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar - Learn about the role of piracy in the city’s history!
  • Congo Square - Learn about the role slaves played in the city’s economic and cultural history and about Treme - a historic, African-American neighborhood in the city.
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection - Learn about this incredible historical archive and the history it tells!
  • Napoleon House - For two centuries - this Italian grocery store turned governor’s home turned intended abode of Napoleon Bonaparte were he ever to make it to New Orleans - has been a favorite drinking and eating hole of locals and visitors alike!
What's Included
  • 2-hour walking tour of the French Quarter
  • Local guide expert in history and culture
Jackson Square
Meet me in front of the statue of Andrew Jackson; I will be wearing a Boulet Walking Tours shirt.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(55 Ratings)
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Apr 9, 2024
Don't miss this tour - My daughter and I are so grateful to have had the opportunity to take Melanie's French Quarter Walking Tour. As a former educator for many years and a lifelong local resident, Melanie knows her stuff. It was nice to get a local's perspective on life in the area and to hear her personal life stories. She made us feel comfortable as well. I highly recommend her tour!
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Apr 8, 2024
Best way to start a trip to Nola - This tour was our first stop before a full weekend in Nola and it was hands down the best way to start the trip. We got so much context and history, so when we explored the city on our own everything had a meaning. Melanie does a fantastic job explaining things, answering questions, and is clearly very passionate about the topic. She covers all bases and we are so appreciative. Highly recommend!
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Apr 2, 2024
Top Notch Tour - We left with a great understanding of the French Quarter. Every minute of this tour was memorable. Melanie’s local background cannot be matched.
Review provided by Viator
Feb 14, 2024
Extraordinary tour guide built no deep knowledge and conspicuously curious mind. - Melanie Boulet provided an extraordinary tour of the French Quarter. Others have noted her extensive knowledge of NOLA, Cajun, and “creole” history. Why does her deep knowledge make Melanie Boulet such a fantastic tour guide? First, she provided a rich context for NOLA history and culture that helps make sense of it, including connections to Canada and African countries, as well as the rest of the USA. Second, she weaves this information seamlessly into a coherent narrative arc that blends national ambitions with person al passions, natural history with riverboat pilot acumen and the fates of millions of enslaved Americans crossing the Middle Passage with the history unfolding before our eyes every day. If your time is valuable, Melanie Boulet is a bargain you cannot afford not to schedule. Her deep background enabled her to adjust the tour as needed to address the interests of her guests, but not lose sight of her larger story. It is among the most dramatic consequential stories on this continent.
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Jan 28, 2024
A true NOLA gem - Melanie is a gem: her knowledge of GNO is both broad and deep and her presentation so engaging that it kept us wanting more even after two hours.
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Jan 11, 2024
Amazing Walking History Tour - This was one of the best walking tours that I’ve ever been on. Melanie is a former history teacher and her passion for history is infectious. She gives lots of amazing history of this amazing city without being overwhelming. I will definitely be back and book another tour with her again!
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Jan 11, 2024
I am so happy I went on this tour! - I am so glad I didn’t leave NOLA without going on Melanie’s tour. She was super knowledgeable and gave me a connection to the area through the sharing of the history and culture. Her enthusiasm and joy was contagious. I would highly recommend anyone that is visiting or has lived there their whole lives to take this tour. You will leave happy that you did.
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Jan 11, 2024
Historical Tour- Fun and Engaging! - Amazing tour! We started at Cafe du Monde and worked out way through the French Quarter and beyond. I learned so much about the history of New Orleans and it was really fun!
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Jan 11, 2024
Amazing Tour of the French Quarter!! - Melanie was absolutely incredible! She made the tour so much fun and we learned so much. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone that wants to learn about the rich history of New Orleans!
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Jan 11, 2024
Amazing history tour - Melanie was so knowledgeable and fun! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the history of New Orleans, particularly the role it’s played in broader contexts
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
April 2024