Founded in 2014, Like A Local Tours has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence every year in operation. Like A Local Tours has worked with celebrities as well as companies from American Express and Heineken to Conde Nast Publications.
Like A Local brings you immersive experiences for tourists and locals alike. We showcase NYC and Brooklyn neighborhoods through food, fashion and art. Every guide is a working actor, so each experience is packed with personality, incredible stories and cultural anecdotes. There is no better way to know a neighborhood and savor its unique charm than by walking in the shoes of its residents.
GIVING BACK: Like A Local Tours is proud to donate $2 for every ticket sold to a highly rated charity! We are almost giving away $10,000 a year and it feels GOOD!
This year's charities are: Reach The World, Tourism Cares and Human Impact Institute.
Did you know that the first baseball game was played in Madison Square Park, there are over 40 incredible wineries on the North Fork of Long Island, at the turn of the twentieth century there were 50 breweries in Brooklyn, or that one facility in the middle of Manhattan makes tons of cheese per week? Frequently listed at one of the Top 10 Tour Companies in NYC, our vibe is gourmet food, street art, hidden gems, history, architecture, wine, craft beer … you get it. We are made for locals and tourists alike!
About the Founder: Lauren Beebe
It all started when...
Originally from Wisconsin, Lauren Beebe grew up in Minnesota, Texas and Pennsylvania. Perhaps that's what started her travel obsession? A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Lauren has lived in NYC since 2004 and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, since 2008. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Passionate about people and knowing the best places to go, as well as possessing an entrepreneurial spirit, it was only a matter of time before Like A Local was formed. She loves hidden bars, flea markets, and ordering too much food. Lauren is licensed tour guide.
Like A Local, LLC is licensed and insured. Like A Local is a registered trademark.
About the Team
All of our guides are licensed, local and experienced. Plus, they are all working actors and actresses so every tour comes packed with personality!
Rory is one of the best tour guides that NYC has to offer. She was even voted so by NewYork.com. Her theatric roots shine through while leading tours. Knowledgable but fun, Rory exemplifies what taking a tour with Like A Local is all about.
Hey, I'm Walter: A Brooklyn born (Wyckoff Heights Hospital!), lifelong New Yorker. As I always say at the top of my tours "I'm a native New Yorker, so you're in good hands!" When I'm not doing tour guide work, I am also an actor and director, doing film and theater all over the city.
I am a professional storyteller and self-confessed New York nerd. I moved to the city 5 years ago to expand my theatrical career and accidentally got my tour guide license. I love history and architecture. And, as an immigrant, I have a special perspective on NYC. I reveal fun and amazing secrets about NYC on all my tours. Join me to find out why this really is the greatest city in the world.
Josh is a working actor - both theater and film. His passion for the history of New York City and for its people is infectious. When not acting or tour guiding, he loves to travel.
Megan is an actor/comedian who is a passionate story teller with an affinity for obscure history and food. When she's not tour guiding, you can catch her performing sketch and improv comedy at such venues as Carolines on Broadway and the UCB Theater. Catch her in the upcoming 2018/19 season: Bad Dates.
Juan is originally from El Salvador, at the age of nine he moved to Los Angeles, and at nineteen he moved to New York City. As an immigrant, Juan has a very unique perspective, amplified by his artistic passions. His passions include dancing, acting, and the city itself. When he is not working or studying, you can find him going to auditions or pursuing other artistic endeavors.
Originally from Southern Indiana, Jennifer has been a New Yorker for almost 7 years. Jennifer has been a licensed tour guide for over 2 years. She is a professional singer, actor and dancer. She moved to NYC for Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn and loves showing off her knowledge of hidden gems throughout NYC. In her spare time, when not auditioning or giving tours and meeting amazing people, she runs the paths in the parks or takes a picnic (and good music) to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery and people watching.
Thalia is a born and raised New Yorker from Jamaica, Queens. Hobbies include performing spoken word around the city and eating pasta.
"I love tour guiding because it allows me to play host to the most interesting people from all around the world who want to know about MY city. What better way than having a local show you the hidden gems?"
Devin is an actor and country music artist who moved to NYC a few years ago from the great city of Nashville.
"As a licensed tour guide, I take guests on informational and entertaining tours around parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan, teaching the history of the area, pointing out historical places, and taking people to the best places to eat and drink! I make them feel like they are seeing the city "like a local" would."
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to purchase tour tickets in advance?
Booking in advance is required because our tours frequently sell out and tour guides do not accept cash on site for tickets.
Are the tours suitable for children?
Children under 3 are not required to purchase a ticket unless they would like to enjoy the tastings. You must be 21 or older to attend our Sunday Funday Brooklyn Tour. Please keep in mind that tours are 3 hours long and there is a considerable amount of walking.
How much walking is involved and what is the pace?
Our tours vary from 1-2 ½ miles over a 3 hour period. We walk at a leisurely pace and stop frequently to discuss interesting points along the way. We do recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. Keep in mind that you are on your feet for most of the tour.
What about inclement weather?
Tours will run rain, snow or shine. We ask that you check the weather forecast and dress accordingly if inclement weather is predicted.
Are the tours conducted in English only?
Our public tours are conducted in English but our guides speak Spanish, Italian and French.
Will locals enjoy the tours as well or is it mostly for tourists?
Absolutely! While you may be familiar with our route and some of the stops, you will also have the opportunity to discover new things about the wonderful neighborhood you live in! Additionally, this tour is an excellent way to entertain out-of-town guests, celebrate a special occasion or encourage professional team building.
Does the tour guide accept gratuities?
Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. While not required, gratuities are accepted and always greatly appreciated by the tour guides.
Are the tours wheelchair and stroller accessible?
Yes, tours are both wheelchair and stroller accessible. There may be one or two stops along the way without a wheelchair ramp and with a small step up but most stops have a ramp or are street level.
Are dogs allowed on the tour?
Yes, dogs are fine as long as you don't mind leaving them outside when we go inside establishments where they serve food.
Do you offer private tours?
Yes, private tours are available. To inquire about booking a private tour, contact us.