By: Sophie McLeod By: Sophie McLeod | June 14, 2022 | Lifestyle
Learn to ride a flyboard in Miami (picture taken in Japan)
Sure, you've heard about Airbnb, but have you heard of Airbnb experiences?
Whether you book your stay with a local host or not, Airbnb now works with a variety of local experts who are ready and willing to show you, your family and your friends how to live like, well, a local!
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From cooking classes to food tours, street art walks, farm visits, pottery classes, kayak tours and more, Airbnb Experiences are intimate affairs that will totally make your trip. We scoured the calendar and found some of the coolest opportunities across the country. Plan your next vacation accordingly, and don't forget to see what else is being offered in your town on Airbnb.
What better way to get off the beaten path and enjoy nature than foraging for wild mushrooms? Explore some of the most beautiful spots in the Aspen wilderness and return from your adventure to prepare a delicious, home-cooked meal with the mushrooms you gathered.
Create beautiful pottery with professional artists in this northern Atlanta studio! Explore the gallery and kiln space before beginning your creative journey into pottery making. The artists who guide the experience sell their art in shops and at festivals, so this is a great opportunity to stock up on locally-made ceramic decor.
Dig into Boston’s best kept secrets on the Little Italy Food Tour. Explore the oldest neighborhood in Boston’s North End as your guide takes you to bakeries for incredible cannolis, delis with the best sandwiches, and of course, the only wood-fired brick oven pizzeria in Little Italy.
Enjoy a night of graffiti and great drinks at the Spray ‘n’ Sip workshop. Held at Studio W.I.P., professional artists will teach you to create beautiful art from a can! The event is BYOB, and bringing drinks is encouraged. The end result of the workshop is a 50-foot mural that will be broken into pieces for every guest to have a memento of their time in Chicago.
See Dallas from a new point of view with this electric Cruizer tour. Starting at John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, the tour takes you to some of the most iconic spots in downtown Dallas. From the famous Giant Eyeball to Dealey Plaza, this tour will show you around Dallas in a whole new way.
Montauk Lighthouse and beach
Spend the day on the water with a boat cruise around the Hamptons. The host (who doubles as the captain of the ship) put this experience together to give guests what he calls “the perfect day in the Hamptons.” Start at Sag Harbour and explore multiple coves, private beaches and oceanfront restaurants. Enjoy the sunset!
Explore the historic plantation village of Papaikou with a tour of a 100-year old chocolate, vanilla and coffee farm. Take long strolls through the coffee bean and cacao tree orchards, and sample produce from the fields, the greenhouse and the kitchen. You can watch the magic happen before your very eyes on this unique tour!
This scooter tour is the fastest (and most fun) way to see the heart of Midtown Houston. Known for its wide range of street art, this tour will take you to all of the murals, mosaics and installations. From coffee houses and arcades, to the home court of Houston’s NBA team, this tour will pull all the stops to ensure you get a true feel for what makes Houston great.
While a trip to Las Vegas usually means a non-stop party under the lights, this break from the neon action brings you back to nature. This five mile tour in the Black Canyon on the Colorado River will take you to see beaches, desert wildlife, and historical sites along the way. The main attraction is Emerald Cave, where you can hop out of the river for an optional hike and a photo-opp!
While the usual tourist pit stop in LA is the Hollywood sign, this is your opportunity to steer your vacation away from the beaten path and do something you’ll never forget. Take a trip to the historic Zephyr Theatre on Melrose Avenue and learn to eat fire from professional performer Vixen DeVille. Not only will you see the behind-the-scenes of her variety show performance, you'll become part of the act after this tutorial!
Skip the Times Square bus tour and pizza-making in Little Italy and explore a side of the city that is rarely seen on this tour of the Hasidic community. A staple of New York Culture, the Hasidic Jews are often viewed as a mysterious group of people, but in reality are very open and welcoming. You will get to see the daily customs practiced within the community, as well as a visit to the famous “770” Synagogue in Crown Heights. This cultural dive will show you a nook that is rarely visited in this massive city.
Nothing says Miami like an adventure in the ocean! Located in Sea Isle Marina, you'll learn to fly through the air in minutes with the help of your instructor. Catch a view of Miami’s skyline above the middle of the ocean, and enjoy a boat ride back to the marina once your time on the water is through.
Giddy up, Orange County. This is the perfect activity for horse lovers or anybody who enjoys a long walk on the beach. The horse is a beautiful Arabian named Kamar who has been trained as a therapy horse, working primarily with veterans. Kamar’s calming energy is sure to make your sunset walk that much more cleansing.
The best wake up call Palm Beach has to offer is a meditation session on the beach! This guided sunrise meditation offers blankets, fresh juice, and the chance to take a dip in the ocean after your early morning Savasana. Jump into your day with an outdoor shower and a stroll down the boardwalk after your refreshing morning.
Take a break from the city action with a trip to this four-acre family farm. With a plethora of berries and flowers growing from all angles, the owners love to welcome visitors to pick fruits and flowers for the road! Take a stroll through the fields or cut a beautiful bouquet to take home in your complimentary vase.
Visit this unique suburban beehive and enter the fascinating world of how bees live. From watching them collect nectar to taking home a honey sample, this hive is buzzing with unique experiences! This visit doubles as a class where Master Beekeeper, Kendal Sager, will walk you through the process of a bee’s daily life.
This two-mile walking tour has become known as a beloved, must-see experience in San Francisco. Not only will you see the incredible, mosaic art installations of the hidden stairway, you will also catch glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge and surrounding neighborhoods that tourists often miss.
This hiking tour will take you through the gorgeous trails of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Your guide will point out Native American historical artifacts and landmarks along the way, as well as the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert. You may even catch a glimpse of wild horses! This trek is nothing short of breathtaking, with the added bonus of a tour guide to teach you about your surroundings.
Whether you're an experienced climber or never scaled a rock wall in your life, this experience is for anyone looking for an outdoor adventure! The instructors are well-versed in helping climbers at any skill level reach new heights, and you'll catch beautiful views of Silicon Valley. By the end of your time on the rocks, you have discovered new routes, new views and gained some new skills to bring back home.
Take an evening bike ride to see the capital’s most famous sites! From the National Mall to the Lincoln Memorial, experience D.C. without the crowds or the heat on this enjoyable nighttime adventure. It beats walking or driving, too.
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