The best Airbnb Experiences in New York, from an alpaca farm tour to sailing the East River

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New York is the city that never sleeps. Like many cliché’s it’s a cliché for a reason. There’s so much to do for any visitor to New York that it can quickly become overwhelming. From prestigious museums to charming neighborhoods, incredible cuisine, and world-class shopping, it can be hard to decide what to do with your time in the Big Apple. These unique Airbnb Experiences are expertly curated and offer a truly unforgettable experience in and around the city.

Yoga in Central Park

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The pace of life in New York is unlike any other, and sometimes you need to step back and slow down. Yoga in Central Park is the perfect antidote to a fast-moving day in the city, giving you time to experience New York’s backyard uniquely. Relax and unwind with Jessica’s gentle vinyasa practice, perfect for both beginners and more advanced yogis while taking in the sights and sounds of this metropolis. This outdoor yoga class takes place year-round in Central Park, offering a different perspective, depending on the season — make sure to bundle up for those crisp autumn and winter days. No matter the season, yoga in Central Park is sure to be one of your most memorable downward-facing dogs.

From $32

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Sail the East River

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See the famous New York City skyline from a unique perspective on this sailing tour. Brooklyn Sail offers 2.5-hour sailing lessons around the East and Hudson Rivers, perfect for taking in the panorama of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Manhattan skyline. Each class is tailored to the group’s skill level (beginners welcome), and the route is customized based on what the participants want to see. Parties are encouraged to bring food and drinks for a truly unforgettable happy hour that cannot be found anywhere else. The host, Ian, has a United States Coast Guard Master sailing license and has spent years sailing around the Atlantic.

From $116 per person

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Brooklyn food tour

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Discover one of Brooklyn’s most charming neighborhoods and food culture with this local food tour of Brooklyn. The experience is based mainly in Cobble Hill and Carrol Gardens, home to tree-lined cobblestone streets filled with picturesque Brooklyn brownstones and small neighborhood eateries — perfect for a few hours of exploration. Discover artisanal food shops from around the world, including an Italian pastry shop and a Middle Eastern grocer. Visit locally owned cafes and restaurants while sampling all the neighborhood has to offer. The host, Brian, is an NYC food blogger with expert knowledge of the neighborhood’s vibrant food scene. All food tastings are included, so come hungry.

From $64 per person

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Thrift shopping with a stylist

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This experience’s host Ashley, is a fashion fairy godmother who helps navigate the racks of vintage clothes in the city. A professional New York City stylist with years of experience, Ashley uses her expertise to help you find a one-of-a-kind vintage outfit that reflects your personality. Starting with a stop for coffee, Ashley will then take you on a tour through some of her favorite thrift stores in Manhattan and help you piece together an outfit for whatever occasion you need.

From $48 per person

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Visit an alpaca and llama farm

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Spend the afternoon hanging out with alpacas and llamas on this New Jersey farm, just an hour and a half outside the city. The husband and wife team provide small group experiences at their ranch near Jenny Jump State Park. They love to share their knowledge of the animals and the surrounding area with visitors and offer a unique opportunity to interact with the animals. Guests get the chance to feed, pet, train, and walk with these incredible animals. The couple also sells high-quality alpaca products for sale, for those wanting to take a part of the farm home with them. The experience is open to kids five and older, just make sure to wear close-toed shoes.

From $24 per person

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Hike the Catskills

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Just two hours from New York, Catskill State Park is the perfect antidote to the busy city. The scenic 286,000 acres of preserved land are awaiting exploration. On this Airbnb Experience, Brian, a local licensed hiking guide, leads visitors through some of the most beautiful forests, sometimes frozen waterfalls, and picturesque mountains that upstate New York has to offer. In addition to educating you about the local geography, flora, and fauna, Brian will capture Instagram-worthy photos of you and your group to preserve memories. Hikes are tailored to each group’s skill level and include safety equipment, snacks, and spare essentials if needed.

From $90 per person

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Explore the MoMA with an artist

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Get an insider’s look at the Museum of Modern Art during this Airbnb Experience. The MoMA is one of the country’s best modern art museums, and its expansive collection can be daunting. This is a unique opportunity to have a guided tour from a New York-based artist, curator, and art teacher, Matthew. The tour leads you on a 2.5-hour journey through the museum’s artwork while providing background into many of the pieces including history and insight into how the works are created. Great for art enthusiasts and art newcomers alike, the host can answer questions about the pieces and optimize your exploration of the institution, at your own pace. The tour includes admission to the MoMA.

From $60 per person

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