New York is one of the busiest cities in the world with its being a major commercial, financial, and cultural center. But the city is more than its skyscrapers, famous museums, and Central Park. If you want to get to explore New York on a deeper level, read on and discover lots of Airbnb activities you can join while you are in the city. Check out our list of some of the best Airbnb experiences in New York City, below.
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If you want to experience how a person parties in New York City, then you should join this activity to discover the city night scene for a fun and exciting night ahead. New York is famous for being the city that never sleeps, and you’ll know why after you visit famous clubs, hidden speakeasies, rooftop bars, and more. You’ll get a chance to see a live performance or a burlesque show depending on your schedule. The tour includes free appetizers on the first stop, and for the rest of the night, you get discounted prize and free and discounted entrances.
Discover the city's party scene
Cost: 35 USD per person
This activity will let you see New York from a different perspective. You will be sailing around the Governor’s Island and see famous landmarks in the city, including the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, and the Brooklyn Bridge. You will also have a lot of time to take beautiful photos throughout the ride. The host will also let you try to drive the boat, only if you’re careful enough, so make sure to charm your host. Additionally, for safety measures, before sailing the host will lecture you about do’s and don’ts when sailing, the location of the life jacket, and more.
Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail
Duration: 2.5 hours
New York is known for its thriving street art scene. If you’re an Instagrammer and want to have beautiful photos of you taken from different parts of the city, then you should join this activity. Here, the guide will bring and immerse you to galleries, pop-ups, and street arts. You’ll also see diverse genres of art such as fine art, contemporary art, street art, and design. To explore this wonderful art culture, it’s best to book an Airbnb near Times Square, New York.
Explore NYC’s most Instagrammable Art
Duration: 2.5 hours
Brooklyn is one of New York’s five boroughs. If you want to explore the place and not just touch its facade, then you have to join this activity while staying at a great Airbnb in Brooklyn, New York. The host will guide you to five different neighborhoods. You will see classic brownstone architecture, the ‘hipster’ area, an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, a community with impressive historic homes and the part where you’ll find unique street art, vintage shops, hidden bars, and marvelous Manhattan views.
Explore the Real Brooklyn
Duration: 4.5 hours
If you’re into crimes and mystery as well as good food, then this tour hosted by retired detectives and former officers of the NYPD is ideal for you. You will be seeing and learning about the NYC Mafia and crimes, know about John Gotti and the Gambino Crime Family members hangout place, party scene, and their family business. Also, you’ll get to visit the Ravenite Social Club and the mafia’s Red Sauce joint and have a taste of their famous pizza if you stay at one of the best Airbnbs in New York. For your last stop, you’ll be dining in Little Italy’s best local restaurants, so come in hungry.
Retired NYPD Guided Mafia & Crime Walk
Duration: 3.5 hours
If you want a more laidback activity in New York, then join the Haitian tea party. Here, you’ll get to taste four traditional handmade teas and learn about their healing effects as well as Haitian history. Aside from the tea, the host will also offer you Haitian snacks like cakes, patties, and more. To conclude the activity, you’ll be dining in a Haitian Cafe.
Haitian Tea Party in Brooklyn
Duration: 2 hours
Times Square in Manhattan, New York, is probably the most iconic landmark in all of New York City. Whether you go there in the day time or at night, this bustling intersection also known as “The Center of the Universe” or “The Crossroads of the World” is going to leave you breathless. If you want to commemorate your trip to this landmark place, then be sure to book a walking photoshoot tour with your friends or family. Reserve yourself a slot, whether it is during the day or night, and get your pictures taken - whether solo, with family or friends. This professional photographer takes groups of four people for an hour, does an impromptu photoshoot, and then sends the photographs via email. This Times Square photoshoot will not only add to your information on the place but also leave you with the best souvenir - memories captured forever.
Day/Night Times Square Photoshoot
Duration: 1 hour
Who wouldn’t love to tour New York with an official photographer by their side? In that way, there will be no need for you to harass a friend just to get that perfect shot of you. If you’re interested, grab this chance, for pictures that last a lifetime. Here, you won’t be touring the usual touristy spots in New York, but go the unbeaten path. Your location will be on the three historic places with iconic street arts and beautiful architecture – Soho, Little Italy, and Chinatown. A celebrity photographer will shoot you a minimum of 40 to 50 photos and at the end of the day, give you an online gallery of your shots.
Private Shoot w/ Celebrity Photographer
Duration: 1 hour
If you’ve been curious about pottery for a long time now, then it is time for you to learn and test your artistic side. Join the pottery class in New York and learn about the various methods and techniques such as centering, opening, pulling, and shaping. The host will demonstrate the whole process then you get to do it on your own. The host will also serve you with complimentary drinks. Moreover, you can have your creations shipped to your home by just paying the shipping fee.
A Potter's Wheel
Duration: 1.5 hours
If you’re an alcoholic drink enthusiast and want to learn about the Prohibition history in New York, Then the drinking and Prohibition history walking tour is a must-do-activity for you. Here, the host will guide you to the city’s oldest bars and hidden speakeasies, while narrating tales about the 1920-1933 Prohibition periods. She will also tell you fun facts about notorious gangsters and infamous bootleggers during that time. This walking tour includes one meal, a sample cocktail, and a chance to purchase an app on your next stop. The drinks you will consume during the duration of the journey will not be for free.
The Drinking & History walk
Duration: 3.0 hours
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If you’re into shopping, but at the same time a little frugal, then you’ll be delighted with this activity. Here, you’ll be shopping in three of New York’s secret bargain thrift shops. In these thrift shops, you’ll find designer clothes, bags, shoes, at a very cheap price. Also, you don’t have to worry about sizes for the shops offer sizes from 0 to 16. In case you are wondering how much you’ll spend on this tour, most of the clothes here are under 20 USD.
Shop 3 Secret Bargain NYC Stores
Duration: 4 hours
The city that never sleeps
New York is one of the most visited cities in the world for a lot of reasons, including the numerous museums, beautiful landmarks, entertainment, and a lot more. Even if you only get to spend 24 hours in New York City, these 24 hours will be more than enough to help you work your way through its art, culture, and people. If you’re in the city that never sleeps and still don’t know what to do and where to go, then you have to read our excellent list of the best Airbnb experiences in New York that you should indulge in.
Frequently asked questions about best Airbnb experiences in New York City
1. What is there to do in New York City on a weekday?
There is always something or the other to do in the city that never sleeps. You can go on a drinking and prohibition history walk or simply head to shop in NYC’s secret bargain thrift shops and score a great deal. You can also explore the real Brooklyn while strolling along and taking numerous pictures.
2. What can you do in New York for free?
Sometimes the things that are free in life are also those that are the most cherished and remembered. For starters, heading to Times Square during the night and walk through every nook and cranny, behold a sight you will never forget. During the daytime, you can explore NYC’s most Instagrammable art or explore the real Brooklyn on foot.
3. What is there to do in Times Square at night?
Probably the most iconic landmark in all of New York City, as beloved as the FRIENDS’ building that many tourists head to, Times Square is a spectacle to behold during the night. Located in Midtown Manhattan, this business and entertainment district is home to numerous billboards, restaurants, cafes, shops, as well as performers who put on a show for the crowds. This is one place you cannot miss while in New York for a day/night Times Square photoshoot.
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