These 10 Animal Experiences On Airbnb Will Totally Melt Your Heart

Remember the days when Airbnb was simply a way to rent out local rooms to festival goers and conference attendees circa 2008? Neither do we, considering the vacation rental company has become our all-access pass to adventures across the globe. Where else can we both unlock our childhood fantasies of staying in an actual treehouse and book a night at the Downton Abbey castle to fulfill our adulthood dreams of being in a British period drama? Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, the company has now introduced its greatest development of all: Animal Experiences

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to kayak with corgis (just us?) or trek through a magical forest alongside alpacas, Airbnb is your key to unlocking the animal kingdom. We’ve already searched across continents and from beaches to mountaintops to bring you the site’s selection of must-see rentals that double as sanctuaries, redefining the meaning of a dream vacation with the help of llamas, horses, goats, potbelly pigs, and more. Now, you can get even closer to over 300 species and creatures and meet the conservationists, biologists, and farmers who care for them through Airbnb’s dedicated experiences platform. Plus, while you’re sipping tea with naughty sheep (it’s a thing) or hugging rescued farm animals (yes please!), you could feel good knowing you're doing so responsibly. All of Airbnb's Animal Experiences are made possible in partnership with the World Animal Protection, an international welfare organization committed to creating a world free from animal cruelty.

So whether it's on land, in water, or in the sky, there are hundreds of animal adventures inviting you to get in touch with your wild side — or simply to meditate with some goats if that’s more your style. We’ve narrowed it down to the top ten experiences we can’t wait to try, and while there are no tourist traps ahead, we have to warn you: this roundup may contain images causing you to become overwhelmed with cuteness.

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Penguin Walk in Cape Town, South Africa

What you're in for: Go behind-the-scenes of the lives of these tuxedo-clad birds during a two-hour walk along the beach and boardwalk in Cape Town. The coolest part? 100% of your $28 entry fee goes right back to helping to save these endangered creatures. 

Cost per person: $28

Duration: 2 hours

Group size: Up to 5 people

Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb


Tea with Naughty Sheep in Loch Lomond, England

What you're in for: For an interesting twist on your traditional afternoon tea, how about adding some cheeky guests to the mix? Sip on a warm beverage while enjoying panoramic views of the English countryside along with entertainment from a pair of naughty sheep.

Cost per person: $41

Duration: 1.5 hours

Group size: Up to 4 people
Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb


Pup Paddle Tour in Miami, Florida

What you're in for: If you want to take your water sporting activities to the next level, consider paddleboarding down the Las Olas canals in Miami with a corgi in tow. In addition to having a furry friend on board, you may even spot a manatee in the water for double the fun.

Cost per person: $38

Duration: 1.5 hours

Group size: Up to 7 people

Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb


Honeybee Tour at Detroit Hives in Detroit, Michigan

What you're in for: This sweet experience involves exploring urban bee farms in Detroit as part of local efforts to revitalize neighborhoods while supporting bee conservation.

Cost per person: $35

Duration: 1 hour

Group size: Up to 15 people
Photo: Courtesy of Detroit Hives


Hug Rescued Farm Animals in Ithaca, New York

What you're in for: Nothing beats a good hug when you need it most, and we imagine that’s particularly true when you’ve got a loving farm animal in your arms. This sanctuary in Ithaca is home to rescue animals like vivacious goats, playful pigs, and compassionate cows all just waiting for your embrace.

Cost per person: $25

Duration: 1.5 hours

Group size: Up to 10 people
Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb


Get Close to Gray Seals in Malmoe, Sweden

What you're in for: Enjoy a brisk walk through nature towards one of the oldest reserves in Sweden. When else will you have the opportunity to approach and admire some gorgeous gray seals? 

Cost per person: $48

Duration: 5 hours

Group size: Up to 8 peoplePhoto: Courtesy of Airbnb


Alpaca Trekking through a Magical Forest in Tralee, Ireland

What you're in for: Did you know that alpacas like to hum, and apparently it’s one of the most peaceful sounds in the world? Find out for yourself by interacting with the charming and quirky creatures on a trek through a lush Irish forest.

Cost per person: $29

Duration: 2 hours

Group size: Up to 7 peoplePhoto: Courtesy of Airbnb


Bird Sanctuary and Tuna Farm in Sicily, Italy

What you're in for: While you may equate Sicily with dreamy beaches and rustic, volcanic countryside, it’s also home to a natural reserve and marshland that has played a vital role in the lives of African migratory birds throughout history. Explore the awe-inspiring grounds before taking a dip in one the most natural and pristine beaches of Sicily.

Cost per person: $79

Duration: 4 hours

Group size: Up to 10 peoplePhoto: Courtesy of Airbnb


The Elephant Walk in Chiang Mai, Thailand

What you're in for: Embark on a four-day journey deep into the mountains of northern Thailand to meet, observe, and learn about a herd of regional elephants as well as the surrounding forest ecosystem. The price includes equipment, transportation, drinks, accommodation, and food.

Cost per person: $596

Duration: 4 days

Group size: Up to 4 people
Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb


Horse Whispering with an Equine Therapist in Barcelona, Spain

What you're in for: You don't need to be able to speak Spanish to communicate with these regal beings. This Barcelona-based stable offers a healing experience that’ll even have you dancing with your horse by the end of the day.

Cost per person: $90

Duration: 3 hours

Group size: Up to 8 people

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