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Things to Do listing guidelines

Basic Requirements

Things to Do on TripAdvisor must meet the following criteria.

Permanent attractions:

  • Must be of interest to tourists
  • Must be family-friendly
  • Must abide by our animal policy
  • Must have an official name and a permanent address
  • Must be open and available to the general public on a regularly scheduled basis
  • Must be open for at least 12 consecutive weeks of the year
    • Exception: Performances must operate at one venue for at least 24 consecutive weeks of the year
  • Must be currently open or taking reservations for a future opening date

Tours, cruises, and classes:

  • Must be of interest to tourists
  • Must be family-friendly
  • Must abide by our animal policy
  • Must have an official name and published phone number or email
  • Must be a tour company, not an individual tour
  • Must operate for at least 12 consecutive weeks of the year
  • Must offer day tours, day cruises, or day classes (no overnight or multi-day activities)
  • Must have an official website that offers a sample itinerary, which includes:
    • duration of tour
    • description of what is included in the tour
    • name of the city where the tour departs
  • See Tour listing guidelines for more

Restrictions

The following do NOT qualify to be listed as Things to Do:

  • Multi-day activities
  • Businesses that violate our family-friendly criteria
  • Businesses that violate our animal policy
  • Cities, towns, or airports
  • Events, festivals, or other short-term things to do submitted by users
    • Note: Some events are listed on TripAdvisor, but they are editorially selected.
  • Travel agencies (unless they meet specific guidelines) or other resellers of activities or services
  • Ticket sales companies
  • Internet/Mobile Device based businesses or activities
    • Booking/reservations platforms, online retailers, etc.
    • Mobile apps, self-guided tours, etc.
  • Businesses or clubs that require an application or membership to join/use the facilities
  • Chain stores (except the flagship location)
  • Car rentals, rentals of electronic equipment, or rentals of personal items
  • Event planners: Wedding planners, concierge services, photographers, event organizers, etc.
  • City discount cards or city passes

Things to Do Categories

Things to Do display under different categories of attraction types.

See Things to Do categories for detailed descriptions of what qualifies to be listed and what does not.

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