Listing Guidelines

Listing Guidelines for Exploryst

Listing Guidelines

A listing is a place or business’s page on Exploryst. It contains the location’s Popularity Ranking, traveler ratings, reviews, and photos. This page may also have content that the business provides, such as Management Photos and Management Responses to traveler reviews.

Anyone can request a new listing for an accommodation, attraction, or restaurant — and it’s free!

Are you an owner/manager trying to claim your business’s listing on Exploryst? Contact Exploryst HERE 

Exploryst lists permanent places of interest to travelers. As long as we can verify that a business or place of interest adheres to our guidelines, we will add it to our site.

To view our listing guidelines, select the type of place you are interested in:

  • Restaurants
  • Things to Do include permanent attractions and points of interests.
  • Tour operators, travel agencies, individuals, or businesses that operate tours, activities, and classes.
  • Accommodations Hotels, B&Bs/Inns, and Specialty Lodging.

We are always looking to add new listings on Exploryst! If you cannot find the restaurant, attraction, or accommodation that you are looking for, please tell us more about it.

Listing requests are rejected because of one of the following reasons:

Basic Requirements

Restaurants on Exploryst must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must serve prepared food
  • Must serve the public; cannot require membership
  • Must be open on a regularly scheduled basis
  • Must be open for at least 12 consecutive weeks of the year
  • Must maintain a permanent location in one city/town but can deliver to multiple cities/towns.
    • Food trucks may be listed as long as their schedule and locations are posted online. Requests must include a valid website for confirmation.

The following DO qualify as a restaurant on Exploryst:

  • Sit down
  • Take out
  • Delivery-only restaurants
  • Fast food
  • Cafes and coffee shops
  • Bars and pubs that serve prepared food (burgers, fries, etc.)
  • Chain restaurants
  • Sandwich shops
  • Tapas
  • Diners
  • Ice cream shops
  • Dessert/pastry shops
  • Food trucks as long as their schedule and locations are posted online
  • Restaurants that require reservations
  • Restaurants inside other businesses (e.g. a restaurant inside a retail store or a restaurant inside a hotel)
  • Supermarkets that have a prepared food section and tables where you can dine


The following do NOT qualify as a restaurant on Exploryst:

  • Delivery services – Delivery services are businesses that do not prepare their own food. These services pick up food prepared by restaurants and deliver it to customers.
  • Services that deliver ingredients or groceries
  • Catering
  • Personal chefs who travel to and cook at various locations
  • Banquet/wedding venues
  • Cooking classes (request as Things to Do)
  • Chocolate or candy stores that only sell boxed/packaged items (request as Things to Do)
  • Pop-up or short-term restaurants
  • Private clubs that require membership
  • Bars/pubs that only serve light bar snacks (pretzels, crackers, nuts, etc.)
  • Businesses providing pre-packaged meals that are ordered and paid for in advance
  • Beverage establishments that serve only alcoholic drinks
  • Places that only sell unprepared food
  • When you eat a meal while watching a performance (request as Things to Do)
  • When you eat a meal while riding a train or a boat (request as Things to Do)

Establishment Types

Each restaurant listing is assigned an establishment type. In some cases, two or more establishment types may be assigned to the same listing.

See Restaurant establishment types for descriptions of each type.

Restaurant establishment types

Things to Do listing guidelines

If a place or business meets our Things to Do listing guidelines, it may display in multiple categories:

Boat Tours & Water Sports include tours and experiences that involve boating, paddling, surfing, diving, and other water-related activities.

Casinos & Gaming include casinos, dog tracks, and horse tracks.

Classes & Workshops include single and/or multi-day classes and workshops lasting 30 days or fewer. Classes are led by a teacher or guide and allow travelers to learn, make, or build something at a permanent location.

Concerts & Shows include long-running shows at a permanent location. This includes plays, ballets, symphonies, operas, theater companies, and the theaters or venues where performances are held.

  • The following do NOT qualify to be listed:
    • Performances operating less than 24 consecutive weeks of the year
    • Traveling shows or shows on tour, which continuously move from one venue to another venue

Events listings are designed to show Exploryst travelers temporary Things to Do, such as festivals, parades, and things that happen on an annual basis in one location.

Food & Drink includes wineries, breweries, pub crawls, food tours, cooking classes, and farmers markets. (If the property serves food, you can request it as a restaurant instead.)

Fun & Games covers a range of activities, including (but not limited to) go-karts, bowling alleys, movie theaters, mini-golf, indoor rock climbing, live-escape games, and shooting ranges.

Museums include art, history, science, local interest, specialty, and archival museums.

Nature & Parks include mountains, beaches, caves, parks, and geologic formations.

Nightlife includes bars and clubs. Bars include all types of bars where people go for drinks (if the bar serves food, you can request it as a restaurant instead). Clubs include dance clubs and comedy clubs.

Outdoor Activities cover a range of outdoor experiences and places, including (but not limited to) treks, bike tours, horseback riding, scuba diving, hot air balloon rides, ski areas, parks, golf courses, and beaches. Gear rentals may qualify to be listed; allowed rentals include bicycles, skis, snowboards, snowmobiles, surfboards, boats, kayaks, segways, scooters, motorcycles, ATVs, or specialty/classic/sports cars.

  • The following do NOT qualify to be listed:
    • Blood sports 
    • Multi-day surf camps
    • Car rentals
    • Rentals of electronic equipment (cell phones, tablets, GPS units, etc.)
    • Rentals of personal items (baby strollers, beach umbrellas, cameras, etc.)

Shopping should have specific interest to travelers. This includes malls, specialty stores, antique stores, gift shops, and flea or street markets.

  • The following do NOT qualify to be listed:
    • Businesses whose primary purpose is to provide a service such as money exchanges, banks, laundry services, electricians, plumbers, mechanics, and related services.
    • Online-only businesses
    • Pop-up, mobile, or non-permanent businesses
    • Businesses that sell animals.
    • Businesses whose primary purpose is selling guns.
    • Businesses whose primary purpose is selling adult-oriented, erotic merchandise.

Sights & Landmarks cover a range of notable points of interest, including (but not limited to) monuments, statues, boardwalks, architecturally significant buildings, religious sites, ancient ruins, and historical sites.

Tours includes tour operators, organizers, agencies, individuals, or businesses that operate tours, activities, classes, cruises, and experiences for travelers.

Spas & Wellness includes traditional spa facilities (with massages or facials), gyms or health clubs with day passes, and yoga or Pilates studios with drop-in classes. Gyms or health clubs must offer day passes to travelers and not sample passes designed to promote joining a private club or signing up for membership.

  • The following do NOT qualify to be listed:
    • Gyms that require membership
    • Hair and nail salons
    • Multi-day yoga retreats
    • Mobile massage services

Transportation includes taxi services, ferries, trams, limos, public transportation systems, private shuttles, and other non-guided options.

  • The following do NOT qualify to be listed:
    • Car rentals
    • Ride-share companies

Traveler Resources include visitor centers, libraries, health clubs and other facilities that provide information and services to travelers.

Water & Amusement Parks include permanent, large-scale water parks, amusement parks, and theme parks.

  • The following do NOT qualify to be listed in Water & Amusement Parks. We list them in Fun & Games instead:
    • Children’s play centers
    • Public swimming pools

Zoos & Aquariums include include places where people can go to see or to interact with animals.

  • The following do NOT qualify to be listed in Zoos & Aquariums. We list them in Nature & Parks instead:
    • Farms with animals to pet
    • Animal rehabilitation centers
    • Other properties which are not formal zoos or aquariums

Basic Requirements

Accommodations on Exploryst must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be open to the general public
  • Must have an official name
  • Must have an official address at a single, permanent location
  • Must be open for 12 consecutive weeks of the year at a single, permanent location
  • Must have multiple rooms/units
  • Must be able to accommodate more than one guest/group of guests at a time
  • Minimum stay should NOT be longer than 7 nights
  • Must be currently open or taking reservations for a future opening date


The following do NOT qualify to be listed as accommodations:

  • Property management companies
  • Reservations/booking companies
  • Multiple units under the same company, but located in different locations (e.g. a group of cabins located over a large mountain area)
  • Any accommodation that is a section or group of rooms within another accommodation
    • Possible exception: if the section is entirely separate (different building, entire floor, separate tower) and has an official name and separate business license

Accommodation Categories

Our editors assign each accommodation listing to one and only one accommodation category:

To be in a particular accommodation category, we need to verify ONE of the following:

  • The accommodation meets the category requirements. We need to see the required services listed on the accommodation’s official website and any reservation partner’s website. 


  • The accommodation holds an official business license issued by a local governmental or tourism authority, and that license identifies the specific type of accommodation as defined by local authorities.

We do NOT accept the following as licenses:

  • Health permits
  • Food and beverage licenses
  • Tax documents
  • Fire/police/safety permits
  • Insurance documentation
  • Any document not provided by an official governmental or tourism source

To be listed in B&B and Inns, an accommodation must meet the following guidelinesthe following guidelines. AND meet all of the following criteria:

  • Daily on-site management
  • Daily housekeeping included in the room rate
  • Minimum stay should not be longer than 3 nights

Note: We may, on a case-by-case basis, allow B&Bs with only one room. To qualify, the accommodation must be locally licensed to operate as a B&B, and it must be listed with local tourism authorities.

  • What if a business permanently closes?


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