Israel, the historic and diverse gem of the Middle East, offers an array of family-friendly activities that extend beyond its famous religious and archaeological sites.
From the cool confines of ancient caves to the hands-on excitement of interactive museums, this vibrant nation has something to captivate every age and interest.
Whether seeking a respite from the summer heat, an immersive experience in science or history, or a chance to unleash creativity through art, Israel promises a memorable journey for families.
Dive into this guide and discover the experiences awaiting you in this dynamic country.
Beaches and Coasts
Israel’s coastline spans 273 kilometers (170 miles), making it a top summer destination. The Mediterranean’s warm embrace, with temperatures around 30°C (86°F), feels like a warm bath. Here are some family-friendly Mediterranean beaches to consider:
– Shavei Tzion Beach:
South of Nahariya is known for its natural seawater pool.
– Achziv Beach
It is a delightful space between Nahariya and Rosh Hanikra, with lagoons to frolic in.
– Dor (Tantura) Beach by Zichron Ya’akov boasts natural wave barriers.
– Beit Yannai Beach
Near Caesarea it is the go-to for kite-surfing and observing turtle nesting zones.
– Palmachim Beach National Park
Close to Rishon LeZion, it is ideal for sandcastle enthusiasts.
– Tel Baruch Beach in Tel Aviv
It is characterized by ample parking and family-friendly eateries.
Additionally, the Red Sea, Dead Sea, and Sea of Galilee offer stunning beach experiences. Remarkably, fifty-two of Israel’s beaches have earned the Blue Flag certification for their exceptional standards across various domains.
The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem houses a unique collection of wildlife in natural settings.
For an immersive experience, visit the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, which merges the thrill of a safari with a traditional zoo spread over 250 acres.
Zoos are also located in Haifa, Rishon LeZion, and Beersheva. Animal enthusiasts can hand-feed kangaroos at Gan Garoo in Nir David or explore the Ya’ar HaAyalim deer forest in Golan Heights.
The Israeli Primate Sanctuary near Modi’in offers a chance to meet diverse primate species. Freedom Farm Sanctuary in Olesh focuses on the compassionate care of animals saved from various distressing situations.
Explore Parrot Park in Kfar Hess, north of Tel Aviv, and be enchanted by parrots from all over the world. Many are gentle enough to interact with, and the park also features a petting zoo, educational films, craft activities, pony rides, and games.
Utopia Orchid Park on Kibbutz Bahan offers another opportunity to interact with tame parrots. The park also showcases butterflies, exotic plants, tropical rainforests, and a mesmerizing musical water fountain.
Jerusalem Bird Observatory and Rosh Tzipur Birdwatching Center in Tel Aviv offer urban birdwatching and demonstrations for budding ornithologists. Explore bird centers in the Jordan Valley, Ma’agan Michael, Eilat, and Ramat Hanegev.
Engaging Water Adventures & Parks
Elevate your parent status by introducing your kids to the world of water sports!
Enjoy pedal boating and rowing at locations like Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Timna Park near Eilat, and the Pool of Arches in Ramla.
If seeking more thrill, Jordan River Rafting in the Upper Galilee offers rafting, kayaking, and other outdoor adventures. Kfar Blum Kayaks and Shvil Hatapuzim on the northwest coast are great spots for kayaking enthusiasts.
Israel’s water parks are perfect for cooling off during the summer. Popular choices include Meymadion in Tel Aviv, Yamit 2000 in Holon, Shefayim Water Park near Netanya, and Gai Beach Water Park in Tiberias.
In Tel Aviv, the renowned Sunshine SUP, located close to Jaffa Port, welcomes English speakers with offerings ranging from SUP yoga, Pilates, and meditation. They also cater to surfing enthusiasts, offering beginner classes and equipment rentals.
Make memories during their special family days or the wholesome “paddling picnic” when the sea is tranquil.
Are you journeying to Eilat? Delve into underwater adventures with snorkelling lessons for all ages and scuba lessons for those aged eight and above at Nautilus Red Sea or Snuba Eilat.
Aqua-Sport and Shulamit’s Eilat Diving Adventures offer scuba diving for individuals aged 12 and above.
While not on the scale of Disneyland, Israel’s amusement parks promise hours of fun. Magic Kass in Ma’aleh Adumim is a vast indoor park overlooking the Dead Sea.
Luna Park in Tel Aviv, Superland in Rishon LeZion, Shvil Hatapuzim near Hadera, and Kiftzuba on Kibbutz Tzuba cater to diverse age groups with various rides and activities. Balagan at Kibbutz Yagur, located in the Haifa region, is inclusive and perfect for kids aged 1-15.
Engage your kids’ innate curiosity for digging with family-friendly archaeological experiences!
Though most digs require participants to be 16, the Dig for a Day at Beit Guvrin National Park welcomes families. Here, you’re uncovering artifacts from the Maccabean period with age-appropriate tools provided.
The Temple Mount Sifting Project promises another unique digging experience. Find genuine historical treasures amid Temple Mount debris.
Camel Expeditions in Israel
No family trip to Israel is complete without a camel ride! Immerse yourself in desert landscapes atop these magnificent creatures.
Opt for ethical and safe riding experiences in the Negev desert. The Negev Camel Ranch offers more than camel rides; think hiking, mountain biking, and jeep tours.
Underground Wonders: Israeli Caves
Escape the sizzling summer sun by delving into Israel’s enchanting caves. Spread throughout Israel, these easily accessible caves provide a break and a chance to uncover the secrets of nature, geology, and ancient history.
Top picks include the Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve and Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park near Beit Shemesh. Zedekiah’s Cave beneath Jerusalem’s Old City is historically significant and spacious enough to accommodate events!
Let kids have a blast at the ancient Roman aqueducts while you time travel through Caesarea’s rich history.
From caves to museums, beaches to kibbutzim, Israel offers many adventures perfect for families looking to make the most of their summer!
Explore marine caves at Rosh Hanikra, and dive into Israel’s historic underground world with tours of the Western Wall Tunnels, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Mey Kedem, and the Templars Tunnel in Acre. Each location promises a distinct experience suitable for various age groups.
Arts, History, and Museums Galore
Proudly boasting one of the world’s highest museum counts per capita, Israel offers a plethora of captivating museums for families:
– Israel Museum’s Youth Wing:
Features free entry for children and engaging family activities like recycled art workshops.
– Israeli Children’s Museum in Holon:
A diverse exploration hub designed for various age groups. Older children can even experience simulations of being deaf, blind, or elderly.
– Lunada Children’s Museum in Beersheva:
Offers interactive experiences from art to astronomy.
– Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh:
Part zoo, part museum, it’s a fun educational journey into the Bible’s animal kingdom.
– Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem:
Newly renovated, it makes history come alive for even the youngest visitors.
Israel, a global science leader, has interactive science museums tailored for the young and curious:
– Bloomfield Science Museum and the National Aquarium in Jerusalem
– MadaTech National Museum in Haifa
– Carasso Science Park in Beersheva
– Technoda Science Museum in Hadera
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