Josh and I adored Israel. The rich history, the delicious food, the unique sites. And we loved it as a family too, so thanks to Dan for this piece.
Israel is one of the most family-friendly holiday destinations on Earth – whether your kids are young or you are looking for a way to spend quality time with your teenage children, you will certainly have a wonderful time in the Land of the Bible and you will return home with precious memories.
The country has a lot to offer to visitors who want to explore its natural beauty as well as to those looking for a way to sample its rich culture and its history. In what follows, we would like to present just a few of the attractions in the Holy Land that will make your vacation unforgettable.
Visiting Tel Aviv
The majority of visitors land on Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and what better way can you possibly think of if you want to explore the rich cultural life of Israel than spending a little time in the capital? There is lots of entertainment for the children in Tel Aviv – they can have an excellent time in the warm weather in one of the city’s amusement parks (there are two of them, one is called Superland, the other is the Luna Park); they can splash around in the water in an amazing water park called Memadion or they can enjoy the company of exotic animals in the Ramat Gan Zoological Center.
There are lots of family-friendly museums in Tel Aviv as well – the Holon Children’s Museum will take your kids on a fascinating interactive tour that will entertain and educate your kids about tolerance and diversity.
Visiting Historical Sights
After a day or two spent in Tel Aviv, you can set off to discover some sights of special importance in the history of Israel. You can stop at Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea Province, located just halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa - you and your family can enjoy the beauty of the amphitheater, of the countless archaeological sites and you can have a perfect time in the cool shade of Bahai Gardens, a UNESCO world heritage site, before you move on to Haifa on Mount Carmel.
Jerusalem is perhaps the most famous and most popular tourist destination in the country and a place that will surely fascinate you and your kids alike. If you are travelling with very young children, take them to the Biblical Zoo where they can see how animals were housed in Biblical times, they can enjoy playing with animals and have fun on Noah’s Ark.
If your children are older and interested in history, you can visit the Old City and see the Western Wall Tunnels, walk past various archaeological digs or you can go to the new part of the city and visit landmarks such as the Knesset or the Menorah.
Check out Travel With Bender's complete list of things to do in Jerusalem with kids.
Israel is not only a country with a rich culture and history – it has a lot to offer to nature lovers as well. The Dead Sea is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world, while the Sea of Galilee in the North is well-known not only for its breathtaking beauty, but also as the place where Jesus Christ walked on water.
Getting around in Israel
Car renting in Israel is the best, easiest and most comfortable way to get around, especially if you are visiting the country with children. Israel is not a large country, you can get anywhere in a few hours and there are lots of great, reliable and affordable car rental companies that you can turn to if you want a comfortable family car that fits into your budget.
Dan is back. He loves writing, especially when it means visiting a place with his kids. And nothing surprised him more than a visit to Israel.