Israel’s 6 best family friendly activities

If you want to avoid the generic all-inclusive package deal holiday this year then a family holiday to Israel could be the answer. With an unbeatable combination of history, religion, culture, fun activities and beaches this will be both an educational and exciting holiday for the whole family.

1. Take a helicopter tour

The best way to view Israel is from the sky. You can choose from a whole variety of tours, depending on what you are interested in seeing. The pilot will point out sites of interest and you’ll be able to take lots of incredible pictures. Taking a helicopter tour at the start of your trip will allow you to get your bearings, and see just how close you are to the many remarkable landmarks of the area. Some of the tours will include various stops along the way, so you can get out at landmarks. If it is an all day tour then they will also arrange for an authentic lunch to be provided for you.

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2. See the animals at Jerusalem Zoo

If your family love animals then The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo is the perfect place to visit. With a full day’s schedule of feedings, shows and special activities there is never a dull moment. There is also a petting zoo and a little train you can ride from one end of the zoo to the other. There is a café, or you can take your own picnic in and enjoy it in one of the shaded grass areas.  All of the animal enclosures are so natural that it is like seeing them in the wild, and you’ll enjoy the atmosphere of the botanical gardens as you walk around. It is less like a zoo and more like a park, which just adds to the charm of the place.

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3. Relax in the Dead Sea

This is an experience that is on many bucket lists. And if it is on yours then it is worth doing sooner rather than later as the Dead Sea is shrinking rapidly. The water contains up to eight times more minerals than most seawater, making it the world’s saltiest sea. These minerals are incredibly good for your skin, so while you and your family are enjoying the weightless sensation of floating on water, you will also all be benefitting from the many healing properties of the Dead Sea. You could use your visit to the Dead Sea as an opportunity for a family photo shoot, you’re bound to get some unique and interesting photos in this special sea.

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4. Play with Science

Enjoy the sunshine whilst exploring over ninety exhibits in the Clore Garden of Science Museum. This is the first open-air science museum in the world, and is tremendous fun for adults and children. The exhibits all have English translations, so you and your family can read the interactive explanations. The children will be having so much fun that they won’t realise they are also learning a great deal. You can hire a guide to show you around the exhibits, this can be useful for finding out even more information about how science works.

Clore Garden of Science Museum

5. Explore Masada National Park

First visit The Masada Museum at the base to learn about Masada’s rich history. Then you can either hike up the Snake Pass or take the cable car to this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can take a guided tour of Masada to make the history come alive, or alternatively you can just explore on your own and let your children enjoy climbing the rocks. If you arrive early enough you’ll be able to watch the sun rise above the mountains. There are also tremendous views of the desert and the Dead Sea. If you are planning on hiking up the Snake Pass make sure to wear a hat and take plenty of water as it can get very hot, and it is quite a strenuous climb.

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6. Visit Jaffa Old City

Take a stroll around this beautiful old town and soak in the atmosphere as you are transported back in time. You’ll see the intricate fountain, art galleries and the flea market. There are plenty of charming cafes and restaurants where you can stop off for refreshments. The centrally located restaurant Al Ashi has an authentic, unique and varied menu. If you’d prefer a smaller snack you can pick up some bagels, pastries or cakes at Abouelafia Bakery.

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Christos Hajipapas is Head of Business Development & Strategy at Cyplon Holidays.

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