Traveling to Israel is something I always cherished since I was a kid! My mom is from Jerusalem, so we would go as kids to visit my grandparents and aunts/uncles for a month during the summers. I always looked forward to spending the time with family, and the wonderful places to visit. I remember putting wishes in the Wailing Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem (I wished for a doll), and getting falafel from the street vendors on Ben Yehuda Street, or traveling South to Eilat and stopping at the Dead Sea on the way or a camel ride, and staying at the beautiful hotels in along the Red Sea.
As an adult, I have a new appreciation for visiting. Each time I go, I still visit some of my favorite tourist spots, and learn something new each time. The last two times I visited, we brought our two kids, and really enjoyed experiencing it from their perspective. The country is very kid-friendly, and there is a lot to do and see.
Some tips and fun spots to checkout with kids:
- Hire a private tour guide to take you around the country: Tour Guides are incredible there. It is best to hire a private tour guide and bus so you can tailor your trip to around the places you are most interested in seeing, and most kid-friendly.
- Check out Gojerusalem.com
- Travel South to Eilat and stay at one of the many beautiful hotels on the Red Sea: Most of the hotels have activities that are centered around kids. They have special “kids clubs” or shows that they feature in the evenings.
- Travel North and stay at a Kibbutz that has a guest motel and B&B. It is fun to stay with kids since they usually have lots of open grass grounds, pools, and animal pet corner. If its in the Kineret, they may have water sports.
- Other sites in the North: Water rafting on the Jordan River, Hiking paths for families, BanyasWatefall, or Hula Lake Reserve (has a large bird population and have tours for bird watching)