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Explore the North of Israel with your family

What to do in Haifa and Northern Israel with Kids — FAQs

During the trip-planning stages, while we’re getting to know our guests and creating their custom-designed private Israel tours, we frequently get questions about traveling to Israel with kids. Mostly, parents want to know what experiences they can add into the tour to keep their kids engaged while touring the country’s many fascinating historical and cultural attractions. When coming on your family trip to Israel, you and your family will surely want to visit as much of the country as possible. We love the northern regions of Israel for all the amazing things they have to offer kids and visitors of all ages. From the Northern Coastal Plain, which includes Haifa, Akko, and Rosh HaNikra, east through the lovely rolling hills of the Galilee, and north to the Upper Galilee and Golan, there’s something for everyone in Israel’s north. Scroll on for answers to some FAQs about family-friendly travel in Israel’s northern regions.

FAQ 1: What Are Some Things to do in Haifa with Kids?

Haifa Outdoor Activities

Haifa offers an abundance of outdoor activities that seamlessly blend natural beauty with captivating cultural experiences. The iconic Bahá’í Gardens, recognized worldwide as a symbol of peace and coexistence, attract visitors with their breathtaking terraced design and painstakingly manicured floral paths. For hiking enthusiasts, the inviting trails and panoramic vistas of Carmel National Park provide an immersive nature experience sure to invigorate the whole family. Haifa is also home to wonderful beaches where you can bask in the sun, swim in the Mediterranean Sea, hone your paddleball skills, and even get a surf lesson. Strolling along the Louis Promenade, you’ll be treated to sweeping views of the city and Haifa Bay, making it an ideal spot for photography. For families that could use a nice spot to stretch their legs and let the kids run around, Hecht Park presents a haven of playgrounds, picnic areas and walking paths, providing a delightful space for outdoor activities. Haifa’s outdoor offerings cater to a diverse range of interests!

FAQ 2: What are Some Kid-Friendly Haifa Attractions?

Family-Friendly Sites in Haifa

On a custom-designed tour of Haifa, your private tour guide will take you through Israel’s most diverse and integrated city, focusing on sites and experiences that are hand-picked to engage your whole family. Haifa’s cultural landscape offers a vibrant range of experiences that reflect the city’s rich diversity and creativity. A stroll along Massada Street reveals a blend of culture with its captivating street art, unique boutiques, and an authentic atmosphere that captures the essence of urban Israeli life. Madatech, the National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space, provides an interactive journey into the world of innovation and exploration, offering a window into Israel’s scientific past, present, and future. For those seeking to immerse themselves further into Haifa’s cultural scene, Wadi Nisnas beckons with its vibrant neighborhood charm, boasting colorful markets, artisan workshops, and lively festivals that offer a firsthand taste of local traditions. Meanwhile, the German Colony presents an enchanting escape into history, where picturesque streets and boutique shops reside among a blend of unique architectural styles.

FAQ 3: Where Are the Best Places for Family Tours in Northern Israel?

The Northern Coastal Plain

Up the Mediterranean coast from Haifa is the port city of Akko (sometimes spelled Acre), full of mystery and ancient charm. Some of the kid-friendly highlights of Akko’s Old City include the underground Templar tunnels and the Knights’ Hall, and we’re also fans of the open-air market with its colorful shops and old-world charm. An abundance of ancient stone structures and paths makes the port area a fantastic spot to really appreciate the deep history all around. A bit further north along the coast from Akko is Rosh HaNikra, located at the far northwest corner of Israel. The whole family will love the scenic cable car ride down to the grottoes — one of Israel’s most spectacular natural geological formations. And if your family is feeling adventurous, you’ll want to make time for a speedboat excursion off the coast between Akko and Rosh HaNikra.

The Galilee Region

The region known as the Galilee (Galil, in Hebrew) covers most of the northernmost part of the country, and options for families touring the area are plenty. The Galil is home to a diverse mix of people and cultures, and activities such as home hospitalities and cooking workshops are fun and engaging ways for visitors of all ages to discover the brilliant cultural tapestry of Israel’s north.

The Galil is also home to many kibbutzim, family farms, and other places where visitors can enjoy a throwback to a simpler or more traditional time. And with some of the best natural landscapes around, there are countless recreational activities available to help your crew let off steam and enjoy the great outdoors.

Upper Galilee and Golan

Israel’s northeast corner is home to the Upper Galilee and Golan Heights. This is by far Israel’s greenest region and also home to its tallest hills and mountains, making it the perfect playground for outdoorsy families. Seasonal fruit picking, migratory bird watching, and water hikes are great options depending on your family’s travel plans. Your tour specialist can give you a sense of what outdoor activities are good choices to match your family’s unique preferences.

The Upper Galilee and Golan are also home to some of Israel’s most fascinating history. An off-road jeep tour is a fun and exciting way to get up close to historical events and imagine what they may have felt like for those involved.

FAQ 4: How Can Families Make the Most of Their Trip to Israel?

Planning a trip that’s going to be engaging and fun for the whole family can be challenging; that’s why we think having an expert in your corner makes all the difference. We don’t know any cookie-cutter families, so we don’t believe in creating cookie-cutter Israel trips for families. A trip to Israel is an incredible opportunity to spend your family vacation connecting to each other and to the amazing history and culture of Israel. Let Dekel Tours uncomplicate your private Israel tour so you and your family can enjoy the best of this magical place.

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Trees and flowers at the beautiful Baha'i Temple gardens in Haifa while on a tour of Israel
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