Months Visited: July
We are an adventurous family, but we do like our comfort at times. We are willing to step outside of our comfort zone sometimes though, and we will rough it at times in order to see remote places and visit out of the way attractions. We try to pack each trip that we take, and we want to see and do as much as possible while we are traveling. We enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities, and we try to include educational stops whenever possible. We do schedule some time to relax, so that we can take in the local scenery and culture. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 19 years, Boy age 14 years, Boy age 12 years.
Description: The Ein Yael Living Museum is a fun and interactive museum where kids can learn about ancient crafts and take part in demonstrations. Exhibits and workshops allow visitors to replicate the ancient way of making many foods and items, including milking goats, making pottery, learning to build or play a lute, oil making, wine making, and other ancient arts. Kids will enjoy the hands on approach that this living museum offers, and they will learn while they have a lot of fun.
Our Experiences: The kids had a lot of fun at the Ein Yael Living Museum, and it was quite interesting for the adults in our family as well. There were a number of workshops and exhibits for us to choose from, and the kids were fascinated by the goat milking and the other hands on activities that they were allowed to do. This stop is recommended for any family with kids who enjoy a hands on approach to learning, and it can be a great way to learn about the past of Israel and the way that the population once lived here.
Description: Tel Maresha is a site of antiquity that is situated in the southern lowlands of Israel, and this has been the location where many artifacts have been found. In the past this city was very important, and even today only around 10% of the caves that are located in this area have been excavated. The archeological ruins are situated around 1,300 feet above sea level, and it was one of the highest cities in Israel. Tel Maresha is a protected site today, and it is found inside the Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park.
Our Experiences: We enjoyed our visit to Tel Maresha, there were plenty of ruins and artifacts for us to see. The history of this city is extensive, and we felt that a stop here would be both educational and interesting. The kids were interested in the archeological site, and they learned some about this city and it’s past. We spent some time exploring here, but it was not an all day excursion. We recommend this stop to anyone who enjoys history or archeology.
Description: The Beit Guvrin Roman Amphitheater is an archeological site where the remains of a Roman amphitheater are situated. These ruins were first uncovered in the mid 1990s, and the original amphitheater is believed to have been constructed during the 2nd century. It was constructed of limestone ashlars which were irregularly cut, and there were galleries on the subterranean levels as well. In the past this amphitheater could have held around 3,500 people, and it was used for gladiator fights and other contests. The amphitheater was destroyed in 363 due to an earthquake, but it has been partially restored today.
Our Experiences: The kids were excited to visit a real authentic Roman amphitheater where gladiators fought, and we all wanted to see just what the ruins would look like. The amphitheater remains were not as impressive as we expected, but it was interesting to look around and see the renovations that were made. This was a stop that was somewhat fun yet also educational, and it had historical significance for us.