The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 5 children- Boy age 8, Girl age 8, Girl age 8, Girl age 3, & Boy age 2.
Hours: Open around the clock
Admission: Free, but if you want beach chairs, a rental fee will apply
Description: Tel Aviv beach has many miles of coast land, and the beach covers the entire western edge of the city. Mediterranean conditions make this an ideal spot to enjoy the sun, sand, and ocean. Tourists and residents alike can be found here, especially in the warmer months of the year. Warm water, watersport opportunities, and plenty of sunshine make this a popular destination.
Our Experiences: The kids had a blast at Tel Aviv Beach, and the adults were also very happy with the experience. There is plenty of room for kids to run and play, burning off any excess energy. The beach area is kept clean and the water is at a very comfortable temperature most of the time. We recommend this beach for families who enjoy the sand and water, and it is appropriate for all age groups.
Address: Yemenite Quarter, Tel Aviv, Israel
Hours: Winter Tuesdays 10am to 5pm, Fridays 10am to 4:30pm
Summer Tuesdays 10am to 6pm, Fridays 10am to 5pm
Admission: Free, there may be a charge for certain events or activities
Description: First established in 1988 the Nachalat Binyamin Pedestrian Crafts Market is one of the largest markets of this kind in Israel, and it also the oldest and frequently called one of the nicest. More than 200 artists produce arts and crafts, and then sell them at the market. Each artist has their own stall where they offer their goods for sale. Restaurants and coffee shops are located nearby, and many of the products sold at the market are unique and original.
Our Experiences: We spent some time wandering through the Nachalat Binyamin Pedestrian Crafts Market, and it was an enjoyable experience for everyone. The kids had fun seeing all of the unusual items for sale and learning about new cultures and ideas. Adults may enjoy the wide variety of products that are offered, and this can be a great place to pick up souvenirs. This is an enjoyable place to wander and buy crafts but small children may not like it as much.
Address: Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Admission: Free to explore, some venues and activities may have a charge
Description: Jaffa is a city that is reputed to be the oldest port in the world still in existence. The older part of the city has cobblestone paths, alleys that twist and wind, and fortifications of stone that are massive and very impressive. There are jewelry vendors, art galleries, restaurants, historic sites and structures, and much more. The old city was renovated and turned from a slum into an artist quarter. The Visitors’ Center in Kedumim Square offers information and resources about Jaffa.
Our Experiences: Jaffa is a pretty seaport and historic city that is worth spending some time exploring and wandering around in. All of our kids loved wandering and seeing all of the different shops and places in the city, even the toddler who can become bored or distracted at times. This is a definite must do if you have the time and your family is interested in history, adventure, or archeology. We enjoy going about 30 minutes before sunset because the sunset here is beautiful to see. However, if shopping is your goal, some of the shops may be closed that late in the day.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips