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.
Address: 234 Herzl St. Rehovot 7610001
Hours: 9am to 4pm Sunday through Thursday
Admission: Starting at 25 NIS per adult, 15 NIS for children, students, handicapped, active duty soldiers, and senior citizens. 200 NIS for a guide.
Description: The Weizmann Institute of Science is world renowned as a public research university, and it is a leader in multidisciplinary groundbreaking research. There are four areas of interest that attract visitors to this university. The Visitors Center, Weizmann House, Solar Tower and Observation Deck, and the Clore Garden of Science all attract many visitors each year.
Our Experiences: We visited the Weizmann Institute of Science and spent time in the Clore Garden of Science, which was very interesting and highly educational. The kids really enjoyed this location, and the adults were also happy with the experience. Try your hand at understanding how some of the forces of nature really work. Having a guide enhanced the experience for our family.
Address: Raanana, Israel
Hours: 9:30 am to 2pm. Always call ahead!
Admission: Free, volunteer opportunities
Description: Leket is the National Food Bank of Israel, and the Table to Table Program is a volunteer opportunity that allows individuals and families to help others. Volunteer to pick fruits and vegetables, which are then donated to families who need food. There are a number of special events and activities that are held during the year.
Our Experiences: This activity is definitely worth doing, and every family member can give something back no matter how young they are. We picked fruits and vegetables for poor people, and the kids had a good time while volunteering. Even the toddler was proud to help, and everyone felt good about helping out.
Address: David Fiks St., Rekhovot, Kibbutz Hill, Science Park
Hours: 8:30am to 4pm Sunday through Thursday, 8:30am to 2pm Fridays and Holiday Eves, 9am to 4pm Saturdays and Holidays
Website: A number of websites to pick from using Google search.
Admission: 15 NIS per adult, 11 NIS per child age 6-18, children under six are free. Senior citizens and soldiers also receive discounted rates.
Description: The Avalon Institute Museum is the site of a secret munitions factory that was hidden from the world. Today there is a reconstruction of the underground factory that visitors can explore. Disguised under the earth and located in a kibbutz for protection many of the kibbutz members were not even aware of this secret factory. The factory was created at the end of WWII and before the Israel State was established.
Our Experiences: The Ayalon Institute Museum is an interesting stop that can be very educational for older kids and adults. Teens and older children may find the facts and information given to be of interest, but younger kids will not be as thrilled with this venue. Families with younger kids may want to choose another attraction in the area instead. We learned about a clandestine operation that manufactured armaments right under the noses of the British! Good historical stuff for families that enjoy history.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips