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Family-Friendly Travel Guide to Israel: Activities, Accommodations

Family-Friendly Travel Guide to Israel: Activities, Accommodations

Israel is a wonderful country for families to visit. There are many things to do and plenty of people who can help you make your trip easier. According to Trend News Agency, official statistics released recently reveal that in the first quarter of 2023, the overnight stays by tourists in Israel reached 2.32 million. This was a nearly three-fold increase compared to the 786,000 tourist stays registered in the same period last year.

This guide will provide you with an overview of what it’s like to travel in Israel as a family, including helpful tips on where to stay, what to do, and what kosher food options exist.

Best Time to Visit Israel With Your Family

According to Forbes, travel experts in Israel recommend planning a trip to Israel between March-June and September-December, avoiding the summer and winter months. As per them, summers are crowded and very hot, and winters can get snowy in January and February.

However, for 2023, it will be “exceptionally busy” from March through late November, as it marks Israel’s 75th year of independence. For those looking to save money, January and February are recommended for a visit in 2023, even though it can be cold.

Top Family-Friendly Activities in Israel

Israel is a great destination for families with kids of all ages. There are numerous family-friendly activities to choose from, such as visiting the Dead Sea, where you can float in the mineral-rich waters and enjoy therapeutic mud treatments.

Exploring the Old City of Jerusalem is also a must, with its ancient streets, holy sites, and colorful bazaars. Hiking in Masada is another exciting activity for families, offering stunning views and a chance to learn about ancient history. Finally, don’t miss out on the opportunity to swim in the Mediterranean Sea, with its clear waters and beautiful beaches that are perfect for a fun family day out.

Accommodation Options Suitable for Families

When traveling with family, it’s important to choose suitable accommodations to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Israel offers a variety of accommodation options suitable for families, including hotels with kid-friendly amenities and vacation rentals with kitchens and multiple bedrooms.

Booking various properties of one hotel chain, such as Isrotel Hotels, can provide vacationers with better comfort and deals. A hotel group typically offers a diverse range of properties spread throughout the country that cater to families, including resorts with water parks, children’s clubs, and family-friendly activities. The Isrotel Tower in Tel Aviv is an example of Isrotel’s hotels that provide apartment-style suites with fully-equipped kitchens suitable for families traveling with children. 

You can check out the full list of top-notch hotels in Israel to find the best fit for your family.

Tips for Traveling With Children in Israel

Traveling with children in Israel can be an exciting and enriching experience, but it’s important to plan for a smooth trip. When it comes to transportation, consider taking advantage of Israel’s efficient and affordable public transportation system, which includes buses and trains. Keep in mind any health and safety concerns, such as staying hydrated and protecting skin from the sun.

Additionally, packing essentials like snacks, water bottles, and comfortable walking shoes can make a big difference. Finally, be sure to research and plan for family-friendly activities and attractions ahead of time to make the most of your trip.

Kosher Food Options in Israel

According to Haaretz, Israeli cuisine has three main pillars: restaurants, cooking shows, and recipes (such as blogs and cookbooks). In recent times, these three elements have taken a noticeable hit when it comes to non-kosher foods.

While several non-kosher restaurants remain in Tel Aviv and offer dishes such as shrimp, caviar, and lobster, even in Israel’s most secular city, locating pork products has become increasingly difficult. A closer examination reveals that the mere mention of pork has become somewhat of a taboo subject.

Israel is home to a variety of kosher food options that are suitable for families. Most restaurants and cafes in Israel are certified kosher, and many offer children’s menus and high chairs. Families can also visit the many outdoor markets in Israel, such as the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem, to sample local fruits and vegetables, as well as kosher baked goods and other snacks.

Religious Sites to Visit With Your Family

Israel is known for its religious sites, and many are family-friendly. The Western Wall in Jerusalem is a must-visit for Jews and non-Jews alike. It is a spiritual site where people come to pray and leave written prayers in the crevices of the wall. The Mount of Beatitudes, located near the Sea of Galilee, is a serene location where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is another popular site for Christians, as it is believed to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Other notable religious sites include the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

A List of Family-Friendly Festivals and Events

Israel is a country that celebrates a wide range of festivals and events throughout the year, many of which are family-friendly. One of the most well-known festivals is Hanukkah, which typically falls in December and features candle lighting, traditional foods, and games. Other popular events include the Israel Museum’s Family Festival, the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat, and the International Hot Air Balloon Festival in the Jezreel Valley.

In addition, there are various cultural and arts festivals held throughout the year, such as the Jerusalem International Book Fair and the Tel Aviv International Puppet Theater Festival. Families visiting Israel can enjoy the festivities while experiencing the country’s diverse culture and traditions.


Israel is a great place to visit with your family. It has much to offer, from historical sites and cultural attractions to outdoor activities and delicious food. We hope this guide has helped you plan your next family holiday in Israel.

Top 5 Things to Do in Singapore

Top 5 Things to Do in Singapore

Things to Do in Singapore

Singapore is an amazing city to visit and in this Travel Blog post, I have outlined some of the wonderful activities you can enjoy during your time in Singapore.


Ride the Singapore Flyer

One of the icons of Singapore is the Singapore Flyer – you can see it from all the major areas and if you are staying in Singapore, it’s worth visiting. The Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel and is a stunning 165m high. (30 metres taller than the London Eye in the United Kingdom). As the Singapore Flyer turns, you get a visual 360-degree view of the city of Singapore landscape and historical landmarks. The Singapore Flyer gives you breathtaking views of the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Merlion Park, Empress Place and the Padang – it is also worth visiting at sunset. The ride on the Singapore Flyer takes about 30 minutes and if you time it right you can get day and dusk views of the city from the Singapore Flyer. This is certainly one of the best Things to Do in Singapore.

For the more adventurous, you can enjoy a dining experience on board the Singapore Flyer if you wish.
Visit for details of the Singapore Flyer.

Flight Simulator Experience

If you have been on the Singapore Flyer (or you find yourself in the environs of it), you might want to try your hand at flying a plane. You can take command of a Boeing 737-800 NG in this 100% realistic flight simulator. The cockpit is exactly as per the 737-800, with overhead panel, rudder and throttle controls, complete avionics, full auto-pilot etc and almost exact flight model to the 737-800 series jet. You get full instruction from your co-pilot who is fully trained on this aircraft simulator and can help you get the most from the flight simulator experience.

This flight simulator is exactly the same as pilots use for flight training and you can choose from over than 20,000 worldwide airports (I chose to fly into Kai Tak at Night – the old Hong Kong airport where you flew over the houses to land … see more below) and use the same operating procedures as the real airlines. No experience necessary as full instruction will be provided. You can get 30 minutes to 2-hour flights, and if you do this, you should really get the DVD which is only S$20 extra.

I did the 30-minute flight from Hong Kong international to Kai Tak (now decommissioned as an airport but was one of the most iconic landings in recent flight history). I then had time to do a touch-and-go at Dublin Airport followed by a Full Stop Landing. (However the Traffic Collision system onboard, TCAS, told me that I came with 1km of an inbound flight which would have been frowned upon in real life). Thankfully, all my landings were completed successfully and I was told to perhaps consider taking some lessons as my instructor said flight skills were very good. I hope to upload some of the flight videos very soon… This was one of MY favourite Things to Do in Singapore.

Visit for details of this excellent flight sim attraction.


Harbour Area and Opera House, Singapore - Top 5 Things to Do in Singapore

Take a City Tour – Tour East

When in Singapore you should certainly do a guided tour of the city, especially if you are on a brief visit. There are so many things to Do in Singapore, a city tour can cross off a lot from your list of attractions to see. The reasons for doing a city tour are two-fold, (a) Singapore is a very busy city and it would be hard to cover everything if you were only in the city for a short time and (b) it can get quite hot in Singapore and getting from one sight to the next via an air-conditioned bus is most welcome.

The tour company we used was Tour East and the sights covered the Mer Lion, the Thian Hock Keng Temple and Chinatown, a Local Handicraft Centre. One of the highlights of the Singapore City Tour is visiting the National Orchid Garden located within Singapore Botanic Gardens – you get 45 mins here but if you didn’t stop at the handicraft centre you could easily have over an hour here. The final stop of the tour is at Little India, a bustling Indian hub within Singapore. If you want you can pay a little extra to take in the Singapore Flyer (a giant wheel similar to the London Eye … see below)
Visit for details of the Tour East Singapore Tours

Eat in a local restaurant and a walk around Clarke Quay

One of the best Things to do in Singapore is to enjoy the excellent local food, great seafood and plenty of choices. There are many restaurants around Clarke Quay, a busy venue worth visiting in the early evening and on into the night; it becomes a buzzing nightlife area after 6 pm. Clark Quay is nice to walk the circuit before you make your decision on food as all tastes are catered for, from Indian, Japanese, Italian and Chinese food, Look for the restaurants with the most locals as this is usually a good indication. We found the “Jumbo Seafood Restaurant”. Excellent food, try the fish in ginger and spring onion dish, the fresh juices and the fruit platters to finish.

Check out for details on the Jumbo Seafood Restaurant, Singapore

Get a fish pedicure while you have a Back Massage

On Level 2 of the Singapore Flyer complex, you can get your feet manicured and nibbled at by tiny fish … and you can get a great back massage as this is happening. The fish foot spa is where Doctor Fishes or “Garra Rufa Fish”, give you a pedicure you won’t forget (and they do a great job too). The back massage is excellent and reflexology is also provided in this area … don’t forget to try out the Chinese tea if you are there for a while. Of all the many things to do in Singapore, this was one I was most squirmy about, as I found it very ticklish.

Details: Kenko Reflexology and Fish Spa, Located at Level 2 of Singapore Flyer Complex, #02-08 : Tel: (65) 6565 0303 :: Open Daily from 10 am – 11 pm

Recommended Hotel in Singapore City

Singapore is a fantastic city to visit and if you are planning to go there and you are looking for a good hotel, then the Fairmont Singapore is worth looking at…. check out the review of the Singapore Fairmont Hotel on this site for more details!

I hope you enjoyed this list of tours and activities to enjoy in Singapore and if you liked this post, please share. You can find more ‘Things to Do‘ City Guide posts on my website.

If you have an addition to this list of activities you can to enjoy during your time in Singapore which are not on this list please let me know.

My Travel Plans , 2022 and beyond

I’m hoping I can get back to Singapore again very soon. It has been a tough 18 months, with track locked down etc, I’m just looking forward to 2022 and beyond, maybe then we may be able to travel long distance again. Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong are all on my list – as is Japan (but it’s a little more expensive). I thoroughly enjoyed Singapore as a destination, very clean, very nice people, great food and great prices, fantastic hotel at the Faimont, good city tours … so here’s hoping I get back there soon.

Clarke Quay - Top 5 Things to Do in Singapore
  • Singapore Flyer 90% 90%
  • Flight Simulator Experience 100% 100%
  • City Tour 85% 85%
  • Clarke Quay 93% 93%
  • Fish Pedicure 80% 80%