Family Fun in the Upper Galilee

August 14th 2012

Situated in the very north of Israel, the Upper Galilee is full of natural beauty and plenty of opportunities for family fun, making it well worth the short trek up from the country’s center. From kayaking to rappelling, and from farm visits to charming towns, there is truly something for everyone, every time of year.

For a water adventure, head to the Jordan River, water source for the Sea of Galilee. This 156-mile river flows to the Dead Sea and offers plenty of opportunities for family fun. In particular, there are lots of kayaking and white water rafting excursions available for all ages and skill levels.

To enjoy a particularly beautiful view from one of the highest points in the region, make your way to the Keshet Cave, which means “rainbow” or “arch” in Hebrew. Named for its arched stone, the Keshet Cave resembles a rainbow in shape and is a fun place to hike and rappel. Be sure to check out the other nearby caves, where many excavations have unearthed prehistoric findings.

Get in touch with nature in a different way by visiting some of the many family-run farms in the area. Visit with the animals, pick fruit from the trees, and even stay overnight at one of the many farm bed and breakfast options. Farms in the area often also offer a multitude of other activities like horseback riding and wine tasting.

Everyone in the family will enjoy a visit to the picturesque towns in the area, in particular Rosh Pina and Safed (Tzfat). Rosh Pina is known for its excellent restaurants, spectacular spa treatments, and cute zimmer accommodations. Safed is an artists’ community based in the ancient center of Jewish mysticism, where you’ll be able to pick up all manner of unique souvenirs.

And this is just the beginning! You can also go fishing, bird watching, skiing, horseback riding and cycling. There’s mini golf and paintball, a reptile zoo and spas. You name it, and the Upper Galilee probably has it, so be sure to include a visit on your tour to Israel.