Balagan is an amusement park in kibbutz Yagur (near Haifa). And it is primarily designed for younger children.
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Balagan is situated by the entrance to kibbutz Yagur, near Haifa. And the easiest way to reach it is by entering its name into Waze.
Interactive map of the area:
- Hotels, hostels, and apartments in this area:
And here is a map of the Balagan complex:
You can find a big dirt parking lot near the Balagan entrance.
The opening hours change weekly. Thus recheck the official website before visiting.
The usual opening hours during the summer are:
Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 – 19:00
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
Child (1 – 13 years old) – 88 NIS
Adult (14+ years old) – 42 NIS
You can find discounts for pregnant women and grandparents on the official website. You can also purchase discounted tickets for the last two hours.
Note: opening hours and ticket prices were updated in August 2023. In any case, recheck the official site before visiting.
Balagan Yagur, similar to many other attractions in Israel, offers steep entry prices for occasional visitors. But you can find many coupons online. Here are several examples:
- Cpnclub – child 70 NIS and adult 34 NIS
- Isracard – free adult ticket when purchasing child ticket for full price.
- Teachers Association – child 39 NIS and adult 31 NIS
- American Express – free adult ticket when purchasing child ticket for full price.
- Cal – child 62 NIS and adult 30 NIS
- HTZone – child 69/49 NIS and adult 34/19 NIS
Attractions at Balagan
And now, let’s enter and see what attractions you can find inside.
There are standard amusement park attractions. Like bumper cars (for small children and older kids), a small roller coaster, a carousel, a train, and bumper boats. Here are several photos:
Near each such attraction, there are signs with height limitations. Thus smaller children would not be able to enjoy all activities. But my three years old daughter (about 105 cm) was on all the mentioned rides.
There are also activities that kids can use without waiting in line. There are inflatable attractions, air cannons shooting sponge balls, a complex for toddlers, trampolines, an air-conditioned area for babies, and more. Here are several additional photos:
Also, entrance tickets to Balagan allow entering an animal area (see photo above). But since our last visit was on a hot summer day, we decided not to go there (on hot days, most animals will hide somewhere in the shade).
As you can see from the photos, the whole complex is in the shade (except for the roller coaster and the boats). And several rooms, including the area for babies, are air-conditioned. This is a big plus for hot summer days.
We visited during a hot summer day, and it was bearable.
Food and Kiosks
Many people bring food from home. There are many tables and sitting places. Thus you can easily bring lunch and eat it there. Moreover, there is a barbeque area, but I did not see anybody there.
There is also a kiosk with drinks, ice creams, and other sweets. And when I asked them about food (not sweets), they only had a children’s meal (schnitzels and chips) for 42 NIS. See the photos below.
When to visit Balagan?
I prefer to visit on Fridays, as there will be fewer people than on Saturdays. I also noticed that in the morning there were lines, but in the afternoon there were almost no queues for all attractions. Thus, you can arrive after 13:00 and wait less in the queues.
My children enjoyed all our visits to Balagan. And though our latest visit was on a hot summer day (above 30 C), we spent more than four hours there. Thus shade is a big plus.
From my experience, Balagan is more suited for smaller kids. Children of ages 3 – 8 will probably enjoy a visit the most. However, during our latest visit, my twelve years old daughter also found things to do.
Balagan could be a good option if you have children of the mentioned ages. And to make the activity more affordable, you can use one of the mentioned coupons.
This area has many attractions. You can explore them using the interactive map above.
Have you ever been to Balagan? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
For additional attractions nearby, see Haifa.
Additional ResourcesHere are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.