Haifa has a variety of attractions. And today, we will cover the places kids usually love, including indoor activities, and open on Saturdays.
Notes regarding the table:
- The table has a column named “Indoor Activity”. These are places that are suitable for rainy and hot days.
- The table starts by listing attractions within the city and then several suggestions for places near Haifa (within one hour drive).
|#||Name||Indoor Activity||Open on Saturday||Entrance Fee|
|1||Madatech (Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space) is Israel’s largest science museum.||Yes, most of it.||Yes||65 NIS per person (but there are coupons)|
|2||Railway Museum in Haifa is a lovely family attraction.||Yes, most of it.||No||30 NIS per person|
|3||Tikotin Museum Of Japanese Art is one of Haifa’s lesser-known attractions, though it is the only museum of its kind in the middle east. Moreover, they have workshops for kids.||Yes||Yes||35 NIS per adult and 25 NIS per child*|
|4||National Maritime Museum displays over 5000 years of history and maritime archeology in the Mediterranean basin.||Yes||No||35 NIS per adult and 25 NIS per child*|
|5||Have you ever been inside a missile boat or a submarine? At Clandestine Immigration And Naval Museum, you can do that.||No||No||15 NIS per person|
Hecht Museum at the University of Haifa is an excellent small and free museum. And it is suitable for older children.
|7||Above Hecht Museum, you can find Haifa University viewpoint.||Yes||No||Free|
|8||Haifa Educational Zoo is located on the slopes of Mount Carmel. The zoo is quite big, and you can find all the usual animals there. But, since the zoo is on Carmel mountain’s slope, there are no big animals like elephants, giraffes, and hippos.||No||Yes||38 NIS per person (but there are coupons)|
|9||Hai-Bar Carmel is the place to see eagles and deer.||No||Yes||22 NIS per adult and 9 NIS per child|
|10||Bahai Gardens is the most popular attraction in Haifa. You can visit any of the three entrances, join a tour, or enjoy the views from Louis Promenade.||No||Yes||Free|
|11||Ursula Malbin’s Sculpture Garden is a hidden gem in Haifa, not far from the Bahai Temple.||No||Yes||Free|
|12||Hiking the Carmel Mountains can be a good fit for many families. Little Switzerland offers various lovely trails. Moreover, there are Finger Cave Trail, The Lake Parking Lot, and many other popular hikes.||No||Yes||Free|
|13||Hanging Bridges at Nesher Park offers a lovely circular hike close to Haifa. And on this path, you will hike in a dry river, visit caves and walk on hanging bridges.||No||Yes||Free|
|14||Haifa offers a nice strip of beaches. Dado Beach is the most popular one. It is a beautiful beach with a promenade, many restaurants, and changing rooms.||No||Yes||Free|
|15||You can take surfing or SUP surfing lessons at one of the clubs in the city.||No||Yes||Paid|
|16||You can hike up to Stella Maris Monastery and then get down using the cable car.||No||The cable car is not working on Saturday.||25 NIS per person for the cable car|
|17||Karting can be a fun alternative. And in Haifa, you can find Dan Karting.||Yes||Yes||Paid|
|18||A tasting tour at Wadi Nisnas (or self-tour with food) can be a good option.||No||Yes||Paid|
|19||You can find hundreds of animals, like giraffes, elephants, monkeys, and birds, in Hay Park, Kiryat Motzkin.||No||Yes||55 NIS per person|
|20||A visit to both Yodfat Monkey Forest and Tel Yodfat National Park can be a lovely combo for a day trip.||No||Yes||Yodfat Monkey Forest: starting from 49 NIS per person|
|21||Balagan Yagur is an amusement park near Haifa. And it suits younger kids.||Partly||Yes||82 NIS per child (but there are coupons)|
|22||You can spend several hours up to a full day in Acre. And kids will love to sail from Haifa to Acre and back.||No||Yes||Paid|
|23||If you love nature and Agrotourism, consider checking out different Attractions At Bethlehem Of Galilee (Shvil Parot HaChalav, Harvesting Olives At Galili Olive Oil, Ktofoti, Alonei Abba Nature Reserve, and others).||No||Yes||It depends on your choice|
|24||Ein Afek Nature Reserve near Kiryat Bialik is a wetland with plenty of animals and accessible trails. Hence families with kids love this place.||No||Yes||22 NIS per adult and 9 NIS per child|
|25||Beit Shearim National Park is an archaeological site of an ancient Jewish town, which is a world-famous Jewish cemetery of the Mishnaic era. And my kids always loved exploring the caves. Just do not forget to bring flashlights.||Partly||Yes||22 NIS per adult and 9 NIS per child|
|26||Nahal Mearot Nature Reserve is a world heritage site. It is home to a group of prehistoric caves in which humans lived for 500,000 years. And children usually enjoy the movie and seeing how people lived.||No||Yes||22 NIS per adult and 9 NIS per child|
|27||At artists village Ein Hod on Carmel mountain, you can see exhibitions, join workshops, visit galleries, go to concerts, and more.||It depends on the chosen activity.||It depends on the chosen activity.||It depends on the chosen activity.|
|28||Dor HaBonim Beach Nature Reserve has a stunning coastal strip with beaches and even some archeology.||No||Yes||22 NIS per adult and 9 NIS per child|
|29||Rosh HaNikra is a geologic formation near the border with Lebanon.||No||Yes||48 NIS per person (but there are coupons)|
|30||Achziv National Park offers stunning beaches with seaside pools, a lovely campsite, and history. Hence it is one of the most popular beaches in Israel.||No||Yes||35 NIS per adult and 21 NIS per child|
|31||Keshet Cave at Adamit Park is near the Lebanon border, and it offers short and lovely hikes, stunning views, rappelling, and a place for a picnic.||No||Yes||Free|
|32||Yehiam Fortress from the Crusader and Ottoman periods, near Nahariya, is a lovely attraction for a short family visit.||No||Yes||14 NIS per adult and 7 NIS per child|
|33||Caesarea National Park is among the most visited sites in Israel. Its significant archeological remains result from more than 2,000 years of history.||39 NIS per adult and 24 NIS per child|
(*) Some Haifa museums offer free visits during the weekends.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
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.