During last August, we went for a Weekend In Northern Israel. It was a three-day family getaway. Hopefully, this post will give you ideas for possible activities in the hot Israeli summer. Let’s start!
On Thursday, the first day of vacation, we arrived Kiryat Shmona area around noon. We did not make any stops on the way. But, if you have a very long ride and want a nice family trail that is suitable for hot days in the Sea of Galilee area, then I would recommend checking Betiha Nature Reserve.
The reason we did not make a stop on the way is: I wanted to get to Shulman Chocolate Museum by 14:00. I heard good things about Shulman Chocolate. When I called them, I was told that the museum visit is self-guided and workshop for kids is every round hour.
Shulman Chocolate (official site) is located in Kibbutz Dafna. It is one building with several spaces. There is a small museum, chocolate factory, and store and workshop area.
Map of the area:
Note: the official site and the workshop are only in Hebrew.
At the cafeteria, you buy the tickets. The store and the museum are straight and the workspace area is to the left.
Pricelist and available attractions:
Since we had time till the workshop we started with the museum.
As you enter the museum, you will see stands telling about cocoa, different chocolate brands.
There is also a small exhibition (on the left side of the corridor), and a window showing their factory (on the right).
We watched a short (about ten minutes movie) about cocoa and then returned to the exhibition.
I saw a photography podcast once, and they were discussing the stories behind iconic images, including Einstein with the tongue outside. They showed the original negatives of the film, and it turns out that Albert showed his tongue only for a fraction of a second. The rest of the images in the series were regular.
You can cover the museum within 20-30 minutes. And since we had about ten minutes we went to the store.
The store is not big but has a nice variety of chocolates and chocolate related products. We bought several items. They were not cheap but tasty.
Visiting the workshop was the main reason we went to Shulman.
We started with a very short explanation about chocolate and then each child selected a small drawing.
Then using chocolate kids go over the lines.
Then using white chocolate they covered the whole drawing and put the masterpieces into a fridge. And what to do with the remaining white chocolate?
Next, they created chocolate balls.
This is the kitten that my daughter made:
The workshop lasted about forty minutes, and my daughter enjoyed it a lot.
From Shulman Chocolate Museum we went to our B&B at She’ar Yashuv. Our plan was to rest a little and visit Nimrod Fortress National Park. I preordered tickets for 20:00 lantern trip and Nimrod. Israeli National Parks Authority had these trips daily along August, but you need to order a few weeks in advance.
Unfortunately, my daughter did not feel well, so we had to skip the lantern trip. But, here you can read about our previous visit to Nimrod Fortress National Park.
Kayaking And Rafting In Upper Galilee – Day #2
Several firms offer Kayaking And Rafting In Northern Israel. Most of them, if not all of them, offer discounted tickets. I preorder discounted tickets through my credit card.
I chose HaGoshrim Kayaks (official site) since they suited us the most.
Since most chances that you will get wet, I suggest taking plastic bags with zippers for phone and wallet.
I also did not take my DSLR, and these photos were made using GoPro.
The process is quite simple. You arrive at the parking of HaGoshrim Kayaks. There you buy or collect your tickets. Then you watch a short movie with security instructions. Afterward, you take the bus to the beginning of your route. We took the family route.
The family route took us about 1.5 – 2 hours. We did not hurry and made a short swimming stop on the way.
And at the endpoint, we returned the kayak and the bus took us back to the parking.
We considered doing something additional on this day, but in the end, besides visiting the restaurant, we did not leave the B&B.
Day #3 – Banias And Tel Dan Nature Reserves
On Saturday, the last day of the getaway, we checked out from B&B and went to our first attraction. And it was Banias Nature Reserve. We visited Banias probably half a dozen time, but several years ago they constructed the Suspended Trail. So, this time we hiked along the Suspended Trail and to the waterfall.
All information can be found at Banias Nature Reserve.
A quick side note: anywhere at Banias, entrance to the water is prohibited. But when you show water to kids, they want to get in. Since we had time until lunch, we decided to visit the nearby Tel Dan Nature Reserve where the entrance to the water is allowed.
We visited Tel Dan many times. Thus we went straight towards shallow pools where kids can have fun. More information about Tel Dan is available at Tel Dan Nature Reserve.
After Tel Dan, we went for lunch and returned home.
How do you survive the hot Israeli summer? As you probably noticed, all attractions have a similar motive. Besides being fun, they help to deal with the heat. There is either water or shade (preferably both), they can be late in the evening (like the lantern trip) or take place inside air-conditioned buildings (like Shulman Chocolate).
That is all from our Weekend in Upper Galilee. I hope this will give you ideas for your getaway. What are your favorite attractions in Upper Galilee? Leave a comment below.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
If you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel. And if you are looking for ideas on where to visit, then read Israel Trip Planner, National Parks And Nature Reserves, and Events And Festivals By Season.
Here are several resources that I created to help tourists to Israel:
- 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, and Haifa.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.
And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.