Indoor or Outdoor? Water or Desert? No need to choose, Eilat has it all, especially when you travel with kids
Eilat is the perfect family holiday destination. Not only does it offer water, desert and indoor activities, it also manages to cater for such a huge variety of needs and holidays styles, it’s almost unbelievable that such a small place can have that many activities to offer at any given moment, day and night.
To complete the experience, head over the famous Dolphin Reef – a unique ecological sight, that allows visitors to observe dolphins in their natural habitat. The center also offers guided scuba diving sessions for a close, intimate encounter with the dolphins.
Another option to the ones travelling with younger children, offering a small scale amusement precinct with internationally designed facilities suited for children aged three and up.
Eilat’s International Bird Park
For nature and animal-loving kids, Eilat also has quite a variety on offer. You can start off at Eilat’s International Bird Park, a nature reserve that functions as a home to tens of thousands of birds travelling from Europe and Asia to Africa, and back. The birds spend the cold European winter months in the reserve, enjoying a relatively mild winter. The reserve is located two kilometers north of the city center, and entrance is free. It’s also a beautiful spot for a family picnic lunch, around one of the many tables dotted around the reserve.
The botanical gardens
Another beautiful spot for a family stroll, featuring an organic eco system, meaning all trees, bushes and spice herbs are not sprayed with pesticides of any sort. The gardens have three observation decks overlooking stunning views of the Red Sea and the Moav Mountain range. You could also join one of the guided tours on offer, and learn about the advanced watering system, and growing flora and fauna in desert conditions.
Underwater Observatory Park and The Shark World
Eilat is blessed with the most amazing and unique coral reef in the world, with an underwater marine observatory situated in the heart of the reef. The park offers its visitors a rare opportunity to enter the natural and abundant marine kingdom of the Red Sea – an unforgettable experience for both young and old.
The park has a spectacular display (over 800 species) of fish, coral, sharks – in the new special Sharks World, mollusks, stingrays, turtles, and many other animals from the Gulf of Eilat. and, the most unforgettable place of all – the Underwater Marine Observatory, the only one of its kind in the world! The observatory is a tower situated in the middle of the sea, without any fences or cages, offering a rare view of the Red Sea, with its bright colors, tones, and the marine life in the Gulf of Eilat. The tower is comprised of two display halls. These halls are submerged at a depth of 12 meters under the sea, offering visitors a natural view of the coral reef’s spectacular beauty through huge plate glass windows.
Located about 25 kilometers away from Eilat in the desert, this wonderful site has something for everyone. This park has remarkable history and geology, wildlife, rock formations, a lake with pedal boats in the middle of the desert, and different levels of hiking. Kids can enjoy activities such as sand bottling and other crafts.
Hai Bar National Biblical Wildlife Reserve
This Wildlife Reserve on the way to Eilat has a zoo where you can find animals that used to be native to the Negev region and a safari where you can drive through and see animals roaming freely. They also have a building for viewing nocturnal animals.
In this sandy trail you can see unique colored sandstone in hues of red and purple, depending on the light. The majestic desert scenery is magnificent. The trail is only 200 meters long and not a difficult hike, making it child friendly. The views from the canyon and from the cliffs are incredible.
Ice Space Kingdom
One of Eilat’s indoors highlights, a huge icy complex in the heart of the eternal sunshine city. Definitely a refreshing experience, and an all-ages perfect family hang out. Take a ride on the crazy carousel, jump off the falling tower, and take a sip from the ice-cup. After a few days of endless sunshine, you will want to cool off for a bit, and there’s no better place to do it in.
With so many kids’ attractions to choose from, you will never have time to do it all.