April 2014 -
Marianne Lipshutz Tanzer-
Went to Tel Dan in the far north today. It's great! There are different hikes for all different levels- both paved and not, a small wading pool for kids to splash in, an archaeo site, shaded tables to eat at. It is easily a full day, and free with the parks card. It was really busy, but because the site is so big it didn't feel crowded.
We went to the banias in the morning. It was more hilly hiking than ideal for my kids age 9. Not bad, but tel dan, and also nachal snir in the area, are much more suited to younger kids.
Leiah Elbaum Have you been to Tel Dan? Also a nice summer water walk with decent shade most of the route, plus the Tel Dan archaeological site telling the history of the area.
Nearby is the memorial to the Ason Hamasukim (helicopter disaster), worst crash in Israeli history. Though the crash was in '97 the memorial is quite new and beautifully done, a very moving site to visit, especially if you aren't familiar with the story. It's between kibbutz Dafna and Shaar Yeshuv, when I was last there is was clearly signposted from the main road.
Chana Wurtzel We did Tel Dan today with 5 kids ages 6 weeks to 13....everyone enjoyed! We did the longer route and It was easy enough for me to manage with the baby in a carrier, and so beautiful. It might not be a strenuous "hike" but the other kids all enjoyed because it was shady, breezy, and wet. We loved it, but I guess you have to know your kids. If they need something more challenging you might be better off elsewhere.