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"Tel Dan is beautiful and a very easy walk (there is a path to walk on) and very shady - so nice with kids."

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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.

Deborah Dickson - I think there is a wheelchair friendly tiyul, as well as easy children hike level route. We did this tiyul with baby in a backpack, a 3 year old who needed a bit of a carry and encouragement (quite long) but enjoyed it and was filled with a sense of achievement at the end, and a 6 and 4 year old who LOVED the tiyul. You are always near water with opportunities to step into it across stepping stones etc and the icy cold pool at the end is great fun. Highly recommend.

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.

  • Ahuva Katz Tel Dan wasn't free, but Eli had a good time in the wading pool at the end of the hike
    Risa Zucker How deep is the wading pool?
  • Ahuva Katz maybe till their knees, but always really cold!!!
  • Ellen Solomon Risa my book says Tel Dan is circular, the map shows the walk starts right at the parking lot and it's 1.5 hours (and easy).
  • Ahuva Katz Ellen, there are two trails. One is 3/4 of an hour and the other is 1.5 hours. Both are circular, but more kiday to do the longer one

    Nechama Veeder We went last year with a 3 and 7 year old. We all enjoyed it, but it's more of a stroll than a hike, so it depends what you're looking for.
    Ahuva Katz Tel Dan was also fun, not free but I liked it.
    Miriam Berlin -  tel dan is also a realy nice water hike that has a cute wading river at the end for the kids to play in it was a hit with my family.. it really depends on ur kids

    ok so i got a ton of ideas from ur impute thanks!! one question though in terms of "hiking in water" how does the magressa compare to tel dan?? becuse my kids did nott like magressa my older one was afraid he was gonna fall the entire time because he thought the water was too deep ... but we really want to do tel dan...

    • Tziona Rand If I recall correctly,the water part in Tel Dan is optional. I also think the water in Tel Dan is clearer and its easier to see the rocks on the bottom.
    • Miriam Berlin does the water get deep at any point like that maggressa???or r the rocks above the water most of the time??
    • Miriam Berlin and thats the thing we want to do the4 water but not if its like the maggressa will be desaster if its walking on rocks obove or next to water i think my kids would really enjoy it was was bec he had to walk the rocks the whole time and cudx see what he was doing bec for a 7 yr old that water got pretty deep at some points.. not to mention dark..
    • Keith Shaw If I remember correctly, Tel Dan is not a hike in water as such; you mostly walk alongside the water (and are not supposed to walk in the water), but at the end of the route there is a large "paddling pool" with clear water.
    • Tziona Rand If he's so afraid of deep water then have him wear floaties for the whole tiyul. When we went to Tel Dan the kids splashed in a pool of freezing cold water. Again, my memory is foggy but I think it was paths and only swimming in permitted pools.
    • Inbal Zohar Karo I agree. No walking in the water at all at Tel Dan. It is beautiful, but hot.
    • Miriam Berlin k thanks 
    • Deborah Dickson Recommend getting there early in the day. It was getting packed as we were leaving... It's a great tiyul-the water pool at the end is icy cold. It's amazing!
    • Devra Wanetik Stark We did tel Dan with our kids last summer when they were 6,4,2 and 1 and I was pregnant. It was great. The cool water was totally welcome as a break from the heat but it was shallow.
    • Rachel Seliger The water is optional at tel Dan. We love the madjrase. My kids did it with arm bands and / inner tube. Perfect for a very hot day
    • Miriam Berlin lol we def werent perpared when we went to the madrase.. we were expecting it to be shallow wasnt thattt shallow.. had no floaties or nething for my kids.. i think teldan sounds more up our ally..
    • Erez Strasburg In Tel Dan you are walking by the water and have small pools to wet your feet