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Nahariyah Botanical and Zoological Gardens

Chana and I took a trip to the Mediterranean and decided to stop in Nahariya for a picnic lunch.

We stumbled upon the Nahariya Botanical Gardens and Zoo. Since it was off season during the week we had the place to ourselves. The gardens and flowers were lovely and there were lots of animals to . . . → Read More: Nahariyah Botanical and Zoological Gardens

Nahal Teninim – Nature Reserve and Roman Aquaduct

If you love nature and history, but don’t want to hike, Nahal Teninim is a great place for the whole family. Nachal Teninim (Aligator stream) is a wonderful national nature reserve and is home to an amazing Roman Dam and Aquaduct that brought fresh water to Caesarea. Chana and I had a great time strolling . . . → Read More: Nahal Teninim – Nature Reserve and Roman Aquaduct

Carmel Prehistoric Caves

The Carmel Caves are a fascinating visit for the whole family. They are located on Highway 4 between Zichron Yaakov and Haifa. Here’s a fun video Chana and I made on a recent trip.

If you love nature, you’ll enjoy the stunning cliffs and flowers. It’s just a short walk up a simple path . . . → Read More: Carmel Prehistoric Caves

Rosh HaNikra Grottoes with Villa Rimona Zimmers

Many people who stay at Villa Rimona come to visit the Eastern Galilee and the Golan. However, we are the same distance from the Grottoes at Rosh HaNikra as we are to Mount Hermon in the Golan.

Combine a visit to this natural wonder of Israel with a trip to Haifa, Acco or Nahariya. . . . → Read More: Rosh HaNikra Grottoes with Villa Rimona Zimmers

Tractoronim – Off Road Ranger Cars in the Upper Galilee

So many of our guests at Villa Rimona Zimmers ask us about going Tractoronim that Chana and I decided to try it ourselves.

Tractoronim are ATV’s (All Terrain Vehicles) which are usually like 4 wheel motorcycles. There are many places that offer tours of 1 – 2 hours through nature trails and kibbutz fields . . . → Read More: Tractoronim – Off Road Ranger Cars in the Upper Galilee

Mount Hermon in the Summertime

We took a trip in July up to Mount Hermon (pronounced “Chermon”). Most people visit the mountain in the winter during snow skiing season. The Ski season is very short in Israel and the place is packed in the winter.

It’s a whole different experience in the summertime. The weather is stunning. It’s easy to . . . → Read More: Mount Hermon in the Summertime

Tel Faher – Golani Lookout on the Golan Heights

Tel Faher - Six Day War

The fiercest and decisive battle in the Six Day War to take the Golan Heights was at Tel Faher. It was a Syrian Army stronghold. A network of bunkers were built into the side of the mountain making it almost impossible to breach.

The Barak Division of the Golani Brigade attacked the site and lost . . . → Read More: Tel Faher – Golani Lookout on the Golan Heights

10 Great FREE family friendly activities in the Galilee and Golan

At Villa Rimona Zimmers we specialize in families travelling on a budget.

Here are 10 places we’ve visited that you’ll really enjoy!

1. Family Hike and Picnic in the Eshkol Forest

Between Yavneel and Menachemia is one of the Galilee’s best kept secrets … Levi Eshkol Forest Park.

On the way you’ll see stunning vistas . . . → Read More: 10 Great FREE family friendly activities in the Galilee and Golan

Family Hike to Eshkol Forest in the Galilee

Between Yavneel and Menachemia is one of the Galilee’s best kept secrets … Levi Eshkol Forest Park. In this 2 minute video, join Shmuel and friends as they hike from Yavne’el to the forest.

On the way you’ll see stunning vistas of the Kinneret, Jordan River, the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley. Watch out . . . → Read More: Family Hike to Eshkol Forest in the Galilee

Hike to Ein Yavne’el – Natural Spring

Just a few minutes from Villa Rimona is a hiking path that leads to a natural cave with a fresh water spring. The cave serves as a natural mikvah.

On Chol Hamoed or summer Bein HaZmanim you may find some other hikers, otherwise you can often have the place to yourselves.

Along the way you . . . → Read More: Hike to Ein Yavne’el – Natural Spring