Travelling with teens can be challenging at times. They demand more to keep them interested and amused than their younger counterparts . However, when inspired the sky is the limit to what they can achieve. Here are a few ideas for teenage fun:
1. "Dialogue with Time" in The Children’s Museum, Holon "There's no one here who isn't going to phone his/her Grandpa or Grandma today." – "Y.", 15 years old, summing up his participation in Dialogue with Time. The main goals of the "Dialogue with Time" project are to create intergenerational dialogue and to change preconceived notions about old people and aging. A visit to the exhibit is a fascinating and moving journey, and you leave it feeling different from how you were when you went in. The tour is a continuous series of moving, entertaining and challenging situations, and is led by guides – both men and women – aged 70 and over.
2. Discover Israel – Interactive video that offers 33 viewing options and 72 touring itineraries in Israel. The video invites you to choose from three characters who will lead you through those places in Israel that best suit their personalities. Each one takes you on a tour of Israel, during which you can select preferred destinations to visit. http://www.goisrael.com/Tourism_Eng/Pages/Discover-Israel_Interactive-Movie.aspx?gclid=CMHR8f3a2r4CFaZlOgodtiwAsg
3. Manara Cliffs - At the Manara Cliffs, visitors can take an almost 2000 meter cable car ride from Kiryat Shmona to the last stop at Kibbutz Manara. Each of the 12 cable cars can fit up to eight passengers. The Manara Cliffs also feature Mountain Slides which climb 250 meters up the mountain at up to 40 kilometers an hour. The Trampoline Bungy Dome features various indoor stations for kids of all ages to bounce and play. The Manara Cliffs also boast rappelling, a 200 meter zip line, and a climbing wall for all levels of expertise. http://www.bookingisrael.com/israel-attractions/manara-cliffs
4. HaTachana (Meaning The Station) – HaTachana, Tel Aviv’s first train station was originally built in 1892 as the terminus for the Jaffa-Jerusalem railway. When the railway closed, the site fell into disuse and decay. It has now been transformed into one of the city’s hottest spots without ignoring its heritage. The complex includes a jumble of refurbished rail cars, freight terminals and train tracks to nowhere. Every Thursday from 7 p.m. to midnight is Unique night, when Israeli designers, artists and concept creators converge for a roofless trade show that’s open to the public. Live music and D.J.’s accompany the exhibitions. As the NY Times, put it HaTachana is “like being on the fast track to Tel Aviv’s new-school cool.”
5. Hiking at Ein Gedi - The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve offers hiking trails, suitable for everyone from family groups to experienced hikers, and lasting from just half an hour in length to a full day. The most popular hiking trails are those which head through Wadi David. The first section is suitable for all hikers, a circular route which takes up to an hour – unless you stop at the beautiful waterfall and pools. The second section is a slightly more challenging “moderate” hike and takes an additional 3-4 hours. The sweet water pool in Dodim’s Cave is particularly beautiful and gives a wonderful break along the way.
6. Rappelling (abseiling) at the Rimon Crater – Mitzpe Ramon. A new fun, exhilarating, and safe way to descend the cliffs of the Ramon Crater, the world’s largest makhtesh. Rappelling down the cliffs of the crater from the town of Mitzpe Ramon, you’ll have an amazing thrill including experiencing the marvelous views of the beautiful desert. Abseiling in Israel is tightly regulated and activities are led by professional and experienced guides who explain the process in detail ensuring that you are safe, and feel safe, at all times.