FlyBox indoor skydiving in Rishon LeZion. Photo by Elad Nisim

22 Things to Do in Israel When it’s Cold & Wet

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ISRAEL21c’s guide will assure you’ll be entertained, educated and warm in Israel, even when it’s pouring

When the winds start to howl and the rain chills you to the bone, Israel only gets more interesting. Leave behind the hikes of the fall and spring, and the beachy days of summer — we’ve got your winter activities all planned out for you.

You can always hit a museum (Israel has tons of them!), a movie theater or mall. Below are other excellent indoor options you may not have known about.

INDOOR SPORTS

Photo courtesy of iJump

These indoor activities for the athletically inclined will really get your blood pumping.

  1. iJump Trampoline Parks

With four locations (Haifa, Petah Tikva, Beersheva and Metulla), this is the perfect place to jump your way through the afternoon. You can bounce with the babies or parkour with older kids to your heart’s delight. Another iJump in Tel Aviv is closed for the winter period and reopens March 21.

  1. FlyBox, Rishon LeZion

Offering the thrill of jumping out of a plane without ever having to step foot onboard, FlyBox is the only way to experience life at 10,000 feet from the padded safety of the indoors. For ages four and up.

  1. Monkey Gym photo courtesy of Niv Koren and Eli Gordon.

    Monkeys Climbing Gym, Netanya

Monkey around at this top-notch climbing gym, lined with walls made specially for bouldering, a type of freestyle rock climbing requiring no equipment. A coffee bar and a separate area with colorful climbing walls for children make it an ideal family-friendly outing, inside.

  1. Ice Mall Eilat

Just like in tourism-forward Dubai, our very own Ice Mall in Eilat is the only place in Israel where you can find a tax-free mall fitted with an indoor Olympic-sized ice skating rink and mini amusement park. While the winter is milder down at Israel’s southernmost point, the occasional rain shouldn’t cramp your style, or your moves in the rink.

If you’re not a fan of ice, you still might get a kick out of the arcade, over-sized games, virtual reality simulators, and 7D theater experience. If you have little ones in tow, make sure to stop by the winter-themed igloo-shaped Gymboree play area. Or if you just feel like relaxing, you can always grab a shoko cham (hot cocoa) from one of the cafes and take in one of the free 7pm ice shows that take place several times a week (details on the site).

TASTY TOURS

You could visit some of Israel’s award-winning boutique wineries, or take these indoor tours that will have your senses buzzing.

  1. Milk & Honey Distillery, Tel Aviv

Get a leg up on the new whisky trend at one of two of Israel’s first whisky distilleries. Take the tour and enjoy the samples. It is a new era for Israeli spirits, and you’ll be in good ones when you duck into the warmth of this groundbreaking distillery/museum.

  1. Olea Essence, Katzrin (Golan Heights)

Ever wonder how olive oil is made? Ever wonder how olive oil soap is made? Wonder no more. Next time you are headed to the Golan Heights and feel a storm coming on, pull into this visitors’ center in Katzrin. Take a guided tour of the eco-friendly olive press and skin-care center and taste gourmet flavored olive oils.

  1. Coca-Cola Sensory Center, Bnei Brak

Ten multimedia rooms tell the 120-year-old story of Coca-Cola and the global distribution of its brands, with the Israel Tunnel devoted to Coke in Israel. There’s a 3D ride, an activity park and a music room with Coke-themed instruments to play. You get to see the bottling operation and of course there’s a tasting room. Call 1-800-596-596 to request an English tour any day for 15 people or more, or for small groups during holidays.

WORKSHOPS

These workshops require you to plan ahead and book in advance, but you’ll be glad you did when you step into the warmth of these indoor studios, and leave with your amazing handmade souvenirs.

  1. Artesana Glass Workshops, Mevo Horon

First witness firsthand how glassware is made, and then take your turn designing and decorating your very own glass plate, bowl or dish.

Take a seat and get ready for a serious sugar rush. This chocolate house offers workshops year-round in its Kibbutz Degania (Sea of Galilee) factory store or Kibbutz Tzuba (outside Jerusalem) location. Workshops accommodate children and adults, and families can work as a group.

  1. Lol & Pop Israel, Ramat Gan

The sweets you produce in this workshop at Israel’s first boutique kosher confectionery may look like glass, but trust us, they are far from it!

  1. Kakadu Wood Art, Moshav Tzafririm, Elah Valley

You don’t have to be an expert at handcrafting to design and paint a wooden carpet, hamsa, door sign, coaster or other decorative or useful object at this famed Israeli studio 10 minutes from Beit Shemesh.

  1. Galita Chocolate Factory and Workshops

Take a seat and get ready for a serious sugar rush. This chocolate house offers workshops year-round in its Kibbutz Degania (Sea of Galilee) factory store or Kibbutz Tzuba (outside Jerusalem) location. Workshops accommodate children and adults, and families can work as a group.

  1. Lol & Pop Israel, Ramat Gan

The sweets you produce in this workshop at Israel’s first boutique kosher confectionery may look like glass, but trust us, they are far from it!

  1. Kakadu Wood Art, Moshav Tzafririm, Elah Valley

You don’t have to be an expert at handcrafting to design and paint a wooden carpet, hamsa, door sign, coaster or other decorative or useful object at this famed Israeli studio 10 minutes from Beit Shemesh.

  1. Clicaso Pottery Painting, Kfar Saba

Pick your pottery, then personalize it as you like, see it through the entire process of design and finishing, and take it home! No knowledge of ceramics is necessary, and you’re contributing toward a good cause — the studio collaborates with Enosh Israeli Mental Health Association to help rehabilitate those with disabilities through meaningful work opportunities.

By: Jessica Halfin
(Israel 21c)

 

 

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