Fun Activities for Christians in Israel
You’ve hit up the major religious spots; you visited the Church of the Nativity, traversed the Via Dolorosa, and commiserated at the Calvary...and now you’re ready for some fun! If you’re looking for some excitement that will still let you stick to your Christian itinerary, check out some of these enjoyable excursions.
Now just imagine riding through the sand-blown desert afternoon on the back of a two-humped camel, chewing his cud and lazily making his way beneath the sweltering Israeli sun. You don’t get much more Biblical than that, so if you want to kick off your authentic Israeli Christian vacation, start things out right by going for a camel ride. Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before; it’s very similar to riding a horse, and besides, the camel is doing most of the work anyway!
Baptism is one of the most meaningful ceremonies involved in the Christian religion. Even non-religious or non-affiliated members will often baptize their children as an act of camaraderie and connection to their heritage. Well, there are few things in the world more Christian than having a baptism in Israel. There are several beautiful places that people enjoy having their baptism, whether it’s the first time or not. Yardenit is by far the most popular, and Christians flock by the thousands to this watering hole. Take a dunk in these holy waters for an invigorating experience.
Down the Jordan River
Ready for some real excitement? Then, you need to go white water rafting down the rough river of Jordan. Known as the river where John the Baptist baptized Jesus himself, the Jordan River is mentioned many times throughout the New Testament. So, taking a thrilling ride down in a raft is just the thing to meld religion, culture, history, and, of course, fun!
Kayaking in the Sea
If you like water on a milder keel, then try kayaking on the Jordan River or along the Sea of Galilee. Kayaking is a lot of fun, and it doesn’t get to the same level of rapidity that rafting does. That makes it the perfect activity for anyone with kids, older folks, or people who just don’t want to deal with all that jostling.
From a vibrant nightlife to all day hikes, parasailing, and more, there’s plenty more to do in the Holy Land, so come on down. You’ll have the vacation of your dreams!