It's official! Fall is here, and much overdo (as always). What better way to say goodbye to the uncompromising heat than with a long, long list of activities, events, resort getaways and pumpkin-inspired desserts? Shove those bikinis back in your bottom drawer, say goodbye to that beach bod, and let the beautiful foliage win your hearts over with our 31 fall AF things to do in Israel this autumn.
Best things to do in Israel this fall
If you’ve got fitness ADD Nordau House is for you. Their long list of class options includes yoga, TRX, cycling, running, HITT-based classes and classes that combine multiple disciplines in the same session (think cycling followed by TRX training). The unisex décor and tough loving instructors – many of which are Nike master trainers – make this studio popular with both men and women.
Go on an apple picking adventure
Connect to your kibbutznik–and the land’s–roots, with an apple-picking experience suitable for the whole family. Located in the Golan Heights, Bustan Bereshit offers the opportunity to pick seasonal fruit, as well as activities such as tractor rides, grubbing on personal pies and even soap-making workshops. September is a prime month for picking apples, so get up there while you can!
Bustan Bereshit. Located 2km north of Kibbutz Ein Zivan (04-6993612)
As a former art gallery, the October bar maintained the artist mentality, creating timeless masterpieces—only this time they are presented in the form of food. Though presented as a bar, the venue’s three owners (all born in October) sought to include delicious food on their menu. With tasty nibbles like leek fritters smothered in yogurt sauce, you can’t go wrong. And the locals love it! Don’t let the name fool you either. October bar is not only an autumn amenity. This gem of a spot is open all twelve months of the year.
While the White City has its own charm, there’s something magical about slipping away from the hustle and bustle to a quieter, more peaceful environment. With its gargantuan erosion crater offering kilometer upon kilometer of arid land just waiting to be explored at the wake of dawn, to the crystal clear night skies free from urban pollution at dusk, Mitzpe Ramon offers just the nature-infused cure to relax, reflect, and recharge before returning to the nonstop city.
Jaffa's Milk & Honey distillery made history yesterday when it launched the first single malt Israeli whiskey. Was it worth the three year wait? The nose makes a promise, then it raises questions - and then comes a long extension that produces a taste for more. But wait, the taste of this liquid called "The First Israeli Malt Single" is currently the least relevant thing - and not because it is bad, God forbid.
The Eretz Israel Museum is more than a series of exhibits exploring the history and culture of Israel. Inside the multidisciplinary museum sits a magical place that is literally “out of this world.” At the Planetarium you can sneak a peek at the stars the same way that Galileo did through his telescope. Watch a riveting presentation about the mysterious galaxies that exist all the while spinning in revolving seats or learn about Israel’s first ever astronaut, Ilan Ramon, and view real time pictures of outer space provided by NASA. The Planetarium is a great place to bring your children and also expand your adult minds to the boundless worlds of science. English presentations are available by reservation.
In the center of Israel lies the Utopia Orchid Park, an enclosed and air-conditioned site with the sounds and smells of a tropical rain forest. The park is surrounded by big green hills, each with a different activity, including a two-level labyrinth, a French classical maze, and an herb path with seven biblical species. Within the garden itself there are thousands of beautiful and exotic orchids as well as other tropical plants, including carnivorous ones. There are also animals throughout the park, a reservoir and a performing water fountain.
You’ve drunk all the Israeli wine, popped all the champagne and danced the year away at the best Sylvester parties Tel Aviv’s boutique hotels and cocktail bars have to offer. Time to relax and recover, right? Wrong. Take that adrenaline still pumping through your veins and channel it into some of Israel’s most thrill-seeking attractions because after all the tragic losses of 2016, 2017 needs to be about living in the moment.