If you are thinking about visiting Jordan with kids then you have made a good decision. With nature, history and plenty of culture, Jordan has so much to offer for travelling families. In this article I share with you details of my trip to Jordan with kids, what the best things to do are, where to stay and plenty of helpful tips too. So, what are you waiting for? Read on to start planning your own incredible trip to Jordan with kids…
- Is it safe to travel to Jordan with kids?
- Weather in Jordan
- Driving in Jordan with kids
- Things to do in Jordan with kids
- Exploring the Ancient City of Petra with Kids
- Visiting the Roman Ruins of Jerash with Kids
- Wandering through the Souks of Amman with Kids
- Floating in the Dead Sea with Kids
- Visiting Kerak Castle with Kids
- Exploring the Wadi Rum Desert with Kids
- Relaxing on the Beach at Aqaba with Kids
- Exploring the City of Madaba with Kids
- Exploring the Crusader Castles with Kids
- Other places to visit in Jordan with kids
- The Jordan Pass
- Food in Jordan with Kids
- Money in Jordan
- Jordan with kids- things you should pack
- To conclude- Jordan with Kids
Is it safe to travel to Jordan with kids?
This is often the first thing us parents think about when considering a trip to Jordan with kids and the answer to the question of “Is Jordan safe?” is generally yes.
Jordan is a relatively safe country, especially compared to its Middle Eastern neighbours. Since the country is largely desert and sparsely populated and the economy is not as strong as other countries in the region the crime is generally low and the risk of being targeted by criminals is relatively small.
That said, there are still some safety concerns to be aware of when traveling in Jordan. When travelling to Jordan with kids you should take precautions when visiting larger cities, such as Amman, as there is a risk of pickpocketing and other petty crimes. You should also avoid political rallies and demonstrations, as these can become violent (although they do not commonly occur).
Jordan is home to a variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds, and it is important for travellers to be sensitive to the culture and customs of the people. In this Muslim-majority country, you should dress modestly and observe local laws and customs. In addition, it is not advisable to drink alcohol in public, as this could lead to unwanted attention from local authorities- instead we went to the liquor store and drank at home.
Overall, Jordan is generally a safe country, but, as always, visitors should take precaution when travelling and be aware of their surroundings. For travellers who take the necessary safety measures, a trip to Jordan can be an enjoyable and safe experience. Is Jordan safe? Generally, the answer is yes- making it a fantastic destination to travel as a family!
Weather in Jordan
When planning a trip to Jordan with kids, you will probably ask yourself which time of year is better to travel based on the weather and what type of clothes you should pack… Interestingly, the weather in Jordan is a unique experience. From the hot and dry summers to the cold, wet winters, the weather in Jordan offers something for everyone.
During the summer months, temperatures can reach as high as 40°C (104°F), making it a great destination for sun-seekers. However, the heat can be oppressive, so it’s important to stay hydrated and wear light, loose clothing.
The temperature cools off in the winter months with temperatures dropping as low as 10°C (50°F). This can be a great time to visit if you’re looking for a milder climate. Rainfall is also much more common during the winter months.
Jordan is an arid country, so it doesn’t get much rain during the summer months. However, during the winter months, it can get quite wet, with the average yearly rainfall in Amman reaching up to 300mm (12 inches). This makes the winter months the ideal time to visit if you want to enjoy some of the beautiful waterfalls, lakes and rivers that Jordan has to offer, but don’t forget to pack an umbrella!
The weather in Jordan is also quite changeable. It can go from hot and dry to cool and wet in a matter of hours. This makes it important to be prepared for all kinds of weather when you visit Jordan. It’s a good idea to bring a light jacket, an umbrella and plenty of suncream.
Driving in Jordan with kids
When we travelled through Jordan with kids we did a self drive tour. We spent 2-3 nights in each location and had plenty of stops along the way. The distances to drive are not big, making Jordan a great self-drive destination. Here’s what you need to know about driving in Jordan with kids…
Driving in Jordan is an experience that can be both exciting and challenging. With its varied terrain, winding roads and unique traffic culture, driving in Jordan has something different to offer every driver. Driving in Jordan can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, but it’s important to understand the local laws and regulations, as well as what to expect when driving in the country.
The good news is that Jordan has a good network of roads and highways, as well as a variety of rental car options. You should be aware that speed limits vary depending on the road and the type of vehicle being driven. You should also be aware that it is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, and that seatbelts must be worn at all times.
When it comes to driving in Jordan with kids, it is important to remember that traffic laws and regulations are strictly enforced. Drivers should also be aware that there are often large fines for traffic violations. It is also important to remember that there can be heavy traffic in the cities, especially during rush hour. Personally, I do not recommend driving in Amman- the roads are chaotic and traffic can be really bad. We did this on our first trip to Jordan, but avoided it on our second trip.
A word of warning- whilst in Jordan you should also be aware of your surroundings and be prepared for anything! Be aware of potholes, uneven surfaces and other potential hazards. Driving in Jordan can be a great experience, but it’s important to be aware of the risks and stay safe while on the road.
Overall, driving in Jordan is an enjoyable experience, the scenery is incredible and you are able to plan your trip at a pace that suits you and your family.
Things to do in Jordan with kids
With its ancient cities, magnificent landscapes, and world-renowned cultural attractions, Jordan is a destination that offers something for everyone, including families. From the bustling streets of Amman to the awe-inspiring beauty of the Dead Sea, Jordan is a country that captivates and enthrals. For those looking to explore this Middle Eastern nation, there is no shortage of things to do.
From exploring iconic landmarks like the ancient city of Petra and the Roman ruins at Jerash, to wandering through the souks of Amman and floating in the Dead Sea, there is a wealth of activities to be enjoyed in this magical country. Jordan really is a fantastic family travel destination , with something for everyone…. so lets take a closer look at the best things to do in Jordan with kids.
Exploring the Ancient City of Petra with Kids
The ancient city of Petra is one of the most iconic and incredible places in the world. It is also an incredibly exciting and fascinating place to explore with kids! There is more to see here than most people realise- I recommend at least two full days to properly explore.
Carved into the mountains of Jordan, this remarkable city has been largely preserved due to being sheltered from the elements. Its many structures have stood for thousands of years, and its most iconic monument, the Treasury, has been featured in films such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Mummy.
When you visit Petra you can take an unforgettable walking tour of this amazing place, where the sand-coloured buildings seem to have been carved from the rocks themselves. There is also a path for those who wish to walk through the massive Siq Canyon. At the end of the path, a breathtaking view awaits, as the path opens up to reveal the Treasury and the rest of the city.
A visit to Petra is a highlight for most people who travel to Jordan with kids. The distances to walk are quite large, so I recommend taking a child carrier if you are travelling with young children. We carried our three and five year olds using our Tula carriers.
Visiting the Roman Ruins of Jerash with Kids
The Roman ruins at Jerash are among the best examples of architecture from this period in history. Jerash is easily accessible by road from Amman and can make for a great day trip whilst in Jordan with kids. This is a fantastical educational tourism destination that is great for anyone who enjoys world schooling.
Built over 2,000 years ago, this stunning piece of history has stood the test of time and still remains largely intact today. The city’s extensive irrigation system, which has been mostly restored, is a sight to behold, and Jerash is one of the largest examples of a Roman landscaped city still in existence today.
Visitors can tour the ruins on foot or by car, and there are also horse-drawn carriages for those looking for a more leisurely family ride. There are a variety of cafes, restaurants, and shops at the site, and visitors can also stay nearby at Jerash Hotel.
Best place to stay: Jerash Hills Villas
Wandering through the Souks of Amman with Kids
A trip to Jordan with kids isn’t complete without a quick stop in the capital city, and the souks of Amman are among the best places to shop in Jordan. There are a variety of shops, including traditional Bedouin shops, where visitors can purchase a wide range of souvenirs and gifts, such as woven rugs, traditional dresses, and jewellery.
The souks of Amman also offer a chance to experience the authentic culture of Jordan, as visitors can interact with the local merchants and try foods such as fatayar, an appetizer made of fried spinach leaves, and foul, a dish made of fava beans. The souks of Amman are a vibrant and colourful place to begin exploring the culture and history of Jordan.
Best place to stay: Toledo Amman Hotel
Floating in the Dead Sea with Kids
The Dead Sea is a must-see and must-do when visiting Jordan with kids! This famous body of water is the world’s lowest point on land, and owing to the minerals in its waters, it is also one of the world’s saltiest. The water is ten times saltier than the ocean, and it is so dense that it is completely impossible to sink.
Floating in the Dead Sea is a truly unique experience, and it is one that shouldn’t be missed by visitors to Jordan. Floating in the Dead Sea is the perfect way to relax after a day of trekking through the ruins of Petra or visiting the Roman ruins of Jerash and there are some great spa hotels in the area.
When heading to the Dead Sea with kids, please note that the salt will hurt if it gets in their eyes or any open cuts or scratches. It will also hurt if they have sensitive skin. My kids preferred to sit and play in the sand for this reason.
Best place to stay: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea
Visiting Kerak Castle with Kids
A visit to Kerak Castle when travelling in Jordan with kids is a must! Everyone loves a castle, right? This castle is on the Kings Highway, which is a route that I highly recommend driving- it might take an extra couple of hours in total, but the views are incredible.
Kerak Castle is an impressive Crusader stronghold, and later Mamluk fortress. There are plenty of areas for the kids to explore and I love that it maintains its authenticity and unique appearance.
Throughout the castle, boards give detailed descriptions of the history and function of particular structures, making this another fantastic educational tourism destination. There is various reconstruction and excavation work ongoing throughout the site. I recommend that you bring a torch or use the torch on your phone to explore the darker regions…. but that all adds to the excitement!
Best place to stay: The old house
Exploring the Wadi Rum Desert with Kids
The Wadi Rum Desert is one of Jordan’s most famous natural landmarks and it is an incredible place to include on your Jordan with kids itinerary. Your kids will love playing on the huge sand dunes, san boarding and sleeping under the most magnificent night sky- we even saw three shooting stars!
This stunning desert landscape has been featured in a variety of films, including Lawrence of Arabia, The Martian, and The Martian, and it has been described as “the best place on Earth to find yourself.” Visitors can explore the desert on foot or by camel. There are also a number of tours that can be booked, including a sunset tour and a tour that includes a night spent camping in the desert. Wadi Rum is perfect for those looking to experience a bit of adventure.
Best place to stay: Rum desert princess camp
Relaxing on the Beach at Aqaba with Kids
Aqaba is a coastal city in Jordan, and it is known as the country’s only beach resort. Here you can enjoy the sand and sea and also visit the Aqaba museum, which houses artefacts from the ancient civilizations that once inhabited the region.
There are a number of hotels in Aqaba, and they all offer seaside relaxation and adventure, however it is important to note that the if you choose to visit one of the public beaches you will need to ensure that you are covered up appropriately (this is a Muslim country remember). It is also worth noting that the standard of hotels is not as high as it would be in Europe, so you may wish to book a higher star rating than usual.
Whilst in Aqaba you can book a massage at the hotel or at a nearby spa, or you can try some scuba diving or take a submarine tour in the Red Sea. Aqaba is the perfect place to relax and unwind after exploring the rest of Jordan.
Best place to stay: Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba
Exploring the City of Madaba with Kids
Madaba is a historic city located in the southwest corner of Jordan. We used this as our base for a few days rather than Amman, which is far more hectic. From here we did day trips to the Dead Sea, Amman and Jerash.
Madaba is known as the “City of Mosaics,” and it is home to the world’s largest collection of Byzantine mosaics. This incredible collection of art can be seen in the nearby archaeological site of the Byzantine Church of Umm al-Mu’allim. It is also possible to see the mosaics up close and personal at the nearby Byzantine Museum of Madaba.
On the outskirts of Madaba is Mount Nebo, which is worth a visit while you are in the area too.
Madaba is the perfect place for history lovers to explore, and it is one of the best things to do in Jordan with kids.
Best place to stay: Mosaic City Hotel
Exploring the Crusader Castles with Kids
On our final day in Jordan with kids we drove around some of the most remote parts of Jordan to see the desert castles.
There are five Crusader castles to visit in Jordan that are within a reasonable drive of Amman. They were mostly built during the 12th century, and served as important parts of the Crusades. These were a series of religious wars that took place in Europe and western Asia between the 11th and 17th centuries.
They were considered, by those participating, to be a penance which would bring forgiveness for any sins they had confessed. The Catholic Church supported (and sometimes even directed) the Crusades.
Visiting the various desert castles is a great way to let the kids explore and learn all about the fascinating history in this region.
Other places to visit in Jordan with kids
The following attractions are not places that I visited during my trip in Jordan with kids, however thry are worth mentioning here as they are major tourist areas that you may want to include in your Jordan with kids itinerary.
Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Umm Qais with Kids
Umm Qais is a historic city located in Northern Jordan, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city has been inhabited since the 14th century BC, and its ruins are among the oldest in the entire Middle East.
Visitors can explore the city’s many archaeological sites, including an impressive fortress, a large temple dedicated to the goddess Nike, and a 9th-century mosque. Umm Qais is a fascinating place to explore, and it’s also a great place to experience the culture of Jordan. Visitors can get up close and personal with the locals by shopping in the nearby Souq al-Qadim marketplace.
Taking a Trip to the Baptism Site on the Jordan River with Kids
The Jordan River is a significant part of both Christian and Jewish history, and it is the place where Jesus was baptised.
Today, the Jordan River is marked by a cross, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors can walk along the shore of the river, where they can see the cross that marks the exact spot where Jesus was baptised. The river is a place of spiritual significance, and it is a must-see for those visiting Jordan who are interested in the history of Christianity or Judaism.
Enjoying a Day Trip to Wadi Mujib with Kids
Near the city of Petra, Wadi Mujib is a stunning desert canyon. Visitors can hike through the canyon, where they can explore a variety of stunning landscapes and experience nature at its finest. Those who aren’t up for a hike can take a jeep tour through the canyon. Wadi Mujib is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Jordanian desert and is a must-do for those visiting the country. Wadi Mujib is one of the best places to visit in Jordan for nature lovers as it offers some of the best desert views in the country. Wadi Mujib is also the only place in Jordan where you can find palm trees growing amidst the desert landscape.
The Jordan Pass
The Jordan Pass is a great way to experience the rich culture and stunning scenery of Jordan. It is an all-in-one travel card that gives tourists access to Jordan’s must-see sights at a discounted rate. The Jordan Pass is available to anyone interested in visiting Jordan, regardless of nationality. It covers all the essential attractions and activities, making planning a trip to Jordan much simpler.
The Jordan Pass has two options: the 3-day pass and the 7-day pass. With the 3-day pass, tourists can enjoy free entry to over 40 attractions, including Petra, Jerash, and Mount Nebo, as well as discounts on additional attractions and activities. The 7-day pass includes all the benefits of the 3-day pass, plus free entry to over 80 attractions and discounts on additional attractions and activities.
The Jordan Pass is a convenient and cost-effective way to explore Jordan. It includes free entry to some of the country’s most iconic sites, such as the ruins of Jerash and the ancient city of Petra. It also provides discounts on a variety of activities, including 4×4 desert tours, spa treatments, and camel rides. Additionally, the Jordan Pass covers the cost of one visa fee, making it even easier to get the most out of a trip to Jordan.
The Jordan Pass is an excellent way to save money while still getting the most out of a visit to Jordan. It is a great option for anyone looking to experience the beauty and culture of Jordan without breaking the bank. With the Jordan Pass, tourists can enjoy free entry to the country’s most popular attractions, as well as discounts on additional activities. It’s the perfect way to make the most of a trip to Jordan.
Food in Jordan with Kids
Kids can be fussy eaters, so you might be wondering what is the food like in Jordan and how will your kids respond to it? Well, you will be glad to know that the food in Jordan is delicious!
Jordan is known for its distinct cuisine and traditional foods. The food in Jordan is a combination of influences from all over the world, from the Mediterranean to the Middle East and North Africa. The cuisine is rich and full of flavour, with a variety of dishes to choose from- so there is something to suit everyone in the family!
Popular dishes in Jordan include hummus, falafel, and tabbouleh. Hummus is a dip made from chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. It is often served with pita bread or as a side dish. Falafel is a deep-fried patty made from ground chickpeas and herbs, typically served with tahini sauce. Tabbouleh is a salad made from bulgur wheat, tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, and mint, and is popular throughout the Middle East.
Another popular dish in Jordan is mansaf, a rice and meat dish served with a yogurt sauce. The meat is usually lamb, but chicken can also be used. The dish is often served with a side of vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes. A similar dish is maklouba, which is rice, vegetables, and meat cooked together in one pot.
Jordan is also home to some unique desserts. Baklava is a sweet pastry made with layers of phyllo dough, filled with nuts and sweetened with honey or syrup. Another popular dessert is knafeh, a cheese-filled pastry topped with syrup.
For refreshment, Jordanians enjoy ayran, a yogurt-based drink, as well as tea and coffee. Coffee is typically served strong and sweet, often with cardamom. Tea is usually served with mint, and is often spiced with cinnamon and other spices.
No matter what a person’s tastes may be, they can find something to enjoy in the delicious food in Jordan. From traditional dishes to sweet pastries, the cuisine of Jordan offers something for everyone. Food in Jordan is a combination of influences from all over the world, and is sure to delight the taste buds of even the fusiest eaters!
Money in Jordan
So, what is the money situation when travelling in Jordan with kids?
The Jordanian dinar (JOD) is the official currency of Jordan, and it is pegged to the US dollar at a fixed exchange rate of 1 US dollar to 0.709 dinars. Money in Jordan is widely accepted in the form of cash, credit cards, and debit cards. Most businesses accept major international credit cards, but it is important to note that some establishments may still require payment in cash.
The banking system in Jordan is well-developed, with a variety of local and international financial institutions present in the country. Banking services are easily accessible, and ATMs are located throughout the country. However, there is usually a small fee associated with using a foreign card. Money in Jordan can also be sent and received through money transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram.
Foreigners visiting Jordan are able to exchange foreign currency for Jordanian dinars at banks and currency exchange offices. The exchange rate is generally competitive, although it is not advisable to purchase large sums of foreign currency in Jordan as the exchange rate will be lower than in other countries.
The cost of living in Jordan is significantly lower than in most Western countries. Money in Jordan can be stretched further by taking advantage of the country’s low prices for food, accommodation, and transportation. Many foreign visitors find that their money goes further in Jordan, allowing them to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle while saving money- my recommendation is to shop and eat local to save money and avoid economic leakage.
Jordan with kids- things you should pack
When travelling in Jordan with kids I do not recommend packing too much- you will probably be moving from place to place and nobody wants to spend lots of time packing! But here are some things that I would recommend you take, that you may not already have thought of:
- A scarf– driving through Wadi Rum in a jeep can mean that you get covered in sand- it is recommended to take a lightweight scarf, like this one.
- Lip balm– the wind in Wadi Rum can cause havoc with your lips- my daughter complained for days that her lips hurt and I wished I had packed some lip balm.
- A guide book– I always recommend taking a guide book for travelling to a new destination, but even more so when you might not have Internet access (Wadi Rum is very remote).
- A pashmina– Jordan is a Muslim country, so there may be some places where it is not appropriate for women to show their shoulders- I always keep a pashmina in my bag for this reason.
- Child carriers– my Tula carriers were a lifesaver!
To conclude- Jordan with Kids
Travelling in Jordan with kids is a rewarding experience for all the family. There is so much to offer when travelling in Jordan with kids, from exploring ancient ruins, to learning to dive to spotting shooting stars. If you would like to see more about our adventures in Jordan with kids, head over to my Instagram page, where I have saved all of my Jordan with kids stories as highlights!
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