8 amazing experiences for kids in Jordan

Jordan isn’t a place that is often associated with family travel, but this oasis of calm in the Middle East is a hotbed of family-friendly activities. There are many amazing experiences for kids in Jordan! Whether it’s a beach vacation by the Red Sea or sandboarding down the red sand dunes of Wadi Rum, Jordan has something for everyone.

Jordan boasts one of the world’s lowest crime rates, and they take great pleasure in doting on children. Be prepared to have your children’s heads touched almost constantly by strangers hoping to elicit a smile from young faces. If you are an active father, be prepared to be complemented by the men on your parenting if you’re ever seen changing a diaper as it’s generally expected for women to do those types of activities  in this conservative country. Here is our list of the top amazing experiences for kids in Jordan.

Jordanian flag flying over Amman

Pro-Tip: If you are a breastfeeding mother, breastfeeding in public is culturally acceptable in Jordan, but it is best to use a shawl or sheet to cover up in order to deter any unwanted attention.

8. Explore the Citadel in Amman

The Citadel is an ancient fort and ruin located right in the center of Jordan’s capital, Amman. Sitting high above the city, it offers stunning views of the surrounding city including the roman forum and the Amman Palace. Kids will love exploring the ruins which are open for climbing and adventure, getting up close with the massive pillars near the temple of Hercules and picking fresh figs from the trees near the old Palace. To read more about exploring the Citadel, click here.

Temple of Hercules at the Amman Citadel in Jordan


7. Explore the castles of the King’s Highway and Desert Highway

Jordan is rich in history and its place during the Crusades is chronicled in the ruined castles that line the King’s Highway. These ancient castles are fantastic for kids to explore, offering secret tunnels, amazing view, and discovery around every corner. To read more about exploring the King’s Highway, click here.

Family climbing Shoubak Castle


6. Snorkel and play on the beach in the Red Sea

It’s hard to beat the Red Sea for beauty and clarity. The temperate waters make swimming for hours a breeze and the incredible diversity of the fish makes for perfect sight-seeing when snorkeling. Kids will love splashing in the water in Aqaba! To read about diving in the Red Sea, click here.

View Red Sea beach during the sunset in Aqaba Jordan.

5. Sip tea with the locals

Tea is a cultural past-time in Jordan and if a local offers you tea it’s considered rude to turn them down. The local Bedouin tea is absolutely delicious and caffeine free, so kids can enjoy it as well (although it is very high in sugar). Sitting down for tea is a great way to get to know the local people and learn a little about the local culture. To learn more about Jordan, click here.

A Bedouin makes tea in front of a campfire in Wadi Rum

4. Have a mud bath at the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is one of the world’s most spectacular places and many people will love floating weightlessly in the saline rich waters. Kids, however, may find the salty brine too painful on exposed cuts and scratches (trust me, it can feel like being stabbed with a knife at first!). But that doesn’t mean that kids can’t enjoy themselves at one of the many Dead Sea resorts in Jordan. Kids can treat themselves to a mud bath with the mineral-rich gucky stuff that people pay so much money for everywhere else in the world. And what kid doesn’t like getting muddy! To read more about our time in the Dead Sea, click here.

Kevin shows off his muddy body in front of the Dead Sea

3. Camp under the stars in Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum offers some of the most incredible vistas that you can possibly imagine. Staying in a Bedouin camp is one of the best ways to unwind in this incredible desert landscape. Kids will love running up and down the vast sand dunes, eating food that was cooked under the ground, trying to count the millions of stars, and sleeping in a Bedouin tent. To read more about our time in Wadi Rum, click here. The Bedouin food was so incredible that it inspired me to put together this collection of my favorite Jordanian recipes.

The milky way fills the sky over a Wadi Rum Bedouin camp

2. Ride camels through the desert

You can’t visit the Middle East without taking the time to ride camels through the desert! This was our oldest son’s biggest wish when we came to Jordan and he made sure to ask every day if that was the day we would be doing it! Camels are huge animals and your kids might be intimidated at first when they see them, but riding them is a truly serene experience and being carried through Wadi Rum on these magnificent beasts was the only time that our kids were quiet during the entire trip!

Family rides camels through Wadi Rum

1. Explore Petra on horseback

Petra is one of the 7 wonders of the world and is without a doubt the most epic experience in Jordan. Petra is a city built within the cliff walls of the Petra mountains and kids will love exploring the caves and ruins of the city. Petra covers a huge area, so one of the best ways to get into the lesser-explored areas is to hire a local with a horse to show you around.

Do ask around about the different guides as some treat their animals better than others. We were shown around by Mohammed with the Gold Tooth (Many local Bedouins only go by a single name, so often they use descriptors to tell them apart.) and we highly recommend him. Mohammed even lived in Petra before the local village was built and can show you the cave which he used to call home. To read more about our adventures in Petra, click here.

Family rides horses through Petra

Jordan is an explorers paradise, and children are the world’s greatest explorers! Visit Jordan, you won’t regret it!

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Kevin Wagar is a professional traveler and family travel expert living in the Greater Toronto Area. His beautiful wife Christina impressed on him her love of travel and they have made exploring the world an integral part of their life. With the birth of their two boys, Kevin and Christina have made it their mission to show others that traveling with children isn't as scary as it sounds and that kids can benefit from experiencing the world outside of their front door and beyond.

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  1. Looks like your family had an amazing time in Jordan! We often explored places on horseback or little donkey carriages when I was a kid and it was always one of the highlights of our holidays. I totally agree with you about making an informed decision and picking a place or a guide that treats the animals well.

  2. Jordan has been on my wish list for a couple of years now and reading your post only makes me want to jump on a plane. Having sleep in the sahara before, I think that there is nothing more rewarding than sleeping under the stars and would love to do it again – although after spending 2 and a half on a camel once before I am not sure I could do that again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I would never think of Jordan for kids until this post! Well done! I wonder if some vaseline on skin would help kids be able to go into the Dead Sea- might be enough of a barrier to prevent the sting. I generally have a few scratches too so might be good if I go! I love that you can actually climb around on the ruins- few places left that you can explore that much! Great photos and looks to be a great trip.

    1. Hi Cathy, great tip about the vaseline! I didn’t even think about that! Although our youngest son has eczema so we would literally have vaseline his entire body, and at under 2 years old, catching him after that would be like having a greased pig contest ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. anywhere with kids is excellent for their self development. Travel especially opens their eyes to many possibilities and adventures they couldnt get at home.
    I can see Jordan as an ideal destination as its relatively safe with many interesting things to do and see. Just a Camel ride up Wadi Rum would light their eyes up. Well done for opening the world up to them ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Even before I got to this list I’d long since made a dream itinerary of our some-day Jordan trip and all but one of the activities are on it. But now camping Wadi Rum is on there and it’ll be awesome. Goal: 2018.

  6. Yes, I think there is a preconceived misconception that Jordan is not a place for children to enjoy, but you present here a different perspective to the contrary. I am sure they would have loved all the experiences. I bet they were fascinated by the Camel rides, the most ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I have seen a lot of advertising (both on the web and off) for Jordan as a travel destination. So much history and culture. Well done on proving you can travel here with kids!

  8. It’s interesting to read a post about how to visit Jordan with kids! I’m sure you’ll inspire a lot of families to go there now! And looking at those beautiful photos, your kids looked like they had a great time!! What a beautiful country!

  9. I love that you included sipping tea with the locals. Interacting with local culture is so important, and it’s awesome that you’re teaching your kids that.

  10. Kids or no kids, I want to do all those things! Especially Petra! What an amazing family trip. You guys are super lucky.

  11. Lovely list. I grew up there!!! AND we loved to organise group trips to some of the ruins. I hope you had the chance to visit Mount Nebo and the Mosaics in Madaba. — Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing

  12. Thanks for sharing. You brought Jordan back on my list to places to visit. I can imagine the fun the kids can have at Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead sea. Your pictures of places are drool worthy !

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