What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Roman ruins are everywhere. You can see many old Roman crypts along the roadways which are not labelled. Seeing pottery on hikes that is thousands of years old. We have found many fossils here on hikes. - Sep 2020


This would depend on your interest, but I didn’t find many gems. - Sep 2018


There are definitely some hidden gems. Think, "Old Testament." We have seen Lot's cave, one of Herod's castles, the River Jordan, Mount Nebo, etc. If Biblical archeology interests you, take advantage of this location. It's packed with history. - Sep 2018


We've loved finding some off-the-beaten-track hikes up wadis that have been a lot of fun. Fun indoor climbing gym Climbat just south of town. Organized hikes with rappels through Tropical Desert. Dead to Red Relay Race (182 miles of pain!) - Mar 2017


All the obvious ones: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana Bioreserve, the crusader castles, Ajloun Forest, Jerash, etc. Also, this is a great stepping-off place for travels in Israel and Egypt. We did a trip to Sharm El Sheik for 10 days, and it was a steal! - Jul 2016


Lots of nice day trips. Madaba, the Citadel, Jerash, the Scandanavian forest, downtown Amman, Aqaba, the Dead Sea, Jesus' baptism site, and of course, Petra. Eat at Hashems, Reem, Gerard ice cream, Arabic coffee, local street food, go to Rainbow Street. Wadi Rum. - Mar 2016


Petra is only a 3-hour drive away, Dead Sea is only a 45-minute drive away, lots of good restaurants, jabal al weibdeh is a hidden 'hood with neat cafes and galleries. - Mar 2016


Hummus, Shwarma, Fatoosh salad, and Chocolate. There are a lot of Chocolate Specialty stores. - Nov 2015


Great Arab restaurants. The food here is fantastic! Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, Umm Qais, Madaba, Aqaba, Dead Sea. There are lots of fun hikes. Access to Israel. If you like history, this is a great place! - May 2015


Downtown Amman is worth a wander, and there are a growing number of independent cafes and restaurants, particularly in Jebal al-Webdieh, Rainbow Street, and Abdoun. Cooking at Beit Sitti is a fun evening. For the most part, though, the best thing to do on a weekend is to get out of the city - go up to Ajloun or Jerash, trail running in Wadi Shitteh, go for a hike, or zone out at the Dead Sea. - Mar 2015


Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana Nature Reserve, Umm Qais, Jerash. - Mar 2014


The Dead Sea, Jerash, the desert castles, Madaba, trips to Israel. - Aug 2013


Dead Sea, Petra, Aqaba, Wadi Rum. - Jul 2013


Visit historical places, find hillside areas (that are not covered in trash) for picnics. See the Children's Museum, eat wonderful Middle Eastern food. - May 2013


In Amman, there aren't a lot of things to do. The US Embassy and UK Embassy have pools. There is also the Orthodox Club that people can join. There are a few parks --- nothing great but we have kept busy. - Mar 2013


There are many great restaurants (they actually have two amazing sushi restaurants here!), major hotels have first rate lounges, lots of sightseeing, beach to the south, Israel to the West. But in the end, it is all what you make of it. Amman can get to you (especially the driving).But when it does, just go somewhere else. - Apr 2012


Plenty of outdoor activities, dead sea, red sea, Jerash, Ajloun, etc etc.see above. - Mar 2012


Roman ruins, ancient desert castles, the Dead Sea, Petra, Aqaba, Israel. There's a lot to see and do, and it's easily accessible. - Mar 2012


Archaeology - Oct 2011


There is so much to do here the list could go on and on. But for Americans, most of the activities tend to revolve around socializing in the houses of other Americans. - Aug 2011


Visit Petra, the Dead Sea, the Red Sea, Wadi Rum desserts and israel. There is a vast amount of history. - Aug 2011


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