Nearby Places in Amman

14 Top-Rated Things to Do in Amman

Explore the Amman Citadel

The Temple of Hercules at the Amman Citadel The Temple of Hercules at the Amman Citadel You don't have to go far to see amazing archeological ruins in Jordan's capital. Perched atop the highest hill in the city, the Amman Citadel is conveniently located downtown and offers incredible views of the destination. But more than just a lookout point, the Citadel is home to historical attractions that date as far back as the Bronze Age. Take a look at the two massive pillars on a podium – those landmarks are what remain of the Temple of Hercules, an important Roman structure that once linked this area with the Forum. Nearby, you can see a large, smooth stone sculpture of three bent fingers. The humanizing fragment was once part of a colossal statue of Hercules, which experts believe may have stood more than 12 meters tall. It gives tourists a sense of how majestic the Citadel was during its heyday. The Citadel is also home to another impressive collection of buildings that comprise the Umayyad Palace, situated just above the Temple of Hercules. While much of the complex was destroyed in an earthquake in the mid-8th century, a few sites have been restored for tourists. You can see a domed audience hall, whose shape nods to the Byzantine church that originally stood in that location, as well as the former governor's residence, Umayyad Cistern, and the Byzantine Basilica. Take a peek inside the Jordan Archaeological Museum to learn more about these fascinating attractions and get up close to artifacts discovered around the Citadel, including some of the oldest-known large-scale human figures. Address: K. Ali Ben Al-Hussein St. 146, Amman

Visit the Roman Theater

When it comes to things to do in Amman, swinging by the Roman Theater is high on the list – and for good reason. The antique attraction perfectly blends historic Jordanian heritage with the city's vibrant modern-day life. A 20-minute walk from the Amman Citadel, the restored Roman Theater deepens tourists' understanding of what Amman may have been like when the city went by the name "Philadelphia," nearly 2,000 years ago. The architectural masterpiece features a set of steep, curving stairs that can seat up to 6,000 people. Interestingly, the amphitheater was built to face the north in order to offer some sun protection for its spectators. Get here early in the day for the best lighting for photos. Today, the Roman Theater hosts some of Amman's most important cultural events, including summer concerts and plays. It's also home to two interesting museums: the Jordan Museum of Popular Traditions and the Jordan Folklore Museum, both of which have great costume collections on display. Address: Taha Al-Hashemi St., Amman

Rainbow Street

Rainbow Street is the place to see and be seen in Amman. The famous road, which can be found in the historic district of Jabal Amman, offers a relaxing space for pedestrians to escape Amman's chaotic traffic and explore a part of the capital by foot. Rainbow Street is liveliest on Thursday nights, when Jordanians officially kick off their weekend, but there are still plenty of things to do on this tourist-friendly promenade on any afternoon of the week. Boost your energy with a cup of tea at one of the lovely cafés that line Rainbow Street, such as Turtle Green Tea Bar or Jara Cafe. Or, tuck into a delicious (and refreshingly cheap) lunch – Al Quds whips up succulent meats marinated in yogurt sauce. Save some room for dessert at Gerard Ice Cream. Then, hit up Rainbow Street's retailers and find some souvenirs to take home. You can watch artisans create handicrafts and shop for unique products at Souk Jara, a flea market that pops up on one of Rainbow's side streets some Friday nights. Just a couple of blocks off Rainbow Street, the Wild Jordan Center sells locally made jewelry, trinkets, soaps, mugs, and other souvenirs. The ethically minded store uses profits to support craftspeople and conservation efforts around Jordan. Round out your sightseeing adventure on Rainbow Street with a visit to one of the nearby local art galleries, such as Nabad Art Gallery or Jacaranda.

Royal Automobile Museum

Whether you're a die-hard car enthusiast or you have a passion for road trips, you'll find it easy to enjoy the Royal Automobile Museum in the northern suburbs of Amman. Established in 2003, the relatively young museum showcases former King of Jordan Hussein bin Talal's rare cavalcade of cars and other vehicles from around the world. Highlights of the collection include a pristine 1952 Aston Martin, a bunch of vintage motorbikes in every color of the rainbow, a Porsche Carrera GT, a Bugatti Veyron, a World War I-era armored Rolls Royce, and an experimental motorcycle from 1885. Outside, the museum also displays the Mars rover from the 2015 film The Martian, which was filmed in Wadi Rum. Address: Al Hussein Public Parks, Amman

Jordan Museum

No trip to Amman is complete without a thorough look at the Jordan Museum's illuminating exhibitions. The collection at this world-class institution, located in a modern building next to City Hall, brings Jordanian culture and history to life, starting with the country's earliest known inhabitants. The museum tells the story of Jordan through three permanent galleries. The Traditional Life Gallery explores urban, rural, and Bedouin lifestyles through displays of residences and traditional costumes. The Modern Jordan Wing traces the history of the country from the Great Arab Renaissance through the founding of the kingdom all the way to the present-day nation. The Jordan Museum's largest display – the Archaeological and Historical Gallery – showcases an incredible array of important artifacts and scale models of ancient sites, like the Ayla Gate. Some of the most impressive items on display include 1.5-million-year-old animal bones and the Copper Scroll from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Nowhere else in Amman gives tourists such an accessible, detailed glimpse at the heritage of Jordan. Address: Ali Ben Abi Taleb Street, Amman

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