In a city as fast-paced and hectic as Tel Aviv, the abundance of public gardens and city parks provides space for a much-needed afternoon nap, midday meditation, a bike ride, or a lunchtime picnic. There are parks with playgrounds for children and dog-friendly zones throughout the city, from the Old North to the downtown districts. Here are the most beautiful parks and green spaces in Tel Aviv.
The Most Beautiful Parks and Green Spaces in Tel Aviv
HaYarkon Park is Tel Aviv’s answer to Central Park, with a water park and a ‘Sportek’ that includes mini-golf, basketball and tennis courts, and a climbing wall, attracting more than 13 million visitors each year. The park, located in the Old North, is well-known for its outdoor concerts and diverse range of activities for families, groups, and sports enthusiasts. It also has a petting zoo, a lake, six gardens, a bird sanctuary, pedal and rowboat rentals, and a 30-kilometer (18-mile) bike trail that ends in Rosh Ha’ayin. Picnics and grilling are permitted in designated areas.
Tel Aviv Botanical Garden
The botanical garden, which was founded in the 1950s, recently underwent ecological rehabilitation, revealing an impressive park with new ponds, fruit orchards, wild plants that grow in Israel’s sands and swamps, and 160 different animal species. The gardens, located in the Abu Kabir district, cover four acres and include fish pools, turtle ponds, and a zoological garden with wild animals unique to Israel, such as mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, some of which are endangered. Visitors are likely to see deer, seagulls, and pelicans roaming freely during their visit, providing an opportunity to observe the species in their natural habitat up close. There is a 10 NIS (£2.35) entrance fee.
The Baha’i gardens are built on 19 terraces that begin at the mountain’s base and ascend to its summit. The main axis points to Acre, a historically and religiously significant city for the Baha’is. The Shrine of the Bab, the burial place of the religion’s founder, stands at the heart of the exceptionally beautiful and meticulously maintained gardens, and its golden dome illuminates the grounds. The gardens are divided into sections by gravel paths, trimmed hedges, and flower beds, all of which are meticulously maintained by a dedicated gardening team. The gardens provide breathtaking views of Haifa Bay, the Galilee, and the Mediterranean. It is possible to tour on your own, but for a more enlightening experience, join one of the free guided tours (every day but Wednesday). Reservations are not required. Because the Baha’i Gardens are a sacred site, visitors are asked to dress modestly, keep the grounds clean, and respect the Gardens’ unique character.
Timna Park is a 15,000-acre park located just north of Eilat. Mount Timna, about 1500 feet above sea level, sits in the center. The site features ancient rock formations such as The Mushroom, The Arches, Solomon’s Pillars, and The Valley of Rock Drawings, as well as activities such as rappelling, zip-lining, and bike tours. Overnight camping is available for those who want the full desert experience.
Timna Park, located just north of Eilat, is approximately 15,000 acres in size. Mount Timna, about 1500 feet above sea level, is located in the center. The site has a variety of attractions, including ancient rock formations such as The Mushroom, The Arches, Solomon’s Pillars, and The Valley of Rock Drawings, as well as activities such as rappelling, zip-lining, and bike tours. Overnight camping is available for those looking for the full desert experience.
Mount Carmel National Park
One of the most beautiful parks and green spaces in Tel Aviv, this mountain range is home to hundreds of plant species, including pine trees. Its evergreen character is consistent throughout the year, making it appear oddly dissimilar to the rest of Israel. One of Israel’s worst natural disasters occurred in December 2010, when forest fires spread across 6,500 acres of the wooded mountain range. Nonetheless, a major restoration project has been underway since, and Mount Carmel has been able to reclaim much of its former glory.
Apollonia National Park and Beach
Walking along Apollonia beach allows visitors to gaze up at ancient ruins and out at the Mediterranean’s clear waters. This beach is a perfect escape just minutes from Tel Aviv, with upgraded walking paths and stunning coastal cliff views. Apollonia National Park, whether for a family outing or a romantic sunset stroll, will have you feeling like the kings and queens who once ruled over this ancient jewel of a beach.