By Hadassah Levy
- View of Tel Aviv shoreline from Jaffa (by Deena Levenstein)
As a resident of Israel and a mom of four, I am constantly looking for new places to take my kids. Luckily, Israel’s tourism industry is forever evolving, always offering tourists and locals new things to do around Israel. Even if you have been in Israel before, you’ll find new attractions this time around.
Tel Aviv lives up to its reputation as being Israel’s most contemporary city with lots of new spots to explore with or without children. Here are some of the newest and recently renewed destinations in Tel Aviv perfect for a visit with kids.
- Sarona (Photo source)
The Sarona neighborhood of Tel Aviv was once a German Templar settlement which later fell into disrepair. The beautiful buildings have been restored and the area has become a hub of culture and cuisine. Located off one of the city’s busiest streets, Sarona features quaint cafes, art galleries and clothing boutiques amongst interesting architecture and paths surrounded by greenery.
We’ve obviously got the adults covered, but what about the kids? Children will enjoy the visitors’ center, with its exhibit of the history of this unique area. And they will absolutely love the playground, with its hi-tech climbing frames and other equipment. Lots of green spaces means that kids have lots of safe areas to run around and get their energy out before your next activity. You can eat a full meal at one of the local restaurants or just grab a snack at one of the neighborhood’s ice cream shops.
- Sarona (Photo source)
Tel Aviv Port
- Tel Aviv Port (Photo source)
The historic Tel Aviv Port was opened in 1938 and closed in 1965 when the Israeli government moved its shipping center to Ashdod. The port was unused for a while but was recently renovated to serve as a commercial and entertainment center. A walk along the pier, some shopping and a meal at one of the seaside restaurants is an excellent option for a relaxing dinner or a satisfying lunch in between attractions.
But you can even spend a full day at the port. Children and adults can collaborate on art projects at the port’s Artland. Interactive experiences and experiments allow kids to learn about and create art. Note that tickets must be booked in advance from Artland’s website.
The port features three different playgrounds with modern and fun equipment which appeals even to older children. Adults have been known to play on them too! (I mention no names…) Not to be missed are the boat swing, the fireman’s lift and the 30-foot zip line.
- Sunset at the Tel Aviv Port (Photo source)
- Lake TLV (Photo by Naftali Shoshany)
Lake TLV is not technically new but it’s been totally renovated in recent years, and is now the biggest water skiing site in Israel. Part of the Menachem Begin Park, the lake is near bike trails, rolling lawns and fun fitness equipment. The water skiing is done via cable so you don’t have to have any experience to enjoy this activity. Opening hours for the cable are a bit haphazard, so it’s best to reserve a session in advance.
- Hatachana in Tel Aviv (Photo by Naftali Shoshany)
Hatachana is a complex built around the old Jaffa train station, which served the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv railway from 1892 to 1948. In 2010, it was opened to the public as a cultural center with restaurants, fashion stores and other shops. Lots of events are held at Hatachana, including concerts, films and street theater. Hatachana is a great place to spend an evening when the temperatures have dropped a bit and it’s a pleasure to be outdoors.
If you’re traveling with older kids, check out the new escape rooms which have sprouted up all over Tel Aviv. These are essentially puzzle games, where you use clues to bust out of a locked room. Each escape room has a different concept, so you can choose one that appeals to you and to your family. This new trend came our way via Europe and is a big hit among Israelis and tourists.
Check out our other recommendations for things to see and do in Tel Aviv
These were just four of the newer attractions in Tel Aviv but there is of course plenty more to do in the city. Beaches, museums, shopping, cultural events and historical tours make Tel Aviv one of Israel’s most exciting cities.
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