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A day at Hayarkon Park

Spend your Shabbat or day off at Tel Aviv’s version of New York’s Central Park with these family-fun activities

By Jennifer Greenberg
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The summer days of sand come and go, but the park is here to stay. Although beach season attracts tourists and locals to the Mediterranean coastline like bees to honey, the colder weather tends to scare them off. Hayarkon park, however, is magnificent in its own colorful way year round. Wake up early, hit up Sarona market to pack a picnic of delectable speciality snacks and perhaps a bottle of Israeli wine, then head over to Tel Aviv’s Central Park. From zoos and bird safaris to waterslides, paddle boats and every activity in between, Hayarkon Park is a family’s dream!

Hayarkon Park: activities and attractions

Sportek (Park Hayarkon)
Sportek (Park Hayarkon)
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11. Sportek (Park Hayarkon)

Attractions Parks and gardens Park  HaYarkon

This area of Park Hayarkon is dedicated to getting active. With multiple basketball courts and football fields to a state-of-the-art rock wall overlooking the Yarkon River, you are guaranteed to find a wide range of activities. Commonly regarded as some of the best sports facilities in Israel, grab some friends and a ball and head to the court for some pickup. Or, head over solo and jump in on a game of pickup with the locals. The highlight of the Sportek facilities is no doubt the huge rock climbing wall. With experienced and professional instructors and multiple routes to reach the top, this wall is suitable for all levels while providing a thrilling climbing experience. Try to reach the top for views of the park from a different perspective.  

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