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Discover the best things to do in Israel, including attractions, museums, festivals, sights and free activities

The top kid-friendly museums in Israel
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The top kid-friendly museums in Israel

For the average child, visiting museums in Israel can be a yawn-fest. But it needn’t be about schlepping them through Jewish art galleries brimming with Old Masters’ paintings in the hope that your toddler doesn’t throw a tantrum in front of a Titian. We’ve a rounded up the top kid-friendly museums in Israel to give your tots a touch of Israeli culture. From vintage car exhibitions and sculpture gardens to a miniature replica of Israel's top attractions and the world's only outdoor science museum, it'll be hard to get your children to leave these special gems.

April's hottest hand-picked events
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April's hottest hand-picked events

It's April. The sun is shining, the heat is still bearable, and the ocean is not quite bathtub temperature yet. While it's time to start taking advantage of the beaches in Israel on the hotter days, the mild weather gives the perfect reason to check out a new classical concert, explore a new Jewish art gallery or splurge at a pop-up food market. But, we can't forget the most important parts of April: Passover! From special events at kid-friendly museums in Israel to seders calling for desserts from the best kosher for Passover bakeries in Tel Aviv, it's time to break out the matzo and spend some good old quality time with the family. Embrace the April activities with this month's top things to do in Israel.

What lies beneath: Israel's secret caves and hidden springs
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What lies beneath: Israel's secret caves and hidden springs

Israel's famous (and infamous) historic sites, national parks with scenic views and well-known trails are a given. But if you scratch the surface a little, there is a whole host of hidden treasures lurking beyond what can be seen at first glance. Nestled within many of Israel’s mountain ranges are some incredible secret caves begging to be explored, and hidden throughout the country are hundreds of intimate springs and pools just waiting to be jumped into.  Sorek Cave Hidden within the western slopes of the Judean Hills is a magical fairy-tale world of stalactites and stalagmites in a multitude of shapes and sizes. The cave, which is also known as Avshalom Cave, was discovered accidentally in 1968 and was kept secret for years, for fear of causing damage to its incredible natural beauty. Luckily, now its fascinating formations, made from years of dripping water (some of which date back 300,000 years) are on display to the public.  From Jerusalem, follow signposts from Bar-Giora Junction for about 5 km. From Tel Aviv, turn south from the Shimshon Jct, then east to the sign posted road for 5 km.  Bell Caves   Not exactly hidden, but still well worth a visit, Beit Guvrin, the 1,250-acre national park,  was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site three years ago - and for good reason. This significant archaeological site houses more than 800 bell-shaped caves in the park and 2,000 in the entire area - some of which are linked by underground tunnels. There is even one that is 1

When nature calls: the best gardens & parks in Israel
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When nature calls: the best gardens & parks in Israel

Spring has sprung, the rain has gone (hopefully for good), and it’s time to soak up some rays. While the beaches in Tel Aviv are a decent option, not everyone is a fan of the sand. Alternatively, from up north and the Golan Heights to down south in the Negev and just outside Eilat, Israel boasts some of the most beautiful green spaces. Whether you’re looking for a green escape in the White City (Park HaYarkon is a must) or determined to venture further into the peacefulness of nature, you’re sure to find the perfect park or garden on our list. Put down that cellphone, breathe in the fresh air and embrace the (Holy) land.  

The ultimate Jaffa area guide
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The ultimate Jaffa area guide

With so much hustle and bustle going on in its White City neighbor, sometimes people forget the beautiful gem of Israeli culture that exists on the southern port. From attractions that backtrack through years of ancient Israeli history to the most hopping bars and clubs for dancing in Jaffa, Tel Aviv’s older sister knows where it’s at. The sheer range of attractions in Old Jaffa is startling, from mosques and churches to ancient clock towers, wishing bridges, sculptures, yoga classes, museums, Israeli art galleries, trendy restaurants and the list of things to do in this new-old city is never ending. Throw in an impressive spread of authentic Jaffa street food establishments and a precious flea market and you’ve got enough things to do in Israel for a lifetime. 

Arts & culture across the country

Israeli culture: ten performing arts centres worth a ticket
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Israeli culture: ten performing arts centres worth a ticket

While London and New York gave birth to broadway musicals, the Jerusalem and Cameri theatres are up-and-coming. While Italian opera and symphony scene is ‘magnifico’, the Israel Philharmonic is absolutely breathtaking. And nothing compares to the batsheva dance company. All this to say, that although Israel has been associated with ancient history for many years, the Israeli culture scene is a contemporary breath of fresh air, growing by the second. These top ten performing arts centres are perfect compliments to the impressive galleries and museums scattered across the country. Find the hottest upcoming events here. We urge you to try and check all ten off your bucket list.

Five alternative performing arts centres in Tel Aviv that contribute to Israeli culture
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Five alternative performing arts centres in Tel Aviv that contribute to Israeli culture

When asked where to find theatre in the nonstop city, Tel Avivians and tourists alike will often answer ‘Suzanne Dellal Centre’ or ‘Habima’ without thinking twice. While it is true that these performing arts centres are grand and boast internationally acclaimed names to match, they mask the beauty that comes from Tel Aviv’s more alternative performance spaces. There’s no denying that a Thursday night out in the city that never sleeps is a must, but sometimes a romantic dinner for two around Sarona and an indie theatre performance at Tzavta provides for a nice change of pace – and much less of a friday morning post-drunk munch hangover. Check out what’s on this month for updates on what to see where. Also, don’t forget to hop over to Jaffa for more alternative performances.  

The best museums in Israel
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The best museums in Israel

While it's a challenge to round up the top museums in Israel, we accept the task. Ranging from reigning establishments like the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, to more experimental museums like the Design Museum Holon, which features top Israeli fashion, these institutions are among the top Israel attractions. They offer inspiring encounters with art, history, science and culture. Feeling artsy? Let us also point you to some of the best Israeli art galleries for some additional inspiration.

The top kid-friendly museums in Israel
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The top kid-friendly museums in Israel

For the average child, visiting museums in Israel can be a yawn-fest. But it needn’t be about schlepping them through Jewish art galleries brimming with Old Masters’ paintings in the hope that your toddler doesn’t throw a tantrum in front of a Titian. We’ve a rounded up the top kid-friendly museums in Israel to give your tots a touch of Israeli culture. From vintage car exhibitions and sculpture gardens to a miniature replica of Israel's top attractions and the world's only outdoor science museum, it'll be hard to get your children to leave these special gems.

Sights and attractions

Must-see churches in Israel
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Must-see churches in Israel

Israel is home to an array of monumental churches scattered around the country. Here are ten highlights from this important Holy Land attraction, including landmark Jerusalem churches, like the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of the Nativity, St. Gabriel’s Church and the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth and others in the north especially worth a visit. Most of these churches in Israel are filled to the brim with visitors during peak holiday months for Christmas and Easter, but their architectural beauty and prolific ancient history make them worthwhile places to visit at any time of the year. 

The Galilee and Golan Heights' top restaurants and vineyards
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The Galilee and Golan Heights' top restaurants and vineyards

In recent years, Israel has become known for its thriving wine economy, which is most evident in the Golan Heights and Galilee regions where farms and both large scale and boutique vineyards have set up shop. Wine, of course, is nothing without accompanying nibbles, so it's only fitting to find culinary treasures in the area as well – all of which make use of locally grown farm fresh produce. The gems can be difficult to pinpoint as an outsider, however, so we’ve prepared a list of not-to-be-missed restaurants and vineyards in the area.

The top things to do in Jerusalem
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The top things to do in Jerusalem

From the Wailing Wall to Yad Vashem and everything in between, squeezing thousands of years of history into a few days isn’t an easy task, but we were up for the challenge. And, not to toot our own horn, but our list of top things to do in Jerusalem also includes modern destinations and foodie meccas, all of which you can feasibly see on the same trip. Remember – while Jerusalem might be ancient, it’s red hot as far as the Jerusalem hotels , tech scene and of course the oh-so-good Jerusalem restauarnts. Here’s a look at all the museums, religious sights and fun things to so in Jerusalem for the entire family you should add to your Jerusalem to-do list.

The Dead Sea’s top attractions
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The Dead Sea’s top attractions

Many foreigners know this world attraction by its luxury 'Dead Sea' beauty products and salt scrubs. Bordering Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, the Dead Sea is famous for its incredibly high salt content, allowing visitors to literally float in–or rather on–its waters. Cake yourself in mud, and wade into the lowest point on Earth for a bizarre experience like no other. After a salty selfie, wash off because the Dead Sea isn’t the only top attraction in Israel. With Ein Gedi’s popular oasis and nature reserve to its west, and Masada and the Qumran caves just a short trip away, the surrounding desert offers many historical sites to rival Jerusalem’s history heavy attractions. We’ve compiled the best attractions to visit while at the Dead Sea.

The top things to do in Israel
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The top things to do in Israel

Israel may be a tiny country, but the amount of sites it offers can make planning a trip an overwhelming endeavor. Don’t fret! We’ve combed through the country from east to west and north to south to bring you the definitive guide of not-to-be-missed attractions. From sandy beaches and archaeological sites, to bridal boutiques and food markets, you'll never run out of things to do in Israel.

Family-friendly things to do in Israel

Negev Camel Ranch
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Negev Camel Ranch

The Negev camel ranch is equipped with various tours, ranging from a one-hour voyage to a four-hour adventure, ending with an exquisite sunset. All you need to pack is your imagination. They also provide discounts for children between the ages of 3-8.

Surf Point
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Surf Point

Wind, sand, surf: water sport lovers have a chance to enjoy all three at Tel Aviv’s Dolphinarium Beach, Surf Point - the largest water sport center in Israel. The complex offers lessons in windsurfing, kayaking, and, for the truly adventurous, kitesurfing.

Family-friendly things to do in Jerusalem
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Family-friendly things to do in Jerusalem

While you may want to tackle all the famous historical landmarks that cover generations of your family’s heritage, there is only so much dry history your children can take and only so many rugelach you can buy them at the Mahane Yehuda market to keep them from complaining. We’ve taken the entire family into mind and come up with a list of fun things to do in Jerusalem with your children and your children’s children. While Tel Aviv’s got the kid-friendly Park HaYarkon, Jerusalem’s got plenty to do with a biblical zoo, interactive museums, and even a scavenger hunt to trick the kids into learning with a hands-on history tour around town.

Bora Bora Beach
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Bora Bora Beach

Don’t be turned off by the entrance fee, this beautifully maintained beach is worth every shekel. Bora Bora’s proprietors have invested heavily to create a perfect entertainment experience. Two levels of shaded seating, on the water or the terrace, with genuine and synthetic grass at your feet, comfortable sofas, a loop of Santana and Dire Straits, two bars and food that’s fresh, pampering and surprising. The beach provides clean showers and restrooms all day long and is open from early morning until the wee hours so that it’s suitable for families and couples, social events (including water sports and more) and happenings for the partying set.

Park Hayarkon Boat Rentals
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Park Hayarkon Boat Rentals

Get your legs moving or start your engines and enjoy this special spot on the river in Park Hayarkon. With two offerings, visitors can choose the more active route and paddle their pedal boat manually, or go the motor boat route, allowing for a more casual way to explore the river. Park Hayarkon Paddle / Motor Boat Rentals is perfect for all ages, so don’t be shy. It’s worth a detour from the salty ocean to explore the sweet water. So grab your lifejackets, get ready to get your tan on, and spend a calming morning paddling downstream.  

Holon Children's Museum
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Holon Children's Museum

Purpose-built for kids, this museum offers a range of activities for kids aged 2-12. Unlike conventional museums, children are encouraged to touch all of the displays, and even play a role in the exhibits. Not-to-be-missed are the famous 'Dialogue in the Dark' and 'Invitation to Silence' exhibits, two experiences that provide emotional and telling insight into the worlds of blind and deaf people.