Tel Aviv is an energy-filled city with young families with kids often choosing to stay in the city. Although packed with clubs and bars, Tel Aviv also offers many child-friendly places to visit, including some wonderful parks.
The Horshot Park is a relatively new (opened in 2013) ecological park in southern Tel Aviv, and surely one of the prettiest and most child-friendly parks in the city. Most of the larger trees in the park were planted in the 1950s, with new citrus trees being recently planted for the new park. You can find several sitting areas in the park with shade structures, suitable for a picnic. The ecological pond in the park is fenced, but there is a hut with a view to the pond. The well-equipped children’s playground area is in the middle of the park, under a big pergola. You will also find an adult playground with outdoor fitness equipment just next to the children’s playground.
Park HaYarkon was opened to the public in 1973; it is the biggest park in Tel Aviv and, as such, has lots of attractions for everybody. The park has six gardens, plus the Yarkon River runs right through the park all the way to the Mediterranean Sea and the beach area. There are many attractions for the kids like playgrounds, miniature golf, a wall-climbing facility and ball game areas. Kids will also enjoy paddling in the artificial lake or a visit to Zapari, a bird zoo that also has a petting area and a playground for the kids. Your kids will also love the small zoo with deer, ostriches and emus next to the parking area. It’s also free of charge.
Sarona is the newest addition to the Tel Aviv park scene. This urban, centrally located park includes 37 restored houses of the Templar settlement, two beautiful ecological ponds, new shops, cafés, and a brand new exciting food market. It is a true green oasis in the city, with beautiful leafy areas, wide tree-lined paths, sitting areas and two nice playgrounds for children — one for bigger kids and one for toddlers. This is a place where you can easily spend a whole day with your family; and when you get hungry, there are plenty of eateries from which to choose.
Kiryat Sefer Park is a charming area that was built a few years ago on what used to be the garage area for the Tel Aviv Police. Kiryat Sefer Park owes its existence to the neighborhood activists who also collaborated with the landscape architects to turn the garage area into a beautiful ecological park and green oasis in the center of Tel Aviv. The park has two well-equipped children’s playground areas, and the ecological pond consists of three pools with water plants and wildlife. Your kids will also love following the stream of water running every afternoon at 5 pm from a fountain in the upper area of the park all the way to the ecological pond.
You cannot miss Gan Meir if you are in Tel Aviv. It is located right in the heart of the city. This green oasis was opened in 1944 and is a perfect getaway from the nearby hum of the city. Gan Meir Park, located between King George and Tchernichovsky Street, has something for everybody. A well-equipped children’s playground, green lawns perfect for a picnic, a big dog park, a lily pond, outdoor gym for adults and ping pong tables can all be found at this park. The wide tree-lined path that goes through the park offers great shade all year-round. Should you get hungry, head over to Landwer Cafe, located in one of the corners of the park.