Park HaYarkon, Tel Aviv
Park HaYarkon is the biggest and most visited park in Tel Aviv, famous for its range of beautiful plants and flowers. Though it is located just south of Tel Aviv University, the Yarkon River runs directly through it. You can use the rental facilities, such as two wheelers or four wheelers, for exploring the parks or rent a paddle boat if you feel like experiencing the park from the lake. Park HaYarkon is fantastic for walking, practicing yoga, jogging, cycling, and boating with friends and family.
Tel Aviv University (TAU) Botanical Garden
If you love plants and want to discover the secrets of botany then Tel Aviv University’s Botanical Garden is the park for you. Not only an important center for botanical and environmental education, you can also easily escape the city and relax amongst approximately 3800 plant species from Israel and around the world. The Noah Nafulski Garden extends to over half of TAU botanical garden and boasts a plethora of plant species. A must-see is the Sarah Racine Root Laboratory, the largest aeroponic root lab in the world and the only place you can see the deepest tree roots. The garden is open from Sunday to Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm and free of charge.
Tel Aviv Zoological Garden
TAU Zoological Garden, is ideal for those to visit for those who are curious about the animal kingdom. It is located just adjacent to TAU Botanical Garden close to Tel Aviv University main campus. You can see and learn about the conservation of wild animals and birds, with almost 40 species of mammals, 100 species of birds and 80 species of reptiles. It’s best to organize your visit prior to arrival.
Charles Clore Park
The Charles Clore Garden is the perfect spot to relax and watch the sunset and to feel the cool refreshing breeze from the sea. Charles Clore is a beautiful public park alongside the Mediterranean Sea and located along the famous Herbert Samuel Street, just north of the old Jaffa Port, with views to match.
Gan Meir, a mini oasis located between King George Street and Tchernichovsky Street, is famous for its lush trees and aquatic weed ponds. Visit Gan Meir on hot summer days to get some cool relief and relaxation. There is a small basketball court and football pitch you can get set up on the grassy area. You can also work out at the mini outdoor gym. In addition, there is a playground area for children and most importantly, a dog park! If you’re hungry or thirsty, Landver Café sits in the middle of the park; a convenient place for coffee or a bite to eat.
Dubnov Park is located right in the center of Tel Aviv, on Dubnov Street next to the Cameri Theater. This is one of the best public parks to get away from city life and relax with your family and friends. Perfect for dogs and children, Dubnov park also has great children’s climbing facilities and swing sets. The park also often has groups of people working out and using TRX.
Kiryat Sefer Park
Kiryat Sefer Park is another great park located in Tel Aviv, on Yehuda Halevi Street. This park is a symbol of the people’s love of nature and the environment, since they fought against the municipality’s former plans to construct high rise buildings in the same location. Similar to the other parks in Tel Aviv, it’s a perfect place to visit with your friends and family to relax away from the city. There is also a mini outdoor gym for workouts and you can enjoy the coffee shops nearby.
Gan HaAtsmaut, also known as Independence Garden, is located south of the Tel Aviv Port parallel to the beach and the Hilton Hotel. This is a perfect spot to visit in the evening to watch the sunset and the glistening seaside. The trees and plants make this park eco-friendly, but also a great spot with playgrounds, observation points and ponds. Don’t forget to bring along a snack or picnic for maximum enjoyment.