Tel Aviv Attractions
There are many Tel Aviv Attractions for your visit to Israel. Tel Aviv is only 100 years old, founded in 1909, and is today an enormous metropolis together with neighboring cities forming Israel’s largest concentration of population.
The Tel Aviv I saw for the first time in 1959 was already a big city with many suburbs and lots of traffic, but nothing compares to what you find today on your visit to Tel Aviv Israel.
If you are going to do your own sightseeing, this information will help you decide which sites to visit.
The Diaspora Museum or Beit Hatfutzot
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Tel Aviv Attractions - Tel Aviv Museums
• Tel Aviv Museum of Art
This is Israel’s largest museum, emphasizing jewish and European Art from the 16th to the 19th Centuries.
It includes art by Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso. Located at 27 Sha'ul Ha-Melech Boulevard. 03-696-1297
• Diaspora Museum called in Hebrew Beit Hatefutzot
It is located in Ramat Aviv, north of the city within the campus of the University of Tel Aviv.
This must visit museum is the leader of Tel Aviv Attractions. It tells the story of the Jewish People since the expulsion from the Land of Israel 2,500 years ago. The story is told by themes rather than by time on subjects as family, faith, community and culture. 03-646-2020
• Eretz Israel Museum
Located on 2 Haim Levanon Street in Ramat Aviv it is a huge campus housing exhibits of ancient tools, ceramics, coins, glass and more in the field of archaeology like Judaica, ethnography.
In the center of the museum there is an ancient Tel (mound) where excavations have continued for many years now. 03-641-5244
• Hagana Museum
Located on 23 Rothschild Boulevard, this four story museum records the history of Israeli Military up to the War of Independence.
The Hagana is the predecessor of the Israel Defense Forces or Tzahal, short for Tzva Hagana LeIsrael. 03-560-8624
The Azrieli Towers a magnificent piece of architecture adorning Tel Aviv
More Tel Aviv Attractions
• Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum
It is located in Ramat Gan within the Diamond Exchange, the tallest building in Israel and neighboring countries. It was built for the 23rd World Diamond Congress in 1986.
It features permanent exhibits portraying the history of Diamonds. Guided Tours are available.
• Ilana Goor Museum
The Ilana Goor Museum is located on 4 Mazal Dagim Street in Old Jaffa. The building dates to 1740 and features the original arches and stoneworks.
It exhibits works by the artist besides her personal collection. It is recommended to call before going. 03-683-7676
• Tel Aviv Attractions - Ben Gurion House
Located on 17 Ben Gurion Boulevard this two story home has been left intact as when the leader and his beloved wife Paula lived.
Ben Gurion left the house and contents to the State of Israel, including a library of about 20,000 books. Admission is free and you may watch a 20 minute film. 03-522-4925.
• Beit Bialik
Located on 22 Bialik Street, the House of the Hebrew poet Chaim Nachman Bialik remains as it was when he lived there and died in 1934. The museums features his 94
books and translations into 28 languages. 03-525-4530
• Beit Rubin
It is located on 14 Bialik Street. The Israeli painter Reuven Rubin donated his former home to the city of Tel Aviv and it is now a museum with 45 of Rubin’s’ paintings.
It is a permanent exhibit and paintings by other Israeli artists are added temporarily. There is an art library upstairs. 03-525-5961
Independence hall in Tel Aviv one of the main Tel Aviv Attractions
Tel Aviv Attractions
Tel Aviv Art
This cultural center is among the most important of Tel Aviv Attractions. It contains the Habimah Theatre, the Mann Auditorium and the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion. Habimah Theatre is the home of Israel's National Theatre Company with most performances in Hebrew and simultaneous translations in other languages.
• Mann Auditorium is home of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, established in 1937 and where Yitzhak Perlman started his career.
• Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center
This is the home of the Israel Opera also hosts performances by the Israel Ballet as well as concerts by the Zion Symphony Orchestra. It is located at 28 Leonardo da Vinci Street. 03-692-7788
• The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion exhibits contemporary art by Israeli and International artists and houses the Helena Rubinstein Collection of Miniature Rooms.
Going to Shuk Hacarmel to buy fruits and vegetables is one of Tel Aviv Attractions
Markets or Shuks in Tel Aviv
• Shuk Betzalel is known by all Israelis as the place of the best Falafel. Many picturesque stalls compete each other to attract your attention and eat at their place “The best Falafel”
• Carmel Market called in Hebrew Shuk HaCarmel, is by itself an experience. You may buy here from a tomato or cucumber to inexpensive clothing or fake designers glasses.
• Nahalat Binyamin is a Pedestrian Mall near the Shuk. It features all kind of art work presented by the artists on Tuesdays and Fridays around noon time. On the rest of the week it is a busy pedestrian mall with outdoors cafes and stores.
• Shenkin Street is a trendy Street that attracts younger crowd, street performers and café environment,
• Migdal Shalom
This Shalom Tower was for many years Israel’s only skyscraper. My God, you should see Tel Aviv now with its Manhattan like skyline. It features government offices and shops on the ground floor.
Tel Aviv Neighborhoods and Tel Aviv Attractions
• Neve Tzedek
Neve Tzedek is an old and refurbished neighborhood of houses and narrow streets built even before Tel Aviv was inaugurated.
In the year 1887 Aharon Shlush founded this neighborhood 22 years before Tel Aviv birth. He did this to encourage the Jews to leave the crowded living quarters of Jaffa. Later it was connected to Achuzat Byit and formed the new city of Tel Aviv in 1909.
Shmuel Agnon the Nobel laureate of Literature lived and wrote here encouraged by his neighbor also writer Haim Brenner.
Today it is a Yuppie trendy neighborhood and its main feature is the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater with its lovely gardens and plaza.
You can still visit Shlush house, which now houses art exhibits, and see the small synagogue that Shlush built to encourage Jews to leave Jaffa.
The Rokach House Museum is located in Neve Tzedek. This is one of the first 10 houses build around 1887. It was rebuilt and opened by artist Lea Majaro Mintz which is Shimon Rockach’s granddaughter. 03-516 -2531
• Tachana Complex
What used to be Tel Aviv-Yafo’s railway station has been renovated and is now a pedestrian attraction with shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries and family activities. There is even an organic market on site.
No matter how you call this ancient city of Jaffa, Yafo, Yaffo or Joppe it is an interesting place to visit. Please visit our page dedicated to Jaffa Israel.
Park Hayarkon is "our" Central Park part of Tel Aviv Attractions
Tel Aviv attractions for passive recreation
• Gan Meir
Golda Meir’s Park is an oasis of green, located near Dizengoff Center. On summer evenings musicians perform for the delight of the general public.
• Safari Park
This animal park is located in nearby Ramat gan and features hundreds of animals that roam freely within the 250 acres wildlife sanctuary. Touring is in closed vehicles, just in case. 03-631-2181
• Rabin Square
On Ibn Gvirol Avenue is Rabin Square. The place was previously called Kikar Malchei Israel or Kings of Israel Square. After Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination by a fanatic assassin, the square was renamed and a memorial was inaugurated.
Created by Yael Ben Artzi it is made from 16 basalt stones brought from the Golan Heights symbolizing his connection to his country and the earthquake that his murder created. The memorial is surrounded by a chain meaning the effort of our people to stay bonded.
• Port of Tel Aviv
This area that was abandoned for year after the Port of tel Aviv lost its importance due to the great port of Ashdod. People with vision started opening restaurants and pubs, besides stores and warehouses.
Today is one of the great successes of the last years in Israel. In my opinion the number one of today's Tel Aviv Attractions.
You cannot find parking on a Friday night or Saturday. Restaurants are flourishing and the traffic of people just unbelievable.
• Park Hayarkon
• Located on North Tel Aviv it offers large spaces of passive entertainment like the big parks of the big cities in the world. One of the park's main attractions is Tel Afek and its Ottoman-period fortress, Binary Bashi, overlooking the springs of the Yarkon River.
The park has six gardens: Gan HaBanim (Fallen Soldiers Memorial Garden), Gan Nifga'ei HaTeror (Terror Victims Memorial Garden), Gan HaSlaim (Rock Garden), Gan HaKaktusim (Cactus Garden), Gan HaGazum (Trimmed Garden), and Gan HaTropi (Tropical Garden).
The Rock Garden, one of the largest of its kind in the world, reflects Israel's geological diversity. In its 10-acre enclosure the rocks are interspersed with some 3,500 species of plants, including over six acres of cacti.
The five-acre Tropical Garden has a wooden walkway shaded by palm trees leading to a small lake. The rainforest-like microclimate is supports a large variety of orchids and vines.
• Kikar Hamedina
Kikar Hamedina is the Hebrew name for the State’s Square. It is located in North Tel Aviv and it is the place to go when you are looking for luxurious designer shops, exclusive boutiques and high end jewelry stores.
Here you’ll find all the world famous designers like Versace, Gucci, Chanel and more.This is definitely the high end shopping area of Tel Aviv.
• Azrieli Observatory
This is a complex of three buildings seen from all over the metropolitan area. One is round, one square and one triangular.
On the 49th floor of the round one is the Azrieli Observatory where telescopes provide a 360* view of the city through 84 windows with headsets guiding you in many languages through Tel Aviv landmarks. Entrance is through the third floor of the Azrieli Mall.
For those seeking some sports action, here I mention the few venues where you’ll find them. Consult the local media or your hotel front desk, to find out what is going on during your visit.
• For basketball fans
Yad Eliahu Stadium 03- 537-6376
• For Football (Soccer) fans
Bloomfield Stadium 03-682-1276Israel Football Stadium 03-579-9966
I hope I gave you as many Tel Aviv Attractions as you wish to see. Tel Aviv is a non-stop city, enjoy every minute of it.