The central area, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and Herzliya, is full of attractions and things to do with children, as a whole family, as a couple or alone.
The multi-faceted Tel Aviv is recognized as the cultural capital of Israel and contains some of the most famous points of interest in the Holy Land.
The Eretz Israel Museum, Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv seashores and a variety of fascinating places in the White City that will provide you with an adrenaline-filled urban vacation. On this page, we have a selection of the leading, most popular attractions to the special hidden gems for you to explore and be enchanted by the effervescent Tel Aviv.
Things to do during winter in Tel Aviv
Although hard to believe, Israel does have a winter and the temperature in Tel Aviv does become bearable. From approximately December to February, you might find that most Israelis have packed away the shorts and vests and are wearing jackets or longer sleeves but with so many Tel Aviv attractions, the city still sizzles with things to do in the winter.
Ten Must-Do Winter Activities in Tel Aviv:
1. Close to the Dan Tel Aviv, the city’s huge urban Hayarkon Park is far quieter in winter but come, relax and watch the joggers, runners, Tai Chi fanatics, rock wall climbers, and yoga-lovers as the world goes by. For kids, the park comprises six different gardens, including one of the largest rock gardens in the world, with more than 3,500 species of plants, and a tropical garden, home to swans, fish and an array of orchids.
2. There is more wildlife at the wide-open Ramat Gan Safari. Considered to be the biggest and one of the most impressive collections of protected wildlife in the Middle East, today, this 250-acre offers a modern, spacious and open-air zoo and a drive-through African safari area, home to more than 100 species of birds, 80 species of mammals and 25 species of reptiles.
3. While the Mediterranean isn’t known for large waves in the summer, during the winter they get bigger and it’s a perfect time to take a surfing or SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) lesson down at the beach. Put on your wetsuits and take one of the many lessons available to wannabe surfers of all ages.
4. One of Tel Aviv’s other nicknames is the “White City,” honoring the city’s heritage and reputation as a home of Bauhaus architecture. Visit the Bauhaus Center and take self-guided audio tours. Check the hours to see the Covid times update. Learn how the architectural style fit like a glove to the socialist movement that arrived in Israel and how it was skillfully adapted to a very different landscape.
5. Home to one of the oldest museums in Israel, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (“TAMA”) is also one of the country’s most diverse, and a perfect way to spend an afternoon this winter. Located close to the Link Hotel and Hub, TAMA houses a vast permanent collection of classic and contemporary art, and also features diverse temporary exhibitions, currently renowned Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama for her first major exhibition in Israel.
6. Winter sunset in Jaffa is just the tonic you’ve been waiting for. The beach is a popular place to watch the sun go down, but we recommend finding a spot closer to Old Jaffa. The sight of orange sky behind Jaffa’s old Clock Tower is a painting and enjoy the winding alleyways and a Crusader-era square decorated with twinkling Christmas lights.
7. One of the most recognizable Tel Aviv attractions is the iconic open-air Carmel Market. Before heading down the market’s alleys in the Yemenite Quarter, be sure to ask for a ‘sachlav’, a Middle Eastern drink that hits the spot more than any hot chocolate can. Its base is made up of warm milk thickened with ground sahlab orchid bulbs and is the ideal drink to warm up with on a cool winter day.
8. Head down to the hip Florentine hood, in south Tel Aviv, a short walk from the spice-laden Levinsky market and iconic Carmel markets. Admire the street art on a tour of Florentine, hang out at trendy coffee shops here, such as Levinsky 41 and Cafelix, and those civilized venues, such as Nina Cafe in nearby Neve Tzedek, close to the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv.
9. Starting on November 28, the Jewish festival of light or Hanukkah is celebrated each year with eight days of candle-lighting ceremonies. But for most Tel Avivians, even those who aren’t religious, this festival is about one thing only – doughnuts, or ‘sufganiyot’ in Hebrew. Among the many bakeries to choose from, make sure you try one of the many luxurious varieties at bakery chain, Roladin.
10. A must-see is the city’s Sarona Market, part of the new wave of food markets which have popped up around the world. With an abundance of culinary excellence, the indoor market houses around 100 businesses, from local producers of spices, cheeses, meats, and other goods,
Winter may have a different flavor but there are so many things to do during winter in Tel Aviv.
Museums in Tel Aviv: Soak up some culture in the big city!
Tel Aviv, the urban and vibrant city of Israel is also known for its many cultural centers. Indeed, there are quite a few attractions in Tel Aviv that include enrichment, culture and art. You can pop over to the Museum of Plastic Art and be impressed by various exhibitions, go to the house where a local artist lived and worked and which today serves as a museum for his creations, visit one of the museums that tell the history of the Israeli people and the military organizations that operated in Israel over the years, or to the Museum of Nature that glorifies flora and fauna. The Eretz Israel Museum, which includes various exhibitions on a wide range of topics, is also among the list of museums in Tel Aviv that are worthwhile visiting when you have a few hours to spare.
The Tel Aviv Art Museum
When talking about museums in Tel Aviv, the two most prominent are the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Eretz Israel Museum. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has permanent and changing exhibitions: paintings, sculptures, photographs, performance art, drawings, architecture and more. The focus is on contemporary art, with among the permanent collections is a selection of works by leading artists such as Mark Chagall, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Piccaso, Nahum Gutman, Jackson Pollock and more. The Tel Aviv Museum plaza contains environmental sculptures and is an attraction by itself.
The Eretz Israel Museum
Muz”a, or the Eretz Israel Museum, is located in the north of the city, north of the Yarkon River. Like many Tel Aviv museums, it is a museum not just about plastic art - it is a multidisciplinary museum that exhibits Israeli culture from the past and the present. The Eretz Israel Museum is one of the three largest museums in Israel, spread out over an area of approximately 200 dunams. Spread out through the heart of the museum are ancient artifacts, including mosaics, winepresses, flour mills and millstones for olive-oil production, along with a planetarium offering performances that reach for the stars. Among the permanent exhibitions in the museum can be found collections of glass and copper vessels, as well as pavilions showing handicrafts from the past, folklore and coins. The changing exhibitions are very varied: from proud Israeli art to the history of sandals, tattoos and picnics, and even dinosaurs and escape rooms.
Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot
Tel Aviv’s museums don't just revolve around plastic art. Like the Eretz Israel Museum, Beit Hatfutsot, or by its full name the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot revolves around the people and cultures that make up the Israeli mosaic. If the Eretz Israel Museum focuses primarily on the geographical area of Israel, Beit Hatfutsot encompasses the Jewish people from all its various diasporas and cultures: the connection between Jews and other peoples in the different diasporas and the development of Jewish identity. Information is transmitted by various means: music, surnames and family trees, pictures and videos.
Nahum Gutman Museum
In one of the houses in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, the first Jewish neighborhood outside the walls of Jaffa, lived three roommates: Yosef Aharonovich, Deborah Baron and Yosef Haim Brenner – an editor and two writers. At that time, the house was used as the editorial offices of the "Hapoel Hatzair" newspaper. After the marriage of Aharonovich and Baron, the house became known as the authors’ house, being used as a meeting place for many Tel Aviv writers. Years later the house was neglected and a demolition order was almost issued for it, but then it was decided to preserve it. The building that underwent renovation and preservation, was joined by a collection of the works of Tel Aviv artist Nahum Gutman. These were donated by his family and the Nahum Gutman Museum was opened there. Here there are permanent exhibitions of Nahum Gutman's works and changing exhibitions by other artists, who conduct together with the artist's works a complex dialogue between different times and perspectives.
The Gay Traveler’s Guide to Tel Aviv: Sea, Attractions and a Colorful Parade
Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps, is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, and as a result, it often stars on many tourist websites with connection to this. Lines of parties, pubs with an impressive attendance by gays, beaches and a municipal center for the gay community, under the sponsorship of the city administration. During the month around the gay-pride parade, the city gets into high gear: more parties, more tourists and many more activities and attractions that are directed at this community.
Tel Aviv Gay-Pride Parade – a “Must Attraction” for the Whole Community!
As already mentioned, there are not a few attractions in Tel Aviv that are directed at the gay community, but the cherry on the pie is, without a doubt, the Tel Aviv Gay-Pride Parade, which at its peak includes more than 100,000 participants. The parade takes place every year at the beginning of June, and though it is not the only parade in Israel, it is beyond a doubt the largest, most colorful and best known of them all, and not only on a local scale. In addition to the parade itself, the whole city is decked-out in rainbow colors and many business fly the gay flag in solidarity with the community. So what will you find in the Tel Aviv parade? Trailer-trucks with dancers, insane music, drag-queens in their full glory and not a few children. At the starting line of the 2018 Gay-Pride Parade, there was even a playground for the community’s children.
The parade starts from Ben-Zion Boulevard and ends up at the Charles Clore Park: it starts with performances and stands and ends with an enormous party with top artists. The date of the parade is not random, it marks the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, out of which grew the Gay Rights organizations around the world. This date is important, but the sun doesn’t take this into account. June in Tel Aviv is hot – really hot! Among all the tourists, the parties and the parade itself, the sun also makes a contribution and since the parade starts at noon, it is very important to be well supplied with sun-screen, lots of water and a hat is also recommended. Fans and water-pistols are also very welcome.
A variety of unique lines and parties in Gay Tel Aviv
There are many giant parties and bars in Tel Aviv where you can meet new people and find out what is happening in the city. We will note three outstanding examples among them: in 2019 the Inta Lounge bar in Yaffo was opened, DTM (Don’t Tell Mom) which recently opened in the Florentine neighborhood, and Shpagat on Nahalat Binyamin, which except for Wednesdays, is meant mainly for men. If you are looking for an entertaining evening in an oriental Yaffo atmosphere, the Inta Lounge could be the ideal place for you.
In addition, there is no lack of parties for women in Tel Aviv, and there are several outstanding lines: the Kit-Kat in Florentine puts on a lively dance party every Thursday and at Saban Alban next to Nahalat Binyamin, there is a party every Monday. Saban Alban is the largest and most crowded line of parties. The place opens at 20:00 but to really see and be seen, you should arrive starting at 23:00 or even later. If you are more interested in talking and less about dancing, you should visit the Shpagat Bar, where Wednesdays are devoted to women.
There are several places in the city that are identified with the gay community, and perhaps the most central place, where you can receive information concerning coming activities, is the Gay Center in the heart of Gan Meir. Come and get information and enjoy a little quiet from all the hustle and bustle, at the café located there. Take a breath, since the best parties end in the early hours of the morning!
Tel Aviv Beaches – the Leading Attraction among the Gay Community
All the Tel Aviv beaches are a special attraction among many tourists and Israelis alike, but there are beaches that are especially liked by the gay community. The Hilton Beach is considered, justifiably, to be Tel Aviv’s Gay Beach, and it is definitely the best liked among the LGBTQ community in Tel Aviv. This beach has earned an international reputation and was recently ranked first among the best gay beaches in the world (!) by Newsweek. The Hilton Beach is located really close to the center of what is happening in Tel Aviv, and there you can find all the Who’s-Who of the gay community. Weekends during the hot seasons are especially crowded and for those that prefer entertainment that is more relaxed, it is recommend to come there on weekdays.
At the northern end of the Hilton Beach, you can find the “Dogs Beach”, which is meant to supply a solution for those that want to spend free time with their dogs at the seaside. This beach attracts many singles, both straight and gay. The part of the Hilton Beach that is more identified with the gay community is located north of the breakwater.
We recommend to take a taxi from the airport.
Dan Tel Aviv - 26 Km
Dan Panorama Tel Aviv - 24 Km
Link Hotel & Hub - 26 Km
Dan Accadia Herzliya - 37 Km
Buses and public transport are available.