Tel Aviv has labored untiringly in recent years to develop its
parks and green areas. For a different view of the city, the rowing
center and adjacent riverside café at Hayarkon Park in north
Tel Aviv, or the 10-acre Rock Garden and Tropical Garden are
inviting. The former, showcasing Israel’s geological diversity, is
one of the largest of its kind in the world and also features over
six acres of cacti and about 3500 species of plants. The fiveacre
Tropical Garden is home to a rain forest-like micro-climate,
complemented by a small lake featuring fish and swans, along
with beautiful orchids and vines.
Maimadion, one of Israel’s largest water parks, is also located
within the park, as is the Zappari Bird Park & Sanctuary and a
Jaffa’s verdant 50-acre Slope Park, stretching from Jaffa Port
to the Aliya Hill neighborhood and fronting the Mediterranean
Sea, was inaugurated a few years ago and is the latest major
addition to the city’s “green lungs.” The park promenade serves
as a fishermen’s wharf, a path for walkers and bikers and a lovely
setting for pedestrians wanting just to relax on the benches and
take in the view.
Flat in most places, Tel Aviv is a joy for bicycle riding enthusiasts,
with both regular and electrical bikes available for rent and tours
developed to take best advantage of this perch for sightseeing.