Free Activities for Families in Tel Aviv
Not everything in Tel Aviv costs money. If you are planning a trip to Israel with your family, you will want to include some free activities that can fill up a few hours in between other attractions. As a family-oriented city, Tel Aviv has lots of fun family activities to offer. Here are ten of them that we think are especially noteworthy.
- The Beach – Many of Tel Aviv’s beaches are free, although some charge for parking. Try Metzizim Beach, Gordon Beach or Hilton Beach. These beaches are generally clean and family-friendly, with options to rent umbrellas and lounge chairs.
- Hayarkon Park – Tel Aviv’s primary green space is expansive and grassy, with picnic areas, bike rentals, a man-made lake and playground equipment. Take a ball or a Frisbee and a picnic lunch, and you can spend a whole afternoon here.
- Tel Aviv Port – The port is a newly reconstructed boardwalk with shops, cafes and restaurants. The wooden floors have built-in contours for bike riding, skateboarding or just running around. During holidays and summer, there are often shows and activities on the water or on the shore.
- Ben-Gurion House – Sneak a bit of history in with a visit to one of the residences of the first Prime Minister of Israel. Free tours lead you around the house and fill you in on the life of David Ben-Gurion and the history of the establishment of the State of Israel.
- Tel Aviv Greeters – These free walking tours take you to the heart of Tel Aviv’s neighborhoods with a local volunteer. Reserve a few weeks in advance, and a resident will share his or her love of the city with you.
- Nahalat Binyamin – On Tuesdays and Fridays, there is an arts and crafts fair on the Nahalat Binyamin St. pedestrian mall. More than 200 artists have stalls at the fair, and there are street performers, clowns and musicians entertaining the crowds.
- Jaffa Flea Market – The Jaffa Flea Market offers a dizzying array of products for sale, from furniture and artwork to junk salvaged from people’s attics. You don’t have to buy anything to enjoy the eclectic wares and the surprises around each corner.
- Tel Aviv-Jaffa Promenade – The best way to get an overall feel for the city is to walk along the coastal promenade and observe the locals and tourists who are out and about. Go a little before sunset to enjoy especially beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. When you get tired, stop at one of the sea-facing restaurants for a refreshing dinner.
- Tel Aviv University Tour – Mondays at 11:00 AM (except on holidays) you can visit the city’s university to learn about its history, architecture, environmental sculpture and landscape design.
- Wandering Old Jaffa – Perched above the oldest port in the world, Old Jaffa is a maze of alleyways and arched doors leading into artists’ galleries, museums and designer boutiques housed in old Ottoman-style villas. Take a stroll through the quaint neighborhood and get a glimpse of its contemporary bohemian lifestyle.
The vibrant urban sprawl of Tel Aviv-Jaffa probably has more activities to offer families than any other Israeli locale. This is the country's main population center, after all. And with so much that's free, you don't have to break the bank to enjoy yourselves.