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Yarkon Park (Park HaYarkon) is a nice place to relax near the mouth of Yarkon River. Opened to the public in 1973, the Yarkon Park was originally called Ganei Yehoshua at first, to honor Yehoshua Rabinovich, the mayor of Tel Aviv between 1969-1974.
Located in the center of Tel Aviv, Yarkon Park has expansive lawns where you can play and picnic.
The easy way to rent a bike is by using your credit card. There are a lot of bike rentals stand throughout the park. You can spend time with your friends and families ride along the 5 km (3.5 miles) of paths in the park. The first 30 minutes of bike rental are free, up to an hour you have to pay 6 ILS, up to 90 minutes is 12 ILS, up to 2.5 hours is 32ILS, etc. Rent a small motor boat is also a good idea. A small motor boat, row boat or pedal boat and travel up and down the Yarkon River.
Located on the east side of the Yarkon Park, Tsipari is a bird safari and aviary (bird sanctuary) set in lush gardens with a beautiful mini-lake where swans and ducks swim. Here you can see the show of the birds. You also can hold the birds. This bird has been designed with kids in mind. Entrance fee is 60 ILS and the park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and school holidays.
It's an interesting experience to spend time by exploring the gardens. 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). One of the largest of its kind of the world is Rock Garden. There, you can find a wooden walkway through the Tropical Garden and a small lake with beautiful swans.
The mini-golf in the Yarkon Park is also the best choice. It has one tucked away on the northern bank of the river near Ibn Gvirol Bridge on Rokach Blvd. If you want to play a game of mini-golf, you have to pay 40 ILS.
This is one of five ancient sites in the Yarkon Park. The ancient flour mills are straddled the river at its narrowest point. There were operated by the water of the water flow. It is a heritage site which has been restored. Today, the mill can be visited by the public.
Located at the north-western end of the park on Rokach Blvd, Sportek offers sport facilities for teens and adults; a high climbing wall, trampolines, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball grounds, soccer fields and a skating area with skateboard ramps. This area includes a 13.7 meter (45 foot) high climbing wall run by “Olympus”, which opeerates Sundays to Thursdays 5 pm-10 pm, Fridays and holiday eves 2 pm-8 pm and Saturdays and school holidays 11am-10pm. You can climb shoes, rent balls and rollerblades at the Sportek. Sportek is open from Sunday to Thursday 9 am-10.30 pm, Fridays 2 pm-8pm and Saturdays 10 am-9 pm.
How to Get Tickets?
No need to take out your wallet to enjoy the park because it is free entry. You can pay the extra payment by cash if you rent something or play a game in the attractions.
How To Get Around?
There are many ways to get around Tel Aviv, such as bicycle, bus, car or motorcycle, taxi and train. The quickest and easiest way to get around Tel Aviv, especially Yarkon Park is on bicycle. Tel Aviv is highly accessible by bike. Electric bicycles are massively popular. Tel Aviv city buses are operated by the Dan. Many bus stops show waiting times and updates of all routes. If you want to go by car, it can be very difficult to find street park in downtown Tel Aviv. It is because cars are only allowed to park in spaces with blue-and-white curbs.
What Should I Wear?
You should wear anything comfortable depending on the weather and time of the year.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No need to use any guide, because Yarkon Park is located in the heart of Tel Aviv and you can find it easily.
How To Get There?
It is very easy as it is walkable and it offers a wide range of public transportation to get there. There are a lot of hotels available where you can stay near the Yarkon Park.