Hilton Tel Aviv and 7 Fun Things To Do Around Town
We flew in from Istanbul, and the immigration officer asked me the usual questions. What flight did you come on? Where are you coming from? What is your profession? I’ve been to countries for work where if I told the immigration officer my profession, they would have put me on the next flight home. I said, Pastor. He responded, “So you have come to see the Boss?” I laughed and said, “Yes!” He stamped our passports, and we were on our way.
Hilton Tel Aviv
This was our family’s first time to Tel Aviv, and it won’t be our last. We had a great time. It began with our fantastic stay at Hilton Tel Aviv. The hotel sits right on the beach and provides easy access to both Tel Aviv and the north west cities of Israel.
We stayed on the Vista Club level with access to the newly remodeled Vista Club Lounge. With views of the Mediterranean and Tel Aviv, guests enjoy a full complimentary breakfast as well as dinner. The spread was one of the best I’ve had at any Hilton around the world. We also celebrated my wife’s birthday with dinner downstairs at the elegant yet unassuming Chloelys where renowned chef Victor Gloger serves contemporary Kosher French cuisine. It was a memorable and delicious stay for the whole family.
We spent 10 days in Israel and split them between Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem and Hilton Tel Aviv. While Jerusalem has more historical sites, Tel Aviv is where the party happens. During summer, people fill the streets and beaches in this modern city. Here are seven fun things to do for families around the city of Tel Aviv.
7 Best Things to do in Tel Aviv with Kids
1. Rent a Bike
There are plenty of places along the beach to rent bikes, and the bike trail goes on for miles up and down the coast. We were told we could have ridden a few miles south into Jaffa which is now a part of the larger Tel Aviv area. We rode our bikes north of the Hilton and enjoyed the white sandy beaches and shops along the way.
2. The Beach
We happened to be in Tel Aviv in January, and it was over 70° F. Not warm enough to sunbathe but plenty warm to still enjoy the beach. The west side offers eight miles of sandy beaches. It’s full of people during the summer months when vacationers and families come out to enjoy the sand and surf.
3. Old City Jaffa Walking Tour
Take a free tour of one of the oldest cities in the world with Sandeman’s Tours. Yes, it’s free. Our tour guide Ori was a licensed tour guide and did a great job. This company offers other paid tours, and this two-hour free tour is one of the ways they promote their other tours. We did the free tour of Jerusalem’s Old City and the paid tour of the Mount of Olives area. Their guides are from all over the world and now live in the area. As their guides say, tip in proportion to how well they did. I highly recommend them.
4. Sarona Market
This popular spot is Israel’s largest indoor culinary market. Sarona Market offers food and products from all over the world as well as from the different regions of Israel. It’s open seven days week. We visited for about two hours and enjoyed sampling dried fruit and nuts, candies, ice cream crepes, and even Ramen. Enjoy!
5. Carmel Market (the Shuk)
For a more local experience of regional produce and foods, the Carmel Market offers fruits, vegetables, and ready to eat foods. Parking is not easily found so I would recommend taking a taxi or walking to this location.
6. Mini Israel Park
This is a great place to visit for everyone. See the entire country of Israel at Mini Israel Park where scaled-down replicas (1:25) of Israel’s religious, architectural, archaeological and social sites. There are currently 385 models. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with these places because there are audio guides for you to use. The park is a 20-minute drive from Tel Aviv.
7. Yarkon Park
For a break from the beach and the city, head over to Yarkon Park. It’s about a 10-minute drive from Hilton Tel Aviv. The Central Park of Tel Aviv has walking and bike paths, play areas, botanical gardens, and two mini zoos. All of these are free. There are paid options such as an aviary, climbing wall, paddle boats for rent, and children’s train ride.
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Eugene lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife have taken their two children to over 10 countries for work and vacation. Eugene is…