A bike tour of this cosmopolitan but kid-friendly city
Tel Aviv is Israel’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan city, with a wide spectrum of sites and activities for your family to choose from. The most natural activity is, of course, the sun and sea.
The fact that Tel Aviv is also a relatively compact city, makes it easy to plan a day at the beach or a pool that includes such activities as bicycle touring, visits to museums, theater for children, shopping and many other city-sponsored events. One of the great things about Tel Aviv is that it’s flat, making it ideal for relaxing strolls or riding along the many paved paths and trails.
This tour can be easily modified to accommodate weather conditions and the preferences of your family. For instance, in the summer when it stays light later there is ample opportunity to spend the late afternoon exploring one of Tel Aviv’s true treasures – the Yarkon Park (Ganei Yehoshua – named in honor of Yehoshua Rabinovich, Mayor of Tel-Aviv city between the years 1969-1974). The park which encompasses more than 3,000 acres, has a wide variety of activities for every age group–bike paths, miniature golf, the “Sportec” wall-climbing center, rollerblading, basketball, soccer fields, shady grass areas for picnics, paddle boating and much more.
We’ll pick up our bikes on Nordau street, ride along the bike path on the western side of Ibn Gavirol street and then follow a path along the southern bank of the Yarkon River. We’ll continue a leisurely ride along the path, stopping along the way to enjoy the sites and scenery, cross a wooden bridge to the northern bank and make our way to the Yarkon lake. We’ll then return along the northern bank, stop at the Sportec activity center and cross the bridge at Ibn Gavirol street. Finally we’ll end our tour at the north Tel Aviv port tourism center and beach.
Tips: Make sure to take hats, water (there are taps to refill with fresh cold water along the route) and snacks, although there are areas where food can be purchased.
The route indicated in this tour can be either shortened or lengthened as per the desires of your family.