What to do in Tel Aviv

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Jaffa Port showing a river or creek, a sunset and a city

Tel Aviv Attractions

If you're planning a trip to Israel and not sure which places you want to visit, Tel Aviv is a good place to mark on your traveling map. The city of Tel Aviv is located on the northwest coast of Israel and is known as "The White City" due to the style of architecture and the color of most of its buildings. Other names it has been given are “The City That Never Sleeps,” because of its constant buzz of activity and nightlife, and “The Big Orange,” a nickname, which was adopted by the locals. There are many things to do in Tel Aviv, but a few spots in the city should be at the top of your list.

One of the best tourist attractions in Tel Aviv is the Tel Aviv Museum Of Art in the downtown section of the city. This museum features many original works of art from the contemporary period and artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Ernst, and many others. It also has a famous Moby Dick exhibition bringing to life the story of the renowned whale. The museum also hosts concerts you may be interested in attending. Whatever your interests, Tel Aviv excursions should include this museum.

The Port of Jaffa is a local beach and port to include in your Tel Aviv activities. This port was key in the ancient days of Mediterranean trade in this region, and today there are many little landmarks in this port representative of Israel's history from the ancient world to the modern conflict with the Arab world. This is a nice place to visit to get away from the over-crowded streets of the city making it a must see.

Other Tel Aviv tours you may plan on taking could include the David Ben-Gurion Museum, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, or you may just want to hang out in the Caramel Market or the Herbert Samuel Esplanade. Whichever place you wish to visit, the Big Orange will prove to be worth it all.

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Tel Aviv must see attractions

1. Rothschild Boulevard

Elegant Rothschild Boulevard (Sederot Rothschild) cuts through the heart of Tel Aviv’s UNESCO-listed White City. This is one of the city’s busiest cultural and nightlife districts. Modern skyscrapers rise above traditional Bauhaus buildings, which double up as restaurants, shops and upscale residences. Splitting Rothschild Boulevard into two sections is a central garden, where locals meet to chat and linger at coffee shops.
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Rothschild Boulevard

2. Gordon Beach

Gordon Beach boasts the inviting blue waters of the Mediterranean and a sandy beach on one side and the bustling city center of Tel Aviv on the other. Because of its central location and its comfortable facilities, Gordon Beach has long been a favorite summer destination for Israelis and international visitors alike and attracts an eclectic mix of sun worshippers.
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Gordon Beach featuring a coastal town, a sandy beach and swimming

3. Jerusalem Beach

Despite its urban setting, Jerusalem Beach is remarkably clean. The clear blue waters are perfect for a swim, and with lifeguards present year round, it’s a great place for families too. Find plenty of places to eat and drink along the promenade.
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Jerusalem Beach showing general coastal views, a coastal town and a beach

4. Jaffa Port

Jaffa Port has an ancient history that precedes the Bible stories that made this port world famous. Come here early to sample some fresh produce from the Jaffa Port Market and buy freshly caught fish straight from the fishing boats, then take in the sights and visit the shops and galleries.
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Jaffa Port showing a coastal town, general coastal views and a sunset

5. Carmel Market

Embrace the bustle of Carmel Market, an expansive, open-air shopping “shuk” that sells Middle Eastern food, clothing and souvenirs. Don’t let the vastness of the market inhibit you; instead enjoy its noise and size on a long stroll past its many stalls.
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Carmel Market featuring markets and food

6. Hilton Beach

Hilton Beach is one of a string of beaches that spread out along Tel Aviv’s glorious Mediterranean shoreline. Views over piercing-blue waters and powdery soft golden sands lure visitors that want to relax amid a picturesque coastal setting. Rolling waves attract surfers and a youthful crowd. Put the sightseeing on hold for a day and experience Israeli’s love for seaside entertainment at Hilton Beach.
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Hilton Beach

7. Old Tel Aviv Port

Check out the Old Tel Aviv port, one of Israel’s coolest places to shop, dine and party. Join the locals by strolling, cycling or rollerblading over its long wooden deck or simply enjoy the views.
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Old Tel Aviv Port which includes a coastal town and a bay or harbor

8. Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (TAM) to see the works by local Jewish-Israeli artists as well as leading international artists such as Jackson Pollock, Kandinsky, Monet, Dalí, Rodin, Van Gogh, Klimt and Picasso.
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Tel Aviv Museum of Art showing a city and modern architecture as well as a small group of people

9. Frishman Beach

Get a sense of how lively and friendly Tel Aviv is on the golden sands of Frishman Beach. This long stretch of shoreline is immensely popular for obvious reasons, with fine golden sand and wooden gazebos to protect you from the hot Mediterranean sun. In spite of its popularity, however, it’s still possible to find space of your own due to the vast size of the beach.
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Frishman Beach featuring a beach, general coastal views and a city

What to do in Tel Aviv

Free Things to Do in Tel Aviv

They say the best things in life are free. Make sure you visit the following around Tel Aviv:

Habimah Square - Architecture fan or not, you're certain to be awed by this landmark's modern-day design.

Rabin Memorial - Come to grips with some of the unique history of the region through this attraction.

Tel Aviv Marina - Discover for yourself why visitors and locals alike are drawn to the unique vibe of this place.

Dizengoff Flea Market - Look up your guidebook and find out why this place deserves a spot on your must-see list.

Great Synagogue - Spend a bit of time in prayer or meditation at this respected holy site.

Gordon Beach - Get stuck into a new book or play some music while you're basking in the sun.

Ramat Gan National Park - Appreciate the stark contrast between city life and nature's wonders at this awe-inspiring spot.

Meir Garden - If you like digging around the garden, this attraction will captivate your green thumb.

Things to Do in Tel Aviv with Kids

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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Tel Aviv on a sunny day?
What to do in Tel Aviv on a rainy day?
With indoor activities like an Olive Harvesting in Provence with Country-Style Lunch to keep you out of mischief, there’s no need to let the rain stop you from having a good time.
What is Tel Aviv famous for?
Get ready to be busy with all of these notable attractions to cross off your checklist:

  • Gordon Beach
  • Carmel Market
  • Old Tel Aviv Port
  • Azrieli Center

What should I not miss in Tel Aviv?
Pack your thirst for adventure and check off these leading attractions:

  • Eretz Israel Museum
  • Museum of the Jewish People
  • Apollonia National Park

Are there cheap things to do in Tel Aviv?
What can you do in Tel Aviv for free?
You could put your credit card in the hotel safe for the day, because these terrific attractions won’t cost you a dime:

  • Gordon Beach
  • Carmel Market
  • Old Tel Aviv Port
  • Azrieli Center

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