The Uniqueness of Israel
Easy Day Trips For Your Gap Year
While you will be enjoying a busy programme during your gap year in Israel, you will also have plenty of free time in which you can continue exploring the country. One of the great things about Israel is that it is a small country and that public transport is relatively good. As a result, you can go on many day trips easily using the train.
If you are in Tel Aviv then you could take the train to the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem. Just take the train to the zoo’s train station and you can visit both the zoo and the relatively new Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium. At the aquarium, you can see a jellyfish gallery, clownfish that were bred in Israel, sharks, corals, and other sea animals. There is also a stingray feeing pool, interactive water displays and far more to enjoy.
If you want to visit a different city then take the train to the Moshe Dayan Station in Rishon LeTzion. Rishon is just south of Tel Aviv and it is home to beaches, plenty of shops, and some great entertainment options. Better yet, it is also home to Superland, Israel’s leading theme park that is packed with roller coasters, an ice-skating rink, bumper cars, water rides, and far more.
If you are looking for something in Tel Aviv then head to the Merkaz HaYeridim train station by Tel Aviv University. It is a short walk up to the university campus and it is also close to many museums. You can visit the Palmach Museum or the Museum of the Jewish People on the campus. There you will find a huge amount of information as well as exhibits with replicas of world synagogues and exhibitions on modern Jewish heroes and Jewish humour.
If you want to venture further afield then you can take the train to Israel’s northern-most station, Nahariya. From the train you can easily reach the beach and there is a lovely promenade that includes the Promenade Challenges Park. You can go diving on the beach and also visit the monument to Naval Fighters.
Going in the opposite direction, you could visit Sderot, a southern city that is probably best known for suffering frequent rocket attacks. However, there is plenty to see there and you can even arrange tours of the Iron Dome battery and the Black Arrow Memorial.
Alternatively, take the train to Rehovot where you can visit the Weizmann House in the Weizmann Institute of Science campus. It is a short walk from the Rehovot Hadar train station and it gives you the chance to explore one of the country’s top research institutes. It is also the former home of Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann. The house is preserved with all of his former belongings including his Lincoln car and his kitchen equipment. There is also a memorial outside the house and some beautiful gardens to walk round.
In short, there is always plenty to do in Israel, even if you only have a day or afternoon off. Be sure to make the most of your time and explore as much of the country as you possibly can.