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Best Things To Do in Tel Aviv

Amateur historians generally rebuff Tel Aviv's high-rises in favor of Jerusalem's ancient monuments. But don't dismiss TA too hastily: Amid sun-soaked beaches and a thumping bar scene, you'll find several significant attractions. Spend a few hours roaming the cobbled streets of Jaffa. Meanwhile, the creamy walls of the White City stand as tribute to the Jewish architects who fled Nazi Germany. Tel Aviv's collection of world-class museums, including the renowned Diaspora Museum, provides the information you need to make the most out of your neighborhood wanderings. But make sure to allot yourself some downtime. A nap on Gordon-Frishman Beach or a bike ride along the Tayelet will help you become acquainted with Tel Aviv's fun-loving personality.

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#1
The Tayelet Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: It's easy to see why walking and biking are the preferred modes of transportation here: With a three-mile-long beachside ... read more»

#2
Neve Tzedek Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Sitting about halfway between downtown Tel Aviv and Jaffa is Neve Tzedek, one of Tel Aviv's original settlements. Comprised ... read more»

#3
Jaffa Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: This ancient city located just south of Tel Aviv can trace its roots back to the Bible. Jaffa is said ... read more»

#4
Old Tel Aviv Port Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: From the 1930s to the 1960s, the Old Tel Aviv Port acted as Israel's primary gateway to the sea ... read more»

#5
Gordon-Frishman Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Flanking one of Tel Aviv's most popular hotel areas, Gordon-Frishman Beach boasts powdery sands and fantastic Mediterranean views. Because ... read more»

#6
Tel Aviv Art Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is one of Israel's premier artistic institutions, housing works from the 16th century ... read more»

#7
Nahalat Binyamin Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Every Tuesday and Friday, the Nahalat Benyamin Pedestrian Mall in downtown Tel Aviv is taken over by dozens of outdoor ... read more»

#8
Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sandwiched between Allenby Street to the north and HaKovshim Park to the south, the buzzing Carmel Market is the largest ... read more»

#9
Palmach Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you're interested in Israel's military history, don't miss the Palmach Museum. Located just a short walk ... read more»

#10
Beit Hatfutsot (The Diaspora Museum)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This isn't just a museum; in 2005, the Israeli Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed a law declaring Beit Hatfutsot ... read more»

#11
White City Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Design aficionados won't want to miss the opportunity to wander this pearly neighborhood in central Tel Aviv. Extending from ... read more»

#12
Eretz Israel Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're curious about how Tel Aviv came to be, a visit to The Eretz Israel Museum is a ... read more»

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