Palmach Museum#9 in Best Things To Do in Tel Aviv
If you're interested in Israel's military history, don't miss the Palmach Museum. Located just a short walk from the Eretz Israel Museum, this compact facility walks visitors through the origins of the Palmach, an elite part of the Hagana paramilitary organization. The Hagana was established in 1920 by the Jewish community and the Zionist Movement. The Palmach (the Hagana's strike force) was founded in 1941 to help protect the region from Nazi invasion. After World War II, the Palmach helped bring thousands of refugees and Holocaust survivors to the country. A guided tour of this museum leads you through three-dimensional exhibits that depict scenes from the Palmach's history. After the tour – which lasts approximately 90 minutes – you have the opportunity to converse with former members of the organization.
Previous visitors said this is the perfect place to start a trip to Israel and will appeal to travelers of all ages. They were also quick to praise the museum's unique layout and presentation of history.
The Palmach Museum sits in the north section of the city and can be reached via bus Nos. 24 and 271. Doors open at 9 a.m. every day but Saturday; closing times vary depending on the day. Tours can include up to 25 people, but you must reserve a spot in advance. Admission costs 30 Israeli shekels (around $8.50) for adults and 20 Israeli shekels (around $5.75) for children; you must pay in cash and bring a photo ID to enter. For more information, visit the Palmach Museum's website.
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#1 The Tayelet
It's easy to see why walking and biking are the preferred modes of transportation here: With a 3-mile-long beachside boardwalk to cruise, taking a taxi or a bus just feels like a missed opportunity. Tel Aviv's Tayelet – a pedestrian-only street – runs along the Mediterranean from the Old Tel Aviv Port to Jaffa, offering bikers and strollers spectacular views of the sea. On the inland side, the Tayelet grants easy access to Tel Aviv's prime hotel areas, as well as numerous restaurants and nightlife venues. On the other side of the promenade, you'll find beautiful beaches, including hot spots like Gordon Beach.
Previous guests praised the Tayelet as one of the best places in Tel Aviv to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The coffee shops and restaurants that dot the boardwalk also received rave reviews. Visitors also insisted on renting a bike to see as much of the coastline as possible. There are several Tel-O-Fun stations along the promenade.
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