Tel Aviv

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As Israel’s cultural and commercial capital, Tel Aviv fairly glistens with activities. There’s no one definitive Tel Aviv experience, though beach-going and restaurant-hopping are both justifiably popular. There’s also an impressive range of museums (such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art), walking tours of the White City, and plenty of shopping.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Bauhaus Center Architour

Learn more about Tel Aviv’s unique Bauhaus architectural heritage on a walking tour organized by the Bauhaus Center that lasts about two hours. The tour focuses on the White City and nearby neighborhoods.

99 Dizengoff St., 011-972-3-522-0249,
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Bet Hatefutsoth: The Diaspora Museum

Jewish travelers can learn about their heritage at the Diaspora Museum at the Tel Aviv University in Ramat Aviv. Along with 3,000 years of Jewish history, the Museum’s genealogical archive helps visitors source long-lost relatives. For everyone else, this peek into the founding of Israel and its myriad ethnicities goes a long way toward explaining this complex nation.

Klausner St., 011-972-3-745-7800,
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Catch a Wave

Embrace your inner beach bum with surfing lessons at one of Tel Aviv's oldest surfing schools. Founded by California natives in the ’50s, Topsea organizes surfing adventures in Israel and abroad and helped kick-start Israel's surfing culture, which today spans the country's entire coastline.

, 011-972-50-432-9001,
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Design Museum Holon

Renowned Israeli architect and designer Ron Arad created the iconic building that houses this cutting-edge new design museum just north of Tel Aviv. The building’s façade is a sinuous ribbon of reddish Corten weathering steel that lends visitors a unique spatial and optical experience. Inside, the museum features both contemporary and historical pieces from industrial, fashion, textile and other design disciplines. Don’t miss the hip Tollman’s Museum Shop.

8 Pinhas Eilon St., 011-972-73-215-1515,
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Hit the Beach

Tel Aviv’s nine miles of shoreline extending along the entire length of the city is clearly the city’s top lure. There are beaches catering to every type – kids, teenagers, surfers, gays, and even religious types. Bring some extra shekels to rent an umbrella (about $4) and to buy water and popsicles.

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Kabbalah Center

The stark white Kabbalah Center offers all one needs to know about this (currently chic) form of religious mysticism. Along with hosting regular Kabbalah classes, the Center serves as a resource for books, brochures, and other Kabbalah materials.

14 Ben Ami St., 011-972-3-526-6800,
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Learn to Bake Pita

After indulging in an all-natural version of Israel’s national snack at Aba Gil’s Organic Hummus, learn how to make whole wheat pita bread at one of this hole-in-the-wall’s pita-making seminars.

Nr. Rothschild Boulevard, 55 Yehuda Halevi, 011-972-3-566-3320,
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Tel Aviv Museum of Art

As Israel’s leading museum of modern and contemporary art, this museum is home to permanent collections and temporary exhibitions that range from painting and sculpture to architecture and design. The impressive variety of artists on display includes Van Gogh, Picasso, Rothko, Old Masters, 19th-century Jewish artists, and Israelis working today. 

27 Shaul Hamelech Ave., 011-972-3-607-7020,
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Tour Old Jaffa

By some accounts Old Jaffa is the oldest working port in recorded history. It provides a small but scenic counterpoint to Tel Aviv’s resolute modernity. Just walking amidst the ancient stone passageways, some with original Ottoman engravings, can be thrilling. Free walking tours begin every Wednesday at 9:30am at the Clock Tower on Yefet Street.

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