Top 10 Tourist Destinations for Israelis

What tourist destinations inside Israel are the most popular for Israelis?  Dun and Bradstreet published the top spots for this year.  From Ynet News:

1. Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

2. Ramat Gan Safari

3. Masada

4. Caesarea

5. Hamat Gader hot springs

6. Ein Gedi

7. Yamit 2000 Water Park

8. Underwater Observatory in Eilat

9. Banias Archaeological Site

10. Tel Aviv Luna Amusement Park

I haven’t been to numbers 7 or 10, but the others are all terrific places to visit with your family.  I would guess that the beaches around the Sea of Galilee are excluded from consideration, because they would certainly rank high on the list.  I’m surprised about Banias; I’d expect more people to prefer to picnic at Tel Dan.  That reminds me: what McDonalds in Israel has the best scenery?  I’d vote for the one next to the Senir stream (the headwaters of the Jordan River, just west of Tel Dan). 

Unfortunately I don’t seem to have a photograph.  I do have one of dinner time at the zoo.

HT: Paleojudaica

Hippopotamuses eating, tb082505678

Hippopotamuses at Biblical Zoo of Jerusalem

UPDATE (4/10): Randy Burk has sent a photo of the view from the McDonalds outdoor eating area. 


Nahal Senir, view from McDonalds, Randy Burk, IMG_2975 Nahal Senir, headwaters of the Jordan River

3 thoughts on “Top 10 Tourist Destinations for Israelis

  1. Todd, when we were at Banias a few weeks ago there were MANY families there all along the river and up to the falls. The parking lot was crammed with cars.

  2. Wayne – if Banias is more popular than Dan, I wonder why. Both have lots of water, but at neither place can you enter it. Dan is a larger site. Both have restrooms, a restaurant, a gift shop, and an entrance fee.

  3. I think that more people prefer Banias over Dan since, as far as I remember, the use of outdoor grill is allowed at Banias while it is forbidden at Dan.

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