Sharon area has many attractions. And today, we will cover the places kids usually love, including free activities, and open on Saturdays.
List of Attractions
Notes regarding the table:
- The table has a column named “Indoor Activity.” These are places that are suitable for rainy and hot days. And for additional summer activities, see Summer in Israel.
- The table lists places by their geographic location (from the center to the north).
- The table does not list the usual children’s attractions, like playgrounds, Sky Jump, Ninja complexes, and cinemas.
- You can sort and filter the table.
|Name||Description||Indoor Activity||Open on Saturday||Is it free?|
|Migdal Tsedek National Park||You can find a fortress, trails, and many other things at Migdal Tsedek (Migdal Afek) national park by Rosh Haayin.||No||Yes||No (free for Matmon members).|
|Rosh HaAyin Forest||Rosh HaAyin Forest offers tracks, including the wildflowers trail and archeological hike to Even HaEzer hill. Also, there are picnic areas and viewpoints.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Tel Afek (Antipatris), Yarkon National Park||The Tel Afek compound at Yarkon National Park has the Antipatris fort, artificial lake, paddling pools, and a large picnic area.||No||Yes||No (free for Matmon members).|
|Yarkon Springs at Yarkon National Park||At the Yarkon Springs in Yarkon National Park, you can walk along the Yarkon River, stay at the campground, have a picnic, and see history.||No||Yes||No (free for Matmon members).|
|Hidden Waterfall, Hod Hasharon – Free Pool in Yarkon River||You can find the hidden waterfall near the meeting point of the Yarkon and Kana rivers (to the south of Hod Hasharon).||No||Yes||Yes|
|Splash, Hod HaSharon||Splash water attraction in Sharonim mall, Hod HaSharon, is a lovely attraction for children. But it is not suitable for all ages.||No||Yes||No|
|Hod HaSharon Park – Park by Ecological Lake||Hod HaSharon Park offers a lovely hike along the ecological lake, a climb on the top of the former waste dump, and a place for a picnic.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Cobs and Mazes||You can pick corn and cherry tomatoes. And there are additional activities for kids.||No||Yes||No|
|Horshim Forest||Horshim Forest near Kfar Saba offers nature, hiking and cycling trails, flowers, picnic spots, viewpoints, and ruins. And you can explore all that using several tracks.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Picking Strawberries – When, Where, and Comparison of Places||There are many places in Hod HaSharon and nearby areas where you can pick strawberries. To see a comparison of those places, see Picking Strawberries.||No||Yes||No|
|Kfar Saba Park||Kfar Saba Park has a variety of attractions for adults and children. There is a small zoo, a barbeque area, facilities for children, and more.||No||Yes||Yes. Some attractions are not free.|
|Raanana Park||Raanana Park has a variety of attractions, both for adults and children. There is a small zoo, a lake, facilities for children and more.||No||Yes||Yes. Some attractions are not free.|
|M’shoch BaGezer||M’shoch BaGezer is a self-picking farm near Kfar Saba. And it offers two experiences: self-picking of vegetables or gathering strawberries and flowers.||No||Yes||No|
|Apollonia National Park||Apollonia (Arsuf) is a wheelchair-accessible National Park near Herzliya. And in the park, you can find the remains of a Crusader Fortress.||No||Yes||No (free for Matmon members).|
|Sharon Beach National Park||Sharon Beach National Park near Shefayim offers several short-loop hikes. The trails go on top of cliffs by the sea, and during the season, there are many flowers.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Parrot Farm, Kfar Hess||Parrot Farm is a nice and colorful attraction in Kfar Hess, in the Sharon area. You can find there many different parrots and farm animals.||No||Yes||No|
|Berger Farm||Petting Zoo||No||Yes||No|
|Hanan the Cheesemaker||At Hanan the Cheesemaker in Moshav Herut, you can join a tour, taste handmade cheese, and buy their produce.||No||No||No|
|Park Yakum and Poleg Gateway Nature Reserve||Park Yakum and Poleg Gateway Nature Reserve offer various circular family hikes close to Netanya. The trails pass through nature and history.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Agamon Poleg||Agamon Poleg (at Udim Quarry) is a small lake near Netanya. It offers an accessible loop trail around the lake with several lookouts.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Museum of Tractors in Ein Vered||The Museum of Tractors in Ein Vered presents many old tractors and other old items, and it is a lovely attraction for families.||Partly||Yes||No|
|Coastal Iris at Nahal Poleg Nature Reserve in Netanya||Iris Atropurpurea is a protected plant and unique species that can be met only in Israel and Syria. And Nahal Poleg Nature Reserve is one of the best places to see it.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Ilanot National Arboretum||Ilanot National Arboretum near Netanya displays many different trees. Moreover, the botanical garden has paved trails, making it the perfect place for a family visit.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Havat Noy Botanical Garden in Emek Hefer||Havat Noy Botanical Garden in Kfar Monash (near Ruppin Academic Center) offers free visits and tours. Moreover, it is the perfect place for a picnic.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Viker Lookout – Mishmar Hasharon Reservoir||Viker Lookout (Mishmar Hasharon Reservoir) in Emek Hefer is one of the best places in Israel to see pelican migration.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Utopia Orchid Park||Utopia Orchid Park at Kibbutz Bahan is a unique botanical garden. You can visit the tropical rainforest, animal area, and other attractions.||Partly||Yes||No|
|Self-picking raspberries at Kaplan Farm in Kfar Haim||Kaplan Farm in the Sharon area offers self-picking of various kinds of raspberries and mulberry and activities for kids.||No||Yes||No|
|Agamon Hefer||In 2017, near Alexander River in Hefer valley, Agamon Hefer was opened. It includes an artificial lake, paved trails, and several lookouts.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Halbrecht farm food garden||They offer various activities for kids.||No||Yes||No|
|Turtle Bridge at Alexander River||Turtle Bridge at Alexander river is named after the softshell turtles living nearby. And besides seeing the turtles, you can also hike along the river.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Beit Yanai Beach||Beit Yanai Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Israel. At this beach you can swim, hike, see birds, kite surfers, and other things.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Lagaat Bahaiot||Petting Zoo||No||Yes||No|
|Eco Park Hadera||Eco Park Hadera is an ecological park with various attractions for adults and children. There is a lake, a unique fitness complex, playgrounds for children, and more.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Shvil Hatapuzim||Amusement park||No||Yes||No|
|Technoda - Israel Center for Medicine and Science, Hadera||If you love similar museums then see: Science Museums in Israel – Overview, Best and Recommendations||Yes||No||No|
|Hadera River Park||Hadera River Park is located next to Hadera, east of Orot Rabin power station. The park is not a big one, but it can be a lovely place for a family visit.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Caesarea National Park||Caesarea National Park is among the most visited sites in Israel. Its significant archeological remains result from more than 2,000 years of history.||No||Yes||No (free for Matmon members).|
|Birds Mosaic, Caesarea||Birds mosaic is a part of a large mansion from the Byzantine period. And I suggest combining your visit with other nearby attractions.||No||Yes||Yes|
|Ralli Museum, Caesarea||At Ralli Museum in Caesarea, you can see the Dali collection, Latin American and Spanish paintings, sculptures, and much more. Moreover, the entrance to the museum is free.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Taninim Stream Nature Reserve||Taninim Stream Nature Reserve is full of nature, wildlife, and archeological remains. And its short trails makes it perfect for a family visit.||No||Yes||No (free for Matmon members).|
Here is an interactive map of the area where you can see various attractions.
Attractions for Kids
Additional articles from this series:
- 39 Attractions in Tel Aviv with Kids
- 27 Attractions for Kids in and near Jerusalem
- 33 Attractions in Haifa with Kids
- 40 Attractions for Kids in Sharon Area
I hope this post gave you ideas about places kids love in the Sharon area. And now it is your turn. What are your favorite kid attractions in this region? Tell us in the comments below.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
Additional ResourcesHere are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.