The drive to Eilat is one of the longest drives in Israel. Consequently, most people are looking for a break. Thus today, we will list attractions on the way to Eilat.
Most people will either drive through Mitzpe Ramon (road #40) or will primarily use Arava Highway (#90). And in the location column, you can see to which road this attraction is close.
Note: all attractions that are listed below are suitable for kids. Thus instead of adding a column suitable for kids, I added a column named “Do Kids Love It?”. It is a number between 1 and 10. 1 means that some children like it (and it depends on how good a storyteller you are), and 10 indicates that most kids will enjoy this place. This number is based on my own children. But there is nobody who knows your kids better than you. Therefore, treat the number only as a suggestion.
Note 2: the attractions are sorted by their distance from Eilat.
|#||Name||Category||Location||Distance from Eilat (km)||Is it Free?||Do Kids Love It?||Rating on Google|
|1||Tel Arad National Park||Archeology and History||Near Arad, by road #31||239||No||3||4.5 based on 450 reviews|
|2||Ein Gedi Nature Reserve||Nature, Archeology, and History||Near Ein Gedi, by road #90||236||No||5 – 8 – depending on the selected trail||4.7 based on 11362 reviews|
|3||Shivta National Park||Archeology and History||Near Ashalim, by road #211||225||Yes||5||4.7 based on 60 reviews|
|4||Masada National Park||Archeology and History||Near the Dead Sea, by road #90||221||No||6||4.7 based on 20116 reviews|
|5||The solar thermal power plant Ashalim viewpoint||Technology||Near Ashalim, by road #211||210||Yes||6|
|6||Yeruham Park||Nature||Near Yeruham, by road #204||204||Yes||5||4.2 based on 151 reviews|
|7||Mamshit National Park||Archeology and History||Near Dimona, by road #25||202||No||5||4.4 based on 1553 reviews|
|8||Camel Ride At Mamshit Camel Ranch||Animals||Near Dimona, by road #25||202||No||10||4.6 based on 573 reviews|
|9||HaMakhtesh HaGadol||Hiking||Near Yeruham, by road #25||196||Yes||3||4.7 based on 201 reviews|
|10||Ein Avdat National Park||Hiking||Sde Boker, by road #40||186||No||7||4.8 based on 850 reviews|
|11||Chan Hashayarot||Camels, Jeeps and other activities||Near Sde Boker, by road #40||176||No||6 – 10 depending on the activity||4.1 based on 1033 reviews|
|12||Avdat National Park||Archeology and History||Sde Boker, by road #40||172||No||5||4.5 based on 4415 reviews|
|13||Ramon Vineyard||Agriculture||Near Mitzpe Ramon, by road #40||158||No||8||4.8 based on 119 reviews|
|14||Wise Observatory||Stargazing||Near Mitzpe Ramon, by road #40||155||No||8||4.3 based on 12 reviews|
|15||Sea-Gal Advanced Aquaculture||Animals||Idan, by road #90||155||No||10||5 based on 25 reviews|
|16||Alpaca Farm||Animals||Near Mitzpe Ramon, by road #40||154||No||10||4.5 based on 465 reviews|
|17||Crocoloco Crocodile Farm||Animals||Ir Ovot, by road #90||151||No||10||4.4 based on 599 reviews|
|18||Makhtesh Ramon Visitors Center||Nature and History||Mitzpe Ramon, by road #40||150||No||6||4.6 based on 5125 reviews|
|19||Hiking in Mitzpe Ramon on the rim of the Makhtesh to Camel Mount||Hiking||Mitzpe Ramon, by road #40||150||Yes||6||4.7 based on 1017 reviews|
|20||Hai Ramon – Living Desert Museum||Animals||Mitzpe Ramon, by road #40||150||No||9||4 based on 385 reviews|
|21||Ein Saharonim and Nahal Nekarot Curve||Hiking||Near Mitzpe Ramon, by road #40||150||Yes||6||4.9 based on 13 reviews|
|22||Vidor Center||Agriculture||Hazeva, by road #90||145||No||9||4.8 based on 125 reviews|
|23||HaMinsara||Hiking||Near Mitzpe Ramon, by road #40||144||Yes||6||4.5 based on 103 reviews|
|24||Colored sand park||Hiking||Near Mitzpe Ramon, by road #40||143||Yes||8||4.4 based on 1293 reviews|
|25||Ammonite Wall||Hiking||Near Mitzpe Ramon, by road #40||136||Yes||6||4.3 based on 146 reviews|
|26||Porat Apiary||Animals||Ein Yahav, by road #90||134||No||10||4.8 based on 198 reviews|
|27||CHOCOLITALI chocolate workshops||Food||Ein Yahav, by road #90||134||No||10||5 based on 26 reviews|
|28||Sapir Park||Picnic and Nature||Sapir, by road #90||137||Yes||8||4.3 based on 901 reviews|
|29||Arava Antelope Ranch||Animals||Tzofar, by road #90||123||No||10||4.7 based on 464 reviews|
|30||Nahal Barak||Hiking||Paran, by road #90||102||Yes||7||4.7 based on 47 reviews|
|31||Paran Lookout||Nature||Paran, by road #90||100||Yes||6||4.4 based on 20 reviews|
|32||Faran Ofan||Bicycle rental||Paran, by road #90||99||No||10||4.8 based on 15 reviews|
|33||Sands coverage||Hiking||Near Neot Samadar, by road #12||73||Yes||9||4.7 based on 81 reviews|
|34||Park Yotvata||Agriculture and Attractions for kids||Yotvata, by road #90||44||No||10||4.1 based on 6147 reviews|
|35||Hai-Bar Yotvata Nature Reserve||Animals||Near Yotvata, by road #90||34||No||10||4.3 based on 901 reviews|
|36||Timna Park||Archeology and Hiking||Near Elifaz, by road #90||29||No||5 – 8 depending on the activity||4.7 based on 5563 reviews|
|37||Hidden Lake Timna||Nature||Near Elifaz, by road #90||26||Yes||10||4.6 based on 494 reviews|
|38||Red Canyon||Hiking||Near the border with Egypt, by road #12||23||Yes||9||4.8 based on 2275 reviews|
|39||Ammerm columns||Hiking||Near Eilat, by road #90||18||Yes||8||4.8 based on 288 reviews|
|40||The Flamingo Lookout||Animals||Near Eilat, by road #90||12||Yes||6||4.4 based on 215 reviews|
|41||The land of the lizards||Animals||Near Eilat, by road #90||4||Yes||6||3.6 based on 16 reviews|
The table lists mostly places that are to the south of Beer Sheva. And if you are looking for additional ideas, then browse the interactive map below.
I hope this post gave you ideas regarding what attractions you can visit on the way to or from Eilat. And if you have any suggestions, leave a comment below. Also, what are your favorite attractions on the way to Eilat?
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.