Lachish stream starts from the mountains, not far from Hebron, and meets the Mediterranean sea near Ashdod. Along the stream in Ashdod, a small park was constructed, it’s called Lachish park. Inside the park, you can find cages with various animals and overall it is quite lovely for a short visit with kids.
Note: if you want to find additional info about animals and wildlife, then check out Zoos and Aquariums in Israel.
Map of the area:
One of the nice things is free admission to Lachish park. But that can also be a problem. If you come early in the morning, before the cleaners and last night somebody had a party, it will be messy.
Ashdod port area is on the other side of the stream:
The western part of the park will pass opposite the Desheh Hagadol, with corners to sit in, a small animal park which will contain a domestic animal corner, a petting corner and statues, and designer benches. The CHALLENGES PARK will be built here on a thirty-acre site offering various activities for children up to age fourteen. Last year, the park was renovated at the cost of five hundred thousand NIS. The animal cages were repaired. Pergolas were erected. A line of trees along the length of the Lachish stream was planted, and the open animal garden for the larger wild animals was refurbished. Additional investment is planned to change and strengthen the jetties to allow boat rides on the stream. The new construction will be enhanced by concrete piles driven into the water.
And there are several zebras as well:
Mediterranean zebra 🙂
If you are going to see animals in Israel in the summer, then better come early. While it is not too hot.
This is the Nubian ibex, you can find him wandering freely in the Negev and the Dead Sea area.
The ibex appears on the logo of Israel nature and parks authority. I’ve once read that the reason was one of the main goals of the authority: to increase the population of ibexes in Israel. But, they don’t state anything on the official site.
Another look towards Ashdod port:
That’s all for today. As I mentioned previously, if you are looking for a nice place to spend several hours with your kids in the Ashdod area, then the Lachish park will do.
Have you ever been to Lachish Park? Tell us about your experience 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.