Lachish Park in Ashdod – Visitors Guide


Lachish river park is a lovely place for a family visit. There is a small zoo, boat sailing, statues, and nearby attractions. Let’s begin exploring!

Note: if you want to find additional info about animals and wildlife, check out Zoos and Aquariums in Israel‎.

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Map

Lachish stream starts from the mountains, not far from Hebron. Then it passes near Tel Lachish National Park in the Kiryat Gat area and meets the Mediterranean sea near Ashdod. Along the stream in Ashdod, a small park was constructed. It is called Lachish park.

Map of the area:

Directions

Lachish Park is situated along the river. And you can enter it in several places. The first entrance is at Derech Laskov, which turns into Ort Street (GPS coordinates: 31.816443, 34.649592). This entrance is just by the zoo, but the parking lot is quite small. The second entry is near Park Etgarim (GPS coordinates: 31.820723, 34.656815). The third way to approach this park is from the Sea, I,e, Simtat El Hayam or the nearby street with no name (GPS coordinates: 31.815201, 34.642499).

Entrance Fee

The entrance to the park and the zoo is free. If you want to rent a paddleboat, then it will cost 50 NIS for Ashdod residents and 60 NIS for all others – price for half an hour. And the price for an hour is 90 and 100 NIS for Ashdod and non-Ashdod residents, respectively.

Note: you can pay for the boat ride using credit card only.

Opening Hours

The park is open 24×7. And the boat ride is operated daily from 09:30 till 18:30 or till it gets dark (the earlier of the two).

And now let’s go over what the park has to offer.

Boat Rides

In 2020 a new attraction at Lachish Park was opened. You can rent a paddleboat and sail for 1.5km. There are two types of boats. There are vessels in the shape of animals for four people and boats with roof for five people.

Note: babies who are less than one year old are not allowed to ride the boats.

Sculpture Trail

Many sculptures were installed along the road in the park. The statues are short so that kids can climb on them.

The Zoo

And now let’s visit the park and the zoo.

Inside Lachish park
Psss, where do you hide the food?

Ashdod port area is on the other side of the stream.

Ashdod port
Ashdod port

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.

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Lachish park
Hey, I’m not modeling for free! Feed me!
Ashdod port at the trains
Ashdod port at the trains

And there are several zebras as well.

Zebra in Lachish park
Zebra in Lachish park
Palm tree
Date Palm

Mediterranean zebra 🙂

At Lachish park
Lachish park

If you are going to see animals in Israel in the summer, then better come early when it is not too hot.

This is the Nubian ibex. You can find him wandering freely in the Negev and the Dead Sea area.

Nubian ibex at Lachish park
Nubian ibex

The ibex appears on the logo of Israel Nature and Parks Authority. One of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority’s main goals was to increase the population of wild ibexes in Israel. And they succeeded in doing so.

Date palm
Date palm closeup

Another look towards Ashdod port:

Lachish park
Grass in Lachish park and Ashdod port

Many people make picnics on the grass. Just keep in mind that there is not much shade.

At Lachish park
Table for four?

Nearby Attractions

  • Park Etgarim offers various attractions for younger kids. You can find additional details at the official site.
  • Pirate Park is located at HaTayelet 21, which is on Ashdod beach and near the Lachish stream. You can find a big pirate ship with different attractions in this lovely children’s park. And yes, it is free.
  • The beach – if you walk along the park’s path towards the west, you will reach the sea. Ashdod has a long beach strip, and Miami Beach is less than 500 meters from the stream.
  • Dolphin and the Sea center offers different tours, but you have to prebook them. You can find additional info at the official site.

Tip: if you did not have a picnic in Lachish Park and looking for a place to eat, check out the nearby Pescado restaurant.

Summary

One of the nice things about Lachish Park is the free admission. But that can also be a minus. Lachish Park is a popular place, and during holidays it will be packed. Thus I would suggest coming early. It will be easier to find parking, there will be fewer people, and it will not as hot as at noon.

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!

Stay Tuned!

   

Additional Resources

Here are several resources that I created to help travelers: And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.  

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