Raanana Park has a variety of attractions, both for adults and children. There is a small zoo, a lake, facilities for children, bicycle rental, and more. Let’s begin exploring!
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Raanana Park has several entrances, and most of them are located on Derech HaPark Street. The most common entrances are at Derech HaPark 290 and Derech HaPark 20.
Interactive Map of the area:
And here is the map of the park:
Note: you can click on the map to enlarge it.
And here is my photo of the park from a Cessna Plane. For more information, see Aerial Photography.
As you can see from the following sign, Raanana residents with parking stickers can park for free. All others have to pay.
Note: on one of our visits, we parked on the other side of the lake entry. There is a big sand field, and parking there was free.
The official site does not list opening hours. But according to a sign by the entrance the opening hours are:
Sunday – Saturday: 06:00 – 23:00
Note: my latest visit to Raanana Park was in August 2021. So the park is working as usual during the Coronavirus.
Note: as you can see from the photo above, it is forbidden to start a fire and have a BBQ at Raanana Park.
And here are the opening hours of the zoo:
- 10:00 – 13:00
- 16:00 – 17:00 (winter) or 17:00 – 18:00 (summer).
The entrance to Raanana Park is free. And additional activities are at an extra cost.
The zoo entrance is free for Raanana residents, and per all others, it costs ten NIS per family.
The park train costs 19 NIS (17 NIS for Raanana residents) per person. And everybody above the age of one year old requires a ticket.
And now, let’s go over the different attractions at Raanana Park. And we will start with the small zoo.
There are four restrooms in the park. Their locations are:
- By the animal corner
- Park of friend children playground
- By the lake
- In the amphitheater complex
The animal corner has two parts. Some cages can be accessed from the outside. Meaning you can see those animals for free and regardless of the animal corner opening hours.
The following three photos show what you can see from the outside.
Once you pay and enter inside, you will see the following corridor. There are about half a dozen cages with different small animals.
And at the end of the corridor, you turn left, and there is an open area with different farm animals. Here are several photos from there.
There are several basketball and soccer fields. There is also a roller hockey field, and there is fitness equipment near the skating surface.
Construction of adventure park by the basketball fields has begun. There will be a Pump Track (like in Kfar Saba Park), an outdoor ninja gym, and more. The end of the first phase is expected in December 2021.
Raanana Park Train
The park train goes around the park. It starts not far from the animal corner and goes to the lake, amphitheater, and back. This is a simple ride without explanations, and it takes about fifteen minutes.
At the lake, you can see ducks, swans, fish, and other animals. Several bridges go over the lake, and you can also take boat rides (you can see the boat in the following photo).
You can find a coffee shop and an art gallery (which occasionally holds shows) by the lake. There are several lovely small parks on the other side of the lake, like the music park and the seven species park.
The amphitheater area is open only during concerts. I have been there at two concerts, and the acoustics was good.
Note: though it is called an amphitheater, it is actually a theater. See “Is Caesarea Amphitheater really an amphitheater?” for additional info.
There are two playgrounds at the park. The first one is around the skating surface.
And the second one is called the park of friends.
Near the park of friends playground, you can find a small Sky Jump complex. Here are their opening hours and contact information.
And here is the price list for different activities.
Also there you can find a bicycle rental.
We covered almost all the attractions at Raanana Park. And to complete the picture, I will mention that there are a dog park and a maze.
Raanana Park was the first of its kind in the Sharon area. And it is still one of the best municipal parks. My kids love it, and that is why I keep returning.
Have you ever been to Raanana 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.