Utopia Orchid Park opened more than a decade ago and the first time I visited this attraction was about a decade ago. During last weekend we decided to re-visit it with our daughter and see what changed.
What is Utopia?
A unique botanical-ecological garden which includes a spectacular and expansive outdoor area filled with mazes, a topiary, a musical fountain and more.
It’s a unique botanical garden mainly due to the tropical rainforest:
An enchanting tropical rain forest grows with thousands of orchids from around the world, tropical plants, a myriad of animals and even carnivorous plants.
Source for both quotes: Official Site
Utopia Orchid Park is located at Kibbutz Bahan and it’s open on Saturdays.
Map of the area:
At Utopia Orchid Park
We arrived on a Saturday morning and the closest parking was already full, thus we were directed to a nearby (probably 200 meters from the entrance) free parking.
After purchasing the tickets (44 NIS for kids who 2-12 years old and 59 NIS per adults) we went into the Tropical Rain Forest.
Tropical Rain Forest
This is a two level building, fully air-conditioned with plenty of water and several small waterfalls. Inside this building, which’s size is around a basketball stadium, they created a tropical ecosystem.
Walking on the upper level.
Inside you can find many different types of orchids.
Beside some plants, you can find explanation signs.
In the far end of this building, you can find Carnivorous Plants.
The photo above was taken from the second level. So we continued on the second level and returned to Carnivorous Plants later.
The pond at the entrance from the second level:
Several additional photos of Orchids:
Last time, there were short sessions where a guide was telling about different types of Carnivorous Plants. These sessions took place every hour. And there was a guide at this place. But, my daughter didn’t have the patience so we didn’t ask whether there are still such sessions.
Nepenthes drives insects by smell and once they enter the pitcher they can get out. Insects can’t hold onto the interior of the pitcher and fall into the water at the bottom of the pitcher. And the insect’s movement is what stimulates Nepenthes’s Gastric Glands.
One more thing that I haven’t shown is a big walk-in cage. There were different birds (mostly Phasianidae family, i.e. chickens, quails and so on).
We finished at Tropical Rain Forest building and headed outside.
Israel hill with Israeli plants:
There are two plant Mazes on the premises. There is a two-floor maze and a regular one (shown in the photo).
Pretty much in the center of the outside are you can find Musical Water Fountain.
Every half hour music starts and the fountain starts working.The show lasts about 10-15 minutes and quite nice if you don’t expect much.
The last complex we visited was the parrot one. There were about several dozens of different parrots. And about a dozen of them were free. You could pet them and let them sit on you.
Though we spent only about 20 minutes with the parrots, from my daughters perspective, besides the fountain this it was the most memorable part.
While we were walking towards the exit the Musical Water Fountain played again.
The previous shots were made from the elevated deck (on the other side of the fountain). The deck is probably the best viewing point.
As you exit from Utopia you pass through a big store where you can find different things for your garden. You can find different plant and garden sculptures:
Overall, Utopia is a nice attraction for the whole family. You can spend from several hours up to a half day. And Kibbutz Bahan is not too far from the center. The only downside is ticket price. For such price, you can visit Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. Most families will enjoy the zoo more. But if mentioning families, I saw that Utopia offers a discounted family ticket on the Official Site.
That’s all for today and I’ll see you in future travels!
Here 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.
And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.