Utopia Orchid Park – Visitors Guide (with Coupons and More)

Utopia Orchid Park at Kibbutz Bahan is a unique botanical garden. You can visit the tropical rainforest, animal area, and other attractions.


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Map

Utopia Orchid Park is located at the entrance to Kibbutz Bahan. Enter “Utopia Orchid Park” into the navigation app, and it will take you there. Moreover, there is plenty of free parking near the entrance.

Map of the area:

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday, Saturday and Holidays: 8:30-17:00
Fridays and Holiday eves: 8:30-15:00

Entrance Fee

Toddler (0 – 2) – free
Child (2 – 12) – 59 NIS
Adult (12+) – 69 NIS

You can also purchase a family ticket that costs 222 NIS for two adults and two children.

You can purchase the tickets at the official site.

Coupons

Currently, I see only one coupon. American Express credit card owners can purchase two adult tickets 1+1 for 69 NIS (and 650 points).

Note: opening hours and ticket prices were updated in July 2021. In any case, recheck the official site before visiting.

On One Foot

Utopia Orchid Park opened more than a decade ago, and the first time I visited this attraction was about a decade ago. Last weekend we decided to re-visit it with our daughter and see what changed.

What is Utopia?

A unique botanical-ecological garden that includes a spectacular and expansive outdoor area filled with mazes, a topiary, a musical fountain, and more.

It is a unique botanical garden mainly due to the tropical rain forest:

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 Entrance

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.

Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

At the entrance, we saw different plants.

Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel
Utopia Orchid Park

But only after taking several steps back, we saw the writing. It says Utopia both in Hebrew and English.

After purchasing the tickets, we went into the Tropical Rain Forest.

Tropical Rain Forest

At Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

Tropical Rain Forest is a two-level building, fully air-conditioned with plenty of water and several small waterfalls. Inside this building, which is the size of a basketball stadium, they created a tropical ecosystem.

Tropical Rain Forest at Utopia Orchid Park
Tropical Rain Forest at Utopia Orchid Park
Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

Inside, you can find many different types of orchids. And sear some plants, you can find explanation signs.

Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel
Utopia Orchid Park, Israel
Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel
Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

At the far end of this building, you can find Carnivorous Plants.
I took the photo above from the second level. So we continued on the second level and returned to Carnivorous Plants later.

Utopia Orchid Park, Israel
On the upper level of the Tropical Rain Forest
On the upper level of the Tropical Rain Forest
The pond at the entrance to the Tropical Rain Forest
The pond at the entrance to the Tropical Rain Forest

Several additional photos of Orchids:

Orchids
Orchids
Orchids

Carnivorous Plants

During our previous visit, there were short sessions where a guide talked about different types of Carnivorous Plants. These sessions took place every hour. And there was a guide at this place. My daughter did not have the patience, so we did not ask whether there are still such sessions.

Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel
Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

And some more Orchids 🙂

Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

There are different Carnivorous Plants. Here is the explanation about probably the most common ones.

Nepenthes drives insects by smell, and once they enter the pitcher, they can get out. Insects cannot hold onto the pitcher’s interior and fall into the water at the bottom of the pitcher. And the insect’s movement is what stimulates Nepenthes’s Gastric Glands.

Drosera is one of the largest genera of carnivorous plants. It traps insects using sticky leaves and then turns the leaves up.

Carnivorous Plants
Carnivorous Plants

Closeup of the Nepenthes.

Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

One more thing that I have not shown is a big walk-in cage. There were different birds (mostly the Phasianidae family, i.e., chickens, quails, and so on).

We finished at the Tropical Rain Forest building and headed outside.

Outside Area

Israel hill with Israeli plants at Utopia Orchid Park, Israel
Israel hill with Israeli plants
Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel
Rose garden at Utopia Orchid Park, Israel
Rose garden

There are two plant Mazes on the premises. There is a two-floor maze and a regular one (shown in the photo).

Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

Musical Water Fountain

Pretty much in the center of the outside area, you can find Musical Water Fountain.

Musical Water Fountain in Utopia Orchid Park, Israel
Musical Water Fountain
Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

Every half hour the music starts and the fountain starts working. The show lasts about 10-15 minutes and is quite nice if you do not expect much.

Animal Area

Animal Area at Utopia Orchid Park, Israel
Animal Area

Musical Water Fountain is something new. Another thing that did not exist during our previous visit is the Animal Area.

Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

In the animal area, we saw mostly goats. And they lived in colorful houses.

Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

From the animal area, we continued our round trip. Here we are passing through the Cactus garden.

Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel
Cactus flowers
Cactus flowers
Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

Some of the pathways are shaded using flowers. And I think is a good and aesthetic solution to Israeli heat.

Parrots

The last complex we visited was the parrot one. There were several dozens of different parrots. And about a dozen of them were free. You could pet them and let them sit on you.

A woman holding an Ara parrot at Utopia Orchid Park
A woman holding an Ara parrot

Though we spent only about 20 minutes with the parrots, besides the fountain, this was the most memorable part from my daughter’s perspective.

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.

Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

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:

Visiting Utopia Orchid Park, Israel

Summary

Overall, Utopia is a pleasant attraction for the whole family. You can spend several hours up to a half-day there. Moreover, Kibbutz Bahan is not too far from the center. The only downside is the entrance fee. For a similar price, you can visit Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. Thus I am not sure regarding value for money.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

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Lev Tsimbler

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3 thoughts on “Utopia Orchid Park – Visitors Guide (with Coupons and More)

  1. Do you sell orchids? If yes. Do you have a delivery service. I live in West Rishon lezion and am looking for the best nursery to buy orchids. Thanks.

    1. Hi Jacqueline,

      If you are interested in purchasing at their shop, then you can visit Utopia Park Nursery at: https://shop.utopiapark.co.il/
      According to their site, they sell orchids and send to all places in Israel. The delivery price depends on the order.

  2. We visited a Japanese park and the splendid water day at the lake
    Dirty is to us very unpleasant prices of the sky-wipers
    And most annoying they do not have a ticket for a not-so-pretty senior citizen who is by their side
    Do not come anymore

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