The city of Beit She’an is in the northern district of Israel near Jordan and the Jordan River. West of the city is Mount Gilboa which is a biblical site that accounts for the battles between the Israelites and the Philistines. Beit She’an is also were King Saul and his sons where hung. While the city has a rich biblical history, tourists often overlook the city. Beit She’an boasts the beauty of nature having many nature parks around the city making it one of the great Israel destinations for nature lovers. The city even has a zoo featuring Australian animals. The city also has numerous archeological sites that date back to the Chalcolithic era. Let’s check out the some of the best destinations in Beit She’an below.
Beit She’an National Park
This archeological national park is the major attraction in Beit She’an featuring ruins from the ancient Canaanite and Egyptian civilizations. The site used to be a Roman metropolis with an estimated population of close to 50,000 residents and a land area of 370 acres. The park features ancient Roman architecture which includes the walls, public baths, artisan workshops, temples, and other buildings. One of the well-preserved structures is the Roman amphitheater with beautiful rare mosaics. If you are interested in ancient Roman ruins, the Beit She’an National Park is one of the ideal Israel destinations to consider.
Gan HaShlosha National Park
The Gan HaShlosha National Park is a great destination for relaxing and refreshing with its natural springs and pools. Also known as ‘Sakhne’, the warm spring water in the pools remain at a relaxing 28 degrees Celsius all year round. This park was deemed to be the most beautiful nature park of Israel and is commonly called the modern-day Garden of Eden. We highly recommend including the park in your list of Israel destinations to visit.
The Park Hama’ayanot, also popularly known as The Park of Springs, it features three springs that flow all year round. The springs attract both locals and tourists to take a dip and relax. The park offers several recreational activities that’s ideal for families which includes riding in the bicycles, golf carts, and field cars available in the park. The park is a great destination for family picnics with wooden cabins for a unique country lodging experience.
Gan Garoo Australian Zoo
This zoo is perhaps the most unique destination in Beit She’an given that it features wildlife and vegetation from Australia. The zoo features friendly kangaroos you can pet which is a huge attraction for children. Aside from kangaroos, there are also flying foxes, cassowaries, beautiful Australian birds, and more.
The City of Beit She’an might be overshadowed by the more popular Israel destinations such as the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Eilat, and others, Beit She’an certainly offers plenty of fun for any visitor. The beautiful parks alone offer a great adventure with nature in a fun and relaxing way. Contact us to learn more about Beit She’an and Israel, check out our services and start your next Israel tour with us!
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