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Amsa Spring in the Shomron – Maayan Amsa near Har Bracha in Samaria

The spring (מעיין עמשא) empties into three pools of varying depths, ranging from about 10 cm deep to 40 cm deep. The site also boasts a number of picnic tables and parking nearby; a lovely spot for a picnic and dip in the water on a hot summer day.

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Ein Mokesh Spring in the Golan Heights – Landmine spring in the Golan

Ein Mokesh is a spring in the Golan Heights. Located near Kibbutz Ein Zivan, the spring was a popular place to visit even when it was surrounded by a minefield. It has since been cleaned up, so that guests won’t step in the minefield by mistake. However, it has maintained its name “Ein Mokesh”, or “Landmine Spring”, to remind us of the way it used to be.

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Ein Ampi spring in the Golan Heights – En Eucalyptus Spring in the Golan

Ein Ampi, also known as Ein Eucalyptus, is a lovely spring in the Golan Heights. The clear water varies from 0.5 meters to 1.5 meters in depth. Wide stones surround the pool, laid out as steps leading into the water, reminding one of an amphitheater. The eucalyptus trees provide shade even in the heat of summer.

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Banias suspended trail – Suspended trail over the Hermon River at the Banias Nature Reserve

The Banias suspended trail is a new path which allows visitors to the Banias Nature Reserve the opportunity to enter parts of the nature reserve which were previously inaccessible to visitors. The suspended trail, which opened in March 2010, provides a wooden trail over the rapids of the Hermon River, through a basalt canyon.

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Madras ruins in Park Adulam – Hirbet Madras near Beit Shemesh – Churvat Madras in Park Adulam

Hirbet Madras, known as Churvat Madras in Hebrew, is the remains of an agricultural village located in Park Adulam.  The Hirbet Madras ruins include houses, burial caves, hiding caves, a columbarium cave, and a burial pyramid.

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Dinosaur display in Rishon Lezion – Dinosaurs and prehistoric animals in Rishon le-Tsiy

A display of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals is located outside of cinema city in Rishon Lezion. The dinosaurs are visible first due to their huge height, but when you near the site, you can see the variety of the dinosaurson display. These include the deinonychus, apatosaurus, brachiosaurus, brachylophosaurus, and stegosaurus.

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Gan HaMa’ayan in Rishon Lezion – Ein Hakorey Spring – Ma’ayan Shimshon Spring in Rishon le-Tsiyon

Gan HaMa’ayan in Rishon Lezion was where the springs of Rishon Lezion surfaced. The founders of Rishon Lezion, led by Zalman Levontin, called the spring “Ein HaKorey” or “Maayan Shimshon”, from the biblical story in Judges, chapter 15.

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Easy Hike to Nahal Zevital – Swim in the Zevitan pool in the Golan

Nahal Zavitan, or the Zevitan River, is the longest stream in the Golan Heights. The stream is 19 km long and runs to the Beit Tzaida basin at the Sea of Galilee. The stream runs through basalt canyons, creating pools and flowing down waterfalls. The water is cold and refreshing and swimming is allowed in the Zevitan pools.

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Ya’ar HaAyalim Deer Forest – Odem deer forest in the Golan Heights

Ya’ar HaAyalim is a deer forest in Odem in the Golan. The forest has antelope, ibex, red spotted deer and midget deer. Visitors can wander amongst and feed the deer, while learning about the various deer. Visitors can also learn how a shofar is made from the horns of an animal.

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Jerusalem Biblical Zoo – Tisch Family Zoological Gardens

The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, officially known as the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, was originally opened in 1928 by Aharon Shulov of Hebrew University. The Zoo was a small children’s zoo at that time, in the center of Jerusalem. In 1947, the zoo moved to the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus (Har HaTzofim, in Hebrew). The animals were traumatized by the shelling during the War of Independence in 1948, so they were moved once again to the Ezrat Torah neighborhood. The zoo remained there from 1950 to 1991; over time the zoo became dilapidated and overcrowded. In 1991, the zoo was closed and reopened in 1993 in the Malha neighborhood.

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Gan Guru kangaroo park in Israel – Gan Guru Australian zoo in the Jordan Valley

Gan Guru is an Australian zoo in Israel. You will see animals which are generally found only in Australia, such as kangaroos, koalas, and Australian emus and kakadus. You can feed the kangaroos and watch the koalas being fed.

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Eretz Breishit theme park – Theme park and workshops from biblical times

Eretz Breishit (Genesis Land) is a theme park dedicated to biblical times, and geared for children. Scenes from the Torah are enacted in front of you, where the desert is the stage. Visitors to the park are greeted by Eliezer, ride on a camel, and then visit Abraham’s tent for refreshments. Other scenes include Joseph and his brothers just before they throw Joseph into the pit and the matchmaking of Isaac and Rivka.

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Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve – Nature Reserve for breeding endangered animals

The Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve was established to foster a protected environment for desert animals. The reserve breeds animals which were mentioned in the bible with the goal of reintroducing them to the Israel deserts (the Aravah and the Negev) which were their home. The reserve also breeds other endangered desert animals. A similar program was established in the Carmel Hai-Bar Nature Reserve for Mediterranean animals.

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Hurshat Tal National Park – park with man-made swimming pool in Galil

Hurshat Tal national park is located in the Galil, near Kiryat Shmona. One of the tributaries to the Dan River cuts through the park, flowing through a large man-made pool with freezing cold water. The water is 12 degrees C (55F) all year round. The pool is sectioned into a shallow area and two deep areas, and lifeguards are in attendance.

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Ammunition Hill Museum and Memorial – Givat HaTachmoshet Museum

Ammunition Hill, known as Givat HaTachmoshet in Hebrew, was the most heavily fortified Jordanian stronghold in 1967. It was also the site of one of the fiercest battles during the six day war. When the Israeli paratroopers captured the hill, the liberation of the old city of Jerusalem was possible.

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