Tourism Sites in Rishon Lezion

The Riviera of the Middle East

Rishon LeZion is all set to become an international tourism center. We'll have just about everything to offer: blue sea and golden sand dunes, historical sites from the city's early days, archeological sites and the most modern shopping centers.
Israel's  second largest amusement park is a great source of fun during the long Middle Eastern summer. The facility comes complete with performances by artists and circus performers.
Hai -Kef

Rishon has its own zoo - home to a variety of rare animals. The facility also includes a petting zoo, where children can get close and personal with the "residents".
Memorial Park

The Memorial Park initiated by Mayor Nitzan is located near Kiryat Kramim. The 160,000 sq. meter complex includes Hassidei Umot Haolam Boulevard, on which 40 cubes of stone represent the countries of origin of the people that were honored with this title following Word War ll.
A huge cement and iron monument with six chimneys of differing heights commemorates the six million Jews exterminated by the Nazis as well as all the "Sons of Rishon" killed in the course of Israel's wars.
Another monument honors individuals from all over the world who fought the Nazis. The park is graced with green lawns, waterfalls, ponds and fountains. Next to the "Hurshat Habanim" grove that commemorates Rishon residents killed in action, the "Tekuma Monument" symbolizes the connection between the Holocaust and the revival of the State.
Rishon's Museum:

The museum located in one of Rishon's numerous historical buildings, tells the story of Rishon's birth and development during its 40 years, through photographs, furniture, authentic objects and archive documents.
Renovated structures recall Rishon's earliest days. These include the old community clinic, the pharmacy, the pharmacist's laboratory / home, the post office, the house of Shalit (one of Rishon's founders) and the stable in the farmyard.
The Bereshit exhibition

Introduces Rishon LeZion as the basis for the foundation of the State of Israel. There you can learn about "Hatikva" - Israel's national anthem, the words of which were written in Rishon LeZion.
You can see a flag that preceded the design of Israel's national flag (based on a Jewish prayer shawl) which was designed in Rishon. You can learn about Keren Kayemet, the organization for purchasing land in Israel, which was founded by Rishon's early settlers. You will also discover that spoken Hebrew was revived and that the first symphony orchestra was established in Rishon. The museum also features the craftsmen among the first settlers and their tools.
The first Hebrew school

A typical reconstructed classroom, where lessons took place in Hebrew in the museum basement. Here visitors can wear a traditional Turkish hat, listen to readings from the first teacher's book and view a typical laundry and utensils that were used in the home.
The "Roots" Hall

Changing exhibitions and the Menashe Meirovitz room - the "last of the Biluim" (the first settlers from Russia). A multimedia family album enables visitors to follow the history of Rishon's families between 1882 and 1922.
The Museum Yard

Agricultural tools used by the settlers and a variety of ancient and new plants characterizing Rishon's early agriculture. Near the olive tree there is a reconstructed home oil press.
Moshava Park

Rishon's founders first planted the Moshava Park as a citrus grove in the 19th century. The rare palms planted among the orange trees can still be seen today. The park was renovated and today incorporates shady nooks, streams, a swan pond, a botanical garden, a mini-golf course, an area for outdoor dancing, an amphitheater and a covered stage for 50 musician.

Archeological Sites:

The Underground City

Archeological digs carried out in the sand dunes have revealed cemeteries and the ruins of ancient cities dating as for back as 4,000 BC. An underground complex is planned, which will allow visitors to tour the digs.

The Assyrian Castle

An iron age castle dating back to the Assyrian occupation of the region in the 8th century B.C. was recently discovered in Rishon LeZion's sand dunes near Yitzhak Rabin Boulevard.

A Byzantine wine press

a 1,500 years old, astonishingly well-preserved wine press was discovered at the end of Rotschild Street. This finding proves that wine has always been a central part of Rishon's life! The wine-press will feature as the center-piece of a new archeological park.