Take advice from an old tourist guide, if you don’t have time to see all of Israel, see a good portion of it, at least in miniature, at Mini Israel. This theme park covers the major regions of the country including many of the important religious and tourist sites, and reduces the size of each to a fraction of their real size. If Lego ever made an Israel land park, it would look something like this, only the materials are not blocks, so everything looks realistic. However some of the models are over-commercialized, especially the “historic” Egged Bus Building which has not yet been erected!
Mini Israel is designed like a “Star of David” marked by a red brick path (Remember the old “Yellow Brick Road”?) that allows you to see model airplanes at Ben-Gurion Airport, the Dead Sea, the Old City of Jerusalem, Jaffa, and Tel Aviv. Many of the sites have sound effects, such as the sound of a muezzin calling Muslims to prayer on the Temple Mount and lifeguards yelling at swimmers on the beach at Tel Aviv. Unfortunately the sound effects spread out over other models as well.
The park takes about an hour to tour and is a great place for kids, especially those seeing Israel for the first time, because it allows them to identify places they have seen or will visit. Many tourist guides will take their guest here directly upon arrival in Israel on a night flight from the Far East. Other guides will come to Mini Israel to review a week’s intensive touring before the tourists embark for return home.
.Mini Israel is an exciting attraction that featuring over 385 beautifully crafted exact replica models of Israel’s most important historical, religious, archeological and modern sites, at a scale of 1:25. To be fair, you must be aware that many of the models are suffering from the heat and exposure to sunlight and radiation. The management is investing much time and effort to refurbish the models, so some of them may be closed for repairs when you arrive. Here, Israel’s historical, archeological and architectural wonders are inhabited by some 25,000 residents each no more than 7 cm (about 2.76 inches) in height. The models are situated among 70,000 rich greenery Bonsai trees and thousands of miniature figures of Israelis of all types. The park offers an amazing 3D movie of Israel landscapes
.Although you can purchase refreshments at Mini Israel, many tour guides will recommend the local Alonit as the most popular attraction in the Latrun area
.Accessibility: The entire Mini Israel site is accessible to the physically challenged
- Sep-June – 10:00-18:00
- July – August – 17:00-22:00 throughout the week except Friday 10:00 – 14:00
- Adults – 69 NIS
- Children aged 2 to 5 – 29 NIS
- Children 5 or older – 69 NIS
- Children under 5 – free
- Adult/Child 5 and up in group – 52
- Seniors 59 NIS
- Disabled 59 NIS, Students 59 NIS.
Location: Latrun Half way between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv 30 minutes’ drive from either city,only 15 minutes drive from Ben Gurion International Airport
.Pets: Your animals cannot enter the Mini Israel Park, but they will certainly be happy to hear of your experiences when you come home