Visitors come to Jerusaleml from all over the world for many reasons; high among them are history, culture and religion. But in addition to all of the amazing historical and religious sites, and cultural experiences, many are surprised to learn that there are so many nice parks in Jerusalem. From the expansive Gan Sacher and Liberty Bell Park to the more intimate Rose Park and Bloomfield Park, nice parks in Jerusalem are never too far away.

These parks, and others, are one of the best ways to experience Tu B’Shevat, or the Jewish holiday associated with celebrating trees, nature and agriculture. It occurs on the 15th of the Jewish month of Shevat, or, on the secular calendar, it is usually in February, when the winter weather begins to show signs of becoming spring. Tu B’Shevat came about in Jewish tradition as the day used to measure how old trees are; as the Bible instructs the ancient Israelites not to eat fruits from trees until they are at least three years old.

Nice Parks in Jerusalem for Almond Blossoms

The most famous Tu B’Shevat song refers to the day overlapping with the blossoming of the almond trees. The bright pink buds and white flowers on the otherwise bare almond trees are one of the most famous signs of spring in Jerusalem. Here are some of the nice parks in Jerusalem, where you can see these magical blossoms:

Emek Ha Matzleva, or Valley of the Cross:

This is a green expanse of grass, hills, trees and foot paths that begins at the southern edge of Gan Sacher, the large city park that runs along Hazaz Boulevard. The landscape here is dotted with numerous almond trees, along with olive trees and colorful wildflowers that also begin to bloom during the month of February. This is a great place for families to relax, have a picnic and let their children play. It is near the Israel Museum and Bible Lands Museum, so can easily be paired with one of those places for a full day of activities.

Bloomfield Garden:

This is a park nestled just above Jeruslaem’s pictures Yemin Moshe neighborhood, one of the first residential neighborhoods outside of the city walls. As you make your way through or around Yemin Moshe to get to this park, on the East Side of King David Street, you will surely see almond blossoms peaking out among all the other trees and flowers. This park is usually quiet and can feel like a private garden. There is plenty of grass, along with trees, benches and drinking fountains. Other highlights include 2,000-year-old burial tombs connected to the family of King Herod and modern art sculptures. This park is just a few minutes’ walk from the Inbal Hotel and can be a great place to take a break after exploding the windmill and panoramic views from Yemin Moshe.

Train Track Park:

This long and narrow green corridor with walking paths winds through Jerusalem’s Baka and German Colony neighborhoods. In February, it’s another great place to catch a glimpse of almond blossoms while walking, biking or running. Benches and drinking fountains along the way offer pleasant places to sit and relax. Cafes and lending libraries for books also dot the path. Walking this path either before or after exploring First Station, a restored railroad station now filled with restaurants, amusement park rides and shops, is a great way for a family to spend an early spring day in the city. The Train Track Park starts at First Station, where bicycle rentals are also available.

These nice parks in Jerusalem are extra special at Tu B’Shvat and provide one of the best ways to experience nature in the city. But they can also be enjoyed all year around, offering open green spaces for relaxing and exploring.

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