International Parks: Gan HaShlosha, Israel

by Cie McCullough Buschle on May 10, 2012

in Arts and Culture, Outdoors with Kids, Travel Ideas

Palm trees, naturally warmed water, bathing beauties…not what you may expect in Israel, but here it is in Gan HaShlosha National Park. Time magazine named Gan HaShlosha as one of the most beautiful parks in the world; some even believe it was once the Garden of Eden.

Gan HaShlosha means “Park of the three” in Hebrew, but this park is also known by it’s Arabic name, Sahne, or “the hot”. The water in these pools, created by widening the Amal Stream, maintains a year round temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The pools are surrounded by lush green lawns.

Also on the park grounds is The Museum of Regional and Mediterranean Archaeology. Here can be found rare Greek tools as well as artifacts found in Israel, Egypt and Persia and a unique look at the Etruscans. Of further interest is the madafeh, or traditional Arab hospitality room, adjacent to an ancient water mill. The mill has been restored and is once again working.

Lastly, the park holds a bit of modern history: a model Tel Amal Tower and Stockade. The original was built over one night in 1936, when Jewish pioneers built it despite a British Mandate against settlement. Visitors can climb the tower, which provides a view of the entire park, and view a short film about living during the time of the Arab revolt.

עברית: Gan ha-Shlosha Israel

עברית: Gan ha-Shlosha Israel

| Cie McCullough Buschle lives with her dog Einstein and a cat named Burton Guster. She is a lifelong traveler and enjoys researching history through holidays, toys, and everyday objects. Cie is a sculptor and co-owns The Creative Chameleon, a place where kids and adults can create, paint, celebrate, and just have a lot of fun. Sometimes you can find her time traveling back to the Middle Ages as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

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