If you don't have time to see all of Israel, you can see a good portion of it, at least in minature, at Mini Israel. This 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.
Mini Israel is designed like a "Star of David" marked by a red brick path 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.
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.
Mini Israel is in the Ayalon valley, across from the Latrun Armored Corps Memorial, opposite the Trappists monastery.
General Information: 08-9222444
Price List at the Park
Adult - 54 NIS
Free entrance for children under 5
Source: Mini Israel . Photos © Mitchell Bard