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Gan Hashlosha National Park (Sahne)

The warm waters of the Amal River flow through the length of the Gan Hashlosha National Park and can be enjoyed year round, with temperatures in the region averaging around 82ºF (28ºC). Visitors to Gan Hashlosha can relax in the warm pools and rejuvenate in the natural jacuzzi that occurs underneath the flowing stream of an invigorating waterfall. This is a wonderful place to spend the day with the family swimming and exploring the walking trails; there are lifeguards on duty and changing room and shower facilities as well as a playground for the kids and plenty of shaded areas and tables for picnics. There is also a restaurant for those who don't want to bring their own food.

Of cultural interest are the hydro-powered flour mill, the tower-and-stockade museum and the Museum of Regional and Mediterranean Archaeology. The latter museum contains a collection of Greek tools and a display of archaeological findings from Beit She'an Valley, Iran and Egypt.

Unfortunately you can only camp overnight in the park if you are part of a group of more than 200 people and you have to reserve the site with the park authorities in advance.

Address: The park is on Route 669, approximately 15 minutes from Beit She'an

Telephone: (06) 658 6219; (06) 658 6352 (museum)

Opening times: Open daily from 8am to 5pm (April to September), and 8am to 4pm (October to March). The park closes an hour early on Fridays.

Admission: NIS 38 (adults), NIS 23 (children). Concessions available.