During Passover a month ago, a new option for thrill-seekers opened in Israel: Extreme Park in Acre (Akko), a historic port city on the northern Mediterranean coast.
Though Israel is already a favorite destination for extreme-sport aficionados, the new park uniquely caters to all levels — from pros to amateurs — and boasts activities suitable for the whole family, for ages three and up.
In addition, many of the park’s activities are accessible for people with special needs.
According to a description of the project by the V5 architectural firm in Givatayim, which began planning Extreme Park in 2009, the $6 million venue “creates a dynamic experience of visual and physical activities with the perception of constant movement.”
In addition to 35 attractions such as zip-lining (Omega), rappelling and the highest bungee-jump in Israel, the park offers 2,000 square meters of climbing walls geared to professionals, amateurs, children and people with special needs.
One of the walls, at 30 meters (nearly 100 feet) high, is the Middle East’s tallest climbing wall and is built at a negative angle for a greater challenge.
The facility also encompasses a skate park for rollerblades, skateboards and BMX bikes;children’s playgrounds; open-air fitness facilities and, of course, eateries.You can also book a birthday party at Extreme Park.
It’s open from 4-9pm Sundays through Thursdays; from 10-5 Fridays and from 10-8 Saturdays. Ticket prices range from NIS 35-110. For more details, call 1-700-556-070, an Israeli toll-free number.
Other extreme-sports parks in Israel include X Park in Haifa, Galilee Adventure-Manara Cliff in Kiryat Shmona (which boasts Israel’s longest cable car and mountain slide), Top Rope Adventure Park in Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Philip Carriage Farm in Kiryat Gat and Yam Carmel.