The Israel Electric Company offers free Hebrew tours of its facilities in Haifa, Hadera and Ashkelon. The tours are offered during holidays and summer vacation and are labelled for ages 11 and above. However, our tour of the Hadera facility included many children far younger than 11. The guided tour begins in the visitor center where there is a short film and several displays explaining the theory of electricity in general and how electricity is produced and distributed here in Israel. The tour culminates with a bus ride through the facility grounds (including a stop at the adjacent port where coal is unloaded). Throughout the tour, the accompanying guide provides explanations. The tour runs for about an hour. My children were not particularly interested in the tour, but I thought it was well-done, interesting and educational. Since the tour is meant for the general public, the guide's explanations were on a very simple and understandable level. Private tours can be arranged for those who are 18 and above and want a more detailed tour (including entrance into some of the buildings on the grounds).
Israel Electric Corp. - 03-567-7777- www.israel-electric.co.il - advance reservations required