We have made two different attempts to visit Ashkelon with our rental car in Israel. The first attempt was driving in the heavy rain, under really bad weather conditions, and not knowing the roads and not being familiar with the area really took its toll on us. We stopped the car on our way to Ashkelon a few times as we couldn't drive in the heavy rain. The good thing was that you always find interesting places on a way to a place when you less anticipate. We found an escape room (Escape Room Atlantis) and spent a few hours there till the rain stopped. It was actually a lot of fun, but the following week we came back to Ashkelon to visit the Ashkelon's National Park what we wanted to see in the first place and weather permitted then.