At approx. 70,000 inhabitants Ra'anana is bumbling mid size suburban neighborhood. The majority of residents are Israeli, but it is notable that since it's inception Ra'anana has been home to a large percentage of American and British immigrants, and more recently has seen influxes of both Argentinian and French populous.
Both the Egged bus lines 501, and 502 pass through Ra'anana and terminate at Tel Aviv's central bus station. The 502 is a slight express version of the 501, nevertheless you should expect and hour's ride either way. One way - 10 שח.
Ra'anana is not particularly large, the largest journey you could make within the city would be about 5km. In it's East-West direction the main drag Ahuza (He. אחוזה) is served by local bus line number 29. North to south trips can be undertaken by foot at the maximum expense of 30 minutes.
Ra'anana has no buildings of historic import.
There is a park with a small zoo section as well as occasional Shakespeare performances.
There's a 3 storey shopping mall.
While hotels may exists there are no hostels.
You'll have to cross over the dividing Highway 4 between Ra'anana and Kfar Saba where just past lies Kfar Saba's central bus station to visit locations other than Tel Aviv.