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Guide to Jerusalem for Families

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There’s plenty to see and do for an active family visiting Jerusalem. Many of the most popular attractions are kid-friendly, or feature special activities or areas for young people. With year-round sunshine and often quite mild winters, it’s always a pleasure to be outside here. For families keen on cultural or historic vacations, there are few destinations to rival this 4,000 year old site!

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

Israel Museum

Speciality Museums

Mahane Yehuda Market

Flea & Street Markets

Old City of Jerusalem

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, History Museums, Neighbourhoods

Time Elevator

Movie Theatres

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Zoos

Tower of David Museum

History Museums

Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

History Museums

Dead Sea

Bodies of Water

Masada National Park

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Chris O's City Tips

  • Crowds and long lines can be expected during religious holidays (be they Christian, Jewish or Muslim). Check to see if your trip coincides with any scheduled holidays, and adjust your itinerary accordingly.
  • Don't try to cram in too much during your visit. Linger at the most important sites, and make a second trip to the Old City if you find yourselves with a few hours spare — full of life, there's always something new to discover there.
  • Jerusalem is a melting pot of different cultures and religions. Please be mindful and respectful of others’ traditions and beliefs; particularly when visiting ''attractions'' that are considered holy sites by many.
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    Israel Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The largest cultural institution in the State of Israel, the Israel Museum has some fascinating artifacts which are sure to wow kids of all ages. These include the oldest known figurine in the world; the Dead Sea Scrolls; numerous thousand-year-old items excavated within miles of the museum; an incredibly detailed 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem during its Second Temple Period (especially cool for younger kids!); an Art Garden designed by Isamu Noguchi; and a collection of more recent works by great artists — think Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is free for kids on Tuesday afternoons, when the museum also hosts workshops and activities especially designed for children.
    • The museum is open Sunday, Monday and Thursday from 10am to 5pm; Tuesday from 4pm to 9pm; Friday and holiday eves from 10am to 2pm; Saturday and holidays 10am to 5pm.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dead Sea Scrolls 21/09/2017
    • Always interesting to visit 20/09/2017
    • Israel Museum
    Address:
    11 Derekh Ruppin
    Jerusalem 9543500
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-670-8811
    Other:
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    Mahane Yehuda Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Chris O Says:

    This bustling and active food market is a great place for the whole family to sample a range of local delicacies, have a budget-friendly and authentic Middle Eastern lunch, or shop for souvenirs (or maybe a picnic later during your trip).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • It's cash only here so make sure you have plenty before entering the market.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun and lively 23/09/2017
    • This place rocks. 18/09/2017
    • Mahane Yehuda Market
    Address:
    Rehov Mahane Yehuda
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    0508699665
    Other:
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    Old City of Jerusalem
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, History Museums, Neighbourhoods
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    Chris O Says:

    Few destinations (if any) can rival the multitude of historic and significant cultural and religious sites found within Jerusalem’s Old City. Allowing plenty of time to explore its narrow streets and hidden corners is guaranteed to elicit plenty of 'whoa' moments from all members of the family.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The touristy gift shops in some of the busier areas of the Old City may offer a nice distraction for the kids, but discerning adults will do better shopping for authentic souvenirs elsewhere.
    • Hawkers are polite if somewhat insistent. Don't shy away from saying a firm ''no'' with a smile.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 22/09/2017
    • Amazing sights and sounds 21/09/2017
    • Old City of Jerusalem
    Phone:
    +972 3-516-6699
    Other:
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    Time Elevator
    Movie Theatres
    Chris O Says:

    Take a family-friendly 3D and multimedia rich ride through 3,000 years of fascinating history aboard the Time Elevator. Expect water to splash and ceilings to crash among other special effects here!

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Book in advance to avoid disappointment, especially during Jewish holidays.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 28 Fun & Games in Jerusalem
    • Total disappointment 06/09/2017
    • Outdated. 05/09/2017
    • Time Elevator
    Address:
    Rehov Yitzhak Kariv 6
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-624-8381
    Other:
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    Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)
    Zoos
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    Chris O Says:

    Jerusalem’s 60 acre-plus 'Biblical Zoo' is home to nearly 150 different species of animals, all of which are either species mentioned in the Bible or are endangered — can you spot which animals are which?

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The zoo is open Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm; Friday and holiday eves from 9am to 4:30pm; Saturday and holidays from 10am to 6pm.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great zoo with a huge variety of animals 19/09/2017
    • Nice Outing 30/08/2017
    • Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)
    Address:
    Manahat
    southern end of KOLITZ road, also approachable from the Malha Shopping Mall
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-675-0111
    Other:
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    Tower of David Museum
    History Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The Tower of David, aka the Jerusalem Citadel, is located close to Jaffa Gate. A fascinating archaeological site in and of itself, the medieval tower is also home to an amazing museum, whose combination of artifacts and cool interactive features makes it a meaningful visit for all ages. Be prepared for the story of this ancient city to be really brought to life here!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The “Night Spectacular” laser show is a fun way to learn about the history of Jerusalem together, and could turn out to be a highlight of your family trip!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History all around 22/09/2017
    • Magnificent views 18/09/2017
    • Tower of David Museum
    Address:
    Jaffa Gate
    Jerusalem 9114001
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-626-5333
    Other:
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    Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
    History Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    This 45-acre site sits atop Har Hazikaron (Jerusalem’s Mount of Remembrance) and is home to the most extensive Holocaust Library and Archives in the world. However extensive your children's knowledge of the holocaust is, the huge range of moving exhibits housed here will make a definite impact. With a mission to commemorate the millions of Jews murdered and thousands of communities lost, the site also pays tribute to the heroic efforts of those who risked everything to stand up to Nazi persecution. A must-see for every visitor, young and old, for good reason.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The subject matter may be too traumatic for little ones and especially sensitive children. Parental discretion here is key.
    • Yad Vashem is closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays.
    • The Holocaust History Museum, Museum of Holocaust Art, Exhibitions Pavilion and Synagogue are open until 8pm. All other sites close at 5pm.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Emotionally amazing 23/09/2017
    • Worthwhile 23/09/2017
    • Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
    Phone:
    +972 2-644-3400
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    09:00 - 17:00
    Thu
    09:00 - 20:00
    Fri
    09:00 - 14:00
    Other:
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    Dead Sea
    Bodies of Water
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    Chris O Says:

    The lowest place on earth (422 meters below sea level to be exact) is also one of its most fascinating. Kids will love the weird swimming experience of floating with complete buoyancy, and the chance to play in the mud; while parents will welcome the chance to relax by the sea, enjoy a spa treatment, and put their feet up from all that sightseeing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It’s easy to incorporate a visit to the Dead Sea and Masada into a one-day trip. And you'll be back in the city with plenty of time for dinner before bedtime.
    • Neve Midbar Resort is a good, family-friendly place to consider for your Dead Sea visit, complete with lockers, family areas, and affordable snacks.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Dead Sea Region
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unusual experience 23/09/2017
    • A must experience 16/09/2017
    • Dead Sea
    Phone:
    972-3-516-6699
    Other:
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    Masada National Park
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    The ruins of King Herod’s mountaintop fortress — and last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against the Romans in 73 AD — captivate you from the moment you start your cable car ascent to this amazing archaeological site! The panoramic views of the Dead Sea and Jordan on the other side, the ibex spotting, and the chance to play call and response with a major echo-effect, all add up to an epic family day out.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Strongly consider visiting with a guide. There’s just so much to discover, and they will help bring the site to life for the whole family.
    • It’s easy to add the Dead Sea to your Masada day trip, and still be back in Jerusalem for an evening meal.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Masada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Masada...amazing! 22/09/2017
    • Ancient Tablemountain City, Juish Heritage 20/09/2017
    • Masada National Park
    Phone:
    +972 8-658-4207
    Hours:
    Fri
    08:00 - 16:00
    Sat - Thu
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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