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Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park

Bet Shemesh-Kiryat Gat road (no. 35) opposite Kibbutz Bet Guvrin, Jerusalem, Israel (Givat Ram)
08-681-2957
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Ranked #8 of 179 Attractions in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Ancient Ruins
Description: This 1,250 acre national park is filled with 2,000 year old archaeological sites that visitors can explore.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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lawrenceville, NJ
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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This location offers two options. In the national park you can visit excavated caves that show daily life in the area in between around 300 BCE and 100 CE. There is also an active archeological dig that invites visitors (for an extra fee) to participate in cave excavation. The highlight of that activity is the front- and back-side crawl through... More

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East Meadow, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The best part of going to this park is participating in the archeological seminar dig. We dug up real artifacts from over 2200 years ago. Our tour guide was great and took us to all the interesting sites within the park. I don't think we would have found all the sites and enjoyed it as much if we had done... More

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Israel
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74 reviews 74 reviews
58 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great visit rain or shine. This underground caves are cool in the summer and dry/warm in the winter. They are man made and hold so many interesting artifacts. Can be combined with a Dig for the Day, making for an entire days visit to this National Park.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very nice park. Interesting visit of archeological remains. It is a good pace for a family visit and a great picnic.

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Holmes, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This exceeded my expectations, by far. Something I have always wanted to do. Great family activity. We learned a lot, the hand- on was fantastic! Highly recommend it...worth the drive!

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Suffern, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My family had an AWESOME experience this July with Dig for a Day! Several friends recommended us to book tickets and I am so glad that we did. It was the perfect adventure for our children ages 10-16. You will get dirty. That is part of the fun. We enjoyed the experience of participating in the archaeological dig, learning history... More

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

it's way out from Jerusalem. It's an undergruond location , very interesting. you have to go down and up a lot of stairs but it worth it. better visit in winter or spring

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

We made a reservation many weeks in advance, by email, figuring this was the type of experience our 12 and 14 year old boys would love, and we were right. Our guide Eitan picked us up at a gas station near the park entrance and brought the group first to the dig site. We could have stayed there much longer... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We did Dig For A Day through Archeological Seminars: http://www.archesem.com/dig.asp. We went with our 8 year old son. Everyone in the group found many items of pottery. Some also found bones and shells. Great time had by all. Expect to get dirty! Lena was an awesome guide - very enthusiastic and fun, as well as extremely knowledgeable. After dig, explored... More

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A visit to Bet Guvrin is a visit in time.A civilisation which exisited about 1600 years ago.The caves are well excavated and it is possible to imagine how people lived then.

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