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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 181 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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Tel Aviv, Israel
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

If you have a car, that's an interesting day tour off Jerusalem (or Tel Aviv for that matter). The park includes a series of caves from different historical period, old city, Roman and Crusader fort , and more… It is scattered along a few km and the best way to explore it is by car or cycling, stopping at each... More

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Our granddaughter spent two months of her gap year "playing at soldiers" by doing a basic training course. we went to her passing-out parade and were most impressed by the setting at Ben Gurion's burial place. A beautiful desert garden and simple graves.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We dug in "Buffy" Cave and found all kinds of artifacts, from silver coin to pottery and nails. Great experience. Will do again!

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lawrenceville, NJ
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70 reviews 70 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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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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3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Each participant enters a well lit large underground cave that has been man made over 2300 years ago. An explanation of what archaeology is all about and what an archaeologist does, is given at the onset of the activity. Everyone receives a pick and trowel to dig into the soil to find things buried in the ground for thousands of... More

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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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13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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