Things to Do in Jerusalem with Kids

Top Family-Friendly Things to Do & Kid Activities in Jerusalem, Israel

Things to Do in Jerusalem with Kids

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  • Sue C
    44 contributions
    Went with Titan on an escorted tour of Israel, highlight of the tour if you like history and religion.
    Written September 21, 2022
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  • IHMI
    Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
    This museum is exquisitely curated and well supplemented by the included audio guide (although be warned the battery only lasts a couple of hours, download the app on your phone as a back up). The collection is extensive and broken down into three major collections - archeology, art and Jewish life. All three were comprehensive and informative. If you enjoy museums, ignore the suggested visit duration- we were there from open to closing and only just managed to complete the whole museum (with only a superficial viewing of the last few galleries as we were running out of time). The museum is open on Saturdays but the restaurant, Modern, is not. There was a small cafe open on the Saturday we visited for a light snack to see the day through.
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • PROS
    • Unique world class tourist attraction
    • Perfectly intact archaeological remnant of 2000+ years
    • Possibility for an unparalleled spiritual experience
    • Immerse yourself in ancient history of Jews, Judea and Israel
    • Close-up observation and exposure to unique Jewish prayer religious culture and rituals
    • Mingle with those who observe Jewish prayer rituals
    • Open 24/7
    • Visit to Israel incomplete without it

    CONS
    • Can be crowded and congested and very disorganized
    * A strange combination of intense spirituality in the prayer rituals and those fervent supplicants at the Wall as compared to the holiday festive atmosphere in the plaza, as tour groups and family and friends meet and socialize- such is the Jewish life style experience
    • Beggars request donations and/or try to tie strings on wrists as a good-luck amulet) in return for donation)

    "I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
    ... with two teenagers in the final two hours of the mourning remembrance day of Tish Above, when we do a 25 hour fast from food and drink (including water) to commemorate the destruction of the Holy Temple structure of which this was the retaining wall 1953 years ago. Nonetheless, we were in great spirits as we mingled with the crowds of 20,000 others at this crowded plaza- we participated in the recovery afternoon flour offering (my 35 candid photos of anonymous individuals doing the ritual have been mistakenly attached to my previous 23 March 2022 review of this attraction- see them there).

    I also visited to participate in a Son-of-Commandment ceremony- certainly more festive and joyous: my many photos of that event will be attached to this review- please enjoy them.

    TIPS
    * Respectful appropriately dressed non Jews welcome (men/women separate)- to come and observe but don't invade a "personal space" of those doing the rituals and those praying fervently
    * Quiet piety in the inner prayer area
    * Do not disturb those engaged in their fervent prayer devotions
    * Approaching the Wall is possible for all, but in my hundreds of visits there, I only touched it once in 1978 for a second, and immediately regretted it: it's too holy. I recommend not touching it
    * The business about leaving a note in the wall is for tourists: we never did it and never do it, but the notes do become holy and are cleared twice a year and given a burial on the Mount of Olives.
    * Be thoughtful and discrete and unobtrusive when you take photos (of others) here- and not on the Sabbath and holidays
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • Khalid B
    Durban, South Africa238 contributions
    Just to the East of Musjid Aqsa, this hill is above alrge graveyard. The views of Aqsa and the old city are bretahtaking. Would have like some tourist info here and restrooms
    Written September 13, 2022
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  • Luke
    3 contributions
    Went on new Great Bridge tour this time. They have unearthed a part of the western wall that has been protected from the weather for nearly 2000 years. Shows what those amazing Herodian stones would have looked like. Leave the 100 Sheckles note jammed in a crack alone! Lots of other interesting spaces along the way.
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • Gottasetheworld
    Maryland85 contributions
    There were some unique shops but a lot of the stalls sold the same items. You can grab a lunch or fresh bread, nuts, pastries. A few of the bakeries were amazing. We ate lunch at one of the restaurants- decent.
    Written September 18, 2022
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  • ChinyeO
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria25 contributions
    The experience is better experienced than described. I loved every bit of it and we even had a prayer session and communion in one of the enclosed areas, The tomb itself is quite an experience,
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • Lynette L
    18 contributions
    Beautiful area and awesome feeling when I was there. Just to think, this is where Jesus prayed and walked
    Written September 7, 2022
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  • Kelly T
    Warren, MI73 contributions
    We had an excellent tour guide for the underground tunnel tour at City of David. Yehuda was informative and entertaining. Most of the tour is in fairly large underground spaces or outside at overlooks. At one point in the tour there is an option to split into the dry tunnel or the wet tunnel. Before you choose a tunnel, there is a short film about how the tunnel was made and how it was discovered We chose to do the dry tunnel since it was a shorter walk in closed quarters and enjoyed the quick hop back into history. Both tunnels ended back at the Pool of Siloam together. It is not a wet pool but a historically significant one nevertheless. We chose the shuttle back to the visitor's center but there were other areas that one could walk through and explore as well if you want to make a whole day of the experience.
    Written July 28, 2022
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  • goodguyjas
    London, UK1,088 contributions
    On the edge of the old city is the first place I wanted to go to. The brilliant woman at the ticket office was very helpful and explained the renovation work that would affect part of my visit but was happy to pay and also get the audio device to play the commentary. You have to leave a physical deposit like a credit card or driving license etc for the loan. Once inside made for the roof to survey the area. Yes, the tower was scaffolded but the area looked like history still and you can only imagine who has stepped foot here. You are now part of that history. Great views all around and the inner area still transports you back in time. Now there is a restaurant here so tables were setup, which spoiled the look but not end of the world. Lots of places to walk, up and down and along walkways. Felt safe and good footing. Builders and a few places are taken over from the public. But still a good area to see. The Fabulous view of the Temple Mount and the Mount Of Olives area in the distance are a big highlight of the museum. Great pictures. Plus the city in the foreground.

    Walked around and you could visit some rooms and also walk to the Kishle lookout. Note you can continue to walk along the battlements and out of the museum. This area is open to the public. So remember to come back if you have the audio guide!

    Still great with renovating going on. Amazing feeling being here.
    Written September 6, 2022
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  • Theoax
    Tel Aviv, Israel238 contributions
    This is a pretty good zoo. There are several well-built habitats, including for orangutans, chimpanzees, otters, prairie dogs and wolves. Lots of birds, many very colorful. An Australian section, a South American section, a section with many types of deer plus giraffes.
    And the walk through is very pleasant; in my opinion more pleasant than the Jerusalem Botanical Garden.
    Written March 28, 2022
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  • Luke
    3 contributions
    Must see church. Modern era but amazing architecture and mosaic parapet. If there is a service there with singing it is very special.
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • Karen W
    Long Island, NY13 contributions
    Unlike the Arab quarter, there isn't as much shopping but it can be just as confusing to walk around. Although, there are some shops this is more residential than the Arab or Armenian quarters. There are some very interesting old market streets that have been uncovered and on display here.
    Written May 21, 2022
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  • Angel Lazar
    Jerusalem, Israel59 contributions
    Lovely, enchanting, and a breath of fresh air........literally as it's an outdoor mall! Great cafés & American-style shopping!
    Written June 27, 2022
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  • MatthewASharp
    Torquay, UK1,904 contributions
    My first night in Jerusalem, after coming from Jordan

    I thought I'd been transported into a fusion of Mediterranean life meets a busy London vibe with multigenerational families enjoying food, chat and listening to a couple singing and playing the violin

    I can't comment on the shopping experience other than previous TA positive reviews. The only shop I did encounter was a tech phone one, with a very helpful assistant

    Was a lovely way to start my brief journey through Israel
    Written August 11, 2022
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