Kids Self-Guided Tour of Jerusalem, Jerusalem (Self Guided)

Jerusalem is also a city of much fun. Both your children and you will enjoy the unique and unforgettable experiences that you can have in the Bible lands historical museum, the youth wing of the Israel Museum, and Jerusalem's fascinating playgrounds. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most visited children's attractions of Jerusalem.
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Kids Self-Guided Tour of Jerusalem Map

Guide Name: Kids Self-Guided Tour of Jerusalem
Guide Location: Israel » Jerusalem (See other walking tours in Jerusalem)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km
Author: vickyc
Bloomfield Science Museum

1) Bloomfield Science Museum

The Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem serves as the country’s premier tribute to science. The location is well known for its family oriented activities and events that can keep the interest of everyone. The goal of the institution is to act as a kind of bridge between the scientific community and the general public.

One of the things that you will note right away is that the structure is quite well suited to children, with exhibitions that will interest the young visitors. The displays can teach a kid to be an entertainment park owner, or how to be an architect, and even how to better understand the laws of physics that keep our Universe in tact. However, the place is not just designed for kids. There are a lot of interactive displays designed to be of interest to adults, to keep them just as involved as the little ones who come to this place to play and learn.

The Israeli flavor of the building is expressed in specialized exhibits. They have been created by members of the local academic community. Often, they are based on current projects from the University. The location is also capable of hosting a party for various occasions.

The Bloomfield Science Museum is a mere five minutes from the Israel Museum. Admission for adults is 45 NIS. Children under 5 are admitted free. There are also special prices for Soldiers, Disabled, Students, and Seniors.

Opening hours: Monday - Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00; Friday: 10:00 - 14:00; Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00
Israel Museum

2) Israel Museum (must see)

The Israel Museum, or Muze'on Yisrael, Yerushalayim is located in Jerusalem. It was founded in 1965 as Israel's national archive. It is located in the local region of Givat Ram. The National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel, Knesset, the Israeli Supreme Court, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are very near to this location also. Mayor Teddy Kollek was perhaps the most instrumental person in the development of the institution. In terms of similar places, it is world famous for art and archaeology. In its walls are housed ancient artifacts from the days of the Bible, Judaica, local ethnic graphic art, as well as archaeological pieces from every major continent in the world. You can also find treasures from the Orient, glass, clay and porcelain sculptures and rare documents from around the world. Perhaps the most famous exhibit here is the Shrine of the Book. In a specially shaped building, the Dead Sea Scrolls and artifacts discovered at Masada have found a home.

The museum owns over 500,000 collectible pieces. At any one time, there are around 7500 items that can be viewed or seen online. The location, under the directorship of James Snyder, underwent a multimillion-dollar campaign to modernize the structure. In addition, the construction would be designed to double the gallery space available for exhibits. It opened on July 26, 2010. The current building covers nearly 150,000 sq. feet. It attracts 800,000 patrons yearly. Well over 100,000 children visit each year. It holds the biggest public display of Israeli artifacts in the world.

Why You Should Visit:
The most interesting and magical museum there is in Israel, hands down – outstanding sculpture garden included.
Wide range of work from contemporary art to Jewish life (full-on synagogues included)!

Don't try to do it all at once. The collections of archeology and art are each huge and incredible and could take hours. Do the Dead Sea Scrolls on your first visit.
Remember to bring an ID card (not passports), in order to use the audio guides.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 10am-5pm; Tue: 4-9pm; Fri & Holiday Eves: 10am-2pm; Sat & Holidays: 10:30am-4pm
Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

3) Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens is centrally located in Nayot, on the southeastern edge of the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The place is designed in sections, which feature flora and fauna of various regions of the world. The attraction opened to the public in 1985. In 1986, a tropical conservatory was opened to the general public. The famous South Africa section was planted in 1989. The Hank Greenspan Entrance Plaza, Dvorsky Visitors’ Center, which constitute much of the rest of the campus, were built in 1990. They also added a lovely restaurant.

The original grounds were procured in 1926, on the Mount Scopus side. Plans were created by Alexander Eig, who was the chairman of the Botany department of the University at the time. Planting started in 1931.

During the Israeli War of Independence, access to the university campus was cut off. An alternative campus was opened for a bit, through 1956. Some additions were then added over the years, but the real boom started in 1975. In that year, “the Society of Friends of the Botanical Gardens” was established to care for the place. The group was composed of lots of members of the former governing authorities, such as the JNF, the city of Jerusalem, and the local University.

In 1981, the Garden Association was started. The grounds were opened to the public in 1985. In 1994, it broke all formal ties with Hebrew University. Since that point in time, the Botanical Garden Association has been responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the place.

Among the things to see here is the Japanese garden. It holds the biggest collection of bonsai trees on the planet. There is also the "Bible Path" which is home to 70 species of plant life that have been known to have existed during the times in which the Bible was written. The organization is highly committed to creating a gene pool to protect rare flowers and plants in Israel.
Train Theater

4) Train Theater

This theater is located in Liberty Bell Park. It has been designed to be an entertainment place unlike any other. It has been designed to promote the craft of puppeteering. The place specializes in entertaining children, but it is probably just as famous with the adults who happen to visit. This whole endeavor is quite anti-thetical in many ways, as the theatre scene of Jerusalem is growing, a large genre of plays being performed all the time

One of the best things about this place is that they have lots of plays showing, at any given time, that are designed to captivate kids. The make use of bright colors, happy music and a host of other tricks to get this task done. Yet, the plots in the plays are sophisticated enough to keep the attention of the adults in the crowd also.

Frequently, the cast and characters of some play are taken on the road surrounding communities. When they are traveling, they often make use of public art as a kind of “propt” for the play. One local favorite is an inflatable Elvis that if often used.

The location of the Train Theater is St. Jabotinsky 1, The Bell Park Garden, Jerusalem. This is a real must see for anyone who is traveling in the Holy Lands with their children. It will help well worth the stop.
Western Wall Tunnel (Kotel)

5) Western Wall Tunnel (Kotel) (must see)

The Western Wall Tunnel is an underground tunnel exposing the Western Wall in its full length. The tunnel is adjacent to the Western Wall and is located under buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem. While the open-air portion of the Western Wall is approximately 60 m long, the majority of its original length is hidden underground. The tunnel exposes a total length of 485 m of the wall, revealing the methods of construction and the various activities in the vicinity of the Temple Mount. The excavations included many archaeological finds along the way, including discoveries from the Herodian period (streets, monumental masonry), sections of a reconstruction of the Western Wall dating to the Umayyad period, and various structures dating to the Ayyubid, Mamluke and Hasmonean periods constructed to support buildings in the vicinity of the Temple Mount.

If you are claustrophobic, stay calm – some areas are narrow but there are alcoves throughout to get some breathing room.
Also, even in winter, it’s hot down there! No need to dress up. But remember to book a tour in advance!
Sight description based on wikipedia
Damascus (Shechem) Gate

6) Damascus (Shechem) Gate (must see)

This is one of the structural openings that are part of the wall enclosing Old Jerusalem. This spot gets its name because it is the way you would go to the capital of Syria. It is approximately 135 miles away (or 220 kilometers). It faced the north.

This location also serves as the main entrance into East Jerusalem. By far it is more interesting than many other places in the old town. In many ways, it is the beginning of what one might call a microcosm of the Palestinian world. In this location, vendors bring goods to and from the Old City, families still have picnics, and life continues much the way it has for years upon years. Yet, on the steps of the buildings, you can find Israeli soldiers standing guard. You can become quite taken with the sales people there also, selling their herbs, produce and the like. The women are famous for wearing their embroidered dresses that are a part of their dowry and identity.

The structure has remained pretty much intact since the time of Süleyman the Magnificent. He also happens to be the person who oversaw the gate's construction between 1537 and 1542. The present size, though, was the result of work commissioned by Roman emperor Hadrian. There was a column that once stood here. This old structure gave birth to the other name for this place: Bab al-Amud (Gate of the Column).

Why You Should Visit:
This is one of the Old City's prettiest gates with the castellated wall. Very majestic!

There is lots to see, smell and buy once you're in the Muslim Quarter (and actually, most of the Old City).

Walking Tours in Jerusalem, Israel

Create Your Own Walk in Jerusalem

Create Your Own Walk in Jerusalem

Creating your own self-guided walk in Jerusalem is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Landmarks of Jerusalem Walking Tour

Landmarks of Jerusalem Walking Tour

Jerusalem, capital of Israel, is a stage of history for the entire universe, so to speak. Its religious and historical landmarks attract more tourists than any other city in the world. This self-guided tour will lead you through its most visited landmarks:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Religious Buildings of Jerusalem Walking Tour

Religious Buildings of Jerusalem Walking Tour

Jerusalem is considered to be one of the most holy places on this planet. Temples, cathedrals and churches are packed closely together in this ancient town. This self-guided tour will take you through some of the most historical religious buildings in Jerusalem.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Art Galleries of Jerusalem Walking Tour

Art Galleries of Jerusalem Walking Tour

Jerusalem is considered sacred by the three great monotheistic religions of the world. There are art galleries that reflect the influence of these religions on the artists of Jerusalem. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most visited art galleries of Jerusalem.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Jerusalem Museums Walking Tour

Jerusalem Museums Walking Tour

Jerusalem is the historic land of the Bible. It is sacred to the three great monotheist religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Here you will find archaeological and historical museums full of artifacts dating back to high antiquity. This self-guided tour will take you through some of the most visited museums of Jerusalem:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Old City Orientation Walk

Old City Orientation Walk

The Old City of Jerusalem, the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, is a home to a number of sites of great religious importance, such as the Temple Mount and Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims. Walking here is an experience not to be missed. Take this orientation walk to see the key sights of...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Cultural Walking Tour of Jerusalem

Cultural Walking Tour of Jerusalem

Jerusalem is considered holy by the all the three major monotheistic religions in the world - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The city is full of history and culture. The following self-guided tour will take you through some of the most visited landmarks in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Jerusalem for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Jerusalem has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Jerusalem's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Jerusalem City Pass by Ticketbar, Jerusalem City Pass by Musement, or Jerusalem City Pass by Viator.

A city pass combines all Jerusalem's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows user to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Jerusalem hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem, The David Citadel Hotel, Prima Kings Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Jerusalem, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Jerusalem typically costs somewhere between US$10+ and US$90 per person:

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour of Jerusalem – this usually lasts around 2 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise could have done by walking.

- Provoke your contemplating eternal matters on a mixed (coach and walking) tour of Jerusalem, the city where the ancient and religious are intertwined more than anywhere else in the world. With the help of an expert guide try and perceive the profound meaning and context behind the holy Christian and Jewish sites of Old and New Jerusalem.

- Visit the places that once saw Jesus Christ in flesh, feel the tales of the Bible become real on a walking tour of Jerusalem led by a knowledgeable local guide. Walk the stones of Via Dolorosa in the footsteps of the Messiah to his crucifixion and learn more about that pivotal day in human history.

- Explore the city of three religions through the eyes of Jewish, Christian and Muslim worshipers on a 4-hour guided walk of Old Jerusalem to the holy places and landmarks revered in Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and learn about the religious beliefs associated with them.

- Tantalize your taste buds with the scents and sights of exotic delicacies fit to arouse anyone's appetite on a 3-hour guided tour of Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem’s biggest outdoor market! Explore the city's favorite marketplace in its variety.

- Descend into the unknown, at least until recently, deep beneath the ground to explore the ancient roots of Jerusalem on a 1.5-hour guided tour through the centuries-old tunnel dating back to the times of the Second Temple. Get a chance to touch and hear about some truly incredible artifacts found here, and more.

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Jerusalem, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Bethlehem and Jericho, Masada and the Dead Sea, Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee, or the West Bank. For as little as as circa US$100 to US$125 per person you will get a chance to experience first-hand the ancient and Biblical treasures, discover fascinating religious history, see the fabled Biblical and Nativity sites, scenes of the New Testament stories including places where Jesus performed miracles, plus explore legendary ruins, and so much more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Jerusalem, and transported either by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus or a private vehicle to the destination of your choice and back again.