Fun Off the Beaten Path in Jerusalem

So you have been to Israel many times. You want me to believe you have seen it all and done it all. Well, I have news for you!

Tourism in Jerusalem is growing and there are new activities all of the time. Jerusalem is a unique city because it encompasses history, religion, culture and FUN.That’s what makes the family activities in Jerusalem unique as well.

So here are my top 5 suggestions for ways to see Jerusalem from a different angle.

  1. Jerusalem Midnight Bike Rides — take advantage of your jet lag and have some fun at night. The ride leaves the Mamilla area at 9 pm and takes you on a circular route through the Old City and amazing lookout points. It’s not just a ride…it’s also an entertaining tour led by an experienced guide. Great for tourists and locals. Ages 12+. We aren’t the only ones who think it’s great…Jerusalem Midnight Biking is the winner of the Trip Advisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence. Zuzu Biking Title
  2. Ride a Camel or Ride a Horse and use an ancient form of transportation to get around. OK… so the camel rides are a little bit further out in Eretz Breishit and the horseback riding is just outside Jerusalem in Yad Shmona. Both places offer unique landscapes (one in the Judean Desert and one in the Jerusalem Hills) and are fun for the whole family.Family Trail KD
  3. The Old City is always a “happening” place during the holidays and finding the new and unique attractions inside the Old City is always fun. This year take a tour of Beit Getz. Rabbi Getz was the past Rabbi of the Kotel and his home holds stories about Jerusalem and the history of the Old City. You may even be lucky enough to meet his grandchildren who live in the Old City.Beit Getz Collage
  4. Do your kids prefer to climb the walls or hang from a tree than to go on another grown up tour? Take them to the Ropes Course in Ammunition Hill or to Snapple (rappel) overlooking the Old City. Book the private’s worth it. You will definitely seeing Jerusalem from a different angle.Rope Ladder
  5. Tourism in Gush Etzion is really growing. Just 15 minutes outside Jerusalem (across the Green Line) you can visit the Zomet Visitors Center and learn about how technology and Halacha can work together to create items that can be used on Shabbat, you can enjoy a Biblical Bread Workshop at Pat BaMelach and you can take a JEEPING Scavenger Hunt through Gush Etzion to learn about its’ history. Zomet Logo

We have so many more ideas for you. Just take a look at our list of FUN Favorite Activities in Jerusalem.

For Sukkot Activities you can flip through our Sukkot Family Guide with a daily calendar of events. Download it for FREE and keep it handy.

One last request…if you enjoy activities that we recommend, then post your pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and TAG #funinjerusalem

About the Author
Joanna Shebson runs Fun In Jerusalem, a Jerusalem tourism website that inspires family fun & Party in Jerusalem inspiring families to celebrate Bar/Bat Mitzvas in Israel. She and her husband made aliyah in 2007 from Los Angeles and love living in Jerusalem with their three kids. Joanna has an MBA from Kellogg Business School and is known for thinking out of the box especially when entertaining her kids.
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