Outdoor Activities in Jerusalem



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  • Outdoor activities are varied and plentiful in Jerusalem where the weather is pleasant at least 9 months out of the year. Some of the most famous historic and sites are outdoors, of course, and those make it on to our list--the Western Wall and the City of David in the Old City are the main attractions. After you've stood in front of the ancient Wall itself, and maybe inserted a note into a crack between the massive stones, walk to the back of the Plaza and find a seat. It's a great place for some reflection and contemplation, and the people-watching is second to none. You'll need to expend more energy at the City of David, where visitors can walk through the extensive archaeological excavations that have revealed layers of Jerusalem stretching back to Biblical times. Our number one pick for outdoor activities in Jerusalem, however, is the Ramparts Walk. If you have no physical limitations, this is the place to get a bird's eye view of the Old City that will reveal many layers that are impossible to see from within the city itself. Choose one of the two directions from the entry at Jaffa Gate--either south toward Mt Zion, Zion Gate and Dung Gate, or north past New Gate and on down to Damascus Gate and Herod's Gate. Each one takes about 90 minutes to complete if you stop for breathers and to take in the scenery along the way. Next on the list of best outdoor activities is a Segway Tour--the best way to tour the scenic Haas Promenade. Don't rule out a midnight bike ride for a different look at the Holy City. The delightful neighborhood of Ein Kerem on the far western side of Jerusalem is another great place to enjoy the outdoors in a more sedate manner. Just past Yad Vashem and the Herzl Memorial, the village of Ein Kerem is the perfect spot for a stroll in the outdoors. Be sure to time your visit to gain entry to the tranquil grounds of the Notre Dames de Sion Convent. Our other top picks for outdoor activities in Jerusalem include the Tisch Biblical Zoo and the Garden of Gethsemane. And don't forget a nighttime visit to the outdoor Night Spectacular, an educational and entertaining 50-minute spectacle about the history of Jerusalem projected on the walls of the Tower of David.

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    Ramparts Walk

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    Entrances by Jaffa Gate and Damascus Gate

    Walk on top of the Old City walls... read more

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    Segway Jerusalem

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    A new way to see Jerusalem. Get to more places with less effort!... read more

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    Midnight Bike Tour

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    7 Yehuda Hanassi

    Moti offers bike rentals and bike touring through Jerusalem... read more

    Ein Kerem

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    Rehov Ein Karem

    Village within Jerusalem. Churches and alleys...
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    The Tisch Family Zooological Gardens

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    Derekh Agudat Sport HaPoel
    Past the Jerusalem Technological Park

    The Biblical Zoo... read more

    Jerusalem by Night Tour and Tower of David Sound and Light Show

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    Garden Tomb (The)

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    Conrad Schick Street
    Conrad Schick St

    Tomb of Christ, according to the non-orthodox churches... read more

    Grotto of Gethsemane

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    Mount of Olives Road
    (a short passageway near the Tomb of Mary)

    Franciscan shrine... read more

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    Ein Hindak to Sataf Springs

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    Moshav Even Sapir

    Scenic hike through the Judean hills... read more

    Haas Promenade (Tayelet)

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    Daniel Yanofsky Street
    (From Hebron Road continue up Yanofsky for 1km)

    Scenic view of the Old City and Jerusalem... read more
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