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As an ancient city, Jerusalem has many winding streets and old neighborhoods just waiting to be explored. Your kids will enjoy the adventure, especially if you take them on these five activities recommended by Forbes Travel Guide editors:
1. Visit Jerusalem Tayelet. The Haas Promenade on the Jerusalem Tayelet is a wonderful place to take the kids, snap some family pictures, and enjoy the outstanding views of both the Old City and modern-day Jerusalem below.
2. Go to the Biblical Zoo. The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, or Biblical Zoo organizes its diverse and fascinating tenants into two categories: animals mentioned in the Bible (on Noah’s ark and beyond) and endangered species from near and far. The zoo is a perfect diversion for the younger set, and a nice break from all the history.
3. Enjoy the City’s Parks and Gardens. Take your pick of either a leisurely afternoon in The Garden of Gethsemane, a holy spot just outside the Old City walls, or go a bit further afield to Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, where you can choose to hike, drive and picnic depending on the ages and activity-level appropriate for your group.
4. Tour Mini Israel. A truly different attraction, Mini Israel contains almost 400 meticulously crafted replicas of Israel's most prominent historical, religious, archeological and modern sites, all laid out amongst small bonsai trees and thousands of miniature figurines. The entirely walkable park offers a 3D movie of Israel’s sites and landscapes (plus a new aerial edition), a restaurant and cafeteria, and a multimedia jamboree for the younger kids.
5. Explore City Of David. This historic city is an entertaining and educational site in its own right, where exciting archeological discoveries are being made every day. The site of King David’s illustrious palace grounds and Solomon’s Temple is presented in a brief 3D movie, and the highly recommended walking tours are well priced at only 60 shekels (approximately $15) per person. Recommended for young explorers aged 10 and up.