Entertainment and Attractions

Activities for Adults

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Biblical Zoo

Jerusalem’s most famous zoo is located in a stunning landscape between the city’s hills in an area covering 250 dunams (60 acres).
In the center, there is an artificial lake with islands housing monkeys and a wide variety of different animals with spacious displays and no cages.

The zoological collection includes, among other things, endangered animals along with animals from the Land of Israel mentioned in the Bible.
The park also has animals from all over the globe, including rainforest, desert, and other habitats. You can see animals in various complexes in the zoo, including the large birdwatching areas, small animal pavilions, South America complex, Africa complex, and Biblical animals complex.
There is also a display of penguins, a unique birding trail, and the Land of the Lemurs.

New attractions - Adventure garden for children, artistic experience for adults, “Comfort Box” sculpture garden with large animal sculptures made of stone pebbles, mirrors, and mosaics.
The sculptures were made by the sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle.

For kids - Petting and feeding area, indoor train (not available on Saturdays and holidays), large adventure facility, and an ecological maze.

For students in groups - Tours on various topics that must be booked in advance.

The zoo’s capacity is 11,000 Guests.

The length of the visit (with or without a guided tour) is usually 2-3 hours.

Additional services: Water fountains, toilets, theater hall, souvenir shop, dining area, guided tours/ instruction, petting farm, playgrounds, and snack bar.

Open: Sunday to Thursday in winter: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Spring and autumn: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM; Summer: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM; Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Saturday in summer until 6:00 PM.

The ticket office closes an hour before the zoo’s closing time. Groups arriving on Saturdays must book in advance.

Directions: In the Minchat neighborhood, near the Jerusalem Mall and Teddy Stadium. By car: from the entrance to the city via Begin Blvd South (Highway 4), to the Malcha Mall and from there to the zoo. By public transport: line 23 and line 33, and the tourist line 99.

Special Activities
Special feedings and tutorials, every Saturday during the winter season.
Daytime and nighttime events on the lake shore.
Possibility for fun and study days for various organizations and institutions.
Events, activities, and special workshops during the summer vacation and holidays.
Special environmental workshops from the Zoo Mobile that come with animals and a qualified zoo guide, which travel all over Israel - intended for children, people with special needs, and adults alike.

Telephone: 02-6750111, 02-6750125
Fax: 02-6430122
Additional services: Special training for different groups with the help of a public address system.
A special program for retirees.
Guided feeding activities of zoo animals.

Kiftzuba

A jumping experience in Kibbutz Tzova.
This is a family-friendly site.

Here you’ll enjoy electric motorcycles, bumper cars, bicycles, giant inflatable play areas, a huge playground with computer games, a game machine hall, PlayStation game consoles, target shooting, a skating rink, petting zoo, plus other fun experiences.

Open:
Tuesday from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM (on school days during the school year).
Friday and holiday eves: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Directions:
From Tel Aviv: Highway 1 (Tel Aviv - Jerusalem), turn right at the Harel Interchange (Mevaseret Zion), and immediately left on the bridge in the direction of Maoz Zion (Castel). After 4 km (2.5 miles), in Sataf Square, turn right and continue on road number 395 to Kibbutz Tzova.
From Jerusalem: From Highway 1 (Jerusalem - Tel Aviv), turn right at the Harel Interchange (Mevaseret Zion), and immediately left on the bridge in the direction of Maoz Zion (Castel). After 4 km (2.5 miles), in Sataf Square, turn right and continue on road number 395 to Kibbutz Tzova.
From southern Israel: At the Nachshon Junction, turn onto Road No. 44 until the wet junction, then turn left. After the gas station, turn right onto road number 395, and continue for 13 km (8 miles) to Kibbutz Tzova.

Telephone: 02-5347952 Fax: 02-5341210

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Visiting year-round offers a colorful experience and offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to be in nature and enjoy a unique collection of plants from around the globe. The gardens boast a greenhouse with spectacular flowers, including orchards and insect-eating plants. The gardens have ponds, canals, and waterfalls, including aquatic plants and riverbank vegetation. There are guided tours, activities for kids, exhibits, and events.

Open all week until sundown.
Directions: In the university campus, Givat Ram Jerusalem (on Herzog Street near the Niot gas station). From the city’s entrance, drive by the International Convention Center, turn right in Rehavia Park and right again at the gas station.
Bus: Lines 17, 19, 31, 32
Telephone: 02-6794012
Fax: 02-6793941

Time Elevator Jerusalem

A multi-sensory experiential exhibition spanning 3,000 years of Jerusalem’s history by using the most innovative means to convey the fascinating history of this unique city. The seats move in six axes of motion inside a special hall with three huge screens. During this unique experience, you’ll feel like you’re descending into the depths of the city’s history, and even becoming a part of it!

The actor Chaim Topol (from Fiddler on the Roof) makes a cameo as Shalem, a 3000-year old guide who leads you into a fascinating journey into the depths of the city’s various levels. At the end of the journey, the Time Elevator takes you back to Beit Argon, but before that you’ll enjoy modern Jerusalem from a bird’s-eye view and truly understand how the city draws inspiration from its long past, while continually looking towards the future.

Hours of Operation: Please call 02-6248381
Directions: In Jerusalem, 37 Beit Hillel Street (Beit Agron), in Nahalat Shiva neighborhood, near the pedestrian mall located in the heart of the city. You can reach it from the pedestrian walkway on Salomon Street to the intersection with Hillel Street.

Telephone: 02-6248381
Fax: 02-6252228

Ein Yael

An agricultural farm from the Roman era featuring a variety of creative workshops reconstructing traditional methods of arts and crafts. In Refaim Stream, at the mouth of a spring, is the special site “Ein Yael”, or “Yael’s Spring”.

Throughout history, various farms have been established around the lush spring. The Roman-era settlement is particularly striking because of its baths and magnificent mosaics.

Currently, various traditional crafts and arts are being reconstructed and restored in Ein Yael, with the help of activities in creative workshops open to anyone who is interested. Workshops include basket weaving, frescos, mosaics, weaving, olive oil production, perfume production, grape treading in the winepress, jewelry and musical instruments from natural materials, agriculture, and ceramics.

Open:
Individuals: Saturday, during holidays, and in July-August from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Groups: During the week (book in advance) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Directions:
In Jerusalem, near the Malcha Mall and the Biblical Zoo.

Tzora - Taste of the Kibbutz: Winery

In the heart of the Tzora Valley in biblical land, you’ll find a collective experience of nature and agriculture awaiting you in the midst of vineyards and olive groves. Come and enjoy the kibbutz and learn about its history, as well as its high-tech agriculture, cowshed, irrigation, and water recycling.

This place offers a kosher dining room for meals with friends (for groups - separately). Furthermore, the kibbutz boasts one of the best boutique wineries in Israel. There is also a delicatessen, dining area, wine hall, and a gourmet restaurant.

Open:
Every day of the week. Groups must book in advance.

Directions:
Highway 1 (Tel Aviv - Jerusalem): Turn right at the Sha’ar HaGai Interchange to Beit Shemesh (Highway 38). After the second traffic light, turn right at Kibbutz Tzora.

Telephone: 02-9908642
Fax: 02-9908565

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