Jerusalem has several nature spots perfect for romantic visits or a family outing with kids. Friday morning or afternoon is the best time to visit these places - because you'll have practically no competition.
The Biblical Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in Jerusalem and is centrally located in the south of the city. Built according to European tradition, with wide shaded paths for visitors, the Biblical Zoo boasts animals in danger of extinction, such as tigers, lions, Persian leopards, elephants, and a variety of lively monkeys who are always happy to see visitors. You'll also see animals from Biblical times, such as wolves, ponies, and giraffes.
The Biblical Zoo adress: 1 Derech Aharon Shulov Street, Jerusalem.
Reserve: The Biblical Zoo
Gazelle Valley, Natural park (Photo: Amir Balbn)
The biggest attraction, though, is watching the zoo staff feed the hilarious lemurs. Lemurs love to show off their abilities, and children and adults alike love watching them. Children also love the zoo's train, which stops at all the main zoo attractions. And if you love the zoo, you can buy a membership card and get a huge discount.
Another good nature spot is Emek Hatzvaim Park (Gazelle Valley), where you'll get to enjoy a great hike and the beautiful ponds. Watch the animals and birds, or take part in one of the various activities offered for all ages.
Emek Hatzvaim Park address: Pat-Herzog Junction, Jerusalem.
Website: Emek Hatzvaim Park
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (Photo: Zvia Adler).
On Friday mornings, come watch the gazelles before the park gets crowded or the day gets hot. Just bring a mat, rent binoculars at the park's entrance, and find a quiet spot to sit and watch.
In the Botanical Gardens, you'll find ten thousand different plants from around the globe, planted with care in the heart of Jerusalem. Offering the largest selection of plants in the country, the Botanical Garden is one of the most impressive nature spots in the city. Plus, throughout the year, the Botanical Garden hosts cultural events and family activities.
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens address: 1 Burla Street, Jerusalem.
Websiste: The Jerusalem Botanical Garden
The Nili and David Jerusalem Bird Observatory Photography by Yotam Bashan
Another amazing nature spot is the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, where there are bird ringing activities. During the ringing, the birds are identified by their feathers and personalities, as well as by the trip they've made before arriving at the observatory and whether the bird is planning to continue. It's an intimate, enjoyable, and educational experience perfect for children and adults - and you won't want to miss it.
The Jerusalem Bird Observatory address: Rothschild Street, Jerusalem.
Website: Jerusalem Bird Observatory