Things to do in Israel for Free

With people understandably counting and watching the pennies, dollars and pounds at present, there are plenty of ways to be entertained, challenged and educated that cost little. In fact, we look at ten things you can do in Israel for free. 

From historical landmarks and museums to vibrant promenades and serene parks, Israel offers a wealth of experiences that won’t cost you a thing. So, let’s embark on this adventure and explore the diverse attractions that make Israel a unique destination, focusing specifically on the vibrant cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. From the sun-kissed beaches of Tel Aviv to the ancient walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, these two cities offer a wealth of experiences that won’t cost you a thing.

Jerusalem: The City of Gold

Wandering Through History

One of the best free things to do in Israel is wander through Jerusalem’s Old City. Explore the most recognizable places on the planet, including the Western Wall, Tower of David, and King David’s Tomb, close to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the room of the Last Supper, and the Dome of the Rock. There is so much that will leave you awe-struck.

A Visit to Yad Vashem

One life-changing experience – that comes at no cost to enter – is the sprawling Yad Vashem complex, or the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Whether a person of faith or not, a visit here will leave an indelible mark. Located on the western slope of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, the Holocaust History Museum narrates the personal stories from over 80 years ago through original artifacts, survivor testimonies, and personal possessions. The end of your visit brings you to a balcony offering an impressive and hopeful panorama of Jerusalem.

Exploring the Vibrant Streets of Mahane Yehuda Market

Another fantastic and free thing to do in Jerusalem is to explore the vibrant streets of Mahane Yehuda Market. Known as “The Shuk” to locals, this bustling marketplace is a sensory delight. With its array of colorful stalls selling everything from fresh produce to baked goods, spices, and local delicacies, it’s a food lover’s paradise.

The market is not just about food, though. It’s a cultural melting pot where you can experience the city’s unique blend of traditions and cultures. As you walk through the narrow alleys, you’ll hear a symphony of languages, from Hebrew and Arabic to English and French, reflecting the city’s diverse population.

Hotels in Jerusalem Near the Old City

After a day of exploring the rich history and culture of Jerusalem, you might be wondering where to rest your head for the night. Luckily, there are numerous hotels in Jerusalem near the Old City that offer a comfortable stay, just minutes away from the historical sites. Whether you’re looking for luxury, affordability, or a blend of both, you will find a variety of options to suit your needs.

Tel Aviv: The City That Never Sleeps

Independence Trail: A Walk-Through Time

Nothing beats a good walking tour, especially when there’s no cost. Download a free GPS-based app to your smartphone and take the Independence Trail in Tel Aviv, a tour connecting 10 landmarks related to the city’s Independence Hall. The one-kilometer trail starts at the city’s first food kiosk, passing by key sites relating to the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and the establishment of Israel in 1948.

Ben Gurion House: A Peek into the Past

Hidden away on Ben Gurion Street, one of Tel Aviv’s busiest thoroughfares is Ben Gurion House, a tiny, worthwhile museum and second home of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, the man who announced Israel’s independence. A free guided tour in English will show you his library, his family’s sleeping quarters, the study where he worked, and give you the opportunity to learn about the life and work of this pioneering politician.

Tel Aviv Promenade and Hotels: A Coastal Retreat

The Tel Aviv Promenade, located at the end of Ben Gurion Street, is a vibrant coastal strip that offers a unique blend of relaxation and entertainment. Here, you can stop, rest, and watch a cross-section of the city’s residents and beachgoers engaging in local games or simply enjoying the sun. This is one people-watching experience to savor.

Just across the road from the promenade, you’ll find a variety of Tel Aviv hotels that offer breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. These establishments often boast elegant interiors, private gardens, gorgeous pools, saunas, jacuzzis, and even private beaches, where you can truly unwind. This combination of the lively promenade and tranquil hotels offers a unique experience that encapsulates the spirit of Tel Aviv.

Hayarkon Park: The City’s Green Lung

With more than 16 million visitors annually, Hayarkon Park has been a popular urban park since it opened in Tel Aviv almost 50 years ago. Relax, walk or cycle through the park, which comprises six different gardens, as well as one of the largest rock gardens in the world. The Yarkon River is not the only feature running through the park, as many joggers, paddleboaters, and yoga-lovers put in regular appearances, day and night.