Israel’s Ultimate Summer Guide Part III: Free Activities

July 21st 2017

Going on vacation can get expensive (even with fabulous deals on tours and hotel accommodations). So, most tourists are happy to hear about free events and activities in the areas where they’re staying. Fortunately, Israel is loaded with great freebies that will have your itinerary filled without depleting your wallet! From hikes to national parks, concerts, and fairs, look at what’s waiting for you.

Ports & Promenades

Ports are exciting crossroads between land and sea, and there’s always something eventful going on around these busy hubs. From ships to boardwalks and flea markets, check out these cool Israeli ports:

Tel Aviv

Yigal Alon Promenade


Louis Promenade

Concerts & Festivals

Put some action into your vacation with these exciting events:

Israel Festival (May-time)

Hamshushalayim (winter)

Jerusalem Season of Culture (summer)

Jazz Night every Wednesday in the German Colony

Music Night every Thursday on Ben Yehuda

Fairs & Markets

Good for a rare find or great deal, fairs are fun wherever you go. Israeli fairs tend to have musical performances, cooking demonstrations, art exhibits, and more all for free:

Nahalat Binyamin

Jerusalem’s Night Market

Bezalel Art Fair

Mahane Yehuda and Carmel Market (free, but you’ll be tempted to spend!)

Neighborhood Touring

One of the most interesting things about Israel is the many and eclectic neighborhoods that coexist in such proximity. If you are a culture or anthropology buff, you’ll enjoy touring the different sections of Israel with all the individual nuance differences to behold. Here are a few not to miss:

Geulah/Mea Shearim

Old Yaffo

Old City of Jerusalem

Armon Hanatziv (amazing promenades)

Ein Kerem


German Colony



There are also plenty of free museums to explore:

Ben Gurion House

Yad VaShem

Jerusalem Bird Observatory

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Hecht Museum

Chagall Artists House

Doll Museum

Hikes, Waterfalls, Parks & Picnic Areas

We’ve covered this in depth in our Great Outdoors Summer Guide, so check out your options there.


The old train stations in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are beautifully restored and wonderful tourist spots

The Knesset

Supreme Court

The Western Wall

Ancient synagogues

Tiberias Water Show

And when you’re ready to spend some cash, here the most amazing amusement parks and indoor activities in Israel.