The city of Istanbul is renowned as a vibrant and bustling metropolis, revealing Turkey’s rich historical, culinary and cultural heritage. However, Istanbul is not only a city for the seasoned traveler – there is a host of child-friendly activities waiting to be discovered. We bring you our top picks for fun days out with the kids, including a world-famous aquarium, unmissable theme parks, and even a special concierge service tailored for families!
One of the biggest public aquariums in the world, the famous Istanbul Aquarium boasts 64 tanks and thousands of species of marine life – more than enough to impress both kids and parents! This fascinating display is accompanied by a range of unforgettable attractions, such as an interactive walking trail that stretches 1.2 kilometers, a 5D movie theater, gift shops and multiple restaurant areas. As if all that isn’t enough, the aquarium even features its very own rainforest, which covers an astonishing 1,000 square meters.
You can easily spend a whole day at Vialand, enjoying over 24 different rides, which include everything from classic carousels and roller coasters to adventurous safari tunnels. With its own movie theaters, souvenir shops and restaurants, Vialand is also a great place for a children’s birthday party.
Istanbul Toy Museum
There’s something distinctly nostalgic about the Istanbul Toy Museum, beginning with the baroque villa that houses it. You’ll find elaborate displays resembling theater stages, which are filled with more than 4,000 beautiful antique toys collected from all over the world. Promising a trip down memory lane for parents, as well as a great day out for kids, this museum is a must-see attraction.
All of Turkey’s major sights can be visited at once at Miniatürk, where more than 120 miniature, lifelike models make visitors feel like giants walking in the country of Lilliput. From ancient Ephesus to the Istanbul of the Ottoman era, and even the famous stone houses of Mardin, no attraction has been left out of this amazing mini-universe.
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