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Family holidays with children in Turkey - attractions and entertainment

Ankara Turkey has always been a popular destination for travelers with children. However, internationally famous Turkish “all-inclusive” hotels with various shows of animators and other entertainments for visitors of all ages, children included, are not everything that the country can offer. Besides this, Turkey has numerous aqua parks, oceanariums, zoos, dino parks, and special museums for kids. Of course, vacationers can always try such activities as diving, rafting or jeep safari. These exciting activities will please both children and their parents.
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The underwater world has always lured humans. Children find it particularly interesting, so they will be happy to visit the oceanarium in Antalya and learn many interesting facts. The building of the oceanarium in the shape of a sea wave is impossible not to notice. The venue has many landmarks, including a 131-meter-long tunnel that is considered one of the longest in the world. All aquariums have an original design. At the bottom, visitors will see sunken ships, different statues, treasures, and even an airplane. Information plates attached to the aquariums provide interesting information about creatures that live there. Every day, specially trained divers offer a true show – shark feeding. In order to remember a visit to this wonderful place, don’t forget to visit the oceanarium’s shop that offers memorable souvenirs, magnets, figurines, and more.
A visit to the zoo in Bursa, the fourth largest city in the country, simply can leave neither children nor adults indifferent. In the zoo, which occupies an area of 200 square kilometers, there are many spacious caged areas. Visitors are welcome to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the African continent. The area close to water reservoirs has become home to flamingos, swans, pelicans, and other birds. Even monkeys have their own lake in this zoo. There are also lions, ostriches, leopards, and zebras. In the area that precisely recreates a national farm, visitors can see camels, llamas, wolves, cows, sheep, goats, and other domestic animals. Having seen all animals, children can play in a playground that has an interesting labyrinth, a slide shaped like a giraffe, and numerous swings. Copyright
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Dinopark in the resort city of Kemer has become a “must visit” destination for tourists with children. Kids are particularly excited to visit this museum because they are allowed to saddle up a dinosaur and take pictures with it. In the dino park, there are 28 precise statues of dinosaurs in their natural size. They can open their mouth, move paws, and roar. By far, the statue of a dinosaur with its baby on the back is the most popular exhibit. Kids can also play in a special sandy area where they participate in paleontological excavations. Finally, the dino park has various amusements, a planetarium, and a 7D cinema.
Antalya - Miracle Resort Turkey is a country with a hot climate, and that is true. Because of this, it is even more pleasant to visit Snowpark in Istanbul. Guests of the park have an opportunity to enter a true winter fairytale even when it is +40 - 50°C outside! The area of 4,500 square kilometers is covered with snow piles. Children and their parents can enjoy snowboarding, skiing or explore the skating rink. Kids are usually in love with tubing. The park has all inventory and gear, so visitors can rent all they need. There are not that many places in the world where people can enjoy winter sports in the middle of a hot summer!
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An exciting excursion in the Maritime Museum of Istanbul will help kids to learn more about the history of the Turkish navy. The majority of exhibits are stored in the three-story building. There is a gallery with models of Turkish ships of different epochs. Don’t forget to check the collection of weaponry that includes cannons, knives, daggers, dirks, sabers, and pistols. The exhibition also features uniforms and flags of the Turkish navy. In a separate hall dedicated to Ataturk, visitors can see copies of his Savarona yacht’s cabins and a model of Hamidiye cruiser. There is a park near the museum, in which visitors can see large sea weaponry. Hayreddin Barbarossa, famous Ottoman admiral, is buried in a park nearby.
The Istanbul Toy Museum will let adults feel like children again, and children can learn more about toys of different epochs. A visit to this small world of never-ending childhood will surely be a nice bonus to vacation in Turkey. The museum was founded by the famous Turkish collector, Sunay Akın. The 500-square-meter-large gallery exhibits a collection of almost 4,000 different toys. The oldest toy is more than two centuries old. In the museum, there are such thematic halls as toy railroad hall, doll hall, and dollhouse hall. Some exhibitions are dedicated to certain types of toys: marine, space, and historical. Barbie doll has a separate hall as well. Every week, the Istanbul Toy Museum hosts puppet shows and interesting master classes for children.
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Map of all zoos
Zoos and gardens in Turkey
♥   Zoo 'Ankara Zoo' Ankara. On the map   Photos
♥   Zoo 'Darica Zoo' Istanbul. On the map   Photos
♥   Zoo 'Gaziantep Zoo' Gaziantep. On the map   Photos
♥   Zoo 'Natural Life Park of Sasalı' İzmir. On the map   Photos
♥   Zoo 'Polonezköy Animal Park' Polonezköy. On the map   Photos
Map of all aquaparks
Water attractions in Turkey
♥   Water park 'Adaland' Kuşadası, Aydın. On the map   Photos
♥   Water park 'Aqua Fantasy Kuşadası' Aydın. On the map   Photos
♥   Water park 'Troy Aqua Park' Belek, Antalya. On the map   Photos
Map of all pret-parks
Amusement parks in Turkey
♥   Amusement park 'Vialand' Istanbul. On the map   Photos
Map of all oceanariums
Aquariums in Turkey
♥   Aquarium 'Antalya Aquarium' . On the map   Photos
♥   Aquarium 'Aqua Vega' . On the map   Photos
♥   Aquarium 'Istanbul Aquarium' . On the map   Photos
♥   Aquarium 'TurkuaZoo' . On the map   Photos

Pictureque places in Turkey

Goreme Town

From the series “Small Flamboyant Towns Painted with Van Gogh Colors”
Goreme is the unique town that is well-known far beyond the borders of Turkey. The world fame was brought to the area by the unusual rock formation. During the reign of the Roman Empire, the first settlers cut down their homes there. Rocks were durable and reliable, so several houses have managed to survive after a thousand years. People are still living there. Tourists from all over the world come to admire this unusual settlement.

The miniature town is a part of the national park of the same name. That’s a true open-air museum. Apart from the unusual houses carved into the rocks, travelers can visit some ancient cave churches and admire priceless artifacts. Tourists will be able to visit one of the oldest monasteries in the world. Many of the churches have kept their unique furniture … Read all


From the series “Abandoned Places of the Earth with Distinct Marks of Civilization”
In the south-western part of Turkey, at the foot of the Taurus Mountains, there is Kayakoy ghost town. Today, only ruins remind about its once vivid life. A hundred years ago, this city was home to a large Greek community; a number of residents was about 20 000 people. The town was deserted during the civil war. Locals have been forcibly resettled during the land redistribution and, after that, their homes were destroyed. Today, you can see about 350 stone buildings in the ruined city. There are also ruins of the two churches.

A few years ago, a museum dedicated to tragic history has been opened in Karakoy. Every year, this deserted place is visited by more and more tourists. Before the city was deserted, there have been about 3 000 homes. There have been pharmacies, plenty of shops, and … Read all
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Top cities of Turkey for children

Miniaturk remains the most famous and popular landmark of Istanbul. This is a wondrous park with miniature copies of all internationally famous sights. The park itself is a beautiful place with a special railroad for children, so kids will have an amazing opportunity to see the park from a mini-train. Besides that, there is a chain of water canals in Miniaturk, and visitors are allowed to make boat rides in them. Amazing playgrounds and charming relaxation areas with lush flora make this place a … Read more
With children, you should definitely visit the Antalya Aquarium. Famous Italian architects and designers worked on its plan. The central part of the aquarium's exposition is a sunken ship, the length of which is 20 meters. Another interesting feature of the aquarium is a transparent tunnel, whose length is 131 meters. A walk on it will be unforgettable. Overhead visitors of the attraction are constantly swimming large sharks, stingrays and exotic fish. In the aquarium, there is also an … Read more
Those that are not indifferent to water element will be interested to visit the Aqua Vega Aquarium located in the city. It is very big but nevertheless, this aquarium features attractive beautiful decorations and an abundant collection of sea inhabitants. It also has an acrylic tunnel, traditional for modern aquariums, along which you can stroll and admire the sharks swimming above your head. In addition to exotic fish, in the aquarium you can see rare crabs and sea horses, as well as other … Read more
Awesome Moon Park is situated in Alanya. It will be attractive for children of all ages. Classical cup merry-go-rounds, locomotives, horses and trampolines are suitable for even the youngest. Suitable attractions for schoolchildren, perfect autodrome and special square for roller skating are also here. Adults won’t be bored at this park of attractions as well. They can have a ride on the extreme attractions and after that ride a Ferris wheel. Besides visiting this Attraction Park, … Read more
Tortuga Water Park can also claim the title of the best. It is very bright and beautiful, and contains safe inflatable attractions, on which even the youngest visitors will be able to have fun. Another advantage of the water park is that it contains over a dozen types of slides, among which suitable ones can be found for young children, and for fans of extreme sports. Kusadasi is famous for its first-class beaches. One of the largest and most beautiful is considered to be Long Beach. This … Read more
In the immediate vicinity of Izmir, there is the Pirlanta Beach, which is also great for family holidays. This beach is sandy and shallow. It extremely rarely has strong waves, so one can rest here even with the kids in an atmosphere of complete comfort. The beach is very large hence it is not difficult to find a secluded place to relax on its territory. Children will love to build sand castles and swim in crystal clear water. Nature lovers should definitely visit the Kent Forest. It is well … Read more
For those who like to relax in a quieter and less crowded environment, it is worth visiting the water park AquaDream. This aquapark is not as big as its main competitor, but is also distinguished by modern infrastructures and excellent facilities for family vacations. A special pool with safe attractions is equipped here for the youngest guests. Suitable slides can be found for fans of extreme sports. There is a team of professional animators in the water park. You can rest comfortably on the … Read more
In the city, there are also excellent amusement parks, among which the confident leader remains Dinopark. This park is sure to please those who love history about dinosaurs. It is adorned with large figures of these amazing prehistoric animals. These huge figures look very realistic against the backdrop of spreading trees and exotic plants. You can make a lot of spectacular photos in the park. In addition to the large figures of dinosaurs, a lot of fascinating surprises await visitors to the … Read more

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