Bodrum with children: Best kids activities in Bodrum
Dedeman AquaparkIdeal for everyone from toddlers to teens to adventurous adults, Dedeman Aquapark in Turgutreis has an impressive array of slides, rides and pools spread over a whopping 40,000 square metres, making it one of the largest waterparks in the country.
There are around 20 slides - including a kamikaze slide and a multislide - and lots of pools from shallow toddler-friendly to deeper pools and a wave pool for confident swimmers. There are also a few rides, including a Black Hole ride and a Big Hole boat. For smaller children there are water bikes and a baby bungee.
With plenty of places to lounge in the sun, and lots of eateries it’s possible to stay all day at Dedeman.
Some hotels offer transport to the waterpark. Entry is 20 Euros for adults, 12 Euros for kids and free entry for children under six.
Hit Bodrum’s child-friendly beachesThe peninsula has dozens and of beaches, from pebbly coves to sandy shores. If you have little ones in tow, our favourite is Gumbet Beach. With its clean, sandy seashore and good facilities such as cafes and sunbeds, it’s an easy option that’s close to Bodrum centre. The water is shallow and calm. For older kids, there are lots of watersports to try. You could also head to the quiet Bitez Beach, seven kilometres west of Bodrum. The cool breeze that attracts windsurfers to Bitez means it’s a cool spot for relaxing. It’s quiet and calm here but there are restaurants and cafes nearby, as well as orange and mandarin gardens.
Turgutreis Beach is another great bustling spot, with lots of facilities and a sandy beach, very popular with families.
WatersportsKayaking, banana boating, parasailing and just general splashing about are all great options for children in Bodrum. Gumbet beach is the place to go for water activities, because it’s sandy and shallow it’s a brilliant and safe spot for all things water-related. And smaller children can sit on the beach and make sandcastles.
Bodrum CastleThis attraction really is unmissable. Overlooking the harbour and the marina, the 15th century castle, originally constructed by the Knights of Rhodes, is now a museum, and houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Older children will enjoy the museum, which houses incredible finds from underwater excavations all along the Turkish coast, including the Uluburun Shipwreck, one of the earliest and richest wrecks ever discovered. Younger children will enjoy exploring the towers and the hallways of the castle. The dungeon exhibition will not be suitable for younger children.
Boat tripsChildren will love the chance to explore the Bodrum coastline and swim in the warm waters. There are dozens of tour operators and tours, and you can either take a powered boat or a traditional wooden gulet. Look for an operator that offers family-friendly tours to islands with shallow waters, and provides floaties for children. This is a great chance for your kids to learn about the sealife in this part of the world, including brightly coloured fish and turtles, and see little-explored ruins on the islands and along the coastline. Most tours last a good few hours, so this is probably one for children aged over five.
Horse ridingYou don’t need to be a Clint Eastwood-style cowboy to enjoy horse riding. There are a number of horse riding outfits in Bodrum that take riders into the hills to enjoy the stunning views and explore the hidden ruins and pine forests. Children over the age of five are generally welcome. Rides last from a couple of hours to day-long affairs.
Eating outTurkey is very child oriented and Bodrum is no exception. Children are part of the dining experience in Turkey in a way that is unfamiliar to many of us, and are rarely left at home with a babysitter. Try Jack’s Place on Gumbet Mah for family-friendly Turkish and English food, or the famous Sunger Pizza, on Neyzen Tevfik. Sunger can get crowded but the pizza and the friendly staff are worth the wait.
Kids clubsIf your kids fancy a little parent-free time, a kids club can be a great way to get a bit of space - and have your wee ones run off a bit of steam. Children participate in craft activities, games, swimming and more. The larger hotels are more reputable, with trained staff on hand. Check out Isil Club, Izer Hotel, Kempinski Hotel, Rixos and Thomson Kids Club at the Imperial. Prices and age ranges vary, but they’ll usually accept children between the ages of three and 11.
General tips for visiting Bodrum with kids- Bodrum has a number of stray dogs. While they are generally harmless make sure your children understand that it’s not wise to approach stray dogs.
- The sun can get very hot in the peak months of July and August. Ensure children are hydrated, covered up. Keep them indoors during the hottest hours of the day.
- Always keep an eye on your children as they play by the pool or on the shoreline.
- Keep spare change at the ready in your pocket for public toilets. Small children often do not allow you much warning.
- Bodrum water is fine to drink, but young stomachs might not be used to the high mineral content, so keep this in mind.