The extensive choice of things to do in Turkey for families makes it one of the top kid-friendly destinations in the world. We’re talking about an easy-going, stress-free holiday for you and the kids, where relaxation, fun-filled activities are the order of the day. It’s no surprise that parents love Turkey because the country’s culture revolves around family. Turks love children and wholeheartedly indulge in making days unique for them.
So, what is there to keep them entertained? Well, remember Turkey is an incredibly vast country. To be precise, the 37th largest in the world. So, unless you want to spend all your time travelling, look locally for activities to do. The good news is some destinations really have thought long and hard about what kids enjoy, and they’ve come up with unique ideas.
4 Themed Things to do in Turkey for Families
1: All Inclusive at Land of Legends
Imagine the benefits of having everything under one roof; restaurants, children’s activities, your hotel room, and shops. You won’t have to travel far, you’ll have a large choice of food for picky eaters, after signing the kids into clubs, you can indulge in shopping, and of course, there are ample opportunities to relax. You can get all that and much more at one of Turkey’s all-inclusive family-friendly resorts.
By far, the best is Land of Legends in Antalya. Think of it of Turkey’s version of Disney with its own water park, aquarium, concerts, themed events, onsite eating and drinking restaurants, as well as shops to spend, spend, spend. Land of Legends is always a winner with kids but if you want another alternative, look at Aqua Fantasy in Kusadasi. Providing a themed water splashing holiday in Turkey, it is a huge water park and five-star hotel all in one location.
2: Theme Parks in Istanbul
Without a doubt, Istanbul is a hugely popular city break destination, but it also does an excellent job of keeping young ones happy, with an enormous range of theme parks to easily fill your week with unique experiences. The miniature landmarks at Miniaturk are usually the first stop for most families. Featuring famous, ancient landmarks from the east to the west of Turkey, the models are excellently well made and just take a few hours to explore.
After enjoying the theme park at Vialand, (Istanbul’s most popular kid-friendly destination,) visit Jungle Land nearby. 5,000 metres of space are dedicated to helping kids learn about birds, mammals, reptiles and parents often give Jungle Land’s theme park rave reviews for its fun, but educational value.
Turkazoo, also called Sea Life is the largest aquarium in Istanbul. Otherwise, the giant 4D cinema at Jurassic land promotes the big, dinosaur theme. LEGOLAND offers a more low-key experience, and for a sweet indulgence, the chocolate museum makes marvellous huge models out of the treat that all kids love. (More about kid’s activities in Istanbul.)
3: The Great Outdoors in Izmir
Turkey’s largest wildlife park sits in Izmir, on the Aegean coast. Every type of animal from many different continents lives within the park, including birds of prey, elephants, giraffes, crocodiles, but it is the specially designed snake tunnel that usually garners the most attention. Open every day from 9 am to 6 pm, it is incredibly cheap to enter.
The wildlife park’s efforts to make this a fun, filled but educational visit for children earns it admiration and respect from all parents, who likewise enjoy learning about animals’ habitats, characteristics and unknown facts.
Carry on the animal theme at Tay park in the Karsikaya district of Izmir. Home to small horses and domesticated animals, they also focus on education. Alternatively, Izmir Bird Paradise is a haven for wildlife birds, and even endangered species have been spotted. Another great themed activity for introducing your children to the great outdoors is a bird’s eye view from the cable car in Balcova area.
4: Beach Holidays
After all-inclusive hotels, beach themes are the second most popular family favourite holiday. Every summer, parents and their kids descend on resorts along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts that promises an abundance of sun, sea and sand.
Cosmopolitan Antalya attracts many different nationalities while the Aegean resort of Altinkum is a firm favourite with the Brits. Other much-visited destinations include gorgeous Fethiye, upmarket Bodrum and Marmaris.
The mutual theme between all these resorts is the daytime activities for kids including jeep safaris, daily boat trips, water and lunar parks. Naturally, water sports rank as a top recommended thing to do.
Scuba diving lessons, and snorkelling sessions are something families can do together, but the more adventurous parents with teenagers usually opt for a 10 to 20-minute parasailing session behind a boat. The best thing about beach holidays in Turkey is every day can be a different theme, whether you choose bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation.
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