Istanbul Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Istanbul Family-friendly activities

Vialand Theme Park Tickets w/ Transfer and Package Options

1. Vialand Theme Park Tickets w/ Transfer and Package Options

Enter the most exciting theme park in Turkey home to the first shopping center that combines shopping and exhibition centers, entertainment, and lifestyle complex. Vialand (formerly known as Isfanbul) offers its guests world-class fun with its park filled with rides. Feel the adrenaline on Nefeskesen, fastest rollercoaster which exceeds speeds of 110 kph in 3 seconds. Then, experience the 15 m sudden drop on the Viking water ride before heading to the 360-degree entertainment station which is suitable for all ages.  See all of Istanbul under your feet at the Tower of Justice viewing platform which is 50 m high. Finally, swing on the Saray Salincagi ride, with a 40-person capacity and 20 m diameter cycle. End your day at the outdoor concert and event stage which features the biggest outdoor screen in Turkey and seats a capacity of 10,000 people. Watch a range of special shows and concerts by famous artists at this never-ending festival environment. Choose between the All-Inclusive VIP, Diamond, or Gold Packages that offer food menus, drink options, and bonus attractions depending on your choice. Take a thrilling ride down the Zipline and Up-Side House and try ice cream, hookah, and coffee at Bloom Hookah Cafe.

Istanbul: Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise with Audio Guide

2. Istanbul: Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise with Audio Guide

Hop on a sightseeing cruise to tour the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. Get a fresh look at Istanbul on this boat tour with an audio guide to tell you all the top tales as you glide by Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Maiden's Tower, and Galata Tower. Sail as far south to see the Bosphorus Bridge. Meet your host on the other side of Hagia Sophia and walk down to the pier behind the grand mosque. Jump on board to discover the Golden Horn, considered to be the world’s largest natural harbor. Sail through the magnificent Bosphorus strait forming the continental boundary between Asia and Europe. On your way, come across cultural and historical emblems of Istanbul like Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Maiden's Tower, and Galata Tower. Learn about the city’s rich heritage with an audio guide. Admire the Bosphorus coastline on the European side from the cruise, and see a string of villages, each with its own individual character and attractions. Glide past Dolmabahçe Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, and the Bosphorus Bridge, among others. Be sure to keep an eye out for ancient castles, famous parks, and spectacular seaside residences from different centuries. Capture stunning pictures of the vibrant city of Istanbul along the water on this scenic cruise.

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Entry Ticket

3. Istanbul: Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Entry Ticket

Discover the Topkapi Palace on a guided tour. Learn about Ottoman history in the Palace and the life of the Sultan's family in the harem.  Meet your dedicated guide at a hot spot for traditional Turkish delicacies, where there are restroom facilities and you can purchase water or snacks. Then let your guide take you to Topkapi Palace. Explore the splendor of Topkapi Palace, the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Discover the complex of buildings, pavilions, and courtyards was a self-contained city, which most inhabitants rarely left. Explore the outer-terraced gardens and admire the view over the Golden Horn. Visit the harem, ruled by the Queen Mother who wielded domestic and political power. The harem housed hundreds of women and family members as well as hundreds of eunuchs, who performed a wide range of duties. Admire cupboard doors inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell and stunning Iznik tiles with verses from the Quran. The tour ends with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens.

SEA LIFE Istanbul Entry Ticket

4. SEA LIFE Istanbul Entry Ticket

Spend the day at SEA LIFE Istanbul and get up close to weird and wonderful sea creatures. Walk underwater through an amazing 83-meter long ocean tunnel and get 270-degree panoramic views of the sea bed. Explore up to 21 themed zones, including Clownfish Alley, Stingray Bay and the Rainforest. With an impressive 47 display tanks and more than 15,000 creatures from the sea, the aquarium is the perfect place for family fun. Be amazed by Europe's largest shark collection at Shark Kingdom, and marvel at bowmouth, hammerhead, grey reef shark, zebra and sand tiger sharks as they swim majestically over your head. Touch a starfish or crab in the Touchpool Experience and watch the fish feeding shows throughout the day. Don't miss Europe's newest interactive experience, Amazing Creations, where children can draw their dream fish, color it, scan it on a multimedia scanner and watch it come alive in the digital aquarium!

Istanbul Aquarium and Aqua Florya Shopping Mall Tour

5. Istanbul Aquarium and Aqua Florya Shopping Mall Tour

Immerse yourself in the planet’s waters on a full-day tour to the Istanbul Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium organized by themes. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Aqua Florya Shopping Mall, location of the Istanbul Akvaryum, which holds a leading position among the world’s aquariums thanks to its volume, variety of fish species, and activities. Following a geographical route, travel through 16 themes and a rainforest, journeying from the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Marvel at more than 1,500 species, including sharks, giant stingrays, groupers, piranhas, and octopus. The 5D movie house ramps up your adventure with stunning movies seen through special glasses that help you experience a feast of fog, wind and water. Then, enjoy some free time in the shopping mall, where 4 floors of stores, restaurants and special events await. Browse a host of local and international brands, including Lacoste, GAP, Mango and Marks and Spencer.

Istanbul: Museum of Illusions Ticket

6. Istanbul: Museum of Illusions Ticket

The Museum of Illusions Istanbul offers guests an interactive, immersive, and entertaining journey which includes more than 60 illusions to see and experience. It is bound to be interesting, confusing, hilarious, and all round great fun. Nothing is what is seems in this museum, which includes a visual, sensory, and educational space that will challenge your perceptions. This exhibit is bound to boggle your mind whilst being the most fun you’ve had in a long time. The museum is a place for everyone to enjoy, so bring your friends, kids, family, or just yourself and a camera with full battery. You’ll definitely want photo evidence of what you experience because, as won’t believe what you see within the museum's walls.

Istanbul: 4-Hour Evening Walk & Light Food Tasting Tour

7. Istanbul: 4-Hour Evening Walk & Light Food Tasting Tour

Sample some of Istanbul’s favorite foods on a relaxed 4-hour evening walking tour. Meet an expert local guide and visit four much loved food stops as you stroll through historical Sultanahmet to Taksim Square across the Golden Horn. Absorb the evening bustle and sights of Sultanahmet. Enjoy sunset views of the city from the Galata Bridge and try staples such as fried mussels and baklava, the seductively sweet honey-soaked filo parcels that are a Turkish favorite, along the way. Numbers are limited to 14, ensuring personalized attention from your guide. Start your 4-hour evening tour with a pick-up from your central Istanbul hotel, and head into the heart of historical Sultanahmet. As you walk, hear from your guide about Istanbul’s history and how it has left its legacy on the city’s cuisine. Wander through the bustling streets, passing some of Sultanahmet’s landmarks, and get insider tips from your guide on great places to eat and must try delicacies. While you talk and absorb the evening ambience, make your way to Taksim Square and enjoy four food stops to sample some classic local dishes. Samples may vary, but expect to taste favorites such as a mouth-watering lamb shish kebab, a juicy meatball and a fried mussel kebab; a string of lightly battered mussels threaded onto a skewer. As dusk falls, enjoy the magical sunset views over Sultanahmet’s minarets from the Galata Bridge, and take in the sight of the Galata Tower on the opposite bank. Drink in the buzz around the food vendors and restaurants, and make a final stop to taste some classic Turkish baklava. Sink your teeth into these super sweet honey and nut filo parcels that were much loved by the Ottoman sultans. After approximately 4-hours later, finish with a drop-off at your hotel.

Istanbul: Bursa Uludag Full-Day Trip with Cable Car Ride

8. Istanbul: Bursa Uludag Full-Day Trip with Cable Car Ride

Visit Uludag Mountain, one of Turkey's best destinations for winter sports, on this day trip from Istanbul. Ride on the cable car, enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch, and take a walk through the old silk market. After getting picked up from your hotel in Istanbul, hop on the ferry at Kocaeli for a 45-minute journey to Yalova, where you will drive to Bursa, the former Ottoman capital. Your first stop of the day is the historical Inkaya Tree, a 600-year-old tree and the symbol of Bursa. Refuel with a mixed grill lunch on the outskirts of the town. Continue to Uludag Mountain and climb to the summit by bus. Enjoy some free time for winter activities such as skiing, motor skiing, or riding on the chair lift before taking the cable car back down the mountain for some panoramic views. Next, head to the Green Social Complex, where you'll find the stunning Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum. These impressive sights are nearby the Old Silk Market, where you can find typical Turkish products such as Turkish delight, honey, and jam (not included in tour cost). Return to Istanbul by bus in the evening and get dropped off back at your hotel.

Istanbul: Full-Day Imperial & Asia Small Group Tour

9. Istanbul: Full-Day Imperial & Asia Small Group Tour

Begin your tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next, you will visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. It is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. You will see the Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.  Brief Handicrafts Presentation & Lecture (Optional Attendance) next to the Grand Bazaar. Free time to explore Grand Bazaar on your own. 1 hour visit, Meeting back and drive to Lunch. Visit the Grand Bazaar to see carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. Note: Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. On Sundays we visit Nuruosmaniye Street around Grand Bazaar since Grand Bazaar is closed. Enjoy your lunch at a rooftop restaurant with Bosphorus views. Continue your tour by driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge and head for the summit of Çamlica Hill, which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara, and the Princes’ Islands. From here, a short drive will take you to the Palace of Beylerbeyi on the shore of the Bosphorus.

Istanbul: E-pass for Top Attractions with Museum Pass

10. Istanbul: E-pass for Top Attractions with Museum Pass

Discover the best of what Istanbul has to offer with your e-pass, offering you convenience and comfort. This digital pass is accepted for more than 55 plans and attractions throughout the City of the Seven Hills without the need of standing in line, along with other benefits. Visit the most popular destinations with the different options this e-pass has to offer, adjusting to the length of your stay with passes for 2, 3, 5 and up to 7 days. The impressive amount of landmarks can be accessed using only one pass. Misplacing or carrying several vouchers is a thing of the past. Explore the ample offer of options in Istanbul with included benefits. Tours of the Hagia Sofia, Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar and several other locations have their own tour guides. Receive special perks for different attractions within the city and nearby, such as a pick up and drop off or discounts for a Gallipoli day tour, a cruise on the Bosphorus, among several other plans for you to choose from.

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What people are saying about Istanbul

it was amazing....rides for kids are plenty but adults only few but all adrenaline filled ones..food options inside are limited but outside plenty, burger King was a disappointment.its best to go on weekday to avoid long lines. also its better if u have arrangement for return as the online taxi service didn't have free vehicles n taxi on road were expensive so don't miss the frè return shuttle or pre book a cab.

Our guide was very knowledgeable about this fascinating palace complex. She provided a well-paced and thoughtful tour, with enough time at each section of the palace for us to have a good look. Loved the small group of just 8 people!

Good guide, but a long wait at the start when his electronic ticket didn’t work! Afterwards he kindly helped us find a cab during a horrible traffic jam when cabbies actually refused to take us to our hotel.

Small group, very enjoyable. The guide did an excellent job of guiding us through Topkapi Palace, which is overwhelming!

Great value for the price. Seeing the city from the water was one of the highlights of my trip to Istanbul