Top 5 Kid Activities in Istanbul

Istanbul is a bustling metropolitan city with a huge amount of activities for both parents and children. There is so much do to, that without an Istanbul guide  it can be difficult to decide the best way to spend your limited vacation time. Luckily for you, we have put together a list of the 5 best activities for kids in Istanbul.
    1. Sultan Kayıkları, also referred to as The Sultan’s Caique is a unique family experience, and way to enjoy the Bosphorous. The boats are replicas of boats used by the sultan and include elements such as intricate woodwork, gold dipped details and rich fabrics. Tours in the boats can either be organized for just your family or as part of a group.
    2. Istanbul Toy Museum, also called by its Turkish name Istanbul Oyuncak Müzesi , will fascinate kids with its huge toy display. The museum includes over 4,000 toys, dating as far back as 1920. Parents will enjoy the historical villa that houses all the toys.

İstanbul Toys Museum

    1. Bebek Park, whose full name was recently changed to Türkan Sabancı Bebek Park, is a place where kids can run free. The park not only caters to families, but also to dog lovers. Both a dog run and state-of-the-art playground can be found in the park with an excellent view of the Bosphorus River.


    1. The Energy Museum is housed in the engine rooms of Turkey’s oldest power plant. Parents will enjoy learning about electricity process, production and distribution. Kids will have so much fun they won’t realize the trip is also education in The Energy Play Zone.


    1. Buyukada is the ideal family day trip, especially if you are planning on visiting Turkey in the spring or summer. You will feel as if you stepped back in time as you and your children are transported around the island on horse-drawn carriages. Buyukada activities such as donkey ride through the woods are not only fun, but also make for excellent photo ops!


Source: The Guide Istanbul is a sharp, sophisticated, and trustworthy filter for the city’s happenings, offering comprehensive listings of restaurants, bars, hotels, and more.

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