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Family-Friendly Things to Do In Turkey

Posted by on 7 December 2010

While Turkey is a popular holiday destination, a lot of people shy away from it because they don’t know whether Turkey has activities to keep the kids entertained. With this in mind, I set out to find the family friendly activities that Turkey has to offer. The list could vary depending on which area of Turkey, you are visiting but I found 5 activities that happen in all holiday resorts.

1 – Walk to the marina or harbor at 10am every morning and you will see the boat trips leaving. Some of these boats also operate a kids club on board so that the kids are entertained while mum and dad top up their suntan.

turkey boat trips

About every three hours the boat stops for a break and the whole family can jump ın the sea for a refreshing swim together.

The months for swimming are May to October when the water is cool and refreshing. At other times of the year, it would be like jumping into a bath of ice cold water. Take care if you go on a boat trip at the height of summer, i.e. August and September. The breeze from the boat sailing through the water  masks the true temperature of the sun and many sunbathers have been sunburnt.

2 – On the Aegean Coast of Turkey, one thing you will find in abundance is aqua parks. Speak to your local holiday rep to find out which aqua parks have passed health and safety inspections according to European standards. Some of the aqua parks also sell family day passes which includes the price of your lunch. Aqua parks are great because they have rides for the youngsters, the older children and, of course, mum and dad.

The best known Aqua park on the Aegean Coast of Turkey is in Kusadasi. It is called Aqua Fantasy and there is also a hotel attached to the park. When you book in at the hotel you can get free access to the park, guaranteeing a great holiday for the kids.


3 – If your children love the water, don’t just take them to the beach. Take them snorkeling or scuba diving if you are visiting Turkey between the months of May to October. Snorkeling is great for the younger children to see the underwater life of the seas while your bigger children can have a go at going under the water to glance at sea life in its prime. If your children are nervous, all scuba diving centers will let the children have a trail run in a shallow swimming pool first.

kid snorkeling

4 – Away from the water and into the mountains for the next activity. Jeep safaris are a family favorite, no matter which holiday resort you go to. The jeep safari heads off into the mountains and across rough terrain giving your children the chance to get in touch with nature. If you are lucky you will see wildlife on the safari. Birds, turtles and exotic fish have all been spotted on Jeep safaris.

jeep safari

Take care though, as the carefree attitude makes you forget just how strong the rays of the sun are. Ensure you take hats and lots of sun cream for the kids.

5 – Look for a family friendly hotel if you want some help with keeping the kids entertained. Hotels like Lykia world in Olu Deniz have kids club and playgrounds. Every day different activities will take place from face painting for the youngsters to drama club for the older kids. They also offer courses for the kids to learn a sport such as golf, tennis or sailing. At night time, the entertainment team will keep the youngsters happy while mum and dad enjoy the show.


If you have been to Turkey and can recommend any family friendly activities or hotels, feel free to list them below.


NatalieToday’s post is a guest post by Natalie of  Turkish Travel Blog, who writes about her experiences and travels around Turkey.

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