Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Atakoy

Visit Istanbul Aquarium


One of the best family attractions in the city is Istanbul Aquarium. Children and adults alike love to see the world beneath the water up close and personal and this aquarium has plenty of finned friends to see. Make a day trip there and enjoy other activities like their scuba diving, interactive mirror maze and more. If the underwater world truly fascinates you then you can also check out the Sea Life Aquarium.

A family day out


Everyone certainly loves to get a look at the sharks at Istanbul Aquarium, but there are many other interesting and strange creatures to be found here. See Balloon Fish puff up, the Spotted Garden Eel pop out of the ground and the smiley Cownose Ray. Also calling the attraction home are Stonefish, Triggerfish, Clownfish and more. Make sure you arrive in time for feeding at 15:00. If you want to try your luck in the tanks with some of the more toothy species, then you can even book yourself a scuba diving session in the shark tank, if you dare!

For those looking for some fun activities that don’t include getting wet, there is the mirror maze and FLYRIDE simulation tour. The Maze is an interactive ‘Amazon Labyrinth’, where you have to try escape from the rain forest. The FLYRIDE simulation tour is a theatre experience where you are flown over the marvels of Turkey.

When one aquarium isn’t enough


If you or the kids really love fish then Istanbul also has a Sea Life Aquarium. This attraction is located inside the Forum Shopping Mall and houses over 15,000 creatures. They have Europe’s largest shark collection and an uncanny Alligator Snapping Turtle.

When staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Atakoy, both aquariums are around the same distance by car with one to the North and one to the West. No matter which one you pick, you are sure to have a great family day out.