When planning a family vacation, look beyond the usual destinations and consider making a trip to a historic city that can keep the entire family entertained. When you visit Istanbul, you’ll see amazing architecture, dine on incredible foods, and people of all ages may learn something new. Here are just a few of the fantastic things you can do when you visit the thriving financial and cultural center of Turkey.
An Incredible Park on the Golden Horn
The Miniaturk features at least 105 scale models of historical structures dating back to the Ottoman Empire. It’s the world’s largest miniature park, and it features a playground, labyrinth, and life-size chessboard. It’s open daily and English audio guides are available with your admission. Children of all ages will be impressed with the miniatures and activities, but older children can develop a better appreciation for the incredible architecture of the area after visiting this park.
The Underground Water Cistern
Many kids have a natural curiosity about caves, so an underground cistern is sure to appeal to them. The Basilica Cistern is supported by 336 marble columns that rise up from the waters and your children will be awed by the lights and the atmosphere. Take the time to explore the raised platforms so that you can see the Wishing Corner, big carp fish and the impressive Medusa heads.
Ride the Tram
Istanbul’s public transportation includes a nostalgic trim. When you stay at a boutique hotel located near the city center, you can take the tram to some of the city’s top features. The rides are very affordable, and your kids are sure to love this unique experience.
The Best Views in the City
Young children and teenagers alike are fascinated with towers, and you can enjoy the best views in the city from the top balcony of Galata Tower. An elevator will take you to the top floor. From there, it’s just a flight of stairs to a 360 view that lays our city and its rich history at your feet. The tower is part of Istanbul’s skyline, and your kids may start asking about it as soon as you arrive in the city.
Step Back in Time
Take a trip to Princes’ Islands to let the kids run free. There are no cars on the island, so most people travel by bike or horse and carriage. Go for a nature walk, rent some bikes, or schedule picnic for the family. It’s one of the top choices when you want a slower pace for a day.
This can be the trip of a lifetime for you and your family. Start by making reservations Hotel Büyük Keban. We want you to have a great experience while staying in the city. Your kids will be enthralled by all the wares offered at the Grand Bazaar, and you can feed their imaginations and perhaps even spark their love of history by taking them to the Hagia Sophia and other historic sites.