No trip to Istanbul is complete without a visit to the Istanbul Aquarium. Whether you’re in the city for business or pleasure, be sure to stop at this popular attraction. Delighting visitors since its 2011 opening, the aquarium is home to an amazing variety of undersea life. Istanbul Aquarium is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and is conveniently located 5 km from Atatürk International Airport in Florya. Here are some of the highlights you’ll enjoy at this world-famous destination:
Remarkable Sea Life
Istanbul Aquarium is home to 1,500 different species of land and sea creature, with a whopping 15,000 creatures in all. When touring the aquarium, visitors travel through 16 different themes each representing a fascinating geographical region. You’ll marvel at the rainbow of colorful fish, and learn about their unique ecosystems. In addition to underwater creatures, the aquarium is also home to a variety of reptiles, amphibians and more.
The Istanbul Aquarium is at the forefront of modern technology. Each exhibit is accompanied by touch-screen monitors that display educational information about the species and its environment. In addition, visitors can enjoy the two on-site movie theaters, which feature seven films and amazing special effects like wind and fog for an incredible viewing experience. You’ll learn amazing facts about undersea life and feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.
A Look at Local History
Visitors can learn about fascinating local history at the Istanbul Aquarium, thanks to an exhibit housed in the Aegean section. Housed here is a replica of a 3,500 year old shipwreck, discovered by archaeologists performing excavations at Yenikapi. This future site of a metro transfer hub was once a seaport, which this exhibit demonstrates. Also featured here is a wax representation of Ottoman admiral Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa.
Shopping and Dining
During your visit to the Istanbul Aquarium, make sure to stop by the gift shop and pick up some souvenirs. Whether you love sharks or are more interested in lizards, the gift shop has something you’re sure to love. The aquarium also has three dining establishments located along the tour route, as well as a restaurant offering scenic views of the “Panama Canal.” With a variety of menu choices, there’s something to satisfy everyone in your group.
Where to Stay
Hotel Büyük Keban is the perfect place to stay when planning a visit to the Istanbul Aquarium. Since 1971, the hotel has provided impeccable service to visitors from all over the world. Boasting a classic “hammam,” or Turkish bath, we also offer modern amenities like concierge service, room service and a fully-stocked bar. Not only are our rooms spacious, we are proud to provide fine-quality linens to ensure maximum comfort.
In addition to being within convenient distance of the aquarium, the hotel is also near other world-famous destinations like Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. We guarantee the lowest rates when you book through us, so don’t delay. Book your reservation at Hotel Büyük Keban and prepare to enjoy the excitement and majesty of Istanbul!