We all know that Turkey is a cheap holiday destination in terms of the cost of getting there and where to stay, especially during the summer months. Many low cost airlines head to the southern holiday resorts from May to October, which is the ideal chance to enjoy the culture, history, and of course, the fantastic weather.
Turkey is very family-friendly, and Turks in general are very family-oriented people too, so wherever you go you will be rewarded with a smile and a ‘mashallah!’ – don’t be alarmed by this, it is a wonderful blessing to bestow, and loosely means ‘god protect’. There are also countless activities to enjoy all over this large country – here’s a few you might like to try.
Dalyan Mud Baths
Located on the south coast in the small resort of Dalyan you will find historic mud baths, which are said to have reputed healing properties. Kids will love splashing around in the mud and having their photo taken looking like a mud monster, before soaking it off and having lunch. Many excursions which head to this attraction also take you to Turtle Beach for a couple of hours, which is a breeding ground for the endangered loggerhead turtle; you’re not guaranteed to spot a turtle, but if you do, the kids will certainly be happy!
Waterpark fun aplenty
Most large resorts have a waterpark; there are two large parks in Marmaris, and the huge Aqua Fantasy park in Kusadasi, to name just two. These are full of slides, rides, huge swimming pools, wave pools, and basically plenty of fun to be had in the sun.
Again, all large resorts will have a boat trip on offer, and this is a fun day sailing around the coastline of your chosen resort, stopping off for swim breaks on the way. Marmaris in particular has a themed boat trip, the Barbossa, which is a huge pirate ship.
If you’re visiting Marmaris in particular, the jeep safaris which head from here are great fun for all the family, with water-fights in peak season, plenty of off-road fun, and stopping off for lunch at a traditional Turkish village.
Turkish themed nights with belly-dancing
If you have a wannabe belly-dancing prince or princess in your midst then a themed Turkish night is a great fun evening for all the family. These are in all major resorts during the summer months, and usually consist of many different types of traditional entertainment, although over recent years there have also been robots and Michael Jackson impersonators appearing at these themed nights too!
Istanbul Toy Museum
From the outside this museum looks pretty cute and kitsch, and the house itself is actually the former home of poet and writer, Sunay Akin. There are over four thousand toys from all over the globe inside this museum, and the kids will love exploring.
Turkey couldn’t miss out on a theme park, so it built this huge, Disneyland-esque park. Huge rides, plenty of entertainment, and facilities for all the family make this a great day out, and a break from culture and sightseeing when you’re visiting Istanbul. Kids will love the 4D adventure with Spongebob attraction, and you can get passes to cut down on the cost if you’re planning on spending more than one day – money saved is always good on a family break!
These are just a handful of family-friendly attractions and activities in Turkey, and there are countless more besides.