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Istanbul Akvaryum, Istanbul

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Aquarium · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
Tour marine habitats from the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean at Istanbul Akvaryum, home to over 1,500 marine species, from sea turtles and caimans to rays, piranhas, and blowfish. The recreated marine environments simulate the animals' natural habitats and provide a safe home for a range of strange and unusual creatures. If you have a diving certificate, you can join a dive with the sharks. The aquarium also features a gift shop and a restaurant, plus other attractions, such as a 5-D theater. Although outside the city center, the aquarium is easily accessible by bus or metro and includes plenty of parking for visitors arriving by car. By using our Istanbul vacation builder tool, you can arrange your visit to Istanbul Akvaryum and other attractions in Istanbul.
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  • It was a very interesting and relaxing visit, we spent about three hours there and the aquarium exit connects with a shopping mall with a food court with Burger King, McD, Pizza Hut and a few other...  more »
  • Booked tickets online as it works out cheaper and quicker entry time in all honesty needn't have worried about that as due to the pandemic it was a lot quieter than usual. This place blows the London....  more »
  • The ticket price was approx 100 TL when I visited the aquarium in November 2019 & and my son entered for free (1 year). we enjoyed our time especially my boy. you may need around 4 hours to go...  more »
  • Very nice aquarium. The kids loved it. So many details. Very well built and decorated. We've seen some kinds of fish that we've never seen before in the US
  • I loved it. It is a very good outing for families. The tour would talk around 2 hours plus. There are plenty of tanks and fish. It's fun and big. I wanted to have more interaction simulations or activities in the aquarium but unfortunately there was none therefore you could get tired or bored after awhile. The penguins was one of the highlights of the aquarium we love them. Also the rainy section was a different environment which is so cool to end the tour with. The tickets for non Turkish people is 125 Lira for adults and 50 for kids. Free for kids less than 2 years. The most impressive part is after we are done with aquarium you can get out to the mall from the exit door to eat in the food court or whatever. Also there is a huge lovely park by the sea Infront of the mall and aquarium where you can enjoy the rest of the day in. Loved the experience it was a rich day.
  • I would rather say it is a research facility for protection of marine animals in their sea. From this point of view, the aquarium is a great place to learn about how and why some of the aquatic animals have disappeared over the past so many years and which ones are endangered. Additionally, one can also learn about the steps that have been taken to restore the environment so that marine life can thrive. One may be disappointed if one visits this aquarium with London aquarium in mind.
  • Very rich place with nice view to the sea life. Excellent idea having so many places for photography that will for sure engrave it in the memory of the visitors. The surrounding area is another encouraging factor to visit his fantastic place. The kids enjoyed every single part of the aquarium.
  • I love aquariums and this is one of the best that I've ever been to! Amazing use of space and tanks, and being able to sit and have a snack was very nice. I would like to see a larger freshwater selection though.

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