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Istanbul Akvaryum, Istanbul
(4.2/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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. Using our international travel planner, Istanbul attractions like Istanbul Akvaryum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Just totally amazing, all the different area zones and scenery is epic.thousands of species of fish, very interactive and colourful. 
  • Not great, but very nice Aquarium. Here is an interesting, both children and adults. Especially liked the part of Amazonia.
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  • The Istanbul Aquarium has very limited fish variations. However, I consider this still a good experience and a nice place to visit. I still enjoyed watching the sharks and other kind of fishes with th...  more »
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  • Organised into thematic rooms, it's an interesting place for both children and parents. The aquarium is huge, so you might feel tired by the end of the route if you have little children.
  • Pros: Quite fun for different age groups. Verity of fish tanks shapes and sizes. Different themes. (Ice, ship, Amazon, etc...). Cons: Not very big collection of sea life. No funny eels.
  • Gives good experience to children's and adults. I wouldn't visit Istanbul without taking my kids there.
  • Nice place, had an issue when I stepped in, one of the staff told us not to go in unless they take a picture, I found that unacceptable, I will volunteer if I want to pose and wait for a picture, so I decided to refuse that, and the staff member told me it's a requirement, still I found that not my free decision, so I wanted a refund, only then they allowed me to pass. Yet inside we had a great time and saw wonderful creatures
  • Great place. Informative. Joyful. Excellent for kids