Istanbul Akvaryum
Istanbul Akvaryum
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This aquarium is home to 18 different themed zones covering various ocean and rainforest habitats over 2 floors, and home to over 1,500 species of aquatic creatures from around the world. Besides viewing and learning about marine life, catch live feeding sessions during certain hours of the day. You can also sign up for diving courses and dive with sharks in the main tank. Istanbul Akvaryum is located just southwest of Ataturk airport—inside the massive Aqua Florya Shopping Complex alongside a hotel and retail outlets. Tickets can be bought online, and it is also available on some Istanbul City passes – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Tilihi Andrei
Bucharest, Romania16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
One of the most beautiful aquariums in Europe. Quite expensive but worth the money. It is a very good place for children.
Written 28 March 2024
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jktrock
Baumholder, Germany1,286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Only visited the place because we were in the city with 2 young kids and it was a day of bad weather in Istanbul. Outstanding place (but still, if it’s just adults traveling to Istanbul, I wouldn’t go to the aquarium only because there is so much more to see in the city). We took a taxi from our hotel (Holiday Inn Istanbul), for a 25-minute ride it was about $13. Not too bad for 4 of us. Paid with the credit card (if you pay with a card for a taxi ride, there is a fee). Paid for entry tickets at the aquarium also with the card. Tickets for foreigners are more expensive than for locals. I think we paid around $80 for 2 adults and 2 kids (10 and 12 years old). There is free wife at the aquarium but you need a local phone to connect 🤷🏼‍♀️ to scan a QR code or something. A staff helped me and did that for me with his phone. That was very nice. It’s a very nice aquarium, some interactive things for kids to do. We did see a restaurant in there, it looked super posh, we didn’t eat there. The aquarium is connected to the mall by a indoor passage, we ate at the mall’s food court. The gift shop is ridiculous overpriced. A stuffed toy for $50! I didn’t even see prices like that in parks in Orlando. Super cheap photos though (you know, where they take your photo with a background). It was around $2 I think…Overall, I highly recommend to visit the aquarium if you are in Istanbul with kids
Written 21 January 2024
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Ilona F
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Acquarium was nice but the options of seeing penguins in the cold were limited. Almost everything was written in Turkish so was hard for international visitors to understand.
Written 29 December 2023
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B B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
AMAZING PLACE.The fishes and sharks look happy,and stingrays too.I love this place.Such a fantastic attraction.A lot of rare animals,beautiful structures and worth the price.
Written 10 September 2023
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CornishMaid89
Cornwall, UK330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Our visit here was one of the highlights of our holiday we loved every minute of our day here. Admission prices are quite expensive but once inside we weren't disappointed, so much to see with some remarkable sea creatures. Everywhere was well kept with the water in every tank being crystal clear. The penguin area was our favourite, the viewing dome area has them swimming literally on top of your head!

The only downsides for us were the food options which we felt were very expensive for what we had and then the gift shop! I'll never complain about gift shop prices here again, very over priced an 8 inch penguin was almost £30! Although it would of been nice for our children to have had a souvenir to remember their time here we have lots of photos which we've already looked through ten times!

Would highly recommend
Written 13 August 2023
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Choo199
New York City, NY23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The aquarium is impressive and worth a visit. A large variety of interesting species that are conveniently observed. The place is well-maintained. The gift shop charges outrageous prices for some items.
Written 8 August 2023
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Henry P
New York City, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Perfect place to be with someone you love. Lot of perfect animals and spots to enjoy and take wonderful photos. Very good staff and polite. We ate strawberries with chocolate and they were unbelieveable. We will come again, that is sure.
Written 9 April 2023
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Teofana C
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Business
Is very informative. Also a great place to clear your mind and relax.
I need to say that looks exactly like the London Sea Life, this is the part where I was disappointed because I was expected something else
Written 21 March 2023
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Cme1234
Singapore, Singapore1,033 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
This is located in a shopping center. It is quite a distance from the city center.

The whole place very well designed. It has several types of fishes and there is even a capybara but he is lonely.

Overall, a nice place to visit for 2 hours.
Written 28 January 2023
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Irisha
Limerick, Ireland17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Nice aquarium, lots of interesting information. The children especially liked the ship, where you can play and try everything, and the ice block.
Great place for all. Easy to get to, close to subway and shopping center.
Written 22 October 2022
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