Kids of all ages and interests end up in Istanbul with their families, who wonder…what to do? Here are some suggestions:
Hop in a ferryboat in Eminönü or Karaköy and cruise across the Bosphorus to Üsküdar, Haydarpaşa or Kadıköy. Then come back. It takes about an hour, costs very little, and gives everyone a great introduction to the city.
Fortresses & City Walls
Rumeli Hisarı on the Bosphorus, and Yedikule in the Istanbul City Walls, are great for romantic notions of warrior adventures, but be aware that safety may be a concern: visitors are allowed to climb up to the walls and towers, but many accessible stairways and walkways have no guardrails! Stay with your child at all times.
Towers & Panoramas
Leander’s Tower (Maiden’s Tower, Kız Kulesi), on a tiny island in the Bosphorus, was the location for scenes from the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough, and Hitman. It was also featured on “The Amazing Race.” It’s now the home of a restaurant, which provides boat transport for diners, though transport is problematic for just a short visit.
The Pierre Loti Café, reached by aerial tramway (teleferik), overlooks the Golden Horn. Getting there is half the fun! There’s another aerial tramway in Beyoğlu between the Hyatt Hotel and the Swissotel. More…
One of those miniature-building parks (like Holland’s Madurodam), Istanbul’s Miniatürk has 120 model buildings of 1/25th scale, nearly half of them tiny copies of Istanbul’s landmarks. It’s great for an informal kid-style history/architecture lesson. More…
The Rahmi M Koç Museum is a wonderful eclectic mishmash of relics and curiosities from the history of transportation, aviation, communications, science, models and toys. Founded by a scion of a wealthy industrial-commercial family, the museum includes an Istanbul ferryboat, Douglas DC-3 Dakota, F104 Starfighter and other airplanes, railcars, trolleys, steam locomotives, a Ford Model T, 1898 Malden steam car, antique telephones, phonographs, a zoetrope (primitive cinematograph)…. It’s impossible not to be fascinated by at least a few dozen of the items in this fabulous all-over-the-map collection.
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