It’s great to get away for a couple of weeks over the summer with the family, but while the
sun, sea and sand is often entertainment enough for the adults, it’s a good idea to have a
few child-friendly day trips in mind to keep everyone happy. Cheap flights to Turkey also
mean a family break doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are lots of attractions around the
towns of Antalya and Marmaris in the southwest of the country that the little ones will love,
and you might even find you’re enjoying a day out at one just as much.
Jurassic Park fans will love this one. Europe’s biggest ‘dinopark’ is located in Antalya, on
the coastal road between Konyaalti and Kemer. It features life-sized animatronic dinosaurs,
including a big T-Rex head which can comfortably fit in 3 children for a photo opportunity.
There’s an option for budding palaeontologists to dig for fossils, and a water park there to
cool off in at the end of the day. Admission is free for children 6 years and under.
Admittedly, I am quite a fan of model villages, but this place really is great! An amazing
amount of detail has gone into creating miniature versions of some of the most iconic
Turkish buildings and monuments, including Istanbul’s fabulous Hagia Sophia and the
Dolmabahce Palace. It opens at 8am and everything is outside so it’s best to get there in the
morning before baking temperatures set in. Entry is just 5 Lira (under $3).
Atlantis Water Park, Marmaris
Atlantis Water Park is located on Marmaris Long Beach, and there are free shuttle buses
to and from the hotels. There are a number of different pools (including one with a wave
generator) and lots of slides, as well as a mini golf course and bowling alley. Children 6 and
under go free, and tickets are $7.85 for children and $13.20 for adults.
Jeep Safari, Marmaris
These road trips around the countryside of Marmaris are a great adventure for children
thanks to the inclusion of water pistols. You’re picked up from your hotel at around 10am and
taken to meet your team/enemies. Travelling in a convoy of between 5-15 jeeps, you climb
Marmaris’s picturesque mountains for some fantastic views of the surrounding area, and
stop at a waterfall for a swim. Likely animals to be spotted along the way include donkeys,
sheep and goats. Oh, and the aim is to get the other jeep passengers as wet as possible.
Tickets cost around $14 for children aged 7-12 and $27 for adults, and a traditional Turkish
lunch is included in the price.
Boat Trip, Marmaris
For a more relaxing day out, you can’t beat a boat trip around the beautiful Turkish
coastline. The boats explore hidden caves and stop at secluded beaches for swimming and
snorkelling, and the ticket price often includes a BBQ on deck for lunch.
Lucy has always been keen to explore the globe, but since starting a family has discovered
a whole new side to the world of travel. She is embracing the opportunity to travel with her
children, and sometimes feels like a big kid herself!