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“Laid Back Afternoon”
Review of Istanbul Aquarium

Istanbul Aquarium
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US$39.87*
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Istanbul Aquarium and Aqua Florya Independent Shopping Trip
Ranked #36 of 1,051 things to do in Istanbul
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Owner description: The Biggest Thematic Aquarium of the World İstanbul Akvaryum, where fish species living in the world’s seas can be seen, with the size of its travel route, thematic areas, a thousand square meter rainforest and interactive new generation technology compared to other aquariums in its field.Are you ready to travel on a route covering 16 thematic areas from the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean and Amazon Rainforest by following a geographic route? Cultural, geographic, historical and architectural characteristics of relevant area, decorative items, interactive plays, sound and lighting, films and visual graphics where detailed information on that area are available in the thematic areas. Visitors can see sea animals belonging to these regions and get information about geographic and cultural characteristics of that region. What to Expect from İstanbul Akvaryum?Fish Feeding HoursIt is possible for you to watch this excellent show, during which our expert aquarists feed the most interesting living creatures of our aquarium. We look forward to seeing you at Istanbul Akvaryum, if you want to witness how Istanbul Akvaryum eat their meals by following fish feeding session.Amazon Rainforest in Istanbul…This section that makes the aquarium unique gives you similar feelings to Amazon rainforest. 5D CinemaThis special cinema in Istanbul Akvaryum that has the best motion program across the world takes the audience to different worlds with five movie options.Hurricane SimulatorYou will feel like you are in the middle of hurricane and live moments of excitement and adrenaline in our exclusively designed hurricane simulator. Mirror MazeYou will come across similar passages, endless reflections, thrilling dead-ends and new surprises at every corner while you are trying to find Mysterious Antique Totem of Amazon.Diving with Sharksİstanbul Akvaryum diving certificate is awarded to individuals, who dive after 30 minute diving activity in Istanbul Akvaryum, where diving with sharks and rays is possible in the main tank with a water capacity of 4 thousand cubic meters, which hosts 5 thousand creatures.
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“Laid Back Afternoon”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

The Akvaryum is located within 20 minutes of Ataturk Airport so if you have a layover as I did its a great place to spend an afternoon. It costs about 35 dollars return for taxi fare and the entrance fee is about 18 dollars. It is nicely laid out with various themes and quite descriptive regarding both the species and marine history. It is part of a large modern complex of shops, boutiques and eateries and there is a beautiful seaside walkway in back which is totally relaxing.
It was certainly worth the price.

Visited May 2014
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“loved it”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

breath taken aquarium and it will only take take 2 hours, i like everything inside :) nothing to dislike

Visited May 2014
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“excellent!!”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Nice for adults and kids!!!s just the right size and has enough things to see!! You should visit if you have time to spare. But The ads were misleading no whale shark etc...

Visited November 2013
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“Very manageable with kids”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

I am not a fan of aquariums, but was visiting family here in Istanbul. We had a 6 and 3 year old with us and needed somewhere to go. The aquarium was very well put together and the exhibits were tasteful, clean, and quite informative. I am not an expert, but was happy to see that no large animals were there. The largest sharks were probably 6' long (2m) and it appears there was enough room for them.

There is a smoking balcony which has wonderful views of the water and incoming airplanes. We do not smoke, but did enjoy seeing the planes come directly towards us. It was an interesting perspective. They fly by every few minutes, so it is worth waiting to see them.

Visited June 2014
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“Better than expected”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Water world has always been thrilling for the human beings. Witnessing the aqua life with such closeness was an enthralling experience. Turkey has done a marvellous job. I must add my gratitude to Turkish Airlines for providing us the opportunity to visit this master piece.

Visited October 2013
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