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Review of Istanbul Akvaryum

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Istanbul Aquarium and Aqua Florya Independent Shopping Trip
Ranked #34 of 1,105 things to do in Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Reviewed November 8, 2012

i have been to this Massive Aquarium and i loved it very huge msueum and the most important thing that every kind of fishes there adjusted in its climate where it was originally lives , even you will find a tropical sector for its kind of fishes , but everyone will going there dont miss to the 3D Cinema next to the entrance gate it would be vey helpful and informative to make your tour amazing and you will enjoy it , just remember that as many of those been there missed to go in Cinema ..

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Reviewed November 7, 2012

It is very marvelous place. We have enjoyed our half day tour inside the the aquarium. It is divided into sections and well designed. Really we have enjoyed our time so much there. It worth visiting. You can go there by a train and get out at florya station and walk around 800 meters (in the direction of Yeşilköy). The entrance fee is so affordable (29 TL/person). We have enjoyed everything there especially the "Suez canal" part and enjoyed watching all the "Finding Nemo" creatures... Also it is a very good place to take nice photos and watch real creatures that you never can see in normal life.

Once we enter the aquarium, they took us a photo nearby the entrance gate and after we finish the tour, they show us our photo with shark and the other one below the glass of the aquarium.Both photos are well designed by photo editing programs. I have enjoyed the output and I have paid for the two nice photos. It is a very nice memory.

Also before leaving, we have entered the 5D cinema and watched a short movie about deep water. It was a really exciting experience ;)

Istanbul aquarium has made our day. Worth visiting (Y)
Wish you a happy trip

4  Thank m0khm0kh
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We went to the Istanbul Aquarium with the kids as an alternative to a rainy day, and loved the place. The entry fees are acceptable and it was much appreciated the both (turkish & english) languages offered in all the explanations. Overall a good place to spends a few hours.

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

This aquarium, located nearby the airport, worths a visit in case you have seen all other attractions in the city. The entrance fee is only 29.- TL (around 15.- USD), parking is free. Audio tour guides are also available both in Turkish and English. All the signs and explanations are also bilingual. It's usually very crowded, mainly locals and tourists from Middle East and Arabic Peninsula frequent the place. There are many cafés inside (almost all with a beautiful beach view) and also a souvenir shop nearby the exit. There is also a big shopping mall next to the aquarium building. As for the aquarium itself and the species displayed, the best word to describe them is "mediocre". The lighting is very poor, quite a problem for photo fans; the water inside the tanks do not look clean; as for the tank glasses/windows, they definitely are not clean; air-conditioning does not function properly and it smells sweat especially in small rooms. So, as the place is quite far from downtown as well, unless you are passionate about aquariums or have time to spend before your flight takes off, then this place can be visited, otherwise, I suggest you prefer other attractions that this beautiful city offers.

3  Thank TubaKoseogluOkcu
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We visited the aquarium for our baby to get some first knowledge of fish and water. They have made an amazing effort for this place, new materials, clever setting of the seas and the varieties, but in my opinion the types of available animals is not equivalent to the technology available and the expectations for a city the size of Istanbul.

So, thumbs up for a fantastic place (with facilities, parking and architecture), but I would not be interested as an adult, as much as I would be if there were some more species. For example, no dolphins, no turtles, is something I would like in an aquarium.

Ticket was a bit high, but I guess such places have a lot of expenses, so I was not surprised.

Also, on a Sunday, traffic to get there by car is a bit high, but then again, this is Istanbul...

Cafe - restaurant gets some extra points because of the amazing sweets!

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