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The Top 12 Zoos and Aquariums in Turkey

Turkey, the country located at the borders of the European and Asian continents, is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the whole world. The land carries the European essence in its appearance, but deep within the Middle East Islamic values are grounded in Turkish culture. The ancient land reflects the charming fusion of traditional oriental values and modern western culture. Turkey is a budget-friendly holiday destination comparing to other western European countries. Millions of tourists from the different grounds of the world come to visit the heritage land during different phases of the year. Turkey looks differently beautiful in all seasons and weather. According to the travellers, winter is the best season to spend an enjoyable vacation in Turkey.

Plenty of attraction points are in Turkey, from its pristine natural beauty to glorious historical sites to luscious green valleys to high mountain ranges to vast sea beaches. Turkey is also known as the land of mosques for abundance. The dazzling city life of Turkey makes an astounding contrast with the serene country life culture. Turkish food culture is unique as breakfast is the main meal in Turkish cuisine. Another major tourist attraction of Turkey is the zoos, which are irresistible to the kids. Visiting zoos comes under one of the most vivid childhood memories. The animals, birds, reptiles kept in the zoos are kept and nurtured. Tourists in particular months can visit the zoos. Zoos often shelter and protect the most endangered animals.

The zoo in Turkey has always been one of the top interests in terms of tourist attractions. Another specialty of Turkey is the public aquariums. The aquariums house different species of fish and other marine lives with great care and protection. Van Cat House in Turkey, resided by its feline members, is heaven to cat lovers. The zoo authorities also work for animal conservation, wildlife protection, healthy breeding programs to protect the extinct species, etc.

The blog will offer you a detailed description of the best zoos and aquariums situated in different corners of Turkey. So, wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers- be ready to begin your venture, as here, we will list down the top-rated zoos in Turkey.

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Faruk Yalcin Zoo and Botanical Park

Faruk Yalcin Zoo and Botanical Park is one of the most expansive zoos in the country, located a little away from the capital city of Istanbul. The zoo houses around 3600 animals of 290 species and 8000 plants of more than 600 species with utmost care. You can see lions living comfortably in their enclosures. The botanical garden within the zoo periphery adds more serenity to the place.

The zoo cum botanical garden attracts nature lovers and peace seekers. You will know about the animals in detail from the information boards.

Timing: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Piri Reis Mahallesi, Tuzla Cd. No. 297, 41700 Turkey

Van Cat House

Turkua Zoo carries the record to be the first aquarium in Turkey and the biggest one in the European continent. The place is one of the best destinations for marine life enthusiasts. A beautiful transparent glass-made tunnel enables the tourists to roam around the zoo and watch the sea animals swimming around you outside the tunnel. The experience is such an overwhelming one. The kids can participate in the drawing activities on the ground.

Timing: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi, Pasa Cd 5/5, 34045 Istanbul

Turkua Zoo

As we have already mentioned before, Van Cat House carries a unique attraction to tourists. The place is entirely devoted to different species of kitties and is a must-visit for cat lovers. The visitors can watch the cats from a close view. The activity does not end at watching, and if you wish, you can feed the cats and play with them for a while. Van Cat House is famous for making tourists livelier after the days' journey.

Timing: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: Bardakci Mahallesi, 65000 Tusba/Van

Istanbul Aquarium

If marine life interests you, you will surely like the Istanbul Aquarium. The information boards provide enough details about the variety of fishes and aquatic animals seen in the place. There is a restaurant to entertain the visitors while enjoying the beauty of marine life. You can buy small memoirs from the souvenir shop located on the ground.

Timing: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Address: Senlikkoy Mahallesi, Florya Caddesi, Turkey

Izmir Wildlife Park

Izmir Wildlife Park fulfils all the wishes of the tourists who wish to look for different species of animals and birds. The park covers an area of nearly 425.000 square meters of ground. The wildlife sanctuary houses around 1300 animals. Few examples include alpaca, horses, black swans, and different species of snakes. The wildlife park has large areas for the animals, compared to the other zoos.

The park also shelters myriads of birds in a massive tent. Different educational events on nature and wildlife are organized in the park

Timing: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: Sasali Merkez Mahallesi, 2d Sasali Villalar, 35620, Turkey

Antalya Aquarium

Antalya Aquarium offers tourists the first-hand experience of watching aquatic animals. Marine life has always been an enigma to humans. The tourists can spend hours while enjoying the beauty of the marine creatures. Here, the tourists get the thrilling experience of feeding sharks.

Timing: 10:00 AM- 8:00 PM

Address: Arapsuyu Mahallesi, Dumlupinar Bulvari, Antalya, Turkey

Bursa Zoo

Bursa Zoo is a specious ground for different kinds of animals with their own enclosures. The zoo was set up in 1998. Unlike other zoos in Turkey, Bursa Zoo offers the tourists enthralling bike rides to have a panoramic view of the sanctuary. The zoo has some local food canteens in the ground for the refreshments of the tourists.

Timing: 9:30 AM- 6:30 PM

Address: Soğanlı Mah, Mahallesi, Osmangazi, Turkey

Emaar Aquarium

Emaar Aquarium is known to be one of the most popular marine sanctuaries in Turkey, located in the capital city of Istanbul. The aquarium keeps different species of phytoplankton from zooplankton. Shark is one great attraction of the aquarium. The tourists need to buy their tickets online in advance. The aquarium is one of the best-suited places to educate as well as to entertain the kids.

Timing: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Address: Ünalan Mahallesi, Libadiye Caddesi No. 82 Kat 2, Emaar Square Mall, Turkey

Gaziantep Zoo

Gaziantep Zoo is another best attraction of Turkey, spreading over a land of nearly 1.000.000 square meters. The zoo is well-known for different kinds of animals and birds. The large zoo houses around 7000 animals of 300 species. There is a beautiful safari park located within the zoo ground. Families with kids come here to enjoy visiting the zoo as well as the safari park. Till date, Gaziantep Zoo is the biggest zoo in the entire Middle East region.

Timing: 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Address: Yamaçtepe Mahallesi, Burç Ormanı İçi, 27410, Turkey

Aqua Vega Aquarium

The name Aqua Vega Aquarium is an implicit one on its own. The aquarium houses animals and marine life. The tourists may witness some endangered and rare fish and reptile species. You have to purchase the tickets online beforehand only. Tourists can indulge some time in shopping at the outlets within the ground. You may enjoy some mouth-watering snacks or a wholesome meal from the cafes and restaurants located within.

Timing: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Address: Akşemsettin Mahallesi, Doğukent Bulvarı Nata Vega Outlet, Turkey

Dolusu Park

The park houses some species of animals. The place is the best one to witness and see dolphins from a close view. The park conducts some fantastic dolphin and seal shows. Besides the show and animal sights, the tourists can enjoy a memorable time at the waterslides. The place, replete with lush greenery, offers a picturesque view to click some best shots.

Timing: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: Kiriş Mahallesi, Sahil Cd. No: 15, 07980. Antalya, Turkey

Akvaryum Dunyasi

The tourist destination consists of a zoo and aquarium together. The tourists get both indoor and outdoor opportunities to visit the animals. The entry fee is minimal comparing to the experience. Kids enjoy seeing different species of fish and animals at the same time. You can see the sharks swimming their own way over your head. The underwater experience attracts natural enthusiasts and daredevils a lot.

Timing: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: Not mentioned

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On a visit to Turkey, zoos, sanctuaries, and aquariums are a must for nature lovers to complete their journey. You can explore wildlife with a close view. In Turkey, tourists should rent the Turkish Pool Villa to spend the vacation with pure happiness and pleasure. After having a day's journey, Turkey Pool Villa seems to be heaven on earth in the sense of comfort and services. Turkish Pool Villa will add more joy and delight to your holiday.