Last Updated on June 12, 2024

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In May 2024, I travelled to Marmaris with my son’s aged 12 and 17 for a week’s family holiday. When we returned, my eldest son enthusiasticaly told me “it’s been the best holiday yet” which is high praise indeed.

Read on for the lowdown of the best things we did when we visited this stunningly beautiful part of Turkey. I’ve also shared where we stayed and answered some FAQs to help you make a trip to Marmaris the best of a holiday with the kids.

Located on the beach promenade, Atlanits Water Park was one of the first activities we did in Marmaris. It’s not the best or the biggest water park we’ve been to but it’s decent for a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon.  Kids have to be over 120cm for most of the big slides. However, there is a small water park for young kids with mulitple short slides and a long green slide for children aged 8 and under. Younger kids will also enjoy the soft play. which we didn’t see but has good reviews.

My boys favourite slide was the space bowl. Shoot down a slide, whirl around the space bowl and drop into the water below. This is probably the ride thrill seekers will enjoy the most. Two person inflatable rides include the lazy river and the black hole. Race each other on the rainbow slide. Shoot down the Kamikaze (quite a tame Kamikaze, so even unadventurous Mums might even try it!) or speed down the blue flash run.  A single inflatable ride down the curvy yellow splash run is also fun. 

The wave pool comes on 3 times a day. While we were there, the waves weren’t on for long, definitely less than five minutes – so don’t go just for the waves!

We went in May outside the school holidays so the park was quiet with minimal waiting. There were plenty of shaded areas with sunbeds, although some parts of the park look tired and could do with a refresh. The park is small and compact so I can imagine it’s gets crowded in the summer months.

If you’re looking for a few fun water slides to do for a few hours this is worth the visit but manage your expectations. Kids aged 6 to 12 will most likely love it.  My 17 year old also enjoyed it but if you’re a water park conaisseur or thrill seeker you may find yourself a little disappointed.

Book online to get a discount – the online booking didn’t work for me (not sure why may have been my card) so we just turned up and paid in lira on the day.

Visit to the Mud Baths and Turtle Beach in Dalyan

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If you’re in Turkey and have to do one trip – a trip to the mud baths and turtle beach is what I’d recommend. It’s a long day but worth it.  (The length of the day may be worth bearing in mind if you have a little kids).

After a drive to Dalyan (about 1 hour 30 mins) and a stop on the way we arrived at the mud baths. Cake yourself in mud, sit in the sun, wait for it to dry then wash it off. My husband and I went to town spreading the mud everywhere including over our face. My skin definitely felt softer after the application. The kids were a litte more reserved but had so much fun with it.

A small lunch of chicken balls and rice was provided as part of the tour. I’m vegetarian and my lunch was rice and sauces (veggies may want to bring an extra snack!).

We then boarded a boat for a trip along the river to Turtle beach. Along the way, we stopped to see the tombs built in the rock in 4th century BC by the Carian people. It’s a spectacular sight.

We also stopped to hold a crab at another location with the option to buy a crab to eat as well. After this we carried on to Turtle beach. The trip along the river is simply stunning with the backdrop of the mountains. It’s a wildlife haven with tall reeds and a numerous birds. I even saw a flying fish.

The highlight of the trip was seeing the turtles. I saw one pop up in the water during the boat trip. Then at Turtle beach we were treated to a spectacle of 3 turtles swimming together. It was jaw droppingly awesome. They are such peaceful creatures.

Turtle beach’s official name is Ituzu beach. Unfortunately it was very windy while wasn’t the most pleasant experience as we were covered in sand! However, on a calmer day, walk along the long sandy beaches and swim in the Med.

Water Fight on a Jeep Safari


if the kids had to pick one excurstion to do while in Marmaris – this trip would be it and it’s not hard to see why.

A jeep picks you up from your hotel and you ride throutgh Marmars and out to your first stop. Riding in a jeep and seeing the beautiful views of Marmaris as you leave, is worth the trip on it’s own.

At your first stop, you have the option to hire a water gun (£4 per gun). Then a massive water fight ensues as you squirt passengers on other jeeeps. As you can imagine this is a big hit with 12 and 17 year old boys! There were kids of all ages on this trip, girls as young as 6 or7. If your kids don’t mind getting wet, they will love it.

‘After a break at a service station, the next stop is “Turgt Falls”, a mini waterfall in lush forest where you can swim in a pool underneath. Lunch was chicken breast, pasta and salad. If you are a veggie, the pasta and salad was filling and there’s also the option to buy chips.

Finally, we arrive at Jesus beach where you have the chance to “walk on water”!

 

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Bike Ride Along the Sea Front

If the family likes to cycle, hire bikes and cycle along the sea promenade. The promenade is traffic free and runs 8km between Marmaris and Ichmeler with beautiful sea views. 

There are plenty of places to hire bikes in Marmaris and Ichmeler including bikes at stations along the promenade (like Boris bikes). However, the bikes you hire at a shop might be better quality. The bike shops are also more likely to have 

Read more about the top five cycle routes in the area. 

Watersports

Like many beach resorts, there are plenty of water sports you can do with the kids on the beach. From paragliding to banana boat to pedalos – there’s something for everybody. 

I ventured out with the boys on a mabel. It cost us £15 per person, although I’m sure that you may be able to barter on the price. 

The mabel involved sitting on an inflatable and being pulled along by a speed boat. The kids absolutley loved it and just laughed all the way through.

Turkish Bath

Turkish baths (hammams) are a major part of Turkish culture and one activity I’m sad I didn’t experience on our trip to Marmaris. It’s probably the best activity to do with kids aged 12 and over However, Turkish people in rural areas often take their kids so there’s no reason you can’t too. Kids can have fun sloshing around with the soap suds on the marble  – it does get hot in there so very young kids may not tolerate it.

There are often separate areas for men and women which you may need to bear in mind if you’re a single parent with boys for example.

Take a Boat Trip

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You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to taking boat trips in Marmaris. There are plenty that both adults , kids and teens will love.

Some of the most popular include:

Trip on a Glass Bottom Boat – kids will love seeing the fish from the see-through glass on the boat and the swimming stops in the beautiful Turquoise water along the way. If we’d had time to do one more trip in Marmaris, this is the one we would have picked!

Pirate Boat Trip – hop on a pirate boat for fun filled day out at sea! Visit multiple beautiful bays for swim stops, stop off at quaint villages and enjoy various games and activities on board.

Snorkel

My 12 year old loves snorkelling and my first disclaimer is that he was a little disappointed with the snorkelling in Mamaris. So why have I included it as an activity.

Firstly, when he did snorkel, although he didn’t see lots of amazing fish, he saw a turtle, which was obvioulsy amazing for him. He was snorkelling on the beach about 5.30pm. It was worth bringing his snorkel just for that experience.

Secondly, the water is clear and there are plenty of small fish to spot which is always good fun.

Finally, if you go on a boat trip, it’s worth taking a snorkel to explore some of the bays you may visit. There are even snorkelling boat trips – I haven’t tried these out but they would be fun for swimming as well as snorkelling.

See the Dancing Fountains

With high reviews on TripAdvisor this is a great evening activity to do with the kids. Located near the marina, the dancing fountains take place most nights at 9pm. and are set to both English and Turkish music. Beware, stand too close the fountains and you may get a little wet (however on hot nights this may be refreshing!) There are plenty of places to eat nearby.

The Best of the Rest

Marmaris Castle


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Introduce the kids to some history and culture, with a visit to the Marmaris Castle. Enjoy a beautiful walk up the hill, through the old town to get to the castle ( which is almost worth the visit in itself.) As the castle is perched on top of a hill, it affords amazing views across the harbour and bay.

Dating back to the Ionians the castle is steeped in history and was significantly damaged during the siege by Alexander the Great in 334 BC. It has been meticulously restored over the centuries, most notably by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1522. Artifacts on display range from ancient pottery and amphoras to intricate jewelry and coins.

Go Karting

If you want to take a break from the beach,  why not try go karting. It’s also a good activity to try in the evening or at nightime when the weather has cooled down. The Go Karting track is situated in Marmaris but they will pick you up and drop you back to your hotel if you cannot walk there and you contact them. Alternatively you can book the trip at getyourguide.com

 

We stayed at the Grand Yazici Club Turban Thermal, a four star hotel, located on the beach front and it was the best hotel we’ve stayed in as a family.

We stayed in a family apartment which had 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It was spotlessly clean and and the beds were very comfortable. 

There was so much choice for food at breakfast and dinner and the food was amazing, even my fussy kids had plenty to eat. My 12 year old spent a morning enjoying the slides and unlimited ice cream. My 17 year old loved the air conditioned gym.

There are multiple pools, including one just for people aged 14 and above. There’s a small shingle/sand beach just for guests with sunbeds and umbrella. Water sports (at an extra charge) are also available on the beach. Parents with young kids will appreciate the kids club. 

As a sidenote, we have never done All Inclusive before but we loved it. I do think it’ll be hard to find a hotel which matches up to this one again.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best month to visit Marmaris? 

This may depend on how hot you like it, but the months of May, June and September would be my preference. However late June, July and August are almost guaranteed to be hot and sunny every single day so this may influence your decision. 

We visited with the kids in the 3rd week of May and the weather was amazing. It hit temperatures of between 27 and 30 degrees every day. We had one cloudy morning but full on sunshine every other day. I would definitely go back at this time of year. 

Beware it gets very hot in August. I also visited Marmaris in August (20 years ago!) and stayed in an apartment without air conditioning and let’s just say I won’t do that again! 

What is there to do with kids at night? 

Many hotels have family entertainment with a kids disco. The dancing fountains are fab to visit at night or to take a walk up to the castle in the evening before it gets dark? (Side note – the castle closes at 7pm in the summer months) Go karting is open until the late evening (closing around 10.30pm but check this before you go!). You can also visit some shops in the evening if the kids have some spending money. 

Is Marmaris good for kids and teens? 

Absolutely! There are plenty of family hotels which cater to kids with clubs and entertainment.  Take a trip to the beach and enjoy the family water sports including pedalos and banana boats. Have fun on the kids slides and soft play at Atlantis Water Park. Or take one of the numerous exursions from boat trips to jeep safaris. Marmaris is a busy resort and there are plenty of restaurants, bars and things to do for all ages.

Are there turtles in Marmaris

Yes there are and my son was lucky enough to see one when snorkelling. However, if you want the best chance of seeing the turtles, make sure you go on the excursion to Turtle beach. 

 

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