If you’re going to Cappadocia with your kids soon and decide a family-friendly Cappadocia, you can be sure that there will be fun things to do in Cappadocia for children. From outstanding landscape, fairy chimneys and rock-cut houses, the beautiful valleys and scenic lunar hills to fantastic museums, here are our best things to do in Cappadocia with families and kids.
15 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Cappadocia with Kids
1. Take a Hot Air Balloon Tour
Never go back home without a balloon ride in Avanos and Goreme regions! Witness the romantic sunset and sunrise in the balloon, and watch the magnificent fairy chimneys views from the fascinating Cappadocia skies.
One of the most popular things to do in Cappadocia is to catch the view from above in the colorful hot air balloons. Take fantastic pictures of the valleys and fairy chimney’s from above, enjoying the spectacular landscape, fresh air, and clouds! The balloon tours are famous for creating the special romantic moment, perfect for marriage proposals or honeymoon gift.
Hot Air Balloon tours usually last approximately 60-90 minutes and can have anywhere from 12 – 28 people per balloon basket, depending on the size of your balloon. Flights usually start around 5:00am and have various departures throughout the day. While some may balk at price, this is something that is definitely worth the adventure splurge! Don’t forget to bring your camera!
2. Visit Uchisar Castle
Uchisar Castle is the highest point of the region and also the biggest and the most beautiful fairy chimney of the region where you may enjoy a unique panoramic views over Cappadocia. Situated in the Uchisar town, the rock castle was used as a fortress by the Roman and Byzantine armies. The region is also home to the most beautiful fairy chimney formations.
You can enjoy the impressive views of the Pigeon Valley, Avanos, Ortahisar Castle and Goreme National Park on top. Uchisar Castle is also considered to be one of the best places in the world to watch sunset. One of the fantastic places to visit in Cappadocia.
3. Visit Pasabag (Monks) Valley
Those who come visit Cappadocia mostly go to Pasabag Valley to see the best fairy chimney formations. The formations that once used as a seclusion place for the Monks, are now a very attractive tourist zone in Cappadocia.
One of the best activities in the valley is to enjoy the nature and unique beauties by walking among the fairy chimneys. The valley, which was used as a retreat by the priests and monks during its period, includes many rock-cut monasteries, churches, chapels and settlements, as well as tunnels and mills.
4. Ceramics & Pottery for a Day
Join the local pottery workshops in Avanos, talk to the artists and locals, and feel the soft clays collected from Avanos Mountains and Kızılırmak beds. You will love it!
Another enjoyable activity of Cappadocia is making hand-crafted pottery in Avanos, with a pottery workshop on every corner where the artists generally practice their father’s profession. You, too, can make one and take it with you. Immerse yourself in the secrets of the traditional pottery workshops and demonstrations. The ancestral techniques and know-how of the craftsmen workshop will show you all the secrets.
Classes are typically around half a day in length and include everything from clay preparation to decorating glazing. At the end of the session, you can take your unique creations home with you as mementos of your time spent in magical Cappadocia.
5. Cycling | Enjoy the best cycling routes
Cycling in Cappadocia will allow you to witness the natural beauties, perfectly carved valleys, towering rock formations, and surreal landscapes. One of the best outdoor sports activities in Cappadocia.
From beginners and enthusiasts to seasoned pro riders, Cappadocia is definitely a “cyclist’s paradise”. So, let’s see why this fantastic lands is a cycling paradise by exploring at some of the best Cappadocia cycling routes.
6. Explore Goreme Open Air Museum
Being UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, the Goreme Open Air Museum is also one most popular places to see in Cappadocia. It hosts the most important Byzantine cave churches in the world that where the monks and nuns pursued monastic life.
Goreme Open Air Museum is a rocky settlement area that has hosted an extreme monastery life between 4th to 13th centuries D.C. that travellers may experience and enjoy some well preserved, rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating from as early as the 10th century and the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. The region forms a valley including churches, chapels, dining halls and sitting rooms at the rock-cut blocks.
7. Fun Gondola ride on Kızılırmak Red River
The Red River in Avanos town is always lively and full. You can have a romantic gondola ride along the Red River and have a fun and wonderful day out activity.
This is a perfect attraction for families and couples. You’ll have a 15 minutes stroll on the waters of the Red River with the Venetian type gondolas, and then have a celebration on the shore. More on kapadokyajet.com
8. Photo Shooting for a Day
Take great photos, and capture every moment with your spouse, especially where colorful balloons decorate the sky. There are many spots where you can take panoramic photos in Cappadocia, such as the beautiful scenery at Goreme Open Air Museum or Pasabagi.
Let’s immortalize the fairy-tale image of Cappadocia, one of our natural and historical heritages in the central Anatolia of Turkey with its unique and rich nature and beauty.
9. Jetboat ride on Red River
For those who look for an adrenaline day out along the Kizilirmak Red River in Avanos town, then head out to Jetboat ride.
With this speedboat adventure, you’ll have great fun while experiencing the ultimate adrenaline-filled adventure, 360-degree Hamilton turns, speed slides and other exciting maneuvers as you explore the Red River and the surroundings. More on kapadokyajet.com
10. Devrent imagination valley
Devrent Valley, also called as “Imagination Valley” is one of the fantastic regions of Cappadocia. You can experience and enjoy the beautiful lunar landscape of Cappadocia, the most surreal landscape of the region.
Devrent Valley is home to very interesting fairy chimney formations. Cappadocia’s famous fairy chimney that looks like camel and many other fairy chimneys that look resemble animal or human figures are located here.
11. Visit Guray Museum of Ceramics and Pottery
This is a private underground museum of ceramic and pottery located in Avanos.
You will find a huge ceramic art work and pottery, world-renowned contemporary and traditional ceramic artists’s works, fine arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography are exhibited at the museum.
- Address: Yeni Mahalle Dereyamanli Str. No:44 50500 Avanos, Cappadocia
- Tel: +90 384 511 23 74
12. Visit Temenni Hill
Temenni (Wish) Hill, the highest peak of Cappadocia, can be seen anywhere in the city, with a tomb on the hill that is said to belong to Alaeddin Keykubat the 3rd and the Tahsin Aga Public Library in the middle.
13. See Three Beauties Fairy Chimneys
These 3 fairy chimneys, also known as Three Graces, are one of the staples of Cappadocia where that classic capped fairy chimney form looks best. Three Beauties will greet you when you go from Urgup to Ortahisar.
14. Visit Cappadocia Museum of Art and History – Doll Museum
This is a private museum located in Mustafapasa and housed in 150 years old mansion.
More than 2000 pieces of hand made dolls from Turkey and all over the world in their unique costumes, the wall paintings of Kostas Meletiyadis, the mansion’s historical star windows, yards, rooms, doors and accessories can be admired at the museum.
- Address: Yukari dist. Gazi Str. No: 6 Mustafapasa, Urgup, Cappadocia
- Tel: +90 384 353 52 21
15. Discover the Flavors of Cappadocia Cuisine
Taste the local cuisines and the delicacies of Central Anatolia, such as testi kebab cooked in the famous pots of Avanos, and is eaten after breaking out of the jug during service. Have a romantic, exotic dinner in one of the Cappadocia restaurants.
For travelers looking to explore the unique flavors of Cappadocia cuisine, there is no shortage of exciting dishes to sample. While numerous restaurants offer international cuisine, we recommend sampling some dishes from Central Anatolian cuisine, a modern showcase of traditional skill. Traditional favorites like manti, a type of dumpling filled with spiced beef or lamb, is served with a drizzle of garlic yoghurt sauce and a sprinkle of fresh herbs for extra flavor.
From stuffed tomatoes to roasted mushrooms in olive oil and thyme or cottage cheese with honey spoon sweets—there’s something enjoyable for everyone in this vibrant culinary destination. Whether it’s sampling regional specialties or exploring the wide array of freshly-baked breads topped with regional spices–a gastronomic tour through Cappadocia is sure to leave lasting memories of delicious food.