The 10 Best Things to Do in Izmit, Turkey

December 22, 2017 Leonardo Torrence

Discover the best top things to do in Izmit, Turkey including Seka Park, Izmit Saat Kulesi, Gayret Gemi Museum, Outlet Center Izmit, Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi, Yeni Cuma Camii, Pembe Kayalar, Arasta Park Alisveris Merkezi, Museum of Archaeology & Ethnography, Kasr-i Humayun - Saray Muze.
Restaurants in Izmit

1. Seka Park

Izmit 41200, Turkey
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Seka Park

Reviewed By Sa S - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

If you are going to izmit, and have plenty of time this place is nice to visit and enjoy your time. As our visit to izmit was 6 hours so we had 2 hiurs to go there and enjoy it.

2. Izmit Saat Kulesi

Kemalpasa Mah., Izmit 41200, Turkey
Excellent
46%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 115 reviews

Izmit Saat Kulesi

Reviewed By joelarias - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We just came from eating, while on a business trip, and we decided to try and see a bit of the sights while here. I read a little about the tower and it was great to come and see it. Definitely worth a visit if in the area and why not site at the cafe next door.

3. Gayret Gemi Museum

Salim Dervisoglu Cad. | Izmit Merkez, Izmit, Izmit, Turkey +90 262 323 33 83
Excellent
66%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Gayret Gemi Museum

Reviewed By gabcsi_11 - Budapest

In the area of Izmit and Golcuk you can find a lot of naval military bases. As I spent here one month in summer I had enough time to discover a lot of them. Actually this is mainly a military zone so you wont see too many historic sights except for some. One of the biggest museums of this type is the Gayret Naval Museum. Here you can find a submarine the TCG Hizirreis and a war destroyer, the TCG Gayret. Both worked some years ago so you can have a real insight in military destroyers and submarines. I can state it is really shocking to stand onboard of them and feel as if you were in real war. You can go along both can see how the people lived and worked on them. There were really amazing things from contemporary history. You can see real torpedos, meet real mariners as well as exhibition from Ottoman objects. An unforgettable experience. Everyone must see this in Izmit. Great. Thanks to our guide who showed us everything.

4. Outlet Center Izmit

Eski Golcuk Yolu Izmit Merkez, Izmit, Izmit, Turkey +90 262 335 31 70
Excellent
28%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

Outlet Center Izmit

Reviewed By bofris - Bahrain

The place is so nice, very convenient for shopping and has more to offer..
- Supermarket
- Coffee Shop (the one with the white and green logo, everybody loves)
- Playground
- and a band
The band plays from time to time, but I'm not so sure if they perform live shows on daily basis.
There are public toilets, of course, food kiosks, free Seating and outlets of every kind (mostly clothing, though, but good price.
The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the place was not air conditioned.

5. Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi

Kozluk Mh. Mehmet Ali Kagitci Sok. No: 77, Izmit 41200, Turkey +90 262 325 75 59
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi

Reviewed By BuLENT_Sz - Istanbul, Turkey

This is a very educative science center in Kocaeli city near Seka Park. There are shows for optical miracles, geology and basic physics. It takes 3-4 hours to finish the tour.

6. Yeni Cuma Camii

Karabas Mah. Mimar Sinan Sok No: 2, Izmit 41040, Turkey
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 20 reviews

Yeni Cuma Camii

Reviewed By janiceTananta - Lima, Peru

I have being around the area many times and explore this beautiful place with my parents and husband. I need to say it is a great place to take some pictures and explore a little bit, I mean the whole area is a great piece of architecture as turkish culture can offer. Specially if You are coming from a different country, You will be surprise of how different this culture could be, being in Turkey four times and brought my parents to Izmit for friends recommendations and they really enjoyed its peaceful areas, with a little exception of the gypsies all around this areas asking for money again and again, little girls or ladies around the area, one day they didn't let us enjoy our juices while sitting on a nice square! But everything else it is pleasant to see and to take pictures! If you are looking for a quiet place to relax and walk around and see turkish culture without the pressure of feeling so foreigner or paying excessive prices for really touristical cities, I would totally recommend this specific place.

7. Pembe Kayalar

Kandira, Izmit, Turkey
Excellent
26%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Pembe Kayalar

Reviewed By Abdullah O - Ankara, Turkey

Feel like in Far East, lush green environment. Best place to swim with British, Balkan, Italian descendants of Izmit and Adapazari incumbents.

8. Arasta Park Alisveris Merkezi

Yahyakaptan Mah. Akasyalar Cad. No:24 | Yenisehir, Izmit, Izmit, Turkey +90 262 311 73 40
Excellent
18%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
45%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 27 reviews

Arasta Park Alisveris Merkezi

Reviewed By AnaBulcao - Sao Paulo, SP

That is not much to do in Ankara specially in Izimit. This is their attraction... There are several restaurants, and just like any other mall in the world.

9. Museum of Archaeology & Ethnography

Kemal Pasa Mah. Demiryolu Cad. Eski Gar Binasi Izmit Merkez, Izmit, Izmit, Turkey +90 262 321 22 74
Excellent
26%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Museum of Archaeology & Ethnography

Reviewed By MileRay - Istanbul, Turkey

Having visited many archaeological museums in Turkey, I must say that this is the only one that has made me feel truly unwlecome! Tourists are forbidden to take pictures of artefacts inside the museum and partly in the courtayrd. They are also closely followed by a security guard all the time. I was even inspected by him when tried to write down some information on a piece of paper. Moreover, the museum has no books or brochures to offer, which would be the normal practice in places where no photos can be taken.
Apart from that, the building has a great location in the old town, near the sea garden and the historic Clock Tower. The collection is indeed fascinating - it stores great samples of the mighty ancient Nicomedia (now victimized by the rapidly growing industrial zone in Izmit). The marble sculptures and sarcophagi in the courtyard are remarkably well preserved.

10. Kasr-i Humayun - Saray Muze

Saat Kulesi Yaninda, Izmit, Turkey +90 262 324 54 64
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Kasr-i Humayun - Saray Muze

Reviewed By Daniela-Carlo_Udine - Udine, Italy

Palazzotto ricostruito a metà del XIX secolo, in stile neoclassico e rococò, sui resti di un precedente palazzo ottomano in legno; è stato pesantemente danneggiato durante il terremoto del 1999 e riaperto nel 2004. Ha tutta la mobilia originale (comprensivo di vasellame) ed è l'unico palazzo in stile europeo al di fuori di Istanbul. Si trova sulla collina dell torre dell'orologio. L'ingresso costa 5 TL, si visita facilmente in 15 minuti.

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