The crowds—and blinding bling—at Dolmabahçe Palace not your speed? Head to the quietly thrilling Naval Museum by the Beşiktaş ferry dock. A 10-minute walk from the Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, this striking, copper-clad museum was purpose-built to house its one-of-a-kind collection of imperial pleasure boats. Once used to ferry the sultans (plus their extensive entourage) to their waterfront palaces, these gold-plated vessels are a throwback to the Ottoman Empire that will captivate adults and children alike. There’s a nautically themed play area for kids, too.