Recreation is a multi directional factor which can be a solution to many problems encountered by people living in urban areas and experiencing a lot of stress and which influences both individual and social quality of life positively. This study tries to identify the factors affecting the choices of people who use recreation services provided by Ankara Metropolitan Municipality. A questionnaire has been conducted to with participants to find their ideas of recreation activities and factor analysis revealed the factors affecting the preferences of people using recreational activities. There are many direct or indirect factors affecting the choices or preferences recreational activities of adults living in urban areas. The choice of activities are generally found to be personal availability, direction and environment and while starting the activities, factors like socialization, personal reasons, desire of learning and renewing, and healhty life are found to be influential. As for factors influencing choice of activities provided by municipality, facility, service quality, easement of access and being economical appear to come out among others.
Keywords: Recreation, Recreational Choices, Factor Analysis