Best Things To Do In Lisbon With Your Kids
Lisbon is a great city to visit, with spectacular monuments, popular little neighborhoods, beaches, fantastic places to eat and so much more, the capital of Portugal has become a popular getaway for families! In travelling with children, your standard tours can be a bit boring for the little ones, so I have put together a list of tried and trusted activities and things to do that are fun for all ages! Read on to find the best things to do in Lisbon with your kids!
1. Parque das Nacoes
Parque das Nacoes, is likely the one place in Lisbon that you can spend the whole day with your family and never get bored! Hop on to the local metro to the Oriente Station, and from here you can cross the street and enter the beautiful Vasco da Gama Shopping Center!
Here you can choose to visit the main attractions like the Oceanarium, the Portugal and Atlantic Pavilions, the Interactive Museum and panoramic views from Vasco da Gama Tower! You can even hop on a cable car and cross the park high up in the air! Bring along a picnic lunch and sit by the river watching boats zip past. In the summer, bring along your swimsuit! The fountains all along the park are great fun and kids love splashing around in the water!
A fun filled interactive museum where kids can try their hand at a variety of activities and professions! Just outside of Lisbon in Amadora, kids will love playing in realistic professional settings – over 60 professions to choose from! Kids can try their hand at working at a beauty salon, cooking a delicious meal, dressing up and acting on a stage. They can also try their hand at being a mechanic, a veterinarian, race car driver, work on an airline…. the list is endless!
3. Hippo Trip
Likely the coolest tour you can find in Lisbon, the Hippo Tour is an amphibious vehicle that travels on land AND in the water! Departing from the local Marina at Doca de Santo Amaro, this 90 minute tour will take you along some of Lisbon’s most iconic spots including Praca do Comercio, Praca de Marques de Pombal, Jardim da Estrela, Museu da Electricidade, Mosteiro de Jeronimos.
The next stop is Doca do Bom Sucesso in Belem, where the bus will drive straight into the water for a short nautical trip until you reach to the main monuments in Belem, and head back to land driving past the Discoveries and Belem Towers. From here you’ll head back in the water to the starting point at Doca de Santo Amaro.
4. Lisbon Zoo
Who doesn’t love a visit to the Zoo? Easy to reach via Metro (Sete Rios station), you can spend a leisurely day observing animals, catching a dolphin show, play in the arcade or enjoying a yummy lunch with the family! Lisbon Zoo also offers cable cars for viewing the zoo from up in the air and also a train to make getting around a bit easier
Sintra is a favorite for adults and children as the castles play to their fantasies of kings and queens and the architecture wows the adults! You can visit a variety of palaces and castles from the palaces of Pena, Monserrate and Regaleira, the Moorish Castle and Capuchos Convent. You can book standard tours, or even rent a car and go exploring on your own!
Don’t forget to stop in the village as there are traditional sweets that you won’t want to miss such as the Travesseiros and Queijadas. Sintra also offers mini tours on a lovingly renovated old tram. This 45 minute tour will take you along the picturesque points of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city! If you’re an active family, there are several hiking tours and mountain bike tours to be found!
Catch a train from the center of Lisbon and spend the day in Cascais! With a wealth of spectacular beaches and quaint little town center, Cascais is a place where you can lounge about in the sand, or go check out The Museum of the Sea, The Marchal Carmoa Park with its fairy tale feel, stroll around the Historic Center, or even visit the famous Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell). Cascais is also a great place for nautical activities, so you’ll be able to find fishing trips, boat tours, kayaking and surfing and even dolphin excursions!
7. Kid Friendly Tours
Lisbon has lots to see and there is nothing better than booking a specialized tour for families! With specialized guides, tours are adapted to keep them busy with fun things to do and find along the way, allowing you to be able to take in the sights at your own pace.
8. Roman Ruins
The city of Lisbon is abundant with Roman Ruin sites, Walking in the city, it can be hard to imagine that this was once a part of the Roman Empire. Start at the Roman Theater! Located near the Sao Jorge Castle, you can find remnants of an ancient Roman Theater. Next door you will find the museum which explains all of the fun facts about these amazing discoveries!
The best part about this is that the entrance is FREE! Other locations in the city where you can find roman ruins is the Millenium Bank in the center of Lisbon! Free guided tours are available from Monday to Saturday. If you’ve got a bit of time to explore, the famous Jose Saramago Foundation is home to archaeological remains dating back to 1AD, including a fish factory!
Belem is a wonderful historic location just a few miles west from the center of Lisbon with a wealth of fun things to do and see with your family! You can catch the electrical Tram 15 in the center of Lisbon, which will take you to the center of Belem.
Here you can choose to visit the Coach Museum with its fantastic array of old carriages and coaches used by Portuguese royalty. The Jeronimos Monastary and Church are well worth a visit! With breathtaking architecture, lovely stained-glass windows and unique design, this is sure to be a family hit! Crossing the underpass to the riverfront, you can find the Discoveries Monument, which is an ode to the historical figures that were fundamental to the Age of Discoveries of Portugal.
While here, you can take a leisurely walk to the famous Belem Tower. A visit to Belem is not complete without a stop for the iconic pastel de nata! This delicious custard tart is loved by all and you can sit inside the beautiful cafe filled with amazing hand painted tiles, or even watch the staff as they bake these delicious delicacies!
10. Adventure activities
If you are an active family, you will be spoiled for choice! From fun tree top obstacle courses in nature, to cycling and zipping along the city on Segways. If you’re open to travelling, the nearby Arrabida Natural Park offers many adventurous activities for all ages including kayaking, rock climbing, ziplining, off road jeep tours and more!