Entertaining kids in Lisbon is easy. Just sightseeing around the city can be fun, with a choice of exploring by boat, tram or on foot. Then there’s museums, a fantastic aquarium, beautiful parks with playgrounds and the beach nearby.
There are always so many things to do in Lisbon with kids. If you are looking for ideas of what to do in Lisbon with children, here is our pick of all the best Lisbon attractions for kids.
Take a walking tour
One of the best ways to discover Lisbon with kids is to take a walking tour with a specialised guide. Follow them as they make you discover Lisbon’s old neighbourhoods and discover shops and restaurants only locals would know!
Ride a traditional yellow tram
Trams are the iconic means of transport in Lisbon and are a great hit with kids who enjoy their rickety rides. The most famous is tram 28, which climbs the famous Alfama area, but there are many others in locations all around Lisbon. Trams are fast, efficient and a life saver when it comes to negotiating Lisbon hills.
Hop on a Hippo Trip
Lisbon lies on the banks of the river Tagus and one of the most fun ways to enjoy it is by taking a trip on both land and water! Hippo Trip take you on a tour of Lisbon in an amphibious vehicle, a trip your kids are guaranteed to remember for a long time.
Relax in one of Lisbon’s parks
Lisbon has some lovely parks, offering refuge from the often relentless sun. One we recommend is Parque da Estrela, a beautiful green area in a residential and pleasant part of Lisbon and the vast Parque das Nações, home to many of Lisbon’s family attractions.
Marvel at the Oceanarium
Lisbon’s famous Oceanarium is a sight not to be missed and is one of our favourite rainy day activities in Lisbon. A great destination for animal lovers, it has huge tanks replicating marine environments around the world. The Oceanarium is interesting for kids and adults but it gets busy: make sure you grab your tickets in advance.
Explore the Knowledge Pavilion
A great museum designed with kids and curious adults in mind, the Knowledge Pavilion regularly features among kids’ highlights of a trip to Lisbon. Here, you learn by doing: kids are encouraged to experiment, inquire and touch. Make sure you allocate enough time for this activity: kids love it!
Stroll around Belem
Belem is an area of Lisbon immediately outside the centre and one of the most pleasant to visit with kids. Flat, as opposed to the Lisbon hilly centre, Belem has great museums, the stunning Jeronimos monastery, famous Belem tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.
Kids will enjoy running around its large spaces and will particularity welcome a treat to repay their active morning: Belem is famous for custard tarts!
Feel like royalty in Castelo St Jorge
Little Kings and Queens will enjoy a stop in Castelo de Sao Jorge, at the top of the Alfama. The castle is beautiful and worth a visit especially for its nice gardens. Here you have beautiful views over the city and something kids usually enjoy immensely: peacocks!
Cruise Alfama’s old shops
The Alfama is not an easy area to visit with very young kids (its cobbled hills are a nightmare with strollers) but it is a great place for slightly older ones. It is full of cute corners, quirky shops and cafes and kids can spend hours rummaging through vintage shops with wooden toys and knick-knacks.
Go to the beach
Lisbon is a short train ride away from gorgeous beaches and on a beautiful day nothing is more pleasant than relaxing on the coast. An easy place to reach and a pleasant one for adults and kids alike is Cascais. Located an easy 20 minute train ride from Lisbon city centre, Cascais has a small but beautiful sandy beach walking distance from the train station, lovely shops and a plethora of restaurants to suit all tastes.
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