I get asked quite often ‘If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?’ and my answer every time is Lisbon, Portugal. I was not sure the first time we visited as I didn’t know much about it but it took me seconds to fall in love with everything about it. I love the people, the food is amazing and the scenery is gorgeous. Most of all the girls love it there too, they are real Lisbon kids, they are comfortable and say it feels like home when we are there. So with the amount of love we have for this beautiful city, we have put together our 11 things to do in Lisbon with kids so when you visit you won’t miss out!
Lisbon with kids – Riding the Lisbon Cable Car
The Lisbon Cable Car runs along the upper Tagus river in the Park of Nations area of the city. The cable car was built for the World Expo in the 90’s. The cable car runs for 1.5 km providing great views of the river and the Vasco Da Gama bridge. The trip lasts 8 to 12 minutes hovering over the Tagus River at 30 meters high. Our kids love cable cars and it gives you a unique view of Lisbon from above and it a great activity to do in Lisbon with children.
Where do we stay in Lisbon
We stay at Lisbon Centre Historical Apartments, located just 100 meters from Rossio train station and 50 meters from Square Largo Do Carmo in downtown Lisbon. Close access to restaurants, supermarkets, museum and attractions. Look no further than these budget family friendly apartments. We have stayed here twice and would not hesitate to stay there again.For up to date prices CLICK the button now! For more Lisbon accommodation options search NOW
Oceanario de Lisbon
The aquarium is located right next to the cable car station. The Lisbon aquarium is, without a doubt, the best aquarium we have ever been to. The Oceanario de Lisbon has over 450 different species totalling 16000 creatures on site. This aquarium had some of the best exhibits we have ever seen. The penguin and puffin exhibition was amazing and it is a must see for kids in Lisbon, as it is so different from any other aquarium. The exhibits surround a massive inner glass tank that spans two stories of the aquarium and holds over 100 species. The sea otters were amazing and so cute! (They had the three Wyld women oohing and ahhing with the added so cutes!) The otters are that relaxed and happy they just float on their backs. We spent what seemed like forever just watching them. If you are looking for things to do with children in Lisbon then this should be at the top of the list in any season!
Oceanário de Lisboa Entrance Ticket
Celebrate life on earth through stunning displays of more than 8,000 creatures from 500 species, and learn about the complexity of the world’s oceans. Divided into 4 separate bodies of water – representing the North Atlantic, Antarctic, Temperate Pacific, and Tropical Indian OceanFor the latest prices CLICK this button
Yellow Bus hop on hop off tour.
Let us be honest most kids don’t like walking. There is often some complaining and moaning involved when it is even mentioned. A hop on hop off bus tour will take that all away. The Yellow bus has 2 different routes. The Olisipo and the Tagus tour. The Olisipo Tour takes in Lisbon city, the old and the new parts of the Portuguese capital. The Tagus tour takes you out the river to Belem where you can explore Monastery Jeronimos, Belem Tower, and the Discoveries Monument. The bus is a good way to see the aquarium. cable car and sights at Belem.
Lisbon Hop on hop off bus tour
Spend 48 hours enjoying Lisbon to the max on 3 different double-decker bus tours and 1 boat tour! Discover Lisbon’s main squares, avenues, and monuments on the Tagus Tour, and the slick and modern part of the city on the Olisipo Tour.For latest ticket prices CLICK this button!
Pasteis de Belem – the best custard tarts on earth!
No trip to Lisbon is complete without trying a famous custard tart. These custard pastries have been made in the same shop with the same recipe in Belem since 1834. The world famous Pasteis de Belem is a must try when in Lisbon. Make sure you take your time and enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate while you are out there.
Muse de Marinha.
Wow, wow and wow again! That is what we thought about this museum. It would have to be one of the best museums of any type we have visited. This amazing Museum of Portuguese boating history is right from the Age of Discoveries in the 1500’s through to today and it is absolutely amazing. Models and artefacts explain the history only for you to finish up in only what I can call a big auditorium that houses full-size boats. I just can’t explain how amazing this part of the museum is. It is really a must see Museum. You can easily take 3 hours to visit this museum. I can’t rave enough about it is one of the best museums in all of Europe for the whole family and we can’t believe so many people have not heard of it.
The Lisbon Card provides many discounts to the sights of Lisbon.This flexible Lisbon Card is your key to the city of Lisbon, with free and unlimited travel on city transport and admission to 23 museums and historic buildings. The Lisbon card will get you a 30% discount off entry into Muse de Marinha.For all your Lisbon Card prices CLICK this button!
Little Lisbon Tours – a tour made for kids
A tour company doing tours especially for kids. Our guide Mariana took us on their Great Lisbon Earthquake tour. We learnt about what the city looked like before the earthquake and tsunami. We were told about the history behind the tiles and had taste tests of foods that were being eaten to feed the population after the quake. All this combined with some activity and worksheets for the kids added up to a great experience for our girls and one of the only tours designed specifically for kids we have come across. Our girls learnt so much on this tour. It was one of their favourite Lisbon experiences.
Little Lisbon half day tour
Discover Lisbon through the eyes of a child on a half-day sightseeing tour designed especially for families. Learn the mysteries and quirks of the Portuguese capital as you get to know its most popular neighbourhoods, traditions and featured characters.For latest prices and information CLICK this button!
Lisbon with kids – Tuk Tuk Tour
Lisbon and Portugal, in general, seem to be channelling its inner Asian. Tuk Tuks seem to be plentiful around Portugal right now. We have used them in Lisbon and on the Algarve in Faro. This amazing Tuk Tuk tour takes in all things along the Tagus river from Commercial Square, Arc Rue Augusta and everything in between till it arrives at the foot of the Monument of Discoveries in Belem. The Tuk Tuk was a novelty to our kids not quite motorbike not quite a car but definitely full of fun!
Lisbon Guided Tuk Tuk Tour: The City by the River
Experience Lisbon from a different perspective on a 1.5-hour guided tour by tuk-tuk. Explore the city by the River Tagus on board a 3-wheeled motorised scooter, and see some of the most emblematic monuments, such as the Torre de Belém.For the latest prices on the Tuk Tuk CLICK this button!
Benfica Stadium and museum tour.
Sports Lisboa e Benfica, or more universally known as Benfica, is a Portuguese football (Soccer for us Australians and Americans) based in Lisbon. Benfica is best known for the professional football team playing in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, which is the top flight of Portuguese football. For our little football fans, you will walk through the field, visit the locker rooms and press room, and take a photo of yourself with the eagle mascot of Sports Lisboa and Benfica.
Luz Stadium Tour and SL Benfica Museum Ticket
Retrace the footsteps of SL Benfica’s legendary players and victories on a 2-hour tour of the Luz Stadium, Lisbon that is perfect for football fans. Enter the stage of the 2014 Champions League final, and visit the museum to learn about SL Benfica.For up to date prices CLICK this button!
Kids Surfing Lessons
Surfing is something close to our hearts being Australian. The beach and water activities play a huge part of Australia and Portuguese life. There are some amazing coastlines in Portugal producing some of the biggest waves in the world down to perfect learning waves for kids. Surfing is one those great things for kids to try where they can become one with nature. It is a unique experience especially if you don’t live by the beach in your everyday life.
Surfing Lessons for kids
Look no further! You found the best surf school for kids. All you have to do is bring a towel and a swimsuit. Everything else is taken care of so you enjoy the waves of sunny Ericeira just out of Lisbon.Let’s book our surfing experience CLICK the button now!
Bike Hire and tour
Lisbon along the river Tagus is an amazing spot for bike riding. There are bike paths all the way from the city centre to Belem. Hire your bike for the day and cruise off along the river. Stops for ice cream, lunch snacks and playgrounds is a must for the whole family. On a sunny day, there is nothing better than being by the river in Lisbon!
Bike hire and tour
Enjoy a bike rental that also offers a guided bike tour of Lisbon. Start your discovery of the city with a complimentary 2-hour guided bike tour of old Lisbon. Then spend the rest of your 24-hour rental period cycling through Lisbon at your own pace.Reserve your bike today CLICK this button!
Lisbon Hop on hop off tram
Explore Lisbon on the one thing Lisbon is really famous for, an old style tram. The kids will love these rattling old cable cars from a bygone era as they ply their way through the city. Lisbon is known as the city of 7 hills and the trams go up, down and around in this city. There are 6 stops on the route with each stop featuring something special including Castelo St George. Just between us, one of the finest views of all in Lisbon is from Castelo St George, so don’t miss it!
Lisbon Hop-on Hop-off Castle Tram Tour: 24-Hour Ticket
With this 24-hour ticket, you can hop off and back on at the tram route’s 6 different stops as many times as you wish. Get to know some of the city’s most unforgettable landmarks such as Castelo São Jorge, Sé Catedral, Mosteiro São Vicente de Fora, and Panteão Nacional.Reserve your tram tickets HERE!
Lisbon with kids is one of the great cities in Europe to visit. Did you know Lisbon Portugal has more sunny days than any other European capital? You really should visit Lisbon now, this summer, before too long it will lose its charm as its getting more and more visitors every year. Find your 11 things to do in Lisbon!
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