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.
What is there in Lisbon for kids to do!
Most of all the girls love it there too, they are comfortable in Lisbon 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 list things to do in Lisbon with kids so when you visit you won’t miss out! Many of these activities will keep teenagers in Lisbon entertained as well. Let the Lisbon travel guide begin.
What are some fun things to do with small kids in Lisbon?
Playgrounds are always popular with small kids. Lisbon is no different. Playgrounds can also give us parents a few minutes to relax while the kids have fun. Playgrounds in Lisbon can be found all over and some popular parks can be found at:
- Praça Dom Luís i 27, which is close to Commercial Square on the Tagus River.
- Children’s Park of the Neptune. It is located close to the Lisbon Aquarium.
- Sud Kids is located near the famous sites of Belem
- Jardim da Cerca da Graça, Calçada Do Monte 46. Hillside Park, bbq’s and playground.
Lisbon playgrounds for kids can be found on this google map for your reference and planning.
Riding the Lisbon Cable Car with kids
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 1990s. 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.
Portugal with kids – 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. It is one of the best things you will do in Lisbon with kids. The Oceanario de Lisbon has over 450 different species totalling 16,000 creatures on site.
This aquarium had some of the best exhibits we have ever seen and kept all four of entertained for the entire time we were there. The penguin and puffin exhibition was absolutely brilliant and it is a must-see 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 cute’s!)
The otters are that relaxed and happy they just float on their backs. We spent what seemed like forever just watching them. This is a great attraction for Lisbon with a toddler as there is plenty of room for a pram. If you are looking for things to do with the family in Lisbon then this should be at the top of the list in any season!
Yellow Bus hop on hop off tour of Lisbon
Let us be honest most kids don’t like walking, especially with a city as hilly as Lisbon. There is often some complaining and moaning involved when it is even mentioned. A hop on hop off bus tour of Lisbon with kids 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.
Lisbon public transport especially the metro is not widespread. The Yellow bus is a great alternative to Lisbon The bus is a good way to see the aquarium, Lisbon Zoo, cable car and sights at Belem and is one of the best and easiest ways to see Lisbon.
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. It is a great activity to do in Lisbon with children especially on a hot day. You can go inside and cool off while enjoying these amazing treats! No Lisbon family holiday is complete without eating your share of these.
Muse de Marinha
Wow, wow and wow again! That is what we thought about this museum and I am pretty sure we spent a lot of time saying that too as we wandered around. It would have to be one of the best museums in Lisbon if not the whole world that we have visited and should be one of the top places not to miss when you are in Lisbon for kids or even by yourself. This amazing Museum of Portuguese boating history is right from the Age of Discoveries in the 1500s 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 and 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. Put this on your list of things to do in Lisbon.
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 discounts can sure add up quickly when visiting multiple sights in Lisbon with teenagers and children. The Lisbon card will get you a 30% discount off entry into Muse de Marinha.
Little Lisbon Tours – a tour made for kids
A tour company doing tours especially for kids? Talk about things to do in Lisbon for families! Our guide Mariana took us on their Great Lisbon Earthquake tour. We learnt about what the city looked like before the earthquake and tsunami destroyed it. 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 ever come across. Our girls learnt so much on this tour and we can’t recommend it enough for a brilliant way to learn about Lisbon with kids. 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. Little Lisbon is unique and at the forefront of tours designed for kids. This is one of the fun things to do in Lisbon for the whole family.
Lisbon with teenagers – Tuk Tuk Tour
Lisbon and Portugal, in general, seem to be channelling its inner Asian. Lisbon 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! If you want an easy way for the kids to see Lisbon then this is definitely for you!
Make sure you negotiate on your Lisbon tuk-tuk price before you hop in and start your journey. Don’t accept the first offer
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) club 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. A Benfica stadium tour is a great experience for football fans.
For your 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. You can visit the Benfica shop and buy merchandise and purchase Benfica tickets. For families that are into sport, this is one of the best things to do in Lisbon.
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. This is an amazing Portuguese Football tour.
Kids Surfing Lessons in Lisbon
Surfing is something close to our hearts being Australian. The beach and water activities play a huge part in Australian and Portuguese life. Cascais beach Portugal is one of the most famous beaches near Lisbon. There are some amazing coastlines in Portugal for surfing.
The beaches some of the biggest waves in the world down to perfect learning waves for kids. Surfing is one of 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 on the beach in your everyday life. This is great activity when visiting Lisbon with Teenagers.
Surfing Lessons for kids in Lisbon
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. Make a memory from your trip with a Lisbon Surf experience. This one would suit teenager in Lisbon on vacation
Lisbon guide for kids – Hire a Bike
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. What to do in Lisbon with kids? On a sunny day, there is nothing better than being by the river in Lisbon riding a bike and enjoying the sun!
Things to do around Lisbon with kids – Bike hire and tour
Feel the freedom as you cycle independently around the city of Lisbon. Explore this fantastic city and take in the sights at your own pace. Go where you want to go, and do what you want to do as you enjoy this beautiful city by bike. The area by the river is flat which would suit a Lisbon with kids bike riding experience.
Explore Lisbon by the Hop on hop off tram
The tram 28 Lisbon connects Martim Moniz with Campo Ourique and passes through the popular tourist districts of Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela. For visitors, the tram 28 Lisbon route, is the classic Lisbon tram experience.
The classic yellow tram thumps bumps and rattles its way through the narrow streets of the city. A word of warning the tram 28 Lisbon route is notorious for pickpockets who work the tram. It is a great experience but makes sure your valuables are fastened tight.
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.
If the kids are struggling with the hills it is a great and easy way to see Lisbon with kids. 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 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. We hope this Lisbon guide for kids gives you some great ideas. Find your best kids activities Lisbon with our 11 things to do in Lisbon!
How to get to Lisbon:
Lisbon is the capital and biggest city in Portugal.
Humberto Delgado Airport is located 7km from Lisbon City Centre
It is the 24th largest airport in Europe in terms of passenger volume, having served 22.4 million passengers in 2016
Lisbon Airport is served by 121 destinations with 47 airlines
Lisboa is serviced by many international airlines and budget carriers. The airport is a hub for TAP Portugal. Lisbon is a focus city for easyJet, Ryanair, Vueling and Azores Airlines. You can check the prices of international flights to Portugal with
The airport and the city are connected by the metro. Aeroporto Saldanha line takes approximately 20 minutes to reach downtown Lisbon
The Aerobus is accommodating for travelling with large luggage. The departures are available at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 between 7:30 and 23:00 daily, and connect the airport with a number of major destinations in the downtown area. Information and bookings available here.
Santa Apolonia and Lisbon Oriente are the two major trains station for domestic and international arrivals by train
Check your trains prices here.
Most international buses arrive at Lisbon’s Estação do Oriente bus station. Check your bus prices here.
You can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions.
You can book a rental car with AutoEurope and have it waiting for you at Lisbon Airport.
Getting around Lisbon:
The Lisbon public transport system is a great way to get around the city. The Lisbon public transport system is easily accessible for families and consists of metro, trams and Lifts
The metro is the easiest way to cover point to point destinations in Lisbon with kids. The Lisbon metro connects the airport to the city centre. We found public transport to be reliable, on time and inexpensive. Be aware that like most European Metro Systems this one was built many years ago. This sometimes makes it difficult if you are travelling Lisbon with a stroller or small kids as there may stairs involved in accessing the system.
Buses and trams are another good way to travel across Lisbon and one kid can enjoy. The two trams you may use is the tourist tram E28 that does the loop around the Lisbon Old Town area. The E15 travels from Praco Commercial to Belem. Both these
Lisbon is home to lifts and cable cars for your convenience. Lisbon is known as the city of 7 hills and walking them can be problematic for families. Some of the most useful lifts are Santa Justa Lift which takes people from Lisbon Old Town to Square Largo Do Carmo and the magnificent Carmo Convent. Another lift is Elevador Castelo which will take you halfway to the amazing Castelo St George and the greatest views of all in Lisbon. The lifts are great when travelling Lisbon with a stroller
TICKET OPTIONS TO USE THE LISBON PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM WITH KIDS
- You can buy tickets at the stations. You can purchase a rechargeable metro card for the duration of your stay or single ticket. A single ticket on the metro is €1.90 without a rechargeable card, €1,40.Lisbon with a toddler under the age of 5 travel free when accompanied by an adult.
- Carris / Metro single tickets: these can be bought in advance and are the perfect solution if you need the occasional hop on bus, trams or metro. These tickets have a validity of 1 hour from the first use.
- Maybe the easiest way is to buy a Lisboa Card. The Lisboa Card entitles you to free use of the lifts, Elevators and Public Transport.
Take a look →HERE← at the Lisboa Card, buy online to hit the streets of Lisbon running.
Where to stay in Lisbon with kids?
Lisbon has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms.
Hostels in Lisbon can start from as little as 15 euro’s a night for a shared dorm room.
You can search Airbnb for their Berlin accommodation offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE.
Hotels in Lisbon generally start at around $70 a night for a double room and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards 5 stars. Google states that 3-star averaging $92, 5-star averaging $226 for a night stay.
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Mark Wyld is a father, husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support .