If Portugal is on your list of places to go on your family holiday, you should visit its well-known capital, Lisbon. Even if Portugal is not, you should still visit this remarkable city, which is so lively and wholly filled with light, fun and adventure.
From Lisbon’s beautifully coloured and tiled buildings, awe-inspiring street arts and signature yellow trams to its out-of-the-world museums, sunny beaches and stellar family-friendly attractions, it is just about the perfect place to go with your kids.
There are even some places where you can leave your kids to go on your very own adventure and will all the fun to be experienced, they certainly would not mind.
Museums, Aquariums and Zoos
Lisbon is a city full of knowledge, charm, culture and history. There are some museums there specially designed with kids in mind that will take you back in time, making you appreciate both the now and then.
Pavillion Of Knowledge- Centro Ciência Viva
The Pavillion of Knowledge- Ciência Viva, also commonly known as “Pavilhão do Conhecimento” is a science and technology museum in Lisbon, near the Tagus river. It has hundreds of astounding exhibits; all themed to make it a fun and unforgettable experience for young and old visitors.
It provides an engaging and exciting way to learn about science, modern technology and how it all applies to our lives. With an atmosphere full of delighted discoveries, Pavillion Of Knowledge is a splendid place to visit with kids on your family holiday to Lisbon.
You can find more information and purchase tickets online here: https://www.pavconhecimento.pt/en/
Lisbon Aquarium- Oceanário de Lisboa
The largest indoor aquarium in Europe, Oceanário de Lisboa is a sight for sore eyes. With fishes and sea creatures of all types and sizes, from beautiful and funny to cute and weird, this indoor aquarium takes you underwater.
The guides know about all the fishes there, and you would probably find one that speaks your language. In the Lisbon Aquarium, you can host parties, learn about life underwater and even have sleepovers if you are lucky.
With all the breathtaking different fishes, you can stare and marvel at them all day and never get bored. It has a really friendly and entertaining environment, and for sure your kids will be entertained for a few hours.
You can find more information and purchase tickets online here: https://www.oceanario.pt/en
Zoo – Jardim Zoologico
Jardim Zoologico is Lisbon’s most famous zoo. It takes you on a trip around the world all in one day- without even leaving Lisbon.
It has one of the best collections of zoological species in the world, providing exhibits to show you a wide array of animals, birds and fishes.
Some of the species present in this zoo are nearly extinct, and every euro you spend is a step towards helping the wildlife survive.
You will find thrilling animals and majestic birds from all around the world, and there is so much to see that it will not leave any space for boredom. The staff is friendly and always ready to assist you.
You can find more information and purchase tickets online here: https://www.zoo.pt/en/
Lisbon Story Centre
Lisbon is a city brimming with history and culture, and the citizens have made a way to tell its story to the world. Lisbon Story Centre lays out an interactive way to learn about the history of Lisbon with six well-planned areas.
It is a full 60-minute trip that transports you back to old-time Lisbon, with an audio storyteller to lead the way through history. With the help of the newly discovered technologies present in the Lisbon story centre, you can learn a large variety of facts about Lisbon, along with the events that made it what it is today.
There are separate audio guides for kids and adults, and there’s nothing there that you can’t enjoy. The sixth floor even has a miniature model of Lisbon city.
You can find more information and purchase tickets online here: https://www.lisboastorycentre.pt/en/content/home
A Day Full Of Fun; sights to see and places to visit
KidZania is where your kids get a chance to step into the role of adults, all in a fun, inspirational and hugely entertaining way!
They can play at being whatever they want; they can be doctors, scholars or firefighters, and they even earn Kidzos (Kidzania currency) from their jobs, which they can spend on games and the kid university.
The best way to have your kids learn about the real-world workings and managing money is a fun way. Kidzania is an indoor mini-city ruled by kids, and once there, leaving their adult lives would be quite hard.
You can find more information and purchase tickets online here: https://lisboa.kidzania.com/en-pt
Cable Car – Telecabine Lisboa
If you have some time to spare, you should check out Telecabine Lisboa; Lisbon’s very own cable car. It covers a large area of Lisbon, and from it, you can see both the city and the sea.
Seated in a cabin, high up the ground is where you can see Lisbon’s beauty at its finest. There’s nothing more refreshing than looking over at the towering skyscrapers, domed buildings and the greenery of Lisbon along with the calm, serene sea.
If you time it just right, you can even see the magnificent sunset up there, with rays of light reflecting in the water. Rest assured, it’s not a sight you can forget easily.
You can find more information and purchase tickets online here: https://www.telecabinelisboa.pt/
HippoTrip gives you and your kids a chance to discover Lisbon in an uber-fun way. It gives you a full 90-minute ride on both land and water- taking you on a journey to explore Lisbon without leaving the comfort of your seat.
There are several guides, all very kind to everyone and ready to interact. They tell you and your kids all about the history of Lisbon, taking you to critical historical checkpoints. The views out of the wide, clear windows are seriously beautiful.
The most fun is the experience of going from land to water and vice versa. Its education, fun and sightseeing all rolled into one.
You can find more information and purchase tickets online here: https://www.hippotrip.com/en/
Slow Reading Bookstore – Livraria Ler Devagar
If you love reading and book shops with inspiring atmospheres, this is the place for you. You will find the perfect book for everyone, and some time spent reading and exploring the imaginary worlds can open up your mind.
Creativity and imagination must be exercised every once in a while, and this is the perfect place for you to do so, besides that you do not see many flying bicycles that often, is not it?
You can find more information online here: https://lerdevagar.com/en/
Estrela Garden – Jardim da Estrela
If you want to take a break, kick back and enjoy some peaceful, quality time with your family- this is the place for you. Jardim de Estrela Park covers a large area, is lovingly well maintained and provides a comforting aura.
You can lay down under the open sky, take a relaxing walk, feed the ducks or let your kids enjoy their time rooming around in the playground. A picnic there would be fantastic. You would certainly look back at your visit as a day well spent.
Address: Praça da Estrela n°12, 1200-694 Lisboa
Lisbon is not a city that disappoints. It will leave you and your kids satisfied and wishing for more time in such a fun city. You will need at least four to five days to enjoy this city to its fullest, all the while leaving some places to explore for your next visit.
Have a great holiday in Lisbon with the kids.